Inverleith ASC

December 2013 Newsletter

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'Christmas Handicap' Event

In keeping with tradition, the 'Christmas Handicap' takes place this Sunday 15 December, the last Sunday before the Christmas break. Unfortunately, registration is now closed and only swimmers who registered before 09 December can compete.

This is a fun event involving swimmers of all ages competing in heats against each other in their chosen stroke. Fastest swimmers progress to the next heats and then to the final.

Swimmers starting with faster times will be 'handicapped' so that ideally each race will end in a finger-tip finish. Prizes will be given for every swimmer - the biggest reserved for the overall winner.

Venue: Leith Victoria

Time:   Warm-up for Inter 1 (boys) & Inter 2 is at 5.00 - 5.15pm
           Warm-up for Advanced, Inter 1 (girls) & Club is at 5.15 - 5.30pm

Competition starts at 5.35pm

Au revoir to the Dean Family

We are sorry to have to say goodbye to the Dean Family (Hilary, Ben, Tom and Alex) as they head off to Australia in January.

Many thanks for their support over the years, especially Hilary who has been a fantastic poolside helper for the Intermediate Squads.

We wish them a safe journey and all the very best as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

Easter Swimming Camp

There are still a couple of spaces available for the Easter Swimming Camp at Whithaugh Park, Newcastleton, Borders on the 7-11 April 2014. The price for Camp is £160.

If you are interested in going, please see Fiona to secure your place.


Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM on the 27 November.

After two years service, Norma Wood has decided to stand down from the position of President. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Norma for all her hard work and are delighted that she will remain on the Committee after being elected as the Vice-President.

Grant Denholm was elected as President and we also welcomed new members Janette Bell, Malcolm Dow and Hilary Alexander.

Honorary President:                Grant Denholm
Honorary Vice-President:         Norma Wood
Honorary Secretary:                Kathy Pitcher
Honorary Treasurer:                Janette Bell

Members:                              Judith Allison
                                             Hilary Alexander
                                             Malcolm Dow
                                             Maggie Lai

On behalf of the Committee, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Training sessions over the Christmas holidays

The last training session for most swimmers is Friday 20th December at Leith Victoria.

For Advanced Squad, training continues at:

  • Ainslie Park on Monday 23 December (8.00 - 9.30pm) and Monday 30 December (4.00 - 5.30pm)
  • Leith Victoria for early morning session on Tuesdays 24 and 31 December
    (7.00 - 8.30am)

Training resumes on Friday 03 January at Leith Victoria (6.00 - 7.40pm).

Prep Squad training at Trinity resumes on Thursday 16 January.

Competition reports

East Districts Round 1 - Glenrothes (02-03 November)

Five swimmers attended Round 1 of the East Districts Championships at the new Michael Woods Centre in Glenrothes. The weekend covered the longer distance swims in the 400 freestyle, 400 IM, 800 freestyle and 1500 freestyle.

Our swimmers had a superb weekend finishing with a 100% record of PBs. Standout swims included Fraser Allison who achieved 3rd place in the 1500 freestyle and 6th place in the 400 freestyle, and Sophie Hamilton finishing 6th in the 400 IM. 

Well done to all who attended.

Lothian Graded Meet - Prestonpans (09 November)

What a super competition for our swimmers!  This was one of our biggest entries for a Meet in a long while and we would have had even more had some of the events not been oversubscribed.

Congratulations to all the swimmers who competed - achieving in excess of 80 PBs, making finals and winning medals.

Gold:      Fraser Allison 100 BR
              Fraser Allison 100 B/C
              John Mander  50 B/C
              Angus Allison 50 B/C
              Kieran Wilson 100 FLY
              Adele McDaid 50 FLY

Silver:   Jocelyn Low 100 IM
              Eve Lovell 100 BR
              Angus Allison 50 Free
              Eloise Walker 100 B/C
              Angus Skakle 100 B/C
              Joe Penman 100 B/C
              Carla Lovell 50 BR
              Angus Skakle 100 Free
              Jonah Walsh 200 IM
              Scarlett Donald 50 BR

Bronze:   Felix Hale 50 Free
               John Mander 50 FLY
               Stuart Crawford 100 B/C
               Felix Hale 50 B/C
               Jonah Walsh 100 FLY
               Angus Allison 50 FLY
               Kieran Wilson 100 Free

4th:        Jonah Walsh 100 BR
              Adelade Walker 50 Free
              Adelade Walker 50 BR
              Charlotte Drainer 100 Free
              Jocelyn Low 50 BR
              Daniel Penman 50 B/C
               Fraser Allison 100 FLY
              Jocelyn Low 50 Free
5th:         Stuart Crawford 100 BR
               Aryan Singh 100 B/C
               Jonah Walsh 100 B/C
               Angus Allison 50 BR
               Patrick Mulvanny 100 FLY
               Fraser Allison 100 Free

6th:         Angus Allison 100 IM
              Cameron Alexander 50 F/C
              John Mander 50 BR
              Felix Hale 50 FLY
              Jonah Walsh 100 Free

Speeding ticket: Jocelyn Low for 50 B/C

East Districts Round 2 - Glenrothes (30 November-01 December)

6 swimmers attended Round 2 of the East District Championships which covered the 200m swims. It was a fantastic weekend and gave our swimmers the opportunity to swim alongside the likes of Craig Benson and Craig McNally.

The following achieved places in the Finals (fastest 8 from the heats), doing themselves and the Club very proud, and a special mention to Fraser and Sophie for winning medals!

1st   Fraser Allison (200 BR)
2nd  Sophie Hamilton (200 FLY)
3rd   Fraser Allison (200 Free)
4th   Fraser Allison (200 B/C)
5th   Sophie Hamilton (200 BR)
7th   Jonah Walsh (200 Free)
8th   Joe Penman (200 B/C)
8th   Claire Dow (200 FLY)

Congratulations to those who achieved more times for the Scottish National Age Groups in June 2014.

The final round of the East Districts takes place on the 11-12 January at the Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh with many aiming for more top finishes within the East of Scotland.

Edinburgh and Midlothian Schools Championships - Ainslie Park (24 November)

Several swimmers represented their school at this year's Edinburgh Schools Championships. Well done and congratulations to the medal winners.

Gold:      Jonah Walsh  100 Free

Silver:    Jonah Walsh  200 Free
              Calum Watkins  200 IM
               Fraser Allison  100 BR
               Fraser Allison  200 BR
               Sophie Hamilton  200 BR
               Claire Dow  100 FLY
Bronze:   Eleanor Walker-Stewart  100 Free
               Joe Penman  100 B/C   
               Calum Watkins 100 FLY

Internal Competitions

The results of the Anderson and Huntly Cups, and Speed Awards are now up on the website and can be found by clicking here. Look out for the Club Championship results, available on the website soon.

Well done again to all swimmers, we've had a great set of results this year.

Fiona and Lana

Swimmer Profile

Name:  Jocelyn Low

Age:  11

School:  Hermitage Park Primary School

Squad:  Advanced

Favourite stroke: Backstroke

Best thing about swimming: Winning medals

Worst thing about swimming: Breaststroke

Swimming idol: Michael Phelps

Favourite food/drink: Pasta

Social Committee

Thank you all very much for helping to make the Club Championships a great success. Stand aside the great British bake-off - the baking this year was tremendous and the café, toasties, raffle and tombola raised a whopping £413.95. 

Thanks to everyone who brought, bought and helped out on the day. Special thanks go to Gillian Alexander and Leanne Reid for organising the tombola; Lindsay Brindle for doing the raffle; Mike Andrew for running the café, and Lynne Lineen for making the toasties. 

The IASC gearshop did brisk business and we took nearly £600 in sales and orders. The Shop will be open again at the Christmas Handicap this Sunday, so please come along if you need to get any last-minute Christmas presents.

I'm sure everyone was very impressed by our new IASC pull-up banner. Our grateful thanks to Shona O'Connor for designing and producing this for us. I'm sure you'll agree that it looks fantastic and we look forward to using it at future internal events and at external competitions to further raise the profile of the club.

Many thanks again


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.

13 Dec 2013:  Haddington Presidents Gala, Aubigny Centre, Haddington

13-15 Dec 2013:  Scottish Gas National Short Course Championships, Royal Commonwealth Pool

11-12 Jan 2014:  East District Age Groups Rd 3, Royal Commonwealth Pool

18-19 Jan 2014: Carnegie Graded Meet, Dunfermline

19 Jan 2014: Livingston Development Gala, Livingston



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