The first competition of the month was the Dave McCullagh Memorial in Bangor Northern Ireland
Day 1 200 Butterfly made the final in second fastest time and then won Gold from teammate Cameron Brodie in 1.59.53 not far off his personal best.
Duncan left Scotland for warm weather training in Tenerife. A good number of the Scottish squad were there too, topping up the tans!
Whilst he was away he appeared as a question/picture on Question of Sport and his biography was updated on the British Swimming site.
January will finish with a competition in Luxembourg.
Duncan flew out on the Thursday and swam the 200 Butterfly heats on the Friday night. He qualified fastest for the Final. Saturday was the 200 Freestyle again qualifying fastest for the final. Duncan executed the race brilliantly and finished first with an early season time of 1.47.94. He later swam to silver in the 200 fly and broke his personal best with 1.59.33.
Duncan chose to stay in Scotland for the Short Course Nationals at the Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh 9-11 December rather than travel to Windsor for the World short Course. He certainly delighted the spectators. Every final, no matter how close, he won.
He was only too aware of Scotsman Mark Szaranek’s times at the worlds.
Duncan returned from Arizona and his first weekend home was a flight to London for the British Swimming awards – a prerequisite for funding!
The following weekend was a chance for his family to see him in action since last seeing him swim in Barcelona. They did not travel to Rio but all were in Sheffield. His sister Alex was also swimming, for Dundee University. She is the captain of the girls swim team and is also the secretary of the University Sports Union.
Duncan started the weekend with a personal best (PB) in the 1500m freestyle.
Duncan arrived at the black-tie sell out dinner for the Scottish Swimming awards. Upbeat from the previous awards dinner. Here he was amongst the family that is Scottish Swimming. A great night finished with him being presented with the Nancy Riach Memorial medal for swimmer of the year.
Duncan left for altitude training at Flagstaff Arizona and returned at the end of October.