Doctor celebrates medal wins at the Commonwealth Games

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:03 24 May 2010

A FORMER Olympic swimmer turned dedicated village doctor is celebrating after his niece won two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. Dr Alan McClatchey, pictured above, who works at Wrington Vale Medical Practice, watched on television as niece Caitlin

A FORMER Olympic swimmer turned dedicated village doctor is celebrating after his niece won two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.Dr Alan McClatchey, pictured above, who works at Wrington Vale Medical Practice, watched on television as niece Caitlin McClatchey claimed her second gold at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, this week.Caitlin, aged 20, has won the 200m and 400m freestyle swimming races for Scotland.Alan, who has worked at the surgery in Wrington and Churchill for 18 years, was also a top swimmer in his youth and picked up a bronze medal in the 1976 Olympics as part of Great Britain's 4x200m relay team.He also won a silver meal at the 1975 World Championships, as part of the 4x200m relay team. He has also swum in the Commonwealth Games.Dr McClatchey said: "I haven't been able to speak to Caitlin yet, but I have sent some congratulatory text messages."She should be coming back next weekend so hopefully I'll be able to see her then."She comes from a great swimming family. My father swam for Northern Ireland and my brother, Caitlin's father, and her mum have both swum in the Commonwealth Games."But Caitlin is certainly streets ahead of us and showed us all up to be honest.

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