Welcome to the new East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club website, the hub for club information, news, and upcoming events.
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Following the clubâs AGM we are delighted to have volunteers for all our committee and convenors positions with one exception â that of West District / SASA delegate. This post involves liaising with the District by attending 3 District Meetings and 1 Scottish Swimming AGM over the course of the year. If youâd like to know more or even better volunteer your services please have a chat with any of the coaches or committee.
Roads and Raith Update
You are no doubt aware of the continuing works at Raith and
the wider M74/M73/M8 corridors. These works are approaching another critical
point with significant impacts for users of the Lanarkshire motorway network.
The undernoted press release from the contractor, the Scottish Roads
Partnership, provides the detail:
DIVERSION ON APPROACH TO BAILLIESTON TO COMPLETE M8 âMISSING LINKâ
Â· Significant delays on M8/A8 corridor, M73
and local roads near Baillieston Interchange from 17 February 2017 for approx.
Â· M8/A8 traffic on approach to Baillieston Interchange,
Junction 8, diverted via new A8 alignment
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
To-date much of the mediaâs 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.
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)
Scottish Swimming Confirms Board Director Appointments
Taken from www.scottishswimming.com
Congratulations Andy on your appointment!
Scottish Swimming today announces the appointment of David Beattie and Andy Figgins to the sportâs 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 Universityâs 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 Swimmingâs 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).
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
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.
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.
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!
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
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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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.
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