Inverleith ASC
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Welcome back, January started out with Round 2 of the East District Age Groups, another great competition for our swimmers.  Then onto Carnegie Graded Meet, Scottish Schools, Lothian Junior Graded Meet, EDAG Round 3, Bellshill Sharks Open Meet, and Carnegie open meet last weekend!  Most of the results are on the Swim Scotland website or the app Meet Mobile.  Whew.  Innes Donald won Bronze for her 100 breaststroke and Angus Allison was awarded Top Boy in the EDAG's. He won 13 Gold medals, 3 silver and 1 bronze ( I see a photo opportunity here! )

A very big thank you from all the coaches for the very generous Christmas gifts we received from the swimmers & the Club. It was very kind of everyone & while not expected it is very much appreciated.
Thank you all.

We have a lot of competitions over the course of a year & those who compete regularly should be thinking about entering a variety of events & not just sticking to their favourite strokes all the time. Be brave & try something different, you might surprise yourself.
Shona Skakle does a huge amount of work sending out emails, processing entries then checking & putting out programmes to accepted swimmers.Then doing lots of withdrawals for swimmers who can’t, for various reasons, make the competition.
There are always deadlines for entries so if you can get back to Shona by her deadline it does make things a lot easier for her & then she does not have to send out reminders.


Thank you very much for the gifts and voucher you kindly gave me for Christmas.  It was very generous of you and much appreciated.  I had a great time relaxing over Christmas and hope you did too.







The Presentation Dance went very well, everyone seemed to have lots of fun Lots of parents up dancing too, fab fun!

Thank you to all who donated tombola items and also those that tried to win guess the weight of the cake, no-one got it right but the closest was Kiana Belotti, while the guess the sweets in the jar was won by Alan Bain who came closest to the number.  Thanks to Katy Youngs for the decorations and ordering and collecting the food.

Some photos to tell the story better:


Roll on next year, well done to all who got trophies and medals.



Upcoming Competitions:

Scottish National Age Groups, 29 March-3 April

University of Aberdeen Long Course Meet, 29-30 April

Portobello Mad March Meet,29-30 April

Lothian Leagues round 2, 6 May

Haddington Total Swimmer, 7 May

Hearts Novice Meet, 14 May

SWL IM Tough Meet, 19-21 May

East District Open, 26-28 May

Lothian Leagues round 3, 3 June

ELST Distance, 9-11 June

Aquanauts Graded Meet, 24 June

More information about all external meets can be found on the Swim Scotland website - just find the meet and double click on its name and you will find information about the meet, including venue, warm up times and events.


Appeal for Officials

First of all, I wanted to say that it’s amazing to have seen all the swimmers competing in the many competitions we have had over the last few months. Well done to you all, you have been fantastic.


All of you will be aware that when I send out emails about competitions, I always have a section asking for officials. Those of you who are not timekeepers or judges probably just skip over that bit. However, I wanted to explain why it is important to have officials at external competitions.


When we have swimmers in a competition, we are asked to provide officials so that the meet can be accredited. There are rules about how many officials you need to have at a meet in order for the swimmers’ times to count for the bigger regional (East Districts) and national (Scottish National Age Groups) competitions – and if there are not enough officials provided by the clubs for these competitions, the times don’t count. For some competitions (eg East Districts), they send us a quota for officials and that quota is based on the number of swimmers we have in the competition – so the more swimmers we have, the more officials we’re asked to provide. If we don’t fill the quota, the club can be fined.


Recently I have been finding it difficult to get the number of officials we need for each competition. Even though there are a dependable group of parents who volunteer for every meet that their kids are in, I am still having to send out appeals for most competitions in order to get the numbers.


Also, we are very short on judges in the club – we have a couple of parents training to be judges at the moment but we always need more – for internal competitions as well as external ones.


So I wanted to ask all of you to consider the following:


·         if you would be interested in training as a timekeeper

·         if you have trained as a timekeeper but only timekeep at internal competitions,       
      please could you consider volunteering for some external competitions

·         if you are a more experienced timekeeper, whether you would be prepared to train to be a judge


If you are interested, please contact me or Kathy about it. If you’re not sure what is involved and want to discuss it more, we’d be happy to talk to you about it or you can talk to other parents who are already timekeepers or judges. Thanks.


Angus Skakle: trip to Kenya

Angus is heading off to Kenya in June this year for 4 weeks with his school, Leith Academy, and Camps International. As well as learning about another country and climbing Mount Kenya, he is going there to help the local community. He doesn’t know exactly what he will be doing but previous expeditions have helped to build houses and schools. In order to fundraise for his trip, he is seeking sponsorship by swimming roughly 300 miles – the distance between Nairobi and Mombasa – and he’s mostly doing this in training. If you want to find out more or you would like to sponsor him, his JustGiving page is here:


Joshua Drainer

What is your age? - 10
What is your favourite stroke? - Breaststroke but I like fly too
Your favourite food? - my favourite food is pasta.  It gives me lots of energy for swimming
Your least favourite food? - my least favourite is my mum's risotto or shepherds pie
What do you like to drink? - I like Oasis
Do you have a middle name? - yes. I actually have two middle names
Will you tell us what they are? - They are Andrew and Scott
What is your favourite colour? - my favourite colour is orange, I even have an orange cat
Do you have any more pets? - as well as my cat who is called Jasper we have a seven month old Cockapoo called Ozzie
What dry land sport do you like? - I like watching wrestling and practicing moves on my brother

Thanks Joshua, some great info there!



Sessions not noted below will continue as normal:

Monday 3rd April -     no morning session Leith Victoria
                                     no eveining session Glenogles
Tuesday 4th Aril -       no morning session Leith Victoria
                                     no evening sessions Leith Victoria
Thursday 6th April -   no evening session Glenogle

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