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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.

Major Meet Dates and Changes 2017

Please bear in mind when planning when to be on holiday.

27 Jan (Fri) Scottish Schools Finals (DAC East Kilbride)

29 Mar - 2 Apr - SNAGS (Aberdeen)

18 - 23 April British Championships (Trials) (Sheffield)

29 Jun - 2 July Scottish National LC (Aberdeen)

7 - 9 July Scottish Summer Meet (RCP Edinburgh)

25 - 30 July British Summer Meet (Sheffield)

UKCC Level 1 Coaching Swimming

We will be running a UKCC Level 1 qualification course for Coaching Swimming at the DAC from Mon 12 Dec - Sun 18 Dec. The course is Mon 6-9.30, Tue 4 - 9.30, Thu 4 - 9.30, Fri 3.30 - 9, Sat 6.45 - 3.30 and Sun 11 - 7.30. If you are interested, please email Alan McGown at alanmcgown@hotmail.com for information or you can download an application form from the general documents section of the website.

The closing date for bursary applications with sportscotland is Sun 13 Nov. 

This is not a teaching qualification to teach on the Swimming Development lesson programme.

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.

2016-17 Squad Listings

Congratulations to all swimmers who were selected as EK swimmers for National Squads for the current year. Meg Finnon and Jennifer King (Senior Gold), Angus Barr (Senior Silver), Richard Laird (Senior Bronze), Nikki Miller, Andrew MacIntosh and Lucy Ross (Youth Squad), Keir Buchhanan, Jonathan Christie, Stewart Brodie, Scott Gibson and Skye Mulholland (Youth Development Squad).

Safety Notice - 9th September

Due to the large numbers of cars which arrive in the morning at the DAC for 5.15am, we would like to ask parents to follow a few basic guidelines which will keep all swimmers safe when exiting cars to enter the pool:

  • If you wish to park, please remain parked until the ‘masses’ have entered the pool and it is safe to drive off safely

  • Please be mindful of your speed

  • Please don’t pull up to drop off swimmers at the double yellow lines outside the pool entrance

  • If wanting a sharp exit, please use the chevrons at the side of the pool to drop swimmers off and follow a one way system around to exit quickly.

 

I know these may seem obvious points to make, however we have had a number of instances of swimmers not being able to cross the road safely with cars moving off whilst swimmers are in front of them. This notice is for everyone’s safety!

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

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.

SNAGS 2016

Homepage Image 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.

59 Club

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 £30 - all for a £1 per week stake. Rollovers can seriously increase this amount too.
We have a selection of numbers available at the moment - please email alliechong@live.co.uk 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!

Scottish Short Course Update

Homepage Image 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 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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