98 swimmers from all Tiers gathered on Sunday 17th December for our annual sprint challenge. Each swimmer competed over 25m in all 4 strokes, the times were then combined to crown each age group sprint champion. The 11 and unders were also competing for the ‘beat the record’ plates. Some of these records go back to 1995, none were bettered this year but our 8, 9 and 10 year olds can target them next year!
The bake sale was a great success as always – well done and thanks to everyone who did their best festive bakes. We raised £444 for club funds. The raffle in aid of Social Bite’s Christmas of Kindness raised £84, thanks to everyone who bought a ticket.
Our 2023 sprint champions are:
9 & under – Josephine Rajgopaul and Murray Robertson
10 years – Rosie Maclennan and Rob Cairns
11 years – Aila Oldham and Guy Johnston
12 years – Ella Whike and Thomas Wakulicz
13 years – Lili Mundell and Max Morton
14 years – Isabella Coane and Darragh Oldham
15 plus – Layla Wedderspoon and Jedrezj Przychodzki
We’ve been landed with a last-minute notification of the closure of the pool at Forrester this week. This means that Monday 16th / Wednesday 18th / Friday 20th sessions for Tiers 4 / 5 / 6 & SwiFT have had to be cancelled at short notice as below.
SwiFT – will join the Masters sessions this week instead:
Tuesday 17th – 1945-2100 at Drumbrae
Thursday 19th – 1930-2045 at Ainslie Park
Sunday 22nd – 1830-1945 at RCP TP also available if desired
Tier 5 / Tier 6
Wednesday 18th – 1730-1830 at AInslie Park
Friday 20th – 1945-2100 at Drumbrae
Sunday 22nd – 1630-1730 at Drumbrae as normal for Tier 5
Wednesday 18th – 1830-1930 at AInslie Park
Friday 20th – 1945-2100 at Drumbrae
Sunday 22nd – 1730-1845 at Drumbrae as normal
Tier 3 – just one change affecting this Tier:
Friday 20th – 1715-1800 land / 1815-1945 swim at Drumbrae (moved from the later slot)
Tier 2 – just one change affecting this Tier:
Wednesday 18th – 1800-2000 at RCP instead of the normal Ainslie Park session
Tier 1 – no schedule changes but cc’ed FYI
All of the above can be found on the revised training schedule which also details some changes for Tiers 1 / 2 / 3 throughout the rest of the month / November / December which are due to competitions; pool availability and coach availability.
A group of swimmers, coaches and volunteers got dressed up for the 2023 Scottish Swimming awards dinner in Glasgow. We didn’t win club of the year but very proud of the whole club for making it to the top three. Big thank to everyone who got involved in the filming and panel interviews, and special thanks to Pete Harris for pulling it all together.
It was a great night out, nice to see everyone looking so glamorous. And had to drag the swimmers off the dance floor in the end!
Our Swimmer of the Month awards turn into Swimmer of the Summer with some very deserving recipients:
Tier 1 – it’s simply all of you (and crediting some great coaching by Michal!) but with a special nod to Holly’s Euro Junior , Layla’s current British Summer Champs campaign, and some outstanding Scottish Summer Meet performances.
Tier 2 – Ewan H for showing improved application and confidence in training.
Tier 3 – Greta for displaying real desire to learn and improve.
Tier 4 – Finlay for continuing to work hard in training and for reaping the rewards with much improved competition performances.
Tier 5 – Sully for making a big all round effort since joining and improving his tumble turns.
Tier 6 – Lily for improved attendance and making progress with her backstroke starts.
Niamh – for a fantastic all-round attitude, working hard every session, supporting the team and for outstanding competition performances this month! Keir – for improving beyond all recognition over the last 6 months and making March his month in the competition pool!
Michael – for always being up for a challenge and displaying a great attitude at all times!
Gregory – for great recent competition results and for mastering his back to breast turn!
Rob – for consistently working hard and smart – and for being top dog at the Swimathon!
Phoebe – for making huge progress with her butterfly technique!
Jenna – for overcoming her dislike of having her photo taken for this!