Falkirk swimmer Ross Muir goes for gold with Team Scotland at 2014 Commonwealth Games

Tollcross swimming pool venue for Commonwealth Games 2014
Tollcross swimming pool venue for Commonwealth Games 2014

Ross Muir has come a long way since he would complete lengths of the Mariner Centre pool.

Overseen by his father, Ross, he would splash up and down the 25 metres in Camelon, honing his stroke and practising to be the best he could.

Ross Muir

Ross Muir

That best just got better in these past few months.

Muir is currently away with Team Scotland for their training preparations for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Practise takes them to Tenerife, Barcelona, Aberdeen and then Tollcross pool, home of the Glasgow Games’ aquatics events.

A long way from Camelon, and all the more impressive given the humble start to his career.

“I started doing lengths of the pool with my dad watching me - that was the only real coaching advice I had in the early days,” he explained to The Falkirk Herald. “There was no F.I.R.S.T. (Falkirk Integrated Regional Swim Team) – that is a terrific development for swimming in the local area. I would have loved that when I was younger. The opportunities and coaching and facilities available now are excleent - and very different to how I started.”

After dipping his toe in the water he joined Falkirk Otters and his swimming career did anything but dive.

He swam the 400m individual medley in 4.18.97 at the trials in April - his best time and enough to merit a spot on this summer’s Games team.

Then, it was a case of playing the waiting game before selecvtion with two other competitions accredited to come. But he managed to stay in the selection pool and was among the swimmers named weeks later.

The former Falkirk High and Comely Park primary school pupil is joined by Kieran McGuckin, also from Falkirk, and a former training partner.

The duo were in the pool training together when Tom Nelson - a former Commonwealth Games swimming judge - wore his Games uniform and inspirted the pair with tales of the big event.

Muir now swims for the University of Stirling and will compete in the 400m individual medley on Friday, July 25.

Other swimmers from the F.I.R.S.T. squad trialled but didn’t manage the times.

“I’d like to thank all my coaches - from my young days to the present for helping me get here,” added Muir.