A CLYDEBANK man in his 90s has proved that age is no barrier to being involved in sport.

Veteran swim coach Peter Dempster has been involved with Clydebank Amateur Swimming Club since 1938, when he was 10 - and has been an active member since.

Now, Peter has been praised in the House of Commons for his remarkable contribution to swimming in Scotland.

An Early Day Motion (EDM) was tabled in parliament by local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes, that commends Peter for his many years of voluntary work helping to coach budding swimmers.

Mr Docherty-Hughes said: “It was inspiring to meet with Peter who has made a remarkable contribution to swimming in Scotland over the past 80 years.

“Peter, as a coach and volunteer, has helped countless Bankies over these years to gain confidence in the pool. He’s a real credit to Clydebank and even in his 90s now he’s still going strong with Clydebank Amateur Swimming Club - showing that age is no barrier to being involved in sport.

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“I was delighted to present Peter with a copy of my Early Day Motion tabled in the House of Commons in recognition of his lifetime of dedication to Scottish swimming.”

Peter has been awarded with life memberships of Clydebank Amateur Swimming Club and Scottish Swimming in recognition of a lifetime of dedication to the sport.

During his time at the club, Peter has held all posts on the committee including being a general committee member, as well as president, and is currently club handicapper - a role in which he organises all internal races and coaches on poolside every Thursday.

When Mr Docherty-Hughes posted the photo of himself and Peter on his Facebook page, it was apparent the well-known coach was very popular in the area.

One wrote: “Congratulations Peter, so well deserved. You have been a great inspiration to all the children and adults you have coached over the years. Love all your stories too.”

Another added: “What an amazing achievement. I started at Clydebank Amateur Swimming Club in 1982 and Peter was such an encouraging and dedicated coach then. Amazing to read he’s still active for the club today.”