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.
Thank you to the following STOs for helping ensure accreditation at the Dumfries Advent Meet, your help was, as always, greatly appreciated....and the Santa hats were an added bonus !
Scott Steele, Shona Duncan, Ian Collinson, Eileen Brown, Stuart Young, Francesca Murray, Helen Bartlett, Karen Broadfoot, Julie Brodie, Stuart Wilson, Carrie Buchanan, Derek Mulholland, Alison Young, Elaine Cavanagh, Susan Christie and Allie Chong.
Special thanks to those who covered more than one session.
Andy Squad - 30th November
Monday 30th November - Andy squad, for those who normally train at the College on Monday PM, session will be at the DAC from 4.30-6.00pm
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.
The Clubâs Annual General Meeting will take place at the Alistair McCoist Complex in East Kilbride on Wednesday 27 January 2016 starting at 7pm . If you would like to see the minutes from last yearâs AGM, please contact Catherine Reilly.
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.
Parents, swimmers, please click on this link and vote for East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club for a chance to win Â£1000 of Simply Swim Vouchers . Ask your friends and family to vote also
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.
Named Caps Order
Orders are now being taken for named caps. They cost Â£7.50 each and must be paid before the order is sent to the supplier.
Friday nights - Dollan reception area 6.00pm - 6.30pm
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!
Become a Technical Official
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
EK/Carnegie/Dunfermline Challenge Meet
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
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.
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.
Development Training Day
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!
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Training Camp 2014 - Bangor
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.
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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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.