Inverleith ASC
December 2015 NewsletterView in browser
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Tonight marks the final training session at Glenogle for Advanced and Intermediate 1 but we celebrated the end of the year with a fun Christmas handicap race at Leith Victoria on Sunday night.

There was a great turn out so credit to the statisticians who worked out what heats everyone should be going in and the time swimmers should be entering the water. Congratulations to Ted O’Connor who won for the second year in a row and it was great to see coaches, David, Leanne and Fiona joining in. 

Another great social occasion in the festive calendar was the Club Champs at Leith Academy. The full results are on the website and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each age group will be presented at the Club Dance on Saturday 27 February at Heriots Rugby Club so if you’ve won any of the categories make sure you put that date in your diary and enjoy your moment of glory. 

Training restarts on Monday 4 January at Glenogle and Ainslie Park. Looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2016.



Carnegie Graded Meet - 16/17.01.16
East District Age Groups - 22-24.01.16
Scottish Schools Championships - 30.01.16
Bellshill Sharks Meet - 13/14.02.16
Carnegie Spring Meet - 20/21.02.16
Club Presentation Dance - 27.02.16
ELST Novice Meet - 28.02.15
Lothian Leagues Round 1 - 05.03.16
Edinburgh International 11-13.3.16
Portobello Mad March Meet - 19/20.03.16
Club Easter Swim Camp  - 28-31.4.16
SNAGS - 30.03-16-3.04.16
Lothian Leagues Round 2 - 23.04.16
Haddington Total Swimmer - 1.05.16
ELST Distance Meet - 11/12/06/16
Lothian Region Club Championships - 31.06.16

For further information about the various competitions go to and click on Forthcoming Meets (in date order). The home page also lists latest results so that you can keep track of your times or watch how other swimmers are getting on from the comfort of your own home!


Thanks to everyone who came along to our AGM. The new Committee are as follows

President:    Malcolm Dow (father of Claire and Logan in advanced)
Vice President:     Grant Denholm
Secretary:     Kathy Pitcher
Treasurer:     Janette Bell
Competition Secretary:     Shona Skakle (mother of Angus and Michael)
Membership Secretary:    Janet Bain (mother of Aidan and Ruairidh)
Social Committee;    Judith Hetherington (mother of Angus)
Members:    Alex Hale (father of Felix and Sasha)
                    Hilary Alexander (mother of Joe, Daniel and Rose)

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a lovely Christmas and best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2016

If have an idea for fund raising but don't necessarily want the responsibility for implementing it please contact so that it can be considered by the committee


CLUB CHAMPS RESULTS 2015 - Make sure you all come to the Presentation Dance to collect your medals!

Novice 8 & under winner Jessica Roe
Novice 9 & over winners Alanna Reid & Kieran Allan-Brown
2nd  Olivia Boulton & Sam Park
3rd= Freya Chambers / Ruby Doris & Brodie Hermansen
Age group 9 -10 winners Ines Donald & Michael Skakle
2nd  Isabelle Roe & Daniel Ritchie
3rd  Sasha Hale & Ruairidh Bain

Age group 11 – 12 winners Adele McDaid & Angus Allison
2nd  Carla Lovell & Cameron Alexander
3rd    Orla Kennedy & Felix Hale                                                        
Age group 13 -14 winners Charlotte Drainer & Angus Skakle   
2nd   Scarlett Donald & Joshua Mitchell
3rd    Faye Fulton & Logan Dow

Age group 15-16 winners Rebecca O’Donnell & Joe Penman
2nd  =  Eve Lovell / Emily Mander

Age group 17 -18 winners  Claire Dow & Stuart Crawford
Overall Club Champions  Claire Dow & Joe Penman
2nd  Adele McDaid  & Stuart Crawford
3rd  Rebecca O’Donnell & Angus Skakle / Angus Allison
Congratulations to Sam Drainer who won the recent Huntley Cup with Abbi Reid (2nd) and Cara Bryce (3rd) and to Kieran Allan Brown who won the Anderson Cup with Emily Munro (2nd) and Sam Park (3rd)
We had another super day of swimming at Prestonpans at the LR Graded Meet which was very busy with a lot of swimmers unable to get swims because of this. Our swimmers who did qualify did really well with 59PB’s 8 of which were in the finals. Even the swims that were not PB’s were good positive swims with swimmers doing their best & hopefully learning from the experience.
The morning session saw Inverleith with 8 finalists & 2 reserves for the finals. One of our finalists Cara Bryce who PB’d to get into the final & again in the final was swimming in her very first external competition, well done Cara. We got 5 medals from these finals with 4PB swims. Ines Donald as won her 100IM which was a HDW event (Heat Declared Winner).
In some of the swims we had big PB’s which is fantastic. Morgan Reid who was called in to swim from a reserve position took 5secs off her 100IM, Aidan Carey took 14secs off the same event, Rachel McLeod took 8secs off her 100B/C, Gregor Watson improved by 8secs in his 100B/C & Aidan Dowie did extremely well to take more than 4secs off his 100F/C as his goggles came off at the start. Both Kerr Duncan & Aidan Dowie swam really well in their 100B/C to achieve new times as they had not done this event previously.
In the afternoon we had 8 finalists & 3 reserves winning 3 medals & again 4PB swims.
Some of the larger PB’s in the afternoon were from Joshua Mitchell 7secs off his 200IM, Lucy McDonald 3secs off the 50Fly, Aidan Carey took 4secs off his 50Fly & Sam Drainer took 5secs off the same event, Daniel Main took a massive 13secs off his 100BR & Kerr Duncan improved his 100BR by over 6secs.
Very well done everyone.
Ines Donald – 100IM
Orla Kennedy – 100B/C
Tom Eccles – 100B/C
Ines Donald – 50F/C, 50B/C
Orla Kennedy – 100BR
Scarlett Donald – 100BR
Adele McDaid – 100B/C
Ted O’Connor – 100BR
Ted O’Connor – 100F/C
Tom Eccles – 50Fly
Lucy McDonald – 50Fly
Tom Eccles – 100F/C
Cara Bryce – 50BR
Orla Kennedy – 50Fly
Holly McCluskey – 50B/C, 50Fly
EAST DISTRICT AGE GROUPS Round 2  - 28/29.11.15

Back to Glenrothes once again for the second round of the ED Age Groups. Once again we had some super swimming. This weekend was all 200’s. On the Saturday we had 12 swimmers taking part & on the Sunday we had 16. It is fantastic to see so many swimmers achieving the qualifying times for the EDAG’s.
On Saturday Inverleith swimmers managed 15PB’s & 4 finalists. Both Cameron Alexander & Angus Allison got into the fly & the BR finals. Angus got a silver & gold respectively & Cameron came in 6TH in both events. Both boys did 8sec PB’s to make the final & Angus took a further 4secs off in the final. Again in the BR both boys did PB’s to make the final & again Angus showed his determination & PB’d again in the final.
Sunday morning saw some of the older swimmers taking part with Angus Skakle doing a good PB in his 200B/C. Joe Penman got into the B/C final & PB’d to win the silver. Claire Dow & Joe were 1ST reserves for BR & F/C finals but didn’t get swims. In the afternoon we managed 12 PB’s with some amazing swims. Orla Kennedy took 8secs off her 200Fly & Adele McDaid took 10secs off her 200Fly, great swimming girls. Adele then took 9secs off her 200BR. Angus made the B/C & F/C finals with Felix Hale & Cameron being reserves & Adele made the Fly final. Adele had a fabulous swim in her final taking another 7secs off her time in a thrilling race & won the silver. Angus PB’d again in both B/C & F/C finals getting 4TH in B/C & silver in F/C.
It was a very successful weekend for Inverleith with our swimmers again making finals & winning medals. Well done to everyone who took part.
Gold – Angus Allison – 200BR
Silver – Angus Allison – 200Fly, 200F/C
              Joe Penman – 200B/C
Adele McDaid - 200 Fly

4TH – Angus Allison
6TH – Cameron Alexander – 200Fly, 200BR


Huge thanks to everyone for making the Club Champs such a great fund-raising success for the Club as well as a super day of swimming.   We exceeded all previous records (at least those known to me!) so many thanks to all those who baked cakes (Stuart – your snowmen cupcakes were amazing), brought gifts for the raffle and tombola, bought kit from the shop, goodies from the cafe and bought lots of raffle and tombola tickets too. 


The cafe, raffle, tombola and toasties made almost £700 – fantastic!  I was kept busy in the shop with over £1000 of sales and orders. 


A special mention needs to go to Kath and Colin Drainer who made and provided the filled rolls, Mike Andrew and Janet Bain who manned the cafe (and to Hilary Alexander for providing the tea, coffee etc), Alex and Anya Hale and Shona O’Connor who ran a very efficient operation at the toastie stall and Gillian Alexander, Leanne Reid and Helen Kennedy (and Orla) who ran the tombola and raffle.  Thanks to Kathy as well for bringing along everything else for the cafe (and roping her son, Alan in too to help with the unloading!).


Inverleith tattoos are now in stock. A good way for swimmers to brand themselves at external competitions!  

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas



Inverleith swimmers aren’t just good in the pool. Jack McInally, Aidan and Ruairidh Bain recently travelled to the Velodrome in Derby for the British Tae Kwondo Championships. Jack is now Junior British Champion for TAGB Tae Kwondo at red belt and Aidan is the Junior Tag Team Middleweight Champion at Red Belt. Congratulations to all of them.
And if you’re feeling a bit flat post Christmas you can bring back the Christmas spirit by going to see Scarlett and Ines Donald in panto at Wardie Church from Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 January. Thankfully this year not taking place the night before East Districts!
Have a wonderful Christmas. See you in 2016.


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