Lewis Smith, a 20 Year Career
For Lewis, the British Championships last month, which doubled up as the Rio Olympic trials, marked the end of an era. When he touched the wall after his 200IM final, that was it. Twenty years, done and dusted.
But that’s only the first leg of Lewis’ swimming journey as he progresses on to work on sportscotland’s coaching programme. Before we talk about his future, let’s dive into his past.
Lewis’ competitive swimming journey began at only 8 years old, when he joined one of Scotland’s most successful and historic swimming clubs, Warrender Baths Club. This was the club which helped him fall in love with the sport.
Over the years, he has achieved some remarkable results, more than most, winning multiple Scottish and British national titles. Throughout his career, Lewis has repeatedly represented both Scotland and Great Britain at major international competitions.
In 2007 and 2009, Lewis finished 8th in the European Short Course Championships for the 400IM. Also in 2009, he swam at the World Championships. Later, in 2013, he competed in to 400IM again, at the World University Games, winning a bronze. Furthermore, Lewis has represented Scotland twice at the Commonwealth Games; in Delhi (winning a team silver medal) and in Glasgow
SwimEasy has been incredibly lucky to have him around poolside and in the office, passing on his years of experience and knowledge. It is fantastic to see Lewis interact and engage with the children. Likewise, it is amazing to see the kids inspired by Lewis and watch him in awe as he performs demonstrations.
Lewis’ next phase is working with his lifelong coach, Ian Wright, with the City of Glasgow Swim Team as part of sportscotland’s ‘Coaching Futures’ programme. From there, Lewis will move around the country, helping to coach other top clubs.
From everyone at SwimEasy, congratulations on an incredible career and here’s to your next chapter of your swimming journey.