Tranent Christmas Gala

By Kirsty Funnell



The Tranent Christmas Gala had a great turnout from swimmers in TASKs 1, 2 and 3, Fast 1 and also Swift. They were supported by coaches, Jill Muirden, Angus Johnstone and Stuart Forbes. I was talking to Angus and he said “It’s a good chance for swimmers to swim fast and to see me in my pink hat!”

For many swimmers it was their very first external gala which was very exciting for them. Olivia McDonald told me that this was one of her first galas and then she said “It is good and it is competitive”.

There were events in all the strokes and an Individual Medley as well, split between boys and girls and the following age categories: 8yrs and under, 9-10yrs, 11-12yrs, 13-14yrs, 15/over.

Chatting to some of the Hearts swimmers, I found that many of them have a favourite stroke. I asked some of them why; Josh El stated “Breaststroke because I’m fast at it”; Adam Funnell commented “Butterfly because I’m good at it”; and Layla Wedderspoon told us “Butterfly because it just is”.



I also spoke to some of the spectators. Julie Robb told me “All three of my children are swimming today. It’s a great sport for keeping fit and competing has given my kids loads of confidence. Louis loves being with his friends and cheering his team mates on.

Hearts officialsI then spoke to some of our wonderful Hearts officials who told me why they volunteer to help at galas. “they give you sweets”, said Mel McDonald, “I enjoy chatting to the other officials”, said Carol MacInnes, “You get the best view of the swimmers when you are on poolside”, said Angie Doney.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the day and a number of swimmers took places on the podium.

Well done to everyone who took part!

East Districts Round 1 report

Saturday and Sunday saw the start of the East District competition at Michael Woods Centre in Glenrothes, with Round 1 focusing on the distance events.

24 swimmers from Task 3, Fast 1, Fast 2 & Elite took part in the various events comprising 400m IM, 400m, 800m & 1500m Freestyle. For some, this was the first time they’d ever qualified for the East District Competition, for others it was the first time they’d qualified for the Distance events. Either way, and for all those returning to EDR1 again, well done on your collective achievements over the weekend. A large number of PB’s were achieved, there was some fantastic displays of team spirit across the squads and great to see swimmers encouraging their team mates on.

Head Coach Phil Potter said “the team performed with distinction yet again – showing significant progression and, more importantly, attention to detail, considerable work ethic and a desire to race.  Well done to all!” Thanks to Phil & Michal who were on hand throughout the weekend, and to Phil, Michal and Jill for their combined efforts in coaching our swimmers.

Unfortunately, there were some swimmers who qualified for the event, but who were unable to race on the day due to illness. You were missed and we wish you a speedy recovery.

Together the swimmers knocked a whopping 489 seconds (or 8mins) from their times, and between them achieved 17 podium finishes. Well done to the following eight individuals for their medals:

Kate Carruthers                3rd 800m Freestyle

Erika Coupek                     1st 400m IM, 1st 400m Freestyle

Louise McCarthur             3rd 1500m Freestyle

Holly McGill                       2nd 800m Freestyle, 2nd 1500m Freestyle

Jack McGill                         1st 400m IM, 2nd 1500m Freestyle, 2nd 800m Freestyle, 3rd 400m Freestyle

Fionnlagh McGuire          2nd 1500m Freestyle

Ellie Reilly                          1st 400m Freestyle, 2nd 400m IM, 2nd 800m Freestyle, 2nd 1500m Freestyle,

Angus Rutherford            3rd 1500m Freestyle, 3rd 800m Freestyle

Finally, it was amazing to see so many parents helping out over the four sessions. Together Hearts parents covered a combined total of 20 sessions, which included Timekeeping, Judging and Marshalling. I know this made a huge difference to the meet organiser, so thank to those who volunteered. If you’d like to get involved in future meets, we’d love to hear from you @

Hearts Premier Meet

Hearts take the top club trophy at Premier Meet

A big well done to all the swimmers who competed at our own Premier Meet at Bathgate on the 6th and 7th October.  An excellent team performance saw us lift the Top Club Trophy at the end of the weekend, and Kate C, Holly L, Rowan S and Jack B pick up the Top Girl / Boy awards in their respective age groups.

Thanks also to all the parent who came along.  It was fantastic to see so many from the club helping and also donating the many prizes for our Raffle/Tombola. The net profit was around £6,300 and this sum will help with the running of the club.

Pig racing update

Thanks to everyone who attended or supported the pig racing night.  Over 80 people came on the night.  The venue was great and as usual the pigs gave it their all.  We raised a total of £694 for club funds – a fantastic achievement!


Lothian Leagues finals

Two teams won their age groups at the final round of Lothian Leagues on 2nd June

Girls 8-9 team

Girls 8-9 team

Emilie Paul, Heather Doney, Chloe Milburn, Olivia Murray and Kirsty Carruthers won the overall girls 8/9 team title.

Emilie, Heather, Chloe and Olivia are here with their trophy and coach Angus Johnston.

In the girls 12/13 age group the team of Alice Mackie, Olivia Dean, Sophie Milburn, Katie Macdonald and Lizzie Whike picked up the trophy.

Girls 12-13 team

Girls 12-13 team


The boys 8/9 team of Lewis Robb, Charlie Brown, Kier Strormonth, Anton Skornyakov and Jack Robertson came third in their category.

Boys 8-9 team

Open water success

The East District Open Water championships was held at Lochore Meadows on Sunday 20th May with a strong contingent from Hearts. Results in the open category were:

  • John McDonald Senior (17-24) Men’s 2k – 2nd overall, 2nd East District
  • Ian Sutherland Masters Men’s 2k – 2nd overall, 1st East District
  • Keanna MacInnes Senior (17-24) Women’s 2k – 1st overall, 1st East District
  • Katie Taylor Senior (17-24) Women’s 2k – 2nd overall, 2nd East District
  • Carol Lock Masters Women’s 2k – 2nd overall, 1st East District
  • Ruth Miller Masters Women’s 2k – 4th overall, 3rd East District
  • Vicky MacRae Masters Women’s 2k – 5th overall, 4th East District
  • Kirsty Funnell Junior Girls (11&12) – 4th overall, 3rd East District
  • Orla MacInnes Junior Girls (11&12) – 5th overall, 4th East District
  • Louise MacArthur Junior Girls (15&16) – 4th overall, 2nd East District

There were also two Hearts relay teams in action.  The Master team of Carol Lock, John McDonald, Ian Sutherland and Ruth Miller came in 3rd overall and 1st East District team.  The junior team of Adam Funnell, Finlay Saunders, Katie Taylor and Keanna MacInnes came in strongly in 4th overall and 2nd East District team – considering 3 of the team had never swum in open water before.  Well done to Adam for stepping in at the last minute to make up the team – he was amazing!

Evening news article

Edinburgh swimmer Keanna Macinnes took a break from training and studying for her Highers to spend time with younger swimmers from her club and to share her experience from her debut at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in April.

The Heart of Midlothian Swimming Club member swam in both the 100m and 200m butterfly events on the Gold Coast, and helped Team Scotland to fifth place in the 4x100m medley relay. It was a successful first games for the swimmer who came back with two PBS and an improvement on her Scottish Junior record for the 100m fly.

Speaking of her experience, Keanna said: “Being part of Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games was an amazing experience and I enjoyed every minute.“

Head Coach Phil Potter, said: ”We are all extremely proud of Keanna, she works really hard and thoroughly deserved her place on the team.”

Younger swimmers got the opportunity to race last weekend at the club’s Novice Meet, which was help at Prestonpans on Sunday 13 May. In-between heats, swimmers were given a demonstration of stroke technique from Elite squad member, Finlay Saunders.

Potter said: “It’s great that one of our more experienced swimmers was able to come and share his skills with younger swimmers at our novice meet. It’s really encouraging for them to have these older role models so they can see that hard work and dedication can result in good technique and great success.”

The Hearts relay team, consisting of Chloe Milburn, James Milburn, Liam Mason, Jessica Robb, Keir Stormonth and Layla Wedderspoon, were triumphant in the final event of the day, bringing home the gold medal in the 6x25m freestyle.

Training schedule week of 9th April

Please note that the training schedule for w/c 9th April – with Forrester back open – is a normal schedule except for the following CHANGES:

  • Monday 9th
    • No SwiFT session 2030-2130 at Forrester. SwiFT swimmers can join in with FaST 1 1900-2030.
  • Wednesday 11th
    • No SwiFT session 2030-2130 at Forrester. SwiFT swimmers can join in with TaSK 3 1900-2030.
  • Thursday 12th
    • No land session (1800-1850) for FaST 1 at Ainslie Park. Pool session as normal.
  • Friday 13th
    • ELITE / FaST 2 Drumbrae session TBC
  • Sunday 15th
    • No land training for all squads at Drumbrae and RCP. Pool sessions as normal.

SNAGS 2018 summary

The 2018 Scottish National Age Groups (SNAGS) took place at Tollcross pool, Glasgow from Wednesday 28th March to Sunday 1st April.  There were great performances from the whole team over the 5 days of competition both individually and in relays across all age groups.

On the podium were:

  • Holly Lumsden (11-13 years) – bronze 50m butterfly.
  • Holly McGill (11-13 years) – bronze 1500m freestyle, silver 200m backstroke, and silver 100m backstroke.
  • Rowan Saunders (14 years) – bronze 50m backstroke.
  • Jack McGill (14 years) – silver 1500m freestyle, bronze 800m freestyle.
  • Ellie Reilly (15 years) – silver 50m breaststroke, gold 200m breaststroke, bronze 400m IM, bronze 200m IM, and gold 100m breaststroke.
  • Emma Russell (15 years) – bronze 1500m freestyle, bronze 100m freestyle, silver 400m freestyle, bronze 800m freestyle, silver 100m butterfly, bronze 200m freestyle and bronze 50m butterfly.
  • Rory Young (16 years) – bronze 200m butterfly.
  • Katie Taylor (17-18 years) – gold 1500m freestyle, silver 400m IM, and silver 200m butterfly.

Also in finals were Jack Brown, Holly Lumsden, Louise Macarthur, Adele McDaid, Holly McGill, Jack McGill, Fionnlagh Maguire, Scott Muirden, Ellie Reilly, Luci Robertson, Angus Rutherford, Emma Russell, Rowan Saunders, Finlay Saunders, Katie Taylor and Rory Young.

Full results here