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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 New Club Records for Scott and Andrew

At the North District Open Championships on 3rd and 4th November, Scott Gibson lowered his own 50 and 100m backstroke records and took Angus Barr's 200m record as he dominated the events at ASV. Andrew MacIntosh produced a superb 200 IM to break Douglas Scott's longstanding record from 2009 to add to his other great swims. There were also terrific early season performances from Ross Leslie. Ross Young and John Wright. We wish all the lads every success at the BUCS championships this weekend

Easy Fundraising - Do Your Bit!

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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.

Meet the Team

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Friday 26th October marks the next ‘Meet the Team’ evening in the cafe area of the Dollan between 6 and 7pm where a couple of members of the committee will be available where you can ask them anything about the inner workings of the club. This is also a good time to ask about volunteering opportunities for the future.
The committee will be represented by Andy Figgins (President) and Catrina Stark (Parents Rep)

59 Club - Do your bit!

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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.

There are 30 numbers available!

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

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

WANTED - From the Gallery

Homepage Image You will see these flyers coming your way at the end of this week! The club NEEDS volunteers to function properly. Let us know what you can do for us. Contact Catrina Stark for more information on what is needed!

Scottish Swimming Volunteering

Scottish swimming are keen to recruit volunteers to help at the Scottish National Championships when held in the West District. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact through the general email contact on the club website.


Volunteer Experience

It would be great to get any volunteers who would like to experience ‘behind the scenes’ at the event. This could be swimmers who perhaps haven’t qualified and would like to be involved or parents who have an interest of being involved in events. The areas of volunteering opportunities would be

 

Field of Play

Marshalling in the call room

Marshalling for presentations

Runner

Liaising with the timing suite and posting results in designated areas

Front of House

Welcoming and assisting spectators

Stewards

Directing the public and swimmers/coaches/team staff around the venue. Stationed at different points around the venue on a rotational basis.

 

What’s provided – Tea / coffee throughout the day, meals between sessions if doing back to back, event polo-shirt. Mileage if covering 2 or more sessions each day.

 

Become a Technical Official

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO WATCH YOUR CHILD PROGRESS FROM POOLSIDE?

ARE YOU FED UP SITTING ON BALCONY AND PAYING TO DO SO?

WHY NOT JOIN US AS A S.T.O – SWIMMING TECHNICAL OFFICIAL

When swimmers are competing at a gala, every club has the requirement to provide officials in helping run the meet successful.

Providing enough officials will allow the times to be accredited for.

Your child puts every effort into their training; it would be a shame for all their hard work to go to waste by having a competition and the time not being accredited for, due to the lack of official.

If you would be interested in helping, then why not join us at EKASC and become a timekeeper then consider becoming a judge. You can become a timekeeper from age 14.

You will complete a course through the club then you are able to volunteer on poolside to timekeep. Contact Eileen on tiddley32@virginmedia.com or 07977592719 for more info

All set for the EK Open!

Homepage Image We are in the final preparation stage for the EK Open this weekend. As ever, your help is much appreciated and anyone willing to volunteer please make contact with Robert Fleming at the Dollan throughout the meet. All roles are vital to the success of the meet.


We have had our delivery of items from Autoparts UK, our meet sponsor which will go a long way to providing materials for the meet and the future. They have been a terrific sponsor for us this year providing the printing for all the programmes, stationery, banners, volunteer t-shirts (if you want one, please come and help!) and also all the water to keep the officials hydrated. Their contribution has also allowed the club the opportunity to buy new two way radios which will be sustainable within the club for many years to come. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Craig McCracken of Autoparts and all of his team for the tremendous support through the development of the meet this year. Need anything for your car??? Pop on to www.autopartsuk.com and use DISCOUNT20 at the checkout for all items in your basket.

A big thanks also goes to all of the other sponsors and the visiting teams who will hopefully provide us with an exciting meet.

Derek McGown

European Championships - Glasgow

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European Championships – East Kilbride Volunteer Team

Many thanks indeed to all our swimmers who put their names forward to be part of the team representing East Kilbride  supporting the European Championships in August.

We are delighted with the response and can announce that our Volunteers will be led by Allison Findlay as Team Captain with a team comprising of :-  Georgina Dennis, Skye Mullholland, Yvonne Brown, Kira Linich, Eilidh McCracken, Becca Augier, Amy Ash, Grisha McDonald, James Reilly, Mark Reilly, Oran Mullen.

We are certain that this will be a terrific experience for everyone and hope everyone enjoys being part of this International event.

Many thanks to everyone who put their name forward – keep volunteering everyone!

Autoparts UK sign up as Meet Sponsor for EK Open

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EK Swim Team are delighted to announce that we are partnering with Autoparts UK for the forthcoming EK Open Long Course Meet in April.

AutopartsUK.com is part of a company that’s been established for over 20 years. They have 12 sites across the UK, including their 70,000 sq. ft. distribution warehouse in Glasgow – home to 60,000 parts and 106 staff. They sell car parts and accessories, from mechanical items to consumables, for both trade and public customers. They buy in bulk and pass the savings on to you, so you can be sure to get a great deal.

Autoparts UK will be supporting the club in many ways in the staging of the event and we look forward to a very successful weekend of swimming. More updates to follow...

Backstroke Masterclass

Homepage Image The last instalment of Masterclasses last night was Backstroke for the Development Squads supported by Scott Gibson and Alice Meldrum. Session was led by Andy Figgins and some amazing work done by all involved!


Check out the latest video here: https://youtu.be/vub4XNZkiBQ

Freestyle Masterclass

Homepage Image This weeks’s Masterclass on Freestyle was delivered by Alan McGown supported by senior swimmers Richard Laird and Lisa Miller. Only one more to go to complete the set! Why not check out the latest video on Twitter @ekswimteam or here: https://youtu.be/SdXtGvQQtSs


Hope you like this one too!

Butterfly Masterclass

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A great Butterfly masterclass was delivered on Friday to the Development Squads by Derek McGown, supported by senior swimmers Dylan Sommerville and Elise Fitzgerald.

A link to the video can be found here: https://youtu.be/CMlchNteD_Y

Watch out for the next one!

Breaststroke Masterclass

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A great Breaststroke masterclass was delivered last night to the Development Squads by head coach Andy Figgins, supported by senior swimmers and British medalists Lucy Ross and Andrew MacIntosh.

A link to the Twitter video can be found here: http://bit.ly/2Ezt8e0 

Butterfly will be up next on Friday 23rd February!

'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.

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.

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.

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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http://swimswam.com/scotlands-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.

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!

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?

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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