Inverleith ASC

April 2014 Newsletter

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Easter camp

The annual trip to Newcastleton is fast approaching as swimmers, coaches and parent volunteers prepare to head off next week. Don't forget to pack your onesies!

The following week, nine swimmers from Advanced Squad will be making their way to swim camp at Crystal Palace.

We hope that everyone has a safe trip and a great time. For those staying behind, have a restful Easter break.

If anyone would like to write about their experience at camp for the next newsletter, let me know!

Easter holiday training sessions

Please note the changes to training sessions over the Easter holidays. Leith Victoria is closed from 7 - 20 April but one of the Sunday sessions will be taking place at Ainslie Park.

Monday 7 April - No Glenogle; Ainslie Park as normal

Tuesday 8 April - No early morning at Leith Vic; Glenogle as normal

Thursday 10 April - No Glenogle; no Trinity; RCP as normal

Friday 11 April - No training at Leith Vic

Sunday 13 April 14 - All at Ainslie Park as follows:
                                 Prep Squad  9.00am – 10.00am
                                 Int. 2 Squad  9.45am – 10.45am
                                 Int. 1 Squad 10.45am – 12.00pm
                                 Adv. Squad  11.45am – 1.00pm

Monday 14 April – No Ainslie Park; Glenogle as normal
Tuesday 15 April – No early morning at Leith Vic; Glenogle as normal

Thursday 17 April – Glenogle as normal; RCP as normal; No Trinity

Friday 18 April – No Training

Sunday 20 April – No Training

Monday 21 April – Hopefully back to normal!

General training sessions

At the moment, training sessions on Thursday evenings at Glenogle are extremely busy but Fridays at Leith Victoria are extremely quiet.

If anyone would like to swap to the Friday or come on the Thursday and Friday they are most welcome to do so once training returns to normal after the Easter Break.

Get well soon

We wish Faye Fulton a speedy recovery after having an operation to remove her appendix recently. Hope to see you back in the pool soon Faye! 



Queens Baton Relay for Glasgow 2014 

Many of you will know Tom Watson who has been involved with Inverleith ASC for 35 years both as a coach and then Head Coach until his retirement recently.

As a fitting tribute and in recognition of his dedication to the club, Tom has been selected to carry the Queen's Baton on a part of its travels around Scotland before the start of the Commonwealth games in Glasgow this Summer.

Look out for more information nearer the time on when and where Tom will be carrying the Baton and please go along to cheer him on.

Congratulations Tom!

Competition reports

Bellshill Open, Bellshill (15 & 16 February 2014)

Well done to everyone who took part in the Bellshill Open. This was the first time we had entered the Meet and what an eye opener! The standard was exceptionally high but by heading West, we had the opportunity of experiencing a different venue and coming up against different swimmers. There were some excellent swims with lots of PBs.

Silver:   Sophie Hamilton - 200 FLY
              Claire Dow - 200 IM

Scottish Schools Swimming Championships, East Kilbride (7 March 2014)

Congratulations to those who made the Scottish Schools finals having qualified at the Edinburgh Schools Championships at the end of last year. Claire Dow, Sophie Hamilton, Fraser Allison, Jonah Walsh and Joe Penman made the trip to East Kilbride to represent their schools.

Well done to Fraser who took silver in the 200 Breast.

Lothian Leagues Round 1, Prestonpans (8 March 2014)

The first of three rounds of the Lothian Leagues took place at Prestonpans on Saturday 8 March.

We had two 10-11 Boys teams but only managed to enter one Girls team which is a pity considering the number of swimmers we have at the moment.

Also in the afternoon session we had one 12-13 Girls team, one 12-13 Boys team & one 14 & over Girls team. Unfortunately we didn't enter a 14 & Over Boys team as no-one responded to the email.

The morning session produced 11 PBs and some very close to their PBs, so some great swimming. A special mention to:

  • Cameron Alexander for swimming ‘TOO FAST’ in his 100 IM, going outside the time band to produce a 6.5sec PB
  • Scarlett Donald for taking 7secs off her 200 FREE
  • Carla Lovell who had a great 100 IM taking 5secs off her time
  • Daniel Penman for taking 4secs off his 200 FREE with a super swim

There were great swims from Charlotte Drainer, Angus Skakle & Emily Mander in the 200 FREE, all achieving great PBs. Charlotte & Angus also swam another PB each in the 200 IM a short time later which was brilliant. We also had some super relay swims.

At the moment we don’t know what positions our teams are lying but we should find out in Round 2 which takes place on 12 April.

Well done swimmers!

Individual places are as follows:

Morning session

2nd:  Carla Lovell - 100 IM
         Cameron Alexander - 50 FLY
         Boys 'A'  freestyle relay (Angus Allison, John Mander, Cameron Alexander,
         Daniel Penman)

3rd:   Daniel Penman - 200 FREE
         Carla Lovell - 50 BREAST

4th:   Boys 'B' freestyle relay (Ted O'Connor, Jack McInally, Gregor Watson, Felix Hale)

5th:   John Mander - 50 BACK
         Adele McDaid - 50 FLY

6th:   Felix Hale - 200 FREE

Afternoon session:
1st:   Emily Mander - 100 BACK
        Joe Penman - 100 FLY

2nd:  Angus Skakle - 200 FREE
         Joe Penman - 50 BACK

3rd:   Boys 12-13 freestyle relay (Angus Skakle, Logan Dow, Aryan Singh, Joe Penman)

4th:   Girls 14 & over freestyle relay (Anna Andrew, Emily Mander, Sofia McCorkindale, Aurea Crolla)

5th:   Angus Skakkle - 200 IM
         Sophie McCorkindale - 200 IM
         Logan Dow - 100 BACK

Portabello Mad March Meet - Prestonpans (15 & 16 March 2014)

This Meet was heavily oversubscribed and unfortunately many swimmers didn't get the chance to swim. However, for those that did, it was a fantastic weekend with lots of PBs; more Scottish National Age Group consideration times, and several medals. Places included:

Gold:      Fraser Allison - 200 IM

Bronze:  Fraser Allison - 50 BACK
              Fraser Allison - 200 BACK
              Jocelyn Low - 200 IM
              Boys 12-13 Medley relay (Joe Penman, Fraser Allison, Jonah Walsh, Angus Skakle)
              Boys 12-13 Freestyle relay (Joe Penman, Angus Skakle, Jonah Walsh, Fraser Allison)

ELST Novice Meet 2014

We had 14 swimmers accepted for this novice gala, 13 of whom took part and there was some super swimming.

The morning session was for the 8 & under & 9 year olds who swam 25 FLY & 50 of the other strokes. We had 4 swimmers in this session all swimming in four events. For some, this was their first external competition. The swimmers managed 13 PBs, 4 medals & 1 speeding ticket!

Gold:    Ines Donald – 25 FLY
            Michael Skakle – 50 BREAST

Silver:  Michael Skakle – 25 FLY
            Michael Skakle – 50 FREE

4th:      Lewis Allan Brown – 50 BREAST

6th:      Michael Skakle – 50 BACK

Speeding Ticket:  Ines Donald – 50 BREAST

In the afternoon, 9 swimmers, age 10 and over, took part. Again all swam four events over 50m. There were 16 PBs with many of the other times just short of new PBs. No speeding tickets this session but another 4 medals.


Gold:      Tom Eccles – 50 BREAST

Silver:     Ted O’Connor – 50 FLY
               Aidan Bain – 50 BREAST

Bronze:   Ava Harrison – 50BACK

4th:         Tom Eccles – 50 FLY
               Gregor Watson – 50 BACK

6th:         Ted O’Connor – 50 BACK
               Ted O’Connor – 50 BREAST

Well done swimmers!

Internal Competitions

The latest Anderson & Huntley Cup results from 2 March, together with the recipients of 'Speed Awards' can be found here

Results of the 400m Trophy and the Knight Trophy can be viewed by clicking here


Fiona & Lana

Swimmer Profile

Name:  Aidan Bain

Age:  11

School:  Flora Stevenson Primary

Squad:  Intermediate 2

Favourite stroke: Breaststroke

Best thing about swimming:
Bombing Chris!

Worst thing about swimming: 
Frontcrawl training sessions

Swimming idol:
Michael Jamieson

Favourite food/drink:
Steak pie & chips/ginger beer

Social Committee

Fantastic total raised from bag-packing at Sainsbury's

Thank you to everyone who turned up to the bag packing session at the Sainsbury's store, Craigleith, in February.  Your hard work and efforts raised a whopping £1032.21. Part of this will go towards funds for the Crystal Palace trip and the rest will be added to Club funds

We hope to organise another session later in the year. Look out for more information nearer the time.

Annual Presentation Dance

Thank you for supporting the Presentation dance. I think it's fair to say that everyone had a great time and there was some fabulous dancing on display - what a talented bunch!

Many thanks to David Little, Kathy Pitcher and Janette Bell for putting on a great spread; to Sarah Matthews for organising and presenting the trophies and medals, and to Hilary Alexander for presenting the raffle.

The evening raised a profit of £430.05.

Thanks again.

Social Committee

Forthcoming Meets

Some upcoming competitions for Inverleith swimmers. Please make sure you check your emails regularly for events and other important information from the Club. Any changes in contact details, let Kathy know.

3-6 April:      *Scottish Gas National Open, Tollcross, Glasgow

12 April:        Lothian Leagues, Round 2, Prestonpans

26-27 April:   Midlothian Spring Meet, Prestonpans

10 May:         Lothian Leagues, Round 3, Prestonpans

16-18 May:    SWL 'IM' Tough Meet, Bathgate

*Tickets are still available to see top National swimmers aiming to qualify for the Commonwealth Games. Three of our own (Claire Dow, Sophie Hamilton and Fraser Allison) are also swimming. It would be great if you could come and support them.

Internal Cups:

4 May:   Lee Trophy and McFadyen Cup, Leith Victoria

11 May:  Peter Allan Cup and Fraser Cup, Leith Victoria

1 June:  Huntly and Anderson Cups, Leith Victoria



Swim Shop

Thanks to everyone who bought the new IASC Stanno yellow/black t-shirts. Judith can still order these if anyone wants one, although you may have to wait a wee while as she has to order a minimum of 6 at a time.

Judith also has some new Stanno kitbags in stock for £23 each. 

Email her at or catch her most Sundays at Leith Victoria if you would like one (and if you haven't ordered one already).  There is limited stock and they are going fast, so grab one while you can!

Unfortunately, Thompsons who supplied some of our club gear, and were based on Leith Walk has closed down. They have promised to continue to supply our black hoodies and t-shirts from their new premises. If this doesn't work out, please bear with Judith as she tries to find a new supplier.

Thanks again for your continuing support to the gearshop - it's much appreciated!

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