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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 STO Thanks

Thank you to all of our STOs for officiating at the North Ayrshire Distance
Meet.


Julie McCrae, Harley Mathieson, Andrea Mein, Geraldine Finnon, Elaine
Cavanagh, Ian Collinson, Stuart Young, Helen Bartlett, Alison Greig,
Jacqueline Wilkie, Patrick Holmes, Lori Mathieson, Ian Laird, Carrie
Buchanan, Shona Duncan

Latest Update Flashback Friday

Homepage Image Can you spot the EK coach?

Latest Update Thank You STOs

Many thanks to our STOs for officiating at the Cumbernauld Graded on 23/24 August.

Michael Morton, Lori Mathieson, Stuart Young, Sean Reilly, Irene Wilson, Ian Collinson, Stuart Ross, Dorothy Findlay and Morag Alexander.

Latest Update 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 atekstoconvernor@gmail.com for more information.

Changes For Dev Squads

Changes to this weekend for Development Squads. On Fri 29 Aug at 5pm we will be showing Corrie Scott's Video Diary from the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games in Studio 2 at the Dollan. 

There will be no swim session at Strathaven on Sun Aug 31st, swimmers should attend the Dollan for a pool session at 5pm till 6.15pm.
On Sun 31st Aug Corrie will be coming along to the Dollan at 6.30pm to talk about her swimming career and the 2014 Commonwealth Games and will have a few pictures to show us. All squads are welcome as are parents.

Corrie Scott - Visit to talk about her career and the Commonwealth Games

On Sun 31st Aug Corrie Scott will be coming along to the Dollan at 6.30pm to talk about her swimming career and the 2014 Commonwealth Games and will have a few pictures to show us. All squads are welcome as are parents. Those swimmers who are at North Ayrshire Meet can attend after they have finished swimming as the meet is scheduled to finish in time to return to the DAC for 6.30pm.

Important Fundraising Update

A cheque for £131.51 was received from Easy Fundraising for the period April – June. If you have not already registered to support our Club, please do so as EKASC will receive money every time you shop online with retailers such as  John Lewis, M&S, Argos, Tesco, Sainsburys  and Amazon. Simply visit easyfundraising.org.uk  click to support East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club then shop and raise money with almost 3,000 retailers. You can also buy insurance or change energy supplier and EKASC will receive money for you doing this.

 

Rag Bags can be passed to Ashley at any time. In the last 6 weeks the rag bag collection has raised almost £80 for the Club so keep the bags coming, ask family and friends to pass their unwanted clothes, shoes, soft toys and bedding (no duvets). Ashley will be at Dollan every Friday night from 4pm till 7pm. She can also be contacted by email ashley_a_scott@btinternet.com if you wish to arrange an alternative day to pass over any bags you may have. This isn’t just a summer rag bag collection, bags can be passed on to Ashley throughout the year at any time.

 

Webb Ivory Christmas catalogues will be handed out in the next month or so to all parents and further details will be sent out nearer the time. The catalogue has a fantastic selection of cards, wrapping paper, decorations, sweets, books and personalised gifts. The Club will receive 25% commission on every order.

ASA Youths Update

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Angus Barr followed up his 200 free with a fantastic 1500 freestyle finishing 2nd, breaking Graeme Smith's 22 year old Scottish Junior record in a time of 15min 41.73 secs and he followed that up with another Scottish Junior record in the 400 free again finishing 2nd this time in 3min 56.95 secs.

Cameron Park qualified for the semi finals of the 200 breaststroke in 2min 27.46 secs and he lowered this  to 2 min 27.43 secs.

New Club Team Kit

Shona Duncan will be handing out information, order forms and size charts for the new club kit from Mon 11th August.

ASAYouths - Sheffield

Homepage Image A good first day for EK swimmers at ASA Youths in Sheffield with 4 pbs from 4 swims. Cameron Park got the ball rolling with 1.07.90 in the 100 breast, his first time under 1.08. Olivia Jackson went 34.63 in the 50 breast to rocket up the rankings. Angus Barr had pbs in the 200 free heat and semi final ending the day at 1.54.00 qualifying in 6th for the final.

Flashback Friday

Homepage Image Ok so it's late but worth doing all the same this week.

ASA Age Groups

Homepage Image This week sees Nikki miller, Meredith Scott, Jonathan Christie and Stewart Brodie take part in the ASA Age Group Championships in Sheffield. Nikki has 2 events, the 400 Im and 800 freestyle while Meredith goes in the 100 backstroke. For the boys its a 1500 freestyle for Jonathan and the 200 fly for Stewart. Unfortunately Catriona Fowlie who qualified in the 200 backstroke has had to withdraw due to an injury. This is the highest number of qualifiers we have ever had and we wish them good luck in their swims.

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!

EK News Backpage

Homepage Image Good luck to Corrie Scott EK lifemember as she gets her campaign under way tomorrow in the 50 breast. We are all behind you and supporting you. You will be able to read all about her games in the EK News and follow her progress on twitter @ekswimteam.

Metafit Cancelled

Metafit sessions for A, B, and C squads are cancelled until mid August. 

Flashback Friday

Homepage Image A bit late but better late than never. This is from one of our early training camps at Stirling.

Health Notice

One of our development squad members who attends Tue, Thu, Sun has been diagnosed with Whooping Cough. We have sought advice and would ask you to be aware of the following information. Whooping cough (pertussis) is a highly contagious bacterial infection, It is spread by droplets in the air produced from coughing or sneezing.
It usually starts with symptoms like a cold i.e. temperature,blocked or runny nose ,sneezing, sore throat and cough however it then develops into intense episodes of coughing after a period of a few weeks.
The symptoms of whooping cough can take from 1 to 3 weeks to appear after infection(incubation period). Therefore it could take up to 3 weeks from contact with a carrier for a new case to present.
Diagnosis is by either a blood test or throat swab and treatment is usually with antibiotics . Patients are advised to remain isolated until at least 5 days of antibiotic treatment. However it would be considerably longer before you would be able to resume training.
The current vaccination programme offers vaccinations to babies and preschoolers. If in doubt please consult your GP.

Junior Fitness/Circuit Class Finished For Summer

There will be no junior fitness/circuit class until Fri 16 August.

Summer Fundraising - Clear Out

With school over, can you please bag up old school uniforms and shoes as Ashley is collecting rag bags. Also any curtains, bedding (not duvets), soft toys and shoes. Ashley can be contacted by email at ashley_a_scott@btinternet.com


New Club Records

At Scottish Age Groups in Aberdeen, the girls 4 x 200 free relay of Meg Finnon, Lisa Currie, Rachel Saxon and Olivia Jackson set a new club record of 8min 55.51 secs with Meg also setting a new club record for the 200 freestyle on the lead off leg with a time of 2min 8.88secs. Well done girls.

New Team Kit - Male/Unisex

Homepage Image Each swimmer will be given a order form and information and we will having fittings to help with sizing. (to be arranged) There will be a deadline of end of August and all orders will be sent to factory to get made up. ( 5 - 6 weeks delivery)

Shona Duncan will be available after 15 July, and order forms will be handed out to swimmers and parents. Please have a good look at the designs and Shona will help with any queries. There are two sheets Female and Unisex.

New Team Kit - Female

Homepage Image Each swimmer will be given a order form and information and we will having fittings to help with sizing. (to be arranged) There will be a deadline of end of August and all orders will be sent to factory to get made up. ( 5 - 6 weeks delivery)

Shona Duncan will be available after 15 July, and order forms will be handed out to swimmers and parents. Please have a good look at the designs and Shona will help with any queries. There are two sheets Female and Unisex.

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.

Flashback Friday

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Sainsbury's UK School Games

Homepage Image EK Development Squad coach Kim Figgins has been selected to the team management staff for the North/West team at the Sainsbury's UK School Games. As part of the future development of the sport, each team selects an Assistant Team Manager who is under 25 years of age. Kim has already been part of many national and club training camp and competition events as a swimmer and has been away with EK groups as part of the coaching staff. This years event takes place from 4 - 7 September in Manchester. Congratulations Kim and good luck.

EKASC is now on Twitter!

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

FUNDRAISING

A HUGE thank you to all who handed in rag bags, the total amount the Club received was £179.60. Many thanks to Julie Brodie who kindly kept the bags in her garage until collection.

We have received a cheque for £63.47 from Easyfundraising for the period January to March 2014. Simply go to  easyfundraising.org.uk  and register to support East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club and start shopping. You can make purchases from large companies such as Argos, John Lewis, Amazon, M & S and Sainsburys. It costs you nothing but helps raise funds for our Club.

Our Summer Family Fundraiser is next Saturday with all tickets sold.  Ashley is looking for tombola prizes and or auction items so if you could kindly pass them to her as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support.

Lost Roller

If anyone found a black flexibility roller at the South Ayrshire meet on the Saturday can they please check if it has a name on it. 

Aberdeen Aquatic Centre

Homepage Image I had the opportunity to visit the magnificent new 10 x 50m pool at the Aberdeen Aquatic Centre, which will be the venue for this years SNAGS. The Aberdeen Sports Village is a magnificent complex and will be a superb venue for events. There is also a 6 x 25m warm up pool which doubles as a diving pit.

Scottish Schools Swimming Championships SLLC Article

Please see attached link for the article about swimmers attending South Lanarkshire Schools at the Scottish Schools Swimming Championships.

http://www.slleisureandculture.co.uk/news/article/920/scottish_schools_swimming_championships

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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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