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WITH training partner Hannah Miley securing her London 2012 qualification recently, Orla Adams could have been forgiven for feeling like the odd one out.

The fellow Garioch Amateur Swimming Club member just failed to qualify for the British Swimming Championships and as a result had to watch on TV as Commonwealth gold and World silver medallist Miley captured the imagination with a pair of British titles.

But the 17-year-old was able to celebrate some good news of her own after being re-selected to be part of the Bank of Scotland Local Heroes initiative, scooping £1,000 of funding in the process.

Adams is now working towards the ASA Nationals in June as well as the Scottish Championships later this month and admits her funding has helped get over her disappointment

“I was really disappointed not to qualify for the British Swimming Championships because they were at the Aquatics Centre in London and it would have been amazing to swim in the Olympic pool,” she said.

“I watched Hannah swim and qualify for London 2012 which was amazing and it was great to get some good news myself and be re-selected for the Local Heroes initiative.

“I am working towards the ASA Nationals in June now and I have the qualifying times for them already so hopefully I can go there and swim well.

“Then after that I am looking towards the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and being re-selected to get this funding does give you the confidence that you can hopefully do that.

“It is really good to be picked again,” she added. “It is nice to have that recognition again because I didn’t even know I was going to get it again so it is a good confidence boost.”

Bank of Scotland Local Heroes, in partnership with SportsAid, provides support and funding to 82 of Scotland’s most talented developing athletes on their journey to London 2012 and beyond. Since 2008, the programme has supported 1,000 athletes. Follow future stars at facebook.com/bankofscotlandlocalheroes