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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.

Latest Update 59 Club - Available Numbers

Homepage Image Please join our National Lottery 59 Club! This aids fundraising for the club on a weekly basis. It is drawn from the Bonus Ball on a Saturday night. It will cost you £1 per week, taken by Standing Order quarterly.


Contact Lorraine Carlton on lorrcar21@gmail.com to play!

See: http://bit.ly/2z83xVL for available numbers

Latest Update Club Caps

Anyone wishing to purchase a club swim cap, Lee will be on the gallery in the Dollan on Thursday 14th Dec from 5pm – 6pm. Cost £4.50. 

Public Speaking

Well done to Megan Ruddy who was part of a Hamilton College school group who recently won the Hamilton Rotary Club Public Speaking Competition. Megan was the main speaker about how sport has an impact of your life (Swimming). The team now go forward to the finals in February in Glasgow. Good luck with this.

'Club Night'

Homepage Image From Friday 5th January, we will be reforming our sessions to become recognised as our 'club night'. This is where all 5 squads will continue to train at the specified times, however with a slight change to increase the club values. 


On Friday evenings, all swimmers will be required to wear a WHITE EK Swim Cap when they are in training. If you do not currently wear a swim cap, this is still ok not to train with a cap. If you wear a cap, it will be a White EK one. All coaches will also commit to our values on these evenings by wearing club colours.

If you do not have a White EK swim cap and would like one, please contact Lee McMurray, our club shop convenor on leemcm10@gmail.com to arrange purchase of this.

Graphic Designer Needed

The club is looking to expand its opportunities within the community and to do this we would like to design new flyers/posters/banners for the future. We are looking for someone with Graphic Design experience to come forward and assist us with this.


Please contact Derek McGown on devsquads@gmail.com if you are able to help with this or have a contact.

Scottish Short Course- Changes to Times

Please note report times for the afternoon sessions are now

Friday 11.45am

Saturday 11.45am

Sunday 11.30am

Presentation Evening - Sat 6th January

We are hosting our Annual Club Presentation Night on the 6th January 2017 at the Ballerup Hall. Night starts at 7pm. We have a DJ, games and a buffet and most of all a chance to appreciate our club swimmers and the hard work that they put in all year. I will be on the balcony Tuesday and Thursday of this week. Tickets are £5 each.
 
Thanks for your continued support. Liz McIntosh

Competitive Levy - Top Up

All emails requesting competitive levy top up were sent out yesterday. This covers any outstanding galas entered up to the end of February. If you have any queries, please contact Eileen Brown on tiddley32@virginmedia.com.

Expected Standards of Behaviour

At East Kilbride Swim Team, we hold a strong position in the community and we want to maintain this for years to come. We are taking this opportunity at the start of a new season to remind all swimmers who are members of the club that they are representing EK Swim Team at all times in and around training facilities before, during and after training.


It is expected that all members are seen to be making a positive contribution to society in the behaviours that they show both in training and out of the pool. This includes respect of centre staff, coaches, members of the public, each other and the building. This standard is expected from the point of arrival until they leave the building.

Management Committee

Good luck Nikki!

Homepage Image Good luck to Nikki Miller who is in Indianapolis, USA this week representing GB competing at the World Junior Swimming Championships. Nikki will be competing in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 Freestyle and kicks off her campaign on Wednesday.


Keep up to date with live results and updates on our Twitter feed @ekswimteam

Congratulations richard

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Congratulations to Richard Laird who has been selected for the Home Nations/British Swimming Open Water Training Camp & Competition Experience, Majorca from 27 May - 3 June 2017. The  event promises to be a terrific experience for Richard and provide a great opportunity to develop his distance prowess in the open water. This is his first representative selection and he will be competing in the 5k and 10k events, we wish Richard good luck and best wishes.

Expected Standards of Behaviour

The club would like to remind swimmers regarding their behaviour in the changing room/shower areas. Members should be positive to each other and not make inappropriate or negative comments about other people and should never be unkind to other club members. It is an important principle of the club that all members should feel safe, included and happy whilst taking part in club activities. If reports of this nature are made, indicating that specific people are responsible, the reports will be actioned in accordance with our procedures.

Sportsmanship

East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club has an enviable reputation as one of the most successful swimming clubs in Scotland. Many of our swimmers are national medal recipients and others have qualified for events throughout the UK and abroad. The club and its members should be proud of their individual and collective achievements. We would however like to remind all members that the overriding principle of any club should be the taking part, the supporting of others and the recognition that swimming is a sport for everyone. Please support all of our team members at events, encourage everyone to do well and if needed sympathise with those who feel disappointed.

Congratulations Nikki

Homepage Image Huge congratulations to Nikki Miller on selection to represent Great Britain at the World Junior Championships in Indianapolis in August this year. After a series of outstanding swims in Sheffield last week, Nikki has been picked to swim in what is the highest standard meet for junior swimmers. Nikki is the first EK swimmer to be selected for a national team at World level and we wish her all the best in her preparations over the next few months 

Well Done Cor!

Homepage Image Great to see that EKASC Life Member and Commonwealth Bronze medallist Corrie Scott has already recorded a consideration time, in Sheffield at the British Championships, for the 50 breaststroke for the 2018 Games in the Gold Coast Australia.

Gala Officials

Parents PLEASE consider becoming a Timekeeper and then Judge.  East Kilbride has had the enviable situation of having the most officials in the District and other clubs looked towards us as the benchmark.
Unfortunately the majority of officials have now got older swimmers and indeed a lot moving onto university.
We are now in the situation where we do not have many judges for meets.  This will affect YOUR swimmer because if the meet does not have enough officials the swimmers times will not count for DRP etc. All the officials are volunteers so please come forward the training is easy and can be done by myself locally.

If you are willing to help or just need more information please email me on jeandking@btinternet.com or ekstoconvenor@gmail.com

Jean King

Sportscotland Child Protection Update

Sport can and does have a very powerful and positive influence on children and young people however in light of  recent media coverage of allegations of child abuse in football , parents and carers from across all sports may have increased anxiety about child protection.  The vast majority of adults involved in youth sport are there with good intentions and are keen to promote the wellbeing and protection of children and young people. Coaches may often be the  people  who identify and act on concerns about a child’s wellbeing.. 

To-date much of the media’s attention has centred around historic allegations. Most sports organisations now have far more robust child protection procedures in place, including systems by which they recruit coaches and volunteers.  However we would encourage all parents and carers to familiarise themselves with the child protection processes in place in the clubs their children attend. 

The above is the first 2 paragraphs of the document and the complete document can be found in the general documents section of our website. Our club is fully compliant with all Scottish Swimming, Sportscotland and UKCC guidelines and recommendations. We are always keen to hear of any ways in which we can improve the service we provide to our members so please feel free to speak to a committee member or CPO if you have any suggestions for improvement.



Scottish Swimming Confirms Board Director Appointments

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Taken from www.scottishswimming.com

Congratulations Andy on your appointment!

Scottish Swimming today announces the appointment of David Beattie and Andy Figgins to the sport’s Board of Directors.

Director of Finance at the University of Aberdeen, Beattie brings significant financial and sports management experience to the Board, having previously been Chief Executive of Aberdeen Sports Village for its first 6 years of operation, including involvement in the Aquatics Centre from its inception to its first full year as a premier swimming facility. As Finance Director Beattie has responsibility for the University’s Financial Strategy, planning and budgeting and is looking to help guide Scottish Swimming in developing links with Universities in Scotland.

Beattie has previous Board experience and was a founder Director of Garthdee Alpine Sports.

Andy Figgins joins the Board with a background in coaching and sports development having worked in swimming development at South Lanarkshire Leisure for almost 20 years, developing and implementing a strategy with the aim of increasing participation and developing the full potential of swimmers, athletes, coaches, teachers, officials and volunteers. As a member of the Strategic Lead Group for the British Swimming Coaches Association and Scottish Swimming’s National Swimming Committee and Coaches Technical Panel, Figgins also has a wealth of experience in leading, directing and challenging on national initiatives.

As well as serving as Scottish Youth Development Squad Coach and Scottish Senior Bronze Coach, Figgins is Lead Coach for South Lanarkshire Swimming who won the top team title at the Scottish National Age Group Championships in April 2016.

With a number of years of involvement in swimming, teaching and coaching, administration and committees, stakeholder engagement, these latest appointments will ensure a current awareness and understanding of Scottish Swimming in present and future times.

From SwimSwam - Meg Signs With Georgia Bulldogs

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Rising Scottish star Meg Finnon committed to the University of Georgia Bulldogs tonight, adding an all-around talent to their NCAA championship roster.

Finnon’s 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 MacleanHali Flickinger and Annie Zhu they’ll be looking for all the help they can get from their freshman. It’s hard to predict how a swimmer who hasn’t competed in yards her whole life will fare in the NCAA based off of their long course times, but Finnon looks like she’ll 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.

Urgent - STO's and Volunteers Required

EKASC is one of Scotland’s 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 STO’s volunteering their services and new groups of parents attending the timekeepers workshop.

More and more meets require clubs to provide STO’s 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 £400 for the weekend which we would be unable to fund from existing funds. We urgently require current STO’s to volunteer your services and non STO’s 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 STO’s as swimmers move on to University/College or retire.

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
ekstoconvenor@gmail.com 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 attends.

 

Going forward, 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 attends.

I ask you to consider your role in supporting your club which is currently the top club in the West District and one of Scotland’s leading clubs. To fulfil our requirements and to make progress for your children we need your support and involvement.

Many thanks and I look forward to your support in helping to maintain and improve our performance as a club in and out of the pool.

Andy Figgins

President

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 gala’s, however, they are a credit to your club regardless of their medal score.

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, we’re English.

Yours Sincerely, Andy Bradshaw.

 

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.

Scotland’s Jennifer King Gives Verbal to Mizzou for 2016-17

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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.

Commonwealth Youth Games

Homepage Image 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

Homepage Image 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!

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.

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?

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.

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.

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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