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East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club

Welcome to the new East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club website, the hub for club information, news, and upcoming events. The website is run for club members, by club members, so please send any suggestions for information or functionality you'd like to appear on the site here.

Scottish Summer Meet

Still short of STOs for Scottish Summer Meet sessions 1,2,3,4,6,9. Email sasaeastdistrictsto@gmail.com if you can help, would be appreciated

Gallery now Live!

As you may notice a photo gallery has been added to our website. You must log in to view any photos. We will add more photos in the coming weeks. To make this happen, we have had to remove the home button from the tab list. To get to the homepage now, you must click on the East Kilbride Swim Team logo TOP LEFT wherever you are to return.

Happy viewing!

EK/Carnegie/Dunfermline Challenge Meet

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A big well done to all 31 swimmers who travelled through to Dunfermline on Sunday for a fun afternoon of swimming! There were some great efforts and great racing. Thank you to all involved and thanks to some of the parents/families who travelled through to watch.

We travelled as a team and everyone had a great time! A big thank you also goes to Carnegie ASC for the invite! Results to follow when we receive them and will be placed on results page.

Scottish Nationals Update

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Day 1 saw Richard Laird take his first Scottish National Junior title in the 1500 freestyle in 16 min 58.18 secs and in the same event Angus Barr took 4th place in the senior section in 15 min 49.14 secs. Jennifer King took 7th in the women's 400 IM in a new club record time of 4 min 57.59 secs and Nikki Miller took the B final in a good pb of 5 min 01.98 secs. Meg Finnon took 4th in the B final of the 100 butterfly with 1 min 03.41 secs (pb) but she set a new club record of 29.37 secs for 50 butterfly with her split time. The women's 4 x 200 freestyle relay team of Meg Finnon, Jennifer King, Olivia Jackson and Nikki Miller set a new club record of 8 min 43.04 secs with Meg Finnon breaking her own club record on the lead off leg with 2 min 07.16 secs.

Day 2 finals for EK swimmers opened with the 400 freestyle for men with Angus Barr taking 6th in the A final in 3 min 59.72 secs and Cameron Park took 2nd in the B final with a pb of 4 min 07.91 secs. In the women's 200 back, Jennifer King set a new club record of 2 min 17.82 secs in finishing 7th. Meg Finnon also took 7th in the 800 freestyle in 8 min 53.50 secs. The men's 4 x 200 freestyle relay saw three EK swimmers taking part, Cameron Park, Richard Laird and Angus Barr along with Ross Leslie of Rutheglen and the boys came home in 6th place in an excellent 7min 55.04 secs.

Junior Fitness and Circuits

The junior fitness and circuit class has finished for the summer. We will advise restart date.

Metafit Cancelled

Metafit on Fri 26th  June has been cancelled for A, B, C squads

Scottish and British Summer Meets

The information re the summer meets is now on the notice boards. ALL swimmers who have been invited should discuss their events programme and training plan with their coach. Please note that the timescales are tight and YOU are responsible for making the entries online once they have been agreed with the coach. Any questions re the above please see your coach.

Great Night at SL Awards for EK

Homepage Image EK swimmers took 3 of the 4 award categories at the SL Sports Awards in the Town House, Hamilton. Meg Finnon and Angus Barr took the junior categories and Corrie Scott took the senior female section as well as receiving a Commonwealth Games legacy award. Karen Kelly of Lanark ASC was a worthy winner of the Coach of the Year award and Ross Leslie of Rutherglen was a very strong candidate in the junior male section and former EK member Commonwealth Games tri-athlete, Grant Sheldon was another high class nominee, this time in the senior male category. Congratulations to all who were nominated and thanks to Forbes Dunlop, CEO of Scottish Swimming for being there to witness our success.

New Club Records

East District Grand Prix saw new long course club records in 4 events. Jennifer King took the longstanding 100 and 200 backstroke records, Meg Finnon lowered her own record in the 800 freestyle and Angus Barr took the 200 backstroke under 2min 10secs for the first time.

Development Training Day

Homepage Image At Larkhall Leisure Centre, 53 swimmers came to be part of the development training day. This was a day all about working hard on the little things that matter in swimming: Skills

Our swimmers were joined by one of the best executors of underwater and starting skills in Scotland in Raquel Matos who swims at the University of Edinburgh. Raquel demonstrated what it takes to be a to swimmer and we hope that everyone involved took a lot from the day and will put their learning into everyday practice in training. 

A big thanks goes to Kim for organising today's event and also a big thanks goes to all of the coaching staff and team staff who made the day possible!

Let's make the most of what we learned!

Club Image/Reputation

East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club has been recognised as being the most successful competitive club in the West of Scotland for the past 2 years and recently achieved second position in the National Age Group competition as part of SLS. This achievement is down to the hard work of the swimmers, coaches and volunteers however our overall reputation and success is to a large extent determined by everyone maintaining high standards in the way in which we behave and in the way we support others. In recent times reports have been received suggesting club members whilst at the Dollan Aqua Centre in the showers and changing room areas have been

1. Bringing inappropriate items into public areas of the DAC.

2. Using inappropriate language or talking negatively about other club members.

The continued success of our club relies entirely on how we are seen to conduct ourselves in public at all times and in the way we respect others both within and out with the club itself. Please be aware that we are always being watched and listened to.

Scottish National Championships Dates 2016

Here are the provisional dates for the Scottish national events for 2016. They are subject to change and some probably will.

SNAGS                                       29 March – 3 April

Scottish Nationals                   23 – 26 June

Scottish Summer Meet           22 – 24 July

Scottish Short Course              9 - 11 Dec

SNAGS 2015

Great job from the EK swimmers representing South Lanarkshire Swimming at SNAGS in Aberdeen last week. Scheduled for Tollcross next year so big effort to get everyone available there next time and even more qualifiers. SLS only 121 behind Warrender over 6 days, very impressive from all South Lanarkshire clubs.

Ragbags

Pauline Smith will collect at any time, any of the following:
Clothing, books, toys, games, teddies, recycle electric goods.
Unwanted CD's, computer games.
Please bag separately.

CGCS Announcement

It was formally announced today about the appointment of Head Coach Andy Figgins as Team Staff for swimming for Team Scotland later this year in Samoa.

The article can be found here: http://www.cgcs.org.uk/news-and-media/latest-news/2015/staff-appointed-for-samoa-2015/

Technical Officials New Kit-Sponsorship Opportunity


Now that the the swimmers all have their new team kit, we would like to smarten up all our officials that judge, time-keep, marshall and so on. If any of the swimmers parents or friends have a business and would like to sponsor the club and have their logo on our new dry-fit polo tops, please contact Shona Duncan on 07587 142016 or email shonabovill@gmail.com.

Commonwealth Youth Games Appointment For Andy

Homepage Image East Kilbride Swim Team Head Coach, Andy Figgins, has been appointed as Swimming Team Leader for Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games later this year in Samoa. Andy was understandably absolutely delighted to be appointed and said " It will be an honour and privilege to be involved as a member of staff on Team Scotland". The role will involve pre-departure administration and preparation and at the Games there will be Swimming Team Management and Coaching responsibilities.

Club SL Gold

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We have once again received Club SL Gold accreditation for the club. A big thanks to all involved especially Derek McGown who co-ordinated the process and submission.

UNWANTED COSTUMES

If any of you have swimwear that you no longer use or  have outgrown and that is in good condition, please pass it to Shona Duncan. She will have the Club Shop at the Championships on 22nd November, swimmers within the Club will be able to make a donation for the swimwear, with all proceeds going to  Club funds.

Congratulations Kim - South Lanarkshire Sportscotland Events Volunteer of the Year

Homepage Image A  big well done to Kim Figgins who was awarded the  Sportscotland Events Volunteer of the Year for South Lanarkshire. Kim has worked at a number of National Swimming Championships, the Commonwealth Games, Sainsbury's School Games and several other swimming events and camps. Her nominator Alan McGown was also present at the awards ceremony where Kim was presented with her prizes. Both Alan and Kim had to make a short speech at the event which celebrates the contribution made to sport by so many local volunteers.

Junior Fitness/Circuit Class

Would swimmers attending the Junior Fitness/Circuits class please be there in time for the warm up at 5pm on Fridays as this is an important part of the session. Thanks

Training Camp 2014 - Bangor

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From Sunday until Wednesday, 32 swimmers went on a terrific training camp to Bangor, Northern Ireland. They completed upwards of 30,000m across 6 sessions and still had to have the energy to work hard on land for sessions in the gym on Monday and Tuesday. A great time was had by all, including the team staff and there were compliments for our group everywhere we went, from the training pool to the restaurants and hotel. To get a flavour of what we got up to, you can look through our tweet updates @ekswimteam on twitter or you can have a watch of our short movie. Well done to everyone involved.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUxW-iY_l8w

We Need You

It is the start of a new swimming season and a good time to sign up to become a Swimming Technical Official. It is not difficult at all and anyone can do it, parents, grandparents etc. It is advantageous if every swimmer is able to provide a STO. It is not expected you do something at every meet but does ensure we are not asking the same people to always give up their time.

All meets require STOs to ensure the meet is accredited. If a meet is not accredited the time cannot be used for West District Squads or National events etc.

It does not matter what squad your child is in, if they're attending meets we need your help.

Please contact Christine Jackson at ekstoconvenor@gmail.com  for more information.

Corrie Goes Back To Her Roots

Homepage Image We had a fantastic evening with Corrie Scott coming back to the Dollan on 31 August. After a session in the pool Corrie shared her swimming journey with well over 100 swimmers and parents. She spoke about her early years as she made the transition from the lesson programme to the Development squads and ending up in A Squad. She spoke about her training progrmme, competitions and landwork. Her commitment, determination and toughness shone through as she covered both the highs and lows of her career. Now at Edinburgh University she is looking to build on her Commonwealth bronze and has set her sights on Rio and the Gold Coast in 2012 and 2014 respectively. The evening finished with an autograph and photo session. EK wish Corrie every success and we are very proud of her. If a wee girl from Strathaven can do it, why not you?

49 Club Numbers Available

The following numbers are all available in the 49 club. 1/15/16/18/19/20/24/27/31/32/33/44//48 If anyone would like to join the 49 Club please contact Mary Jane Lindsay on lindsay1727@hotmail.com or 07790420733. Its a great way to help raise funds for the club.

Corrie Scott - Bronze

Homepage Image Our tremendous life member secured a bronze medal this evening at Tollcross Swimming Centre for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in the 50 Breaststroke in 30.74! Absolutely incredible swim, all the club are proud of you!

Easy Fundraising

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If you have not already done so please sign up to www.easyfundraising.org.uk with the 'cause' as East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club.

This really is very easy when you shop online. There are big pots of money to be gained if you need to buy: Car, Home and Pet Insurance, Mobile Phone Contracts and even if you switch energy supplier. It is great to bring in the small amounts that all add up for nearly everything you buy online.

Check it out and sign up.

EKASC is now on Twitter!

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We are now on Twitter. Follow @ekswimteam for all the latest news and events

Club Acceptable Use of Mobile Phone Policy

Scottish swimming has recently produced specific guidance in relation to the use of mobile phones in club settings. The policy document can be accessed in the GENERAL DOCUMENTS section of our website and all parents and swimmers should make themselves aware of what is expected. It is the intention of the club to require all swimmers and indeed their parents to sign the policy agreement form at the next membership renewal and on any occasion in the immediate future where a planned swimming trip/camp is being organised. 

Technical Officials

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The club is required to provide technical officials for the meets we enter to allow them to take place or in some cases be accredited. An accredited event is one from which the times can be used for qualification for the District Regional Programme, National Squads and National Championships. The club can be stopped from taking part in meets for not providing officials and in the case of West Districts can be fined up to £400 over a weekend. Arranging officials is a thankless task so please assist by agreeing to take a turn at officiating and thus ensure that the club can continue to enhance its reputation, take part in all our planned meets and fulfil our obligations to meet organisers.

Noticeboard Log In

If you do not have your noticeboard log in, please email through the general contact button and request it and it will be forward to you. If you have not added your email address or mobile number to your personal noticeboard page please do so as soon as possible to receive updates when they are released.

Training Changes

Click here to view the training changes for all teams.

Competition Entries

With the closure of the Dollan Aqua Centre, the club no longer has a physical notice board for competition and other announcements. Competition entries will now happen via this website. If you have not yet received your personal log in please contact your coach.

Club Shop

If you need any EK Swim Shop items please contact Elaine Cavanagh on 07540 694 383. Please see the shop page for further info.


South Lanarkshire Swimming Development