Alan McClatchey

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Alan McClatchey
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McClatchey in 2013
Personal information
Full name Alan McClatchey
National team Great Britain
Born (1956-09-16) 16 September 1956 (age 60)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, butterfly, medley
Club Warrender Baths Club
College team University of Michigan

Alan McClatchey (born 16 September 1956) is a British former swimmer who competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and won a bronze medal as a member of the British 4x200-metre freestyle relay with Gordon Downie, David Dunne and Brian Brinkley.[1] He swam for Warrender Baths Club in Edinburgh, Scotland.[2] He also swam for the University of Michigan's intercollegiate team while studying there.[3]

McClatchey represented Scotland in the 1974 British Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand.[4] In 1975 he swam for Scotland at the Three-nations tournament in Prague, Czechoslovakia and at the eight-nations swimming tournament in Mallorca, Spain.[5] He won a silver medal at the 1975 World Championships in Cali, Colombia as part of the British 4 × 200 m freestyle relay with Gordon Downie, Brian Brinkley and Gary Jameson[6] In 1976, apart from winning a bronze medal at the Olympics, he broke the British records for the 400 m freestyle, the 200 m butterfly and the 400 m individual medley, the latter while swimming for Great Britain at the Europa Cup in Italy.[5] He also swam for Britain in the 1977 European Aquatics Championships in Jönköping, Sweden,[7] won seven Scottish and seven British championships that year and represented Scotland at the annual eight-nations match.[5] He represented Scotland at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and at a four-nations match in the Netherlands the same year.[5] McClatchey again represented Scotland at the eight-nations tournament in 1979, broke the Scottish record for the 100 yards butterfly and swam in the 1979 Summer Universiade (World University Games) in Mexico.[5] In 1980 McClatchey swam for Scotland in the eight-nations match (at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh) for the last time and also represented Scotland at an international match in Bremen, Germany.[5]

McClatchey's niece, Caitlin McClatchey won two gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.[8][9]

McClatchey graduated in medicine and pathology from Edinburgh University[10] and in 1973 was a doctor (General practitioner) in Bristol, England.[11][12] In 2014 McClatchey was inducted into the Scottish Swimming Hall of Fame.[4]

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  1. ^ "Olympics". sports-reference. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Staff (15 January 2013) Permanent wall exhibition to chart 125 year history of Warrender Swimming Club The Scotsman, Retrieved 24 january 2013
  3. ^ Michigan the Olympics 1976 - Montreal
  4. ^ a b (2014) Alan McClatchey Scottish Swimming, Retrieved 21 November 2014
  5. ^ a b c d e f Gilmour, Jamie (1990). One Hundred years of Warrender baths Club. Macdonald Lindsay Pindar. ISBN 0951678701. 
  6. ^ Medallists at the FINA World Swimming Championships HistoFINA, Volume IV, Tome IV, Before Rome 2009, Retrieved 22 April 2013
  7. ^ (1977) Alan McClatchey The Sports Org, Swimming, Retrieved 2 June 2013
  8. ^ Lonsbrough, Anita (2006-03-21). "Commonwealth Games: Determined McClatchey is the flower of Scotland". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  9. ^ Caitlin McClatchey Team GB, British Olympic Association, Retrieved 23 April 2013
  10. ^ Aitkin, Jim, (20 November 2014) Trio enters Sports Hall of Fame The University of Edinburgh, Centre for Sport and Exercise, Retrieved 21 November 2014
  11. ^ (2013) GP team at Wrington Vale Medical Practice Wrington Vale Medical Practice Website, Pudding Pie lane, Langford, Bristol BS40 5EL, UK, Retrieved 8 December 2013
  12. ^ Chambers, Pippa (28 December 2010) New and modern surgery for 9,000 patients The North Somerset Times, Retrieved 8 December 2013