Evening news feature

The club was featured recently in Bill Lothian’s Community Sport page in the Edinburgh Evening News.  Head coach, Phil Potter, highlighted all the activities that have been taking place during lockdown and how we are planning for a return to the water. See the full article here.

Christmas fun day winners

Fun day IM winnersFestive winners from the Christmas Club Night! The IM Trophy Winners: Phoebe Wedderspoon & Charlie Brown (10/under); Eve Chalmers & Josh Elliott (11/12 years); Jack Brown & Holly Lumsden (13/14 years); Ross Kerr & Holly Lumsden (Open).

 

 

 

Plus Josh Elliott breaks the 25 Breaststroke record set by Kris Gilchrist in 1994!

Josh - new 11 & under 25m breaststroke recordholder11& under records

The following new open age group 25m records were set.

Fly Sean Craigmile (13.01), Alice Mackie (14.18) Back Rory Young (14.01), Holly Lumsden (15.20) Breast Ross Kerr and Douglas MacCartney (16.16) Free Ross Kerr (11.93), Alice Mackie (13.80)

 

Volunteering

Volunteers play a key role in swimming. Without their dedication, many events would not be possible. As a club, we simply couldn’t function without our parent volunteers and officials.

There are three main areas where we need support – poolside, fundraising and club management.

Poolside: Swim meets are obviously an essential part of the sport of swimming. They are enjoyable for the swimmers and crucially help them to gain times to allow them to qualify for District and National events, they also provide valuable experience of racing as well as being an important source of funds for all swimming clubs.

Every meet our swimmers attend is run entirely with volunteers. There are a variety of opportunities for you to get involved at meets throughout the season.  As a club we are required to provide officials at a variety of meets – internal, club and external. To give you an idea of how many people are needed – we need around 20 for a time trial, and many more for our own meets.

Fundraising:  We are very keen to get a balance between social activities and fundraising activities, but given that our annual outgoings are greater than our income, it’s really important that we maximise our efforts to make sure that we can continue to keep training costs at a reasonable level.

We have bag packing dates, along with bake sales and a quiz night coming up, and I would encourage you all to support these events in any way you can.

In addition we also need some volunteers to help co-ordinate our fundraising, identifying opportunities for events and applying for grants or other funding.

Club management: The management of the club is overseen by the committee which is made up entirely of volunteers.  Anyone is welcome to get involved.

So, as you can see in order for the club to be sustainable, we require everyone to get involved to support the club. Quite frankly, without this volunteer support our club could not exist.

 

 

 

 

Because we need so many people to help, it is really important that everyone gets involved.  We all have busy lives and it can be difficult to spare the time, but the more people that give their time and support our events, the lighter the burden is on us all.  It also allows us to provide better support to our swimmers both on poolside and through fundraising. And don’t forget there are benefits for you too – a poolside view of the swimming, lunch if you stay all day, a free water bottle, access to free Scottish Swimming training, the list goes on!

We are asking all families to commit to volunteering to help the club in some way this season, by becoming an official, helping at meets, joining the fundraising team, taking photographs for us, or if you have any other skills that you feel would be useful.  And this isn’t restricted to the adults, there are lots of opportunities for our young people too.

Please email me at president@swimhearts.com to let me know how you can help or to find out more.

2019 club summer BBQ

Rob's barbecue

There was a great turnout for this year’s summer barbecue at Cramond beach on Sunday 18th August. Luckily the weather was mostly kind – windy but the rain held out until we had all been fed.

Rob Carruthers was the barbecue king again, assisted by Mike McGill. There were enough burgers, sausages, veggie burgers and veggie sausages to feed an army – or a group of hungry swimmers.

Cramond islandThe tide was out long enough for a group of swimmers to walk out to Cramond island and back.  They made it back in time to queue up for burgers and sausages.

Thanks to everyone who came, a great turnout. The kids finished off the day with a game of rounders while we all sheltered under the gazebo!the queue for burgers

 

 

 

No swimming involved

Mum, can we get a dog?A group of swimmers and parents (and Corrie the dog) set off up Arthur’s Seat on Sunday 16th June. It made a nice change from sitting in a hot swimming pool. We took the hard route up to near the summit at which point the parents stopped for a rest while the kids ran to the top.

After all the hard work and fresh air we made our way to Dynamic Earth for well earned coffee, muffins (and chicken and chips for one unnamed swimmer!).

Made it to the top!All agreed it was a good start to the day and would be good to do again – hope to see more of you there next time.

SNAGs 2019 success

Girls 14-16 800m relay Scottish age group champions

After a fantastic five days of racing at Tollcross, Hearts achieved an exceptional fourth place in the top club points.  Congratulations to all the swimmers and coaches who were part of this year’s meet, and thanks to Elinor Crofts and Carol Macinnes for representing the club as officials.  It was great to see many of our swimmers achieving PBs and podium successes, and it was especially enjoyable to watch our relay teams working together for the club.

Girls 11-13 relay silver medallists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full results are on the results page.

Training schedule changes Easter Holidays

We have a few changes to the training schedule during April / Easter Holidays. See the full training schedule here.

Changes are being made due to the following:

  • Ainslie Park closed during w/c 8th April
  • Forrester not available to us 1800-1900 during w/c 8th April
  • Coach availability
  • Anticipated reduced swimmer attendance during holidays
  • British Champs taking place in Glasgow 16th-21st April and Scottish Masters taking place at RCP 19th/20th April

The changes for w/c 25th March (due to Scottish National Age Groups taking place) can be found in the email below and in the attachment.

Changes for w/c 1st April; w/c 8th April and w/c 15th April can be found below / in the attachment:

  • w/c 1st April
    • Monday 1st April
      • ELITE / FaST 2 / FaST 1 / TaSK 3 – 0600-0730 in RCP main pool – coached by Angus (not for those attending SNAGs)
    • Wednesday 3rd April
      • FaST 1 Ainslie Park session cancelled
      • FaST 1 join TaSK 3 at Forrester 1900-2030 instead
  • w/c 8th April
    • Monday 8th April
      • TaSK 1 / TaSK 2 – 1900-2000 at Forrester
      • FaST 2 / FaST 1 / SwiFT – 2000-2130 at Forrester
    • Wednesday 10th April
      • TaSK 1 / TaSK 2 – 1900-2000 at Forrester
      • FaST 1 / TaSK 3 / SwiFT – 2000-2130 at Forrester
    • Thursday 11th April
      • No Ainslie Park sessions
    • Friday 12th April
      • FaST 2 included in ELITE AM & PM sessions
      • TaSK 1 / TaSK 2 – 1900-2000 at Forrester
      • FaST 1 / TaSK 3 / SwiFT – 2000-2130 at Forrester
  • w/c 15th April
    • Normal week for most – but there may need to be a few small changes for ELITE due to British Champs taking place (tbc).
    • Saturday 20th April
      • No ELITE 0600-0800 RCP session due to Scottish Masters taking place at RCP.
  • w/c 22nd April
    • This will also be a normal training week – including Monday 22nd (Easter Monday)