Robyn, 9, rewrites the record books

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Just a few months ago, Aboyne swimmer Robyn Evans set her sights on achieving a clean sweep of Upper Deeside ASC’s age-group records.

A few days short of her ninth birthday, not only had Robyn broken all thirteen previous records - some dating as far back as 1995 - but she had also set four new times for middle-distance events not previously attempted at this age within the club.

Upper Deeside Head Coach Rachel Green congratulated Robyn on behalf of the club. “This is an outstanding achievement and by all accounts very well deserved,” she said.

“There is no doubt that Robyn is a talented swimmer, but it’s only through hard work and dedication that this level of success can be realised.

“I’m sure Robyn will already be turning her attention to the girls’ 9-10 records!”

Robyn says she loves all aspects of being a swimmer.

“I love training because it helps you to swim better and faster, but I like winning things too! I’m especially proud of my 100m fly record because it was the hardest one to get.”

Robyn was recently selected to attend a training session with Olympic gold hopeful, Hannah Miley, and says the inverurie swimmer is her hero.

She said: “Hannah’s awesome. It was amazing getting to see her swim, and her technique. She gave me some great tips, too.”

Robyn’s older brother, Crawford, is also a member of Upper Deeside.

Proud parents Gill and Tony, however, are fully aware of the need to maintain a healthy balance between swimming commitments and family life.

Tony said: “Swimming at a competitive level has to be one of the most full-on conditioning sports there are for children. It affects the whole family, but as parents we make sure we fit things in to suit everyone.”

Gill added: “As well as exercise and helping them stay fit, swimming offers kids a great opportunity to develop self-discipline, social skills and it sets them up for the future.”