Erraid Davies

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Erraid Davie
Personal information
Nationality  Scotland
Born (2001-02-09) 9 February 2001 (age 16)
Dundee, Scotland
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
Club Delting Dolphins swimming club

Erraid Davies (born 9 February 2001 in Dundee, Scotland) is a Scottish swimmer from Skeld[1] in Shetland. In 2014 at the age of 13 she became the youngest person to compete for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games and achieved a bronze medal in the SB9 category for 100m breaststroke.[2] Her parents are Joyce and David Davies, and she has two older sisters.[3]

Disability[edit]

Davies was diagnosed with Perthes disease, a hip problem,[4][1] at the age of four[2] and was in a wheelchair for another four years.[1]

Swimming[edit]

Since being diagnosed and advised not to do any weight-bearing exercise she took up swimming so she could stay fit.[1] She swam her first mile before the age of six.

Davies is a member of the Delting Dolphins swimming club[4] based in Brae, which claims to be "the most northerly active swimming club in the UK".[5] Davies trains in the afternoons and evenings in a 16.66m pool, which is a third of the length of the Olympic-sized pool in which she won her bronze medal.[2] In June 2016 Davies was notified that she was no longer eligible to perform as a Para-sport swimmer as her impairment was now not serious enough.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Brown, Craig (29 July 2014). "Glasgow 2014: Erraid Davies the toast of Scotland". The Scotsman. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Glasgow 2014: Erraid Davies's parents praise 'amazing daughter'".(28 July 2014) BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Rio beckons after Erraid's Glasgow bronze". Shetland News. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Hannah Miley and Erraid Davies: a champion and a cherub now on the same wavelength". heraldscotland.com. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "About us". Delting Dolphins Swimming Club. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Erraid Davies: Commonwealth Games medallist ineligible for Para-swimming". BBC Sport. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.