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.
EK Open Meet
We still require helpers\volunteers for the East Kilbride Open Meet 3-5th June 2016.
We have 5 Sessions to fill positions for Entry/Programme, Tombola/Raffle, Marshalling,
Announcer, Runners, Results and Medal Table. Your help would be most appreciated.
Contact Sean Reilly if available - firstname.lastname@example.org
Polite Request from Management Committee
Following a number of requests we would respectfully ask
parents to be considerate in the following areas:
Please check your noticeboards on a regular
basis and accept any swims within the allocated time period. Please note: Expiry is midnight at the
start of the closing date
Please check Entry Docs tab in the website as a
meet gets closer to see what accepted swims your child has and the Report time
for their particular session/s
Please avoid standing up in the front areas of
the balcony and blocking the views of other parents or leaning over the
railings as this is a Health and Safety issue
Please avoid coaching from any area of the pool
area or balcony as this can be off-putting to swimmers and coaches
Please be careful and considerate in the car
park in the mornings and avoid parking on double yellow lines at the front of
the building during drop-off/pick-up
EKASC Management Committee
Scottish Team Champs
The Scottish Team Champs take place on Saturday 24th September. Please try to keep this day free if you are likely to be chosen to compete in this event to give SLS the strongest team we can have.
Sponsor an Event at the EK Open Meet
Are you or do you know a small business or a family that wants to support the EK Open Meet?
We will be incorporating individual event sponsors into our Meet Programme for this year and can give you 4 lines of advertising space. For example:
Sponsor: Business/Family Name
If you would like to support this please contact Keith Brown on email@example.com ASAP to select your events. These are priced at Â£20 each and we are looking to fill all events by Tuesday 31st May to allow us to get the Meet Programme printed in time for the meet. The earlier we can secure these the better for the club! You can support one or many events and there are also other sponsorship opportunities for the Meet Programme which can incorporate the Sponsors logo etc.
Thanks to Aillie Chong and Harley Mathieson for officiating at Larkhall at the Development meet.
From SwimSwam - Meg Signs With Georgia Bulldogs
Rising Scottish star Meg Finnon committed to the University of Georgia Bulldogs tonight, adding an all-around talent to their NCAA championship roster.
Finnonâs LC Best Times (+ yards conversions):
- 200 free: 2:07.16 (1:51.67)
- 400 free: 4:20.34 (4:51.69 500 free)
- 800 free: 8:47.78 (9:51.35 1000 free)
- 1500 free: 16:45.91 (16:26.18 1650 free)
- 100 fly: 1:03.41 (55.86)
- 200 fly: 2:14.21 (1:58.38)
- 200 IM: 2:26.19 (2:08.81)
- 400 IM: 5:09.54 (4:33.09)
Georgia is coming off a massive NCAA championship win but will be in tough to repeat next season with some of the losses they have endured. With the graduations of three key seniors in Brittany Maclean, Hali Flickinger and Annie Zhu theyâll be looking for all the help they can get from their freshman. Itâs hard to predict how a swimmer who hasnât competed in yards her whole life will fare in the NCAA based off of their long course times, but Finnon looks like sheâll be able to come in and contribute immediately. Strongest in the distance freestyle and butterfly events, Finnon will make an impact at the SEC level her first year and has the potential to be a reliable NCAA scorer in the future.Finnon hails from Scotland and competes for the East Kilbride Amateur Swim Team where she has seen national and international success in her young career. Some of her accomplishments include winning silver at the 2015 Scottish Short Course Championships in the 200 fly, winning silver in the 800 free and 200 fly at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games, and finishing 13th in the 200 fly at the recent British Olympic Trials in Glasgow.
Judge 1 and 2 Course
I am planning to run a judges workshop for J1 and J2 as a combined course at the end of August if you are interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be great if a number of timekeepers could come forward as the more judges we have would ease the work load on the existing judges. Remember it's the judges on poolside that makes the meets accredited.
Fundraising Help Required - EK Open Meet
HELP URGENTLY REQUIRED!
We are looking for someone or a team of people to come forward to help coordinate fundraising activities at the EK Open Meet on 3rd/4th/5th June. If you are able to help us please email Derek McGown on email@example.com or Andy Figgins on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best in the West
Many thanks to the following STOs who gave up their time to help at Best In the West at Tollcross at the weekend.
Sean Reilly, Theresa McGee, Eileen Brown, Stuart Wilson, Stuart Young, Susan Christie, Carrie Buchanan, Catherine Reilly, Francesca Murray, Harley Mathieson,
Julie Brodie, Jim Meldrum, Frances Fowlie, Jean King, Stephanie Lillie.
Scottish National Long Course
Invitations are now on your notice boards
EK LC Open Meet - Help Needed
EK Open Meet
As our meet looms closer in the first weekend of June we will be looking for many things in the coming weeks.
You may be contacted regarding being an STO or a volunteer, please do what you can to make the meet run as smoothly and efficiently as last year. As with last year, we will be looking for sponsorships of events and also meet sponsors. If you or anyone you know who has company or business contacts and may be interested in this, please let any of the management committee know.
Please start to look out anything you may have that can be used for Tombola and Raffle Prizes. This was a huge success last year and we want to maximise this again this year.
Raffle prizes can be passed on at anytime to any of the coaches or management committee.
Thanks in advance.
Final Reminder - Competitive Levy Fees
Would parents please note that all outstanding competitive levy fees are due by 30/4/16 and if any swimmer has not paid by then then they will be unable to compete in galas.
Scottish Summer Meet and British Youth Championships
A reminder to all swimmers hoping to qualify for and compete at the above meets, you are expected to be in full training until the event. These are the major end of season meets.
Congratulations to all swimmers who took part in the Scottish National Age Groups at Tollcross last week. It was great to see so many fantastic individual performances which contributed to an outstanding team result. You all did yourself proud and a massive well done to the EK coaches in attendance, Alan McGown, Derek McGown and Kim Figgins. The whole SLS team played their part and you deserve all the congratulations you have received.
New Fees Agreed
Below is the new agreed fees for Pool Hire and Coaching Fees combined for the year 2016/17. This increase is due as of the 1st April 2016 and please can you ensure that you amend your Standing Orders accordingly to be effective from this date.
A - Â£58
B - Â£51
C - Â£45
Dev 2 - Â£38
Dev 1 - Â£37
With the club getting bigger fundraising can be quite a challenge. I would if possibly love to get a small group together to help spread the load and also share some ideas. If anyone is interested and can spare some time, myself and the club would really appreciate it. Please contact me on either 07469 889760or email@example.com.
The new expanded 59 Club is back up and running! With the recent increase in numbers in the National Lottery we have added 10 more numbers, giving EKASC club members and their families an exciting opportunity to participate in fundraising that also gives you the chance to win cash!
Each week the person who owns the number corresponding to the bonus ball in the Saturday National Lottery draw will win at least half of the pot in our 59 club. If all numbers are sold this means a weekly payout of Â£30 - all for a Â£1 per week stake. Rollovers can seriously increase this amount too.
We have a selection of numbers available at the moment - please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your lucky number and set up your direct debit.
A fantastic way to raise money for the club, but win a wee bonus for yourself too!
Shona Duncan is now taking orders for named caps. They cost Â£7.50 and must be paid for before the order is set to the supplier. Shona will be at the Dollan on Friday 22nd January 2016 at 5.30pm - 6.00pm to take orders. You can also email email@example.com
or text 07587142016.
Scottish Short Course Update
EK swimmers came home with 5 medals from the Scottish Short Course Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh. In an incredibly high standard meet, As in Samoa, Meg Finnon got the ball rolling on the opening night with an excellent silver in the 200 butterfly. Angus Barr took over the mantle on the Saturday evening with a superb bronze in the 1500 freestyle and Richard Laird took the Scottish Junior title cementing his place as the countries top 16 and under in that event. It was on to day 3 and the turn of the girls to take a medal and junior title. Jennifer King did a fantastic job to take bronze in the 400 IM with Nikki Miller finishing right behind her in 4th to take the Scottish Junior title.
Urgent - STO's and Volunteers Required
EKASC is one of Scotlandâs leading clubs
and prides itself on its achievements over the years. It has a number of
volunteers working tirelessly in the background to ensure the club can continue
to function. As well as the day to day running requirements of the Club which
are extensive, the competitions our swimmers attend, now require increased parental
involvement as volunteers and Swimming Technical Officials, to allow us to
attend meets and enter all our swimmers in all events selected by the coaches. It is therefore necessary that we have more
parents who are STOâs volunteering their services and new groups of parents
attending the timekeepers workshop.
More and more meets require clubs to provide STOâs and failure on the part of
the Club to provide the required number of STOs (Technical Officials including
timekeepers and judges) may now result in the Club being unable to enter full
teams in meets or at District Level being fined. At District level, fines could
total up to Â£400 for the weekend which we would be unable to fund from existing
funds. We urgently require current STOâs to volunteer your services and non
STOâs to undertake the timekeeper course. The volunteers do not have to
be a parent, it could be a grandparent, older sibling etc.
This year we have attended meets which could not satisfy the accreditation
criteria and as a result some swimmers who achieved national consideration
times cannot take part in those events and swimmers could not only miss out on
opportunities to swim at competitions but also be unable to join national
squads. If we can maximise our STO turnout then it usually only requires one
session over a weekend.
If we are unable to get enough volunteers
coming forward before the end of the year, we will have to consider introducing
measures (where circumstances will allow) to increase the number of active STOs
or ask the coaches to review entries for competitions. We would do so very
reluctantly but the growth in the number of competitive swimmers at all stages
and levels in the Club means that we need more volunteers to share the load in
running the club and on poolside at competitions. We cannot rely on the same
parents offering their support as STOâs as swimmers move on to University/College
Please be assured that being a timekeeper is not a difficult job anyone can do
it, all it requires is your time. If you have not done the timekeeping course
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will organise for you to attend a timekeeping course. For those who have
done the course we will be asking you to support the next meet your child
good practice would be for all STOs to take a turn. However, increasing the
number of active STOs will mean that their turn will not come around as often
and no one will be expected to cover a session at every meet their child
I ask you to
consider your role in supporting your club which is currently the top club in
the West District and one of Scotlandâs leading clubs. To fulfil our
requirements and to make progress for your children we need your support and
and I look forward to your support in helping to maintain and improve our
performance as a club in and out of the pool.
Very Kind Email To Us From Mr Andy Bradshaw
We were very fortunate to receive the email below from Mr Andy Bradshaw yesterday (Mon 9th Nov). The contents are self explanatory and are a huge compliment to all concerned. It is very much appreciated that Andy has taken the time and trouble to not only find out our contact details but also write such a lovely letter. Many thanks Andy and I hope we have the privilege of meeting you sometime in the future.
Dear Sir, last month (Oct) my wife and I went on holiday to Majorca
flying out of Manchester airport.
Upon boarding we realised we were sat amongst a
large group of teenagers wearing
sweatshirts bearing the logo of East Kilbride Swimming Club. We were expecting
a flight with many instances of rowdy noisy teenagers pushing the boundaries.
To our surprise the party of youths were very well behaved and were a credit to
your organisation. I congratulate you,
the staff and of course the swimmers on their behaviour during the flight and
their transfer through Majorca airport, showing a high degree of maturity and
self discipline, with the minimum of adult control.
I hope your teams performed equally well in the swimming
galaâs, however, they are a credit to your club regardless of their medal
You should be very proud of all the group as they
displayed winning qualities in life skills worthy of a gold medal.
Please convey my congratulations to all concerned, you
have changed my opinion of the youth of today for the better.
You made my wife and I very proud to be British, yes you
guessed it, weâre English.
Yours Sincerely, Andy Bradshaw.
Club SL Gold
The club has once again achieved the Club SL Gold award. This will run again until July 2016.
Login Request - New Swimmers
Could anyone who is swimming with the club and does not have login, send a message through the general contact tab of the website please and we will set you up to get logged in. This allows us to share information and enter swimmers into competitions.
Scotlandâs Jennifer King Gives Verbal to Mizzou for 2016-17
Jennifer King, who swims with East Kilbride Swimming Club in Glasgow, Scotland, has made a verbal commitment to the University of Missouri for the 2016-17 season.
King is coming off a strong summer season where she competed at the Scottish National Championships last June in the Commonwealth pool in Tollcross International Swimming Centre. King established seven personal bests at the meet and placed seventh in both the 200m backstroke and 400m IM.
EAST KILBRIDE SWIM TEAM KIT
Any swimmers wishing to order any of the East Kilbride Swim
Kit, please contact
Shona Duncan as she is about to place a order. 07587142016
or email@example.com. Shona is
at the Dollan reception area most Friday's 6.00pm - 6.30pm. Order must be paid
for when placed.
Commonwealth Youth Games
Meg Finnon has secured another silver medal in Samoa this week, this time in the 800m freestyle. Her time of 8.47 is another PB on her way to her second silver. At the end of the swimming, Team Scotland have secured 7 swimming medals in total. A tremendous achievement. Well done to Meg, Andy and the rest of the team.
Meg Finnon - Silver
On a real positive for the club, Meg Finnon won a silver medal in Samoa on the opening day in the 200m Butterfly at the Commonwealth Youth Games! This is a terrific achievement from one of our swimmers who has come through every level of the club. There are still 3 more days of competition in Samoa and we hope for more medals for Scotland! Well done Meg and Andy!
Great Night at SL Awards for EK
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.
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
inappropriate items into public areas of the DAC.
inappropriate language or talking negatively about other club members.
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
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.
March â 3 April
Scottish Nationals 23
â 26 June
Scottish Summer Meet 22
â 24 July
Scottish Short Course 9 - 11 Dec
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corrie Goes Back To Her Roots
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?
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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!
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.
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 Â£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.
If you need any EK Swim Shop items please contact Elaine Cavanagh on 07540 694 383. Please see the shop page for further info.