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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.

Latest Update Parking Update For The Citadel 26 and 27 April

Received from South Ayrshire

If you've been down to Ayr previously, you might remember that parking can often be an issue at the Citadel. Whilst we have a car park at the pool, it fills up pretty quickly, resulting in folk having to park on the main road outside.

 

If you can pass on to anyone from your clubs who are coming down, there are parking restrictions on South Harbour Street on Saturday morning until 1pm. We have some very keen parking attendants who will ticket anyone who has been parked for over an hour on this road. The restrictions do not apply from 1pm Saturday, or at all on Sunday.

 

We don't want to see anyone caught out over this, and getting a nasty surprise. If you cant get parked in the Citadel car park itself, continue up South Harbour Street (towards the sea front). Just before the block of flats at the end, there is an area of land on the right by the harbour which is free to park in.

 

See you all at the weekend.

 

Latest Update South Lanarkshire Development Meet

Thank you to all the volunteers from the club who helped with the successful running of this meet.

It was great to have so many people to help on what was such a beautiful sunny day.

Thanks go to : Elaine Cavanagh, Ian Collinson, David, Geraldine and Meg Finnon, Christine Jackson, Harley and Lori Mathieson, Lynsey Moir, Catherine and James Reilly, Ashley and Allan Scott.

Latest Update Cambuslang Grand Prix - A Squad

Homepage Image Sixteen members of A squad went for a Go-Karting session at Scotkart in Cambuslang on Sun 20 April. Accompanied by Derek and Andy there was keen competition as thr group took to the track. The Dollan car park could be a dangerous place in years to come judging by the antics of our intrepid racers. The "Wreck It Ralph" award will be awarded at a later date and our resident stunt cyclist showed his knowledge of racing lines and track skills while some others were awarded the black diamond flag! A great time was had by alland those on the grid were; Bobbi, Megan, Rachel, Rosie, Lisa, Meg, Olivia, Mark, Angus, Jack, Jamie, Ciaran, Cammy, Andrew, Ross Mc and Sean.

Latest Update Easter Fundraising Success

Olivia Jackson and Bobbi Greig are the worthy winners of the Easter Quiz.

All correct entries were put together and Rosie Mathieson kindly pulled the winning sheets out yesterday.

Thanks to everyone who bought Quiz Sheets and also a HUGE thank you for the kind donations to allow us to have a successful Easter tombola yesterday at the South Lanarkshire Development Meet.

Latest Update Design the new EKASC logo – deadline extended to 26 April 2014

The deadline for submitting a design for the new logo which will appear on club kit and correspondence has been extended to midday on Saturday 26 April. The competition is open to all swimmers of EKASC and there will be a prize for the winner.  The logo should be a simple design with a swimming theme in the Club colours (navy and white) and include the Club initials EKASC. If you would like to enter, please send your design on paper no bigger than A4 size to Catherine Reilly by e-mail Catherine.reilly2@o2.co.uk or hand it to Catherine or Sean Reilly at the DAC.

Latest Update Fundraising Update

Ashley will be at Dollan Thursday 17th and Friday 18th for those of you still to hand in Easter tombola prizes for the South Lanarkshire Development Meet this Saturday.

Also all completed Easter Quiz Sheets should be handed in no later than Friday and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Thank you for your support.

Commonwealth Games Selection For Corrie

Homepage Image Corrie Scott, a life-member of the club has achieved qualification for her second Commonwealth Games. After being the youngest qualifier in the Aquatics team for Delhi in 2010, Corrie has been selected for both 50 and 100m breaststroke events. In the 50m final at the Scottish Championships she set a new Scottish Senior record and went on to take silver in the 100m at both the Scottish and British Championships. The good news for our younger swimmers is that Corrie has agreed to come along and pay our Development Squads a visit before the end of the year. Good luck Corrie and we know you will do your first club and country proud.

Queen's Baton Honour For Ruth

Homepage Image Ruth Flight who coaches the Development Squad at Strathaven on a Monday afternoon has been selected as one of the baton bearers in Dundee on 27 June. Ruth who swam in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul was a bronze medsllist in the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Congratulations Ruth!

Latest Update EK National Success

Twenty-eight swimmers from EK were competing as South Lanarkshire Swimming at Tollcross  . in the Scottish Championships from 3-6 April, which doubled as the Commonwealth trials.

For many it was about experience and personal improvement but stand out performances from Meg Finnon, Angus Barr and the 4x200m Freestyle Relay team saw them pick up Scottish titles and break records galore.
Meg Finnon, at only 15 years of age, won the overall Scottish national title in the Women's 1500m Freestyle (as well as the Junior title) with a time of 17.01.29 - beating her previous best by over 17 seconds. Meg also picked up the Scottish Junior Champion titles in the Women's 400m and 800m Freestyle events in a truly amazing four days of swimming.
Not to be outdone, Angus Barr finished fourth overall in a gruelling Men's 1500m Freestyle that saw the top two achieve Commonwealth Games nomination times. However his Scottish Age Group Record time of 16 mins 4.08 secs guaranteed him a place on the top of the podium as Scottish Junior Champion.15 year old Angus then swam an electric 14 second personal best of 8mins 17.02secs to come a superb second overall in the the Men's 800m Freestyle, breaking the Scottish Junior record and collecting the Scottish Junior title along the way.
He then went on to complete a Freestyle quadruple with Scottish Junior titles in the 200m and 400m events, breaking yet another Scottish Junior record in the 400m into the bargain.
17 year old Cameron Park made it into the particularly tough final of the Men's 200m Breaststroke; an event won by Scottish swimming superstar Michael Jamieson.
The South Lanarkshire 4x200m Relay team rounded off a glittering weekend for club members as Angus Barr and Ross McPherson were joined by Ross Leslie (Rutherglen) and Euan McComish (Lanark) to be crowned Scottish Junior Champions with a Scottish Junior record and Scottish Junior Club record time of  8.08.22.
EKASC swimmers competing were; Angus Barr, Bethany Brodie, Lisa Currie, Lucy Duncan, Jack Elby, Sean Figgins, Meg Finnon, Bobbi Greig, Erin Holmes, Olivia Jackson, Katie Lillie, Mark McCrae, Andrew McFadzean, Ross McPherson, Nikki Miller, Kirsty Miller, Abbie Mtichell, Chloe Montagu, Nicole Montagu, Ciaran Mullins, Cameron Park, Rachel Saxon, Kate Saxon, Meredith Scott, Megan Smith, Jamie Stewart, Rosie Wynne and Ross Young.

South Lanarkshire Development Meet

East Kilbride are hosting the South Lanarkshire Development Meet on Saturday 19th April, 2014 and we require some volunteers to help with Marshalling(x2), Timekeeping(x6), Starting(1) and Time Recording(x2). Your time and effort representing the club is greatly appreciated.  Any interested parties can Contact Sean Reilly on 07718105691 or sean.reilly2@o2.co.uk

EASTER ACTIVITIES

Quiz sheets are selling well. Please ask for one if you don't have one as all completed sheets to be in by Thursday 17th April. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter. Good luck.

Please remember we are hosting the South Lanarkshire Meet on Saturday 19th April and Ashley is looking for Easter themed items for the tombola. In order that the items are ticketed for the Meet, please pass them on no later than Tuesday of next week. You are welcome to hand in tombola item the same time as conpleted quiz sheets.  Thanks, in advance, for your generosity.

EASY FUNDRAISING

Online shopping during the first 3 months of this year,  via easyfundraising.org.uk, has raised £119.15 for the Club. £122.70 was raised the last quarter of 2013.

Log onto easyfundraising.org.uk, and register your support for our Club and help us raise even more money the second quarter of 2014.  You are only required to register once,  after that you simply go to the Easyfundraising page and search for shops you wish to buy from, make your purchase, and Easyfundraising does the rest. It does not cost you anything to register and all purchases make money for our Club.

With many more people shopping online, whether it be for groceries, car insurance, clothes or holidays it makes sense to raise money whilst doing so.

Easter Quiz Sheets

Get your thinking caps on folks, the Easter Quiz sheets are now available  at a cost of £1 each. There is a Quiz Sheet for children (any age) and a more challenging Quiz Sheet.  Pauline Smith, Shona Duncan, Theresa McGee, Sean Reilly, Alison Young, Lesley Lairdand Ashley Scott have the Quiz Sheets for sale.  Perhaps your family and friends would enjoy taking part? All completed sheets to be returned to Ashley Scott no later than Thursday 17th April and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter.  Good Luck.

SUMMER FUNdraiser - Saturday 7th June 2014

Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall, East Kilbride is the venue for our SUMMER FUNdraiser. A disco will be playing all our favourite summer tunes between 7pm and 11 pm. We are also hoping to have some games, a chocolate fountain and other fun stuff to keep us entertained. Tickets (priced £3 each) will be available week commencing Monday 12th May from Ashley Scott, Pauline Smith or Alison Young and are on a first come, first served basis as the hall holds no more than 120 people.

EASTER TOMBOLA AT SOUTH LANARKSHIRE DEVELOPMENT MEET

East Kilbride are hosting the South Lanarkshire Development Meet on Saturday 19th April, 2014 and we are hoping to have an Easter Tombola on the day. Can you please kindly donate an Easter themed item and pass it to Ashley Scott by Tuesday 15th April to allow for ticketing of the prizes. Many thanks, in advance, for your generosity.
 

AQUA V SILICONE SWIMMING CAPS

AQUA V SILICONE SWIMMING CAPS

 

•   Zoned 3 - D shape creates a hydrodynamic fit

•   Anatomical fit around base of head and over ears

•   Smooth Silicone (Latex free) reduces drag

•   Available in Med and Large (small made)

 

AVAILABLE TO ORDER

 

£15 with East Kilbride Swim Team

£25 with East Kilbride Swim Team and Personalised Name

 

Please contact Shona Duncan  07587142016, shonabovill@gmail.com or on Fridays in the Dolan Cafe between 5.30 - 6.30 pm

 

Ross and Liddell

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FUNDING from a property management company has made a huge difference to an East Kilbride swimming club. East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club has benefited from Ross and Liddell’s Community Bursary Programme, which provides financial support to community organisations throughout Scotland.

 Andy Figgins, swimming coach at East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club, said: “We are extremely grateful to Ross and Liddell for its generosity. The swimming club is an extremely valuable asset to the local community and the Club attracts members from East Kilbride and the surronding communities. In today’s environment of children playing computer games for hours on end, this club offers a chance to get involved in a sport, which hopefully will become a lifetime involvement for them.”

 

Ross and Liddell specialises in property management and maintenance, as well as providing a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance. Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said: “This community club provides an important service to the younger residents living in the East Kilbride area and we are thrilled to be able to offer our support to their work. Having a local club that is able to train future stars is important and we are thrilled that the funding has been put to such good use. Our bursary scheme was set-up to support community groups and East Kilbride Amateur Swimming club is a perfect recipient.”

The Bursary Programme is now in its third year and was launched to provide support to organisations that make a vital difference in their community. The initiative has attracted a significant number of applications from a wide range of community groups and charities across the country.

Change of Plan - Falkirk Gala 29 March 2014

Just to clarify this is the Falkirk Extended Mini Meet Gala.

Due to the fact that we were only doing one day of a two day meet I have decided to look at a different meet or two  with more appropriate events instead and we have not entered Falkirk Otters. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Rag Bag Clearout Time Again

The Club are organising a Rag Bag collection to raise much needed funds. We are collecting unwanted clothing, shoes, handbags, ties, belts, soft toys, blankets or household textiles. The collection will be uplifted at the end of April (exact date to be advised) but we will accept bags any time up to this date at training sessions (please pass to Ashley Scott (Meredith and Bronwyn’s mum), Pauline Smith (Megan’s mum), Sean Reilly (James and Mark’s dad) or Julie Brodie (Bethany and Stewart’s mum)  – this will give you plenty of time to have a clear out. Tell all your family and friends – the more we collect the more money we will make. If you require any further information please contact Ashley at ashley_a_scott@btinternet.com/ or 07729 615574. To find out more about Rag Bag recycling check out their website www.rag-bag.co.uk . Also if you have any CDs, DVDs and games you no longer use, please place these in a separate bag (and pass to Ashley) and we will send them off to Music Magpie to raise even more money for our Club.

STO’s – FINA Rule Update

Update posted in Club/Documents

West District Champions 2013

Homepage Image East Kilbride Swim Team won the Mary Black trophy as West District Champions, clinching the title in fine style at the West District Junior Championships. Going into the final event of the year with a slight lead they produced some outstanding swimming across the age groups to finish as the top team in the West for the year.

Alloa - Top Team

Homepage Image Team who retained top club award at Alloa Graded Meet

Fuerteventura Training Camp

Homepage Image 22 EK swimmers returned to Fuerteventura with 10 swimmers from Lanark. The swimmers did a fantastic job over 13 pool and 4 land sessions. The total metres swum ranged from around 90k to 107k. In between we squeezed in a trip to the waterpark and the beach and had our end of camp presentation event. King and queen of the pool were Jamie Stewart and Meg Finnon. Well done to all swimmers.

Development Squads Training Day

Homepage Image Development 1 and 2 Squads embarked on a Training Day on Saturday to Tulliallan Police College to coincide with the Junior Training Camp. An excellent day was had by all and there were plenty of tired bodies after two swimming sessions, one land session and some education. This was a fantastic opportunity for these swimmers to swim plenty of metres and work as part of a team.

Junior Training Camp

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27 swimmers from B and C Squads took on the challenge of the Junior Training Camp at Tulliallan Police College between Friday and Sunday. Tulliallan was the perfect setting for this as it was safe, all the facilities and accommodation were a stones throw from each other and there was plenty of food on offer.

In all, the swimmers completed 5 swim sessions covering up to 26,000 metres, 2 land sessions and had plenty of fun along the way. Every swimmer put in the hard work and will hopefully now see the benefits of this.

 

ICG 2013 - Watch

All of the swims from the ICG athletes are now available to watch on YouTube. All heats and finals are available.

Go to http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC95Cp_mFNwvy8vS3OR9jVdQ to watch!

Enjoy!

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. 

Club SL congratulates East Kilbride ASC Gold level achievement

“We are delighted to announce that East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club have successfully completed and met the criteria to be the first club to achieve Gold club level through Club SL.”  said General Manager of South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture, Gerry Campbell.

“South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture launched its first ever club accreditation scheme, Club SL, earlier this year with the aim of supporting sports clubs and their volunteers at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and our congratulations go to East Kilbride Swimming Club on their attainment of Gold level.”

Club SL is a voluntary scheme open to all sports clubs and offers a range of benefits at each level of the programme.   It is designed to assist and support clubs develop their infrastructure with such things as a reduction in some coach education courses, free first course, free child protection course, free Funding your Club workshop and corporate gym memberships.

Andy Figgins, East Kilbride ASC’s Club President said: “When we heard about the launch of Club SL we were very keen to be involved in the process. It gave us an opportunity to check and develop our procedures and processes and update our information. We believe this ensures that our members have the assurance and benefits of being part of a leading club which works very closely in partnership with, not only the Dollan Aqua Centre, but South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture. The benefits will ensure that our members have additional opportunities to use other facilities within the centre and extra development opportunities.”

Email Received From Windsor Pool Lifeguard

I received this email from David Law who works at the pool where the ICG were held.

 

 I'm a lifeguard in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. I worked at the Children's Games, and just wanted to say (because I never got a chance in person) that Angus Barr's 400m freestyle final was one of the toughest races I've ever seen. I've been involved in competitive swimming for over 10 years, and I've never seen anything quite like that. I just wanted to congratulate him, and your team, on an incredible race and a great meet in general. It was a pleasure to watch.

EK Coaches on National and District Programmes

Homepage Image EK will once again be well represented on the West District Regional Programme with National Performance Director, Ally Whike inviting Derek McGown back for another year as an Assistant Coach. We hope that Derek will move on to head up an area in his own right in the very near future. Ally has also invited Kim Figgins to be an Assistant Coach this year, for the first time, having visited the club recently and seen her coaching at a number of meets around the country. This should be an excellent experience for both coaches. Andy Figgins who finished a three year tenure as Scottish Youth Development Coach last year, takes on the role of working with some of the coaches who have swimmers in the Senior Bronze squad.

East Lothian Distance Meet

Homepage Image EK produced a strong weekends swimming at Prestonpans to win the top club award at the meet. As well as the top club award, EK swimmers took 4 of the 6 top swimmer awards, with Ross McPherson and Nikki Miller taking the 13/14 yrs awards and Cameron Park and Meg Finnon took the 15yrs+ awards. The results are all on the website.

Scottish Nationals Update

Homepage Image EK had avery successful time at the newly refurbished Tollcross International Swimming Centre. There was a haul of 5 individual Scottish Junior titles and EK swimmers contributed to 3 relay titles. Cameron Park took SLS first Scottish Junior title of the week in the 200 breaststroke and Andrew McFadzean took the 100 breaststroke Junior gold. Meg Finnon did then 800 and 1500 freestyle Junior double and Angus Barr took the boys 800 freestyle Junior title. Cameron, Angus, Andrew and Jack Elby also contributed to SLS taking the 4 x 100 freestyle and medley relay junior titles and the 4 x 200 freestyle Junior golds. There were many other excellent swims with the Junior girls coming very close in their relays.

DEREK PASSES NEXT COACHING AWARD

Homepage Image Derek McGown who has been C Squad Coach at EK for several years now undertook the UKCC Level 2 Coaching Award recently and came through with flying colours. Derek has been an Assistant Coach on the District Regional Programme for 2 years and was recently appointed Head Coach to the South Lanarkshire Swimming Team which is taking part in the International Children's Games in Windsor, Canada.We wish Derek and the team all the best for August.

InCAS Top Boy

Homepage Image EK produced a string of superb swims at the InCAS meet in the Carnegie Leisure Centre. Jamie Stewart took the top boy award in the boys 15 yrs age group.

SASA President Visits EK

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Derek McGown who is currently going through his UKCC Level 2 Coaching Award had no less an assessor than the President of Scottish Swimming, Gina Logan. Gina will be known to many from her work at National Championships in the marshalling area and we were delighted to welcome her to the club for a visit on Sunday 24th May.

SNAGS Review 2013

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EK swimmers had a fantastic 5 days as part of the South Lanarkshire Swimming team which finished 4th at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh. We had 8 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze individual medals spread across 7 swimmers and a further 5 swimmers took silver medals as members of relays. We had an additional 17 top 8 swims and were represented in 7 other relays which finished in the top 8. We had 2 Scottish Age Group Records and 3 West District Age Group records. In addition we had 144 long course pbs which is a remarkable achievement as we had only recently had the West District senior and junior long course championships. Congratulations to swimmers and staff on this achievement.

It will be a real battle to try and close the gap on 3rd but that job has already started. Our target must be to increase our medallists, finalists and qualifiers. Attendances at training this week have been very encouraging but it is consistency of attendance and effort throughout the year that will produce even better performances and results. I was once told that medals and great performances are made on cold winter mornings not just when the weather is better and the mornings are lighter. True. Take advantage of training opportunities and set your personal performance standards and aspirations high. Personal and team success costs personal and team effort. Don’t rely on others to do things, take responsibility and make great things happen.

A big thank you and well done to all swimmers, parents committee members, convenors, coaches and support staff for your efforts.

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.

Notice for all Judges, Timekeepers and Helpers

The current Child Protection Policy within our Club dictates that all persons acting in the above capacities have at the very least completed a Self declaration Form in relation to their volunteer role.  As the new racing season approaches can I ask that all persons currently acting in the above capacity or intending on taking up such a role who have not completed the above form or a DISCLOSURE form contact either Paul Saxon or Claire Johnston our Club Child Protection Officers in order that we can maintain our policy.

Urgent Need for Judges

As part of the clubs ongoing development we need to increase the number of judges in the club as we can rack up large fines if we do not meet our quotas at meets. If anyone is interested in finding out more about the Level 1 Judge course please contact Lynn Currie on 07971609874.

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.


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