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School of Sport's Michael Jamieson set for Olympics

08/03/2012
Swimmer Michael Jamieson is set to become Glasgow School of Sport's first ever Olympian after taking silver in the 200m breaststroke final at the British Swimming Championships in London.
 
Jamieson, who won silver in the same event at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, achieved the Team GB qualifying time for the London 2012 Olympic Games on Thursday evening, just days after losing out on a place in the 100m breaststroke where he took bronze.
 
The 23-year-old swam a new personal best of 2mins 09.84secs to take silver in the 200m, his favoured event. He finished behind Bracknell’s Andrew Willis who also secured a place on the Team GB for the Olympics.
 
Director of Glasgow School of Sport, Angie Porter, said: "I know just how much it will mean to Michael to compete at the Olympics as he was a swimmer with us from the age of 11 to 18. He has an amazing work ethic and focus. It just goes to show what can be achieved with the right mix of dedication, commitment and natural ability.
 
"Missing out the way he did in the 100m would have been a real blow for Michael but he bounced back and showed us what he is all about. Everyone at the School of Sport is so proud of him and we can't wait to see him in action this summer."
 
The Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: "Michael's silver-medal winning performance in Delhi gave us a taste of what the future had in store but he has really kicked on from there and can now look forward to a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
 
"It is a fantastic result, not only for Michael and his coaching team, but also for the Glasgow School of Sport who are playing a key role in preparing our athletes such as Michael for the challenges that lie ahead."
 
Ally Whike, Performance Director at Scottish Swimming, was equally impressed with Jamieson’s performance: "Many have commented on Michael's fighting spirit. He was openly disappointed after the 100m final but at the same time, showed real character and was ready for the challenge of the 200m. He came out fighting and earned his spot, and is clearly a role model for anyone needing the inspiration to come back from a setback."
 
Jamieson's qualification caps a remarkable week for Glasgow swimmers at the British Championships after City of Glasgow Swim star Robbie Renwick booked his Team GB place in the 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle events.
Last year, Glasgow School of Sport joined forces with the City of Glasgow Swim Team and all swimmers joining the school programme will compete and train in partnership with the club. Entry is by selection only.
 
Since first opening its doors in 1999, Glasgow School of Sport has helped develop and nurture some of Scotland's top young athletes and sports stars through its commitment to sporting and academic excellence. The school has five sport specialisms – athletics, badminton, gymnastics, hockey and swimming, with pupils focussing on one key sport. Entry is by selection only.
 
Glasgow School of Sport is Scotland's first school dedicated to sporting excellence. It is funded by the Scottish Government and is run in partnership between Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life. The School offers a modified curriculum giving pupils the flexibility necessary to achieve the correct balance between sports training and their academic studies – encompassing all aspects of the new curriculum for excellence (CfE).
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