Gold for Matthew Ward in the 200m Individual Medley and silver for the Mixed Medley Relay team in the last event of the night brought the Trinbago swimming programme to a fantastic close for Team Scotland.
Finishing on 11 medals, seven gold, three silver and a bronze, it’s been a fantastic Games for the swimming team, equalling the highest Scottish gold medal tally in swimming at a Youth Games – set back at Bendigo 2004.
Matthew Ward ended a grueling schedule, which has seen him swim an incredible eight events, totalling 14 races over four days. He was untouchable in the 200m IM, winning by over two seconds, as Evan Davidson took 6th.
Laurie Devine put in a brilliant swim in the 50m Freestyle, finishing 4th. Flagbearer Stefan Krawiec ended his Games with another final and 8th place in the 50m Freestyle and there was also an 8th for Holly McGill in the 200m Fly.
It was then over to Matthew Ward, Evan Davidson, Drew McKenzie and Laurie Devine to bring the competition to a magnificent close with silver in the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay. Holly McGill and Dean Fearn also added to their medal tally having swum in the morning’s heats.
Matthew Ward had already taken the record as the most successful Youth Games ever for Team Scotland but, with his individual gold and relay silver, he took his final tally to an incredible seven medals, four of them gold and three silver. No athlete had ever previously won more than five medals at a single Games, the record held by fellow swimmer Scott McLay with three gold, a silver and a bronze at Bahamas 2017.
Holly McGill finishes the Games on two gold and a silver, becoming only the second female athlete to win two gold at the Youth Games for Team Scotland.
With the swimming programmes finished Team Scotland is in action on the final day of the Games in Netball, Cycling and Athletics.