BORDERS youngsters dived into the month of May by swimming with one of the country’s most successful sports stars.

Duncan Scott, who won six medals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games spent the day with over 60 children on the Learn to Swim programme at Teviotdale Leisure Centre.

As well as the chance to tidy up their technique, the young swimmers also got the opportunity to ask the 21-year-old, who takes on the role of Learn to Swim Ambassador, for his advice on training.

Duncan, who was named Scottish Sportsperson of the Year 2018, said: “I had such a great day in Hawick.

“After competing in national events, it’s so nice to be able to come back to the grassroots and motivate those at the beginning of their swimming journey.”

There are already over 3,000 Borders children participating in the Learn to Swim programme – 653of them under five years old.

Organisers Live Borders hope Duncan's visit will act as a springboard for even more pre-school children to take part in the Learn to Swim programme.

Amanda Blacklock, aquatics officer at Live Borders, said: “It was an afternoon to remember – there’s no doubt about that.

“The children were full of enthusiasm for the sport and they bounced out the leisure centre with photos and signatures from one of Scotland’s most celebrated athletes in hand.

“We now have space for more pre-schoolers to join the Learn to Swim programme so we encourage anyone who’s interested to come forward, learn more about the classes and book their kids in before the spaces fill up.”

The Learn to Swim programme teaches children of all abilities, starting from as young as early infancy.

It is delivered by Live Borders, in partnership with Scottish Swimming and Scottish Water.

Ally Whike, Performance director of Scottish Swimming, said: “Swimming is a fantastic sport – but it’s a key life skill, too.

"With an estimated 40 percent of children unable to swim by the time they leave primary school, it’s crucial to roll out this National Framework for Scotland.”