Inverleith ASC

October 2013 Newsletter

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Ex-Inverleith swimmer to compete in Glasgow 2014

Inverleith lost out to the world of Athletics but for Jayne Nisbet it worked out well.

Jayne has been selected to represent Scotland in the high-jump at next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. We wish her the best of luck and if you have tickets for the Athletics, remember to give her an extra big cheer.

Glasgow to host the 'Duel in the Pool' in December

Tollcross Swimming Pool, Glasgow, will be hosting this year's 'Duel in the Pool' on 21 - 22 December. This is a biennial event involving swimming superstars from two nations competing against each other.

Since 2009 the competition has pitted the best swimmers from Europe against the mighty USA. Swimmers for Team Europe 2013 will include Michael Jamieson, Hannah Miley, Yannick Agnel and Lotte Friis going head-to-head against the likes of Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer and Katie Ledecky.

This is a great opportunity for us to see some of the best swimmers in the world in action on our doorstep. For more information and to book your tickets, click here

Swimming Camp

All Int 2, Int 1 and most Advanced swimmers will have received letters about the Easter Swim Camps. If you would like to attend please fill in the forms and return them to your coach as soon as possible as places are filling fast.

Volunteer needed

We are in need of a Trophy Keeper whose responsibilities are to look after all Club trophies, arrange for engraving, distribution and collection at various times of the year. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Kathy.


Annual General Meeting: 27 November 2013, South Leith Church Hall, 8pm (provisional)

Huntley and Anderson Cup: Sunday 01 December, Leith Victoria

Club Championships:  Saturday 07 December, Leith Academy Swimming Pool

Presentation Dinner Dance: Friday 28th February 2014, Carrick Knowe Bowling Club

If you have any ideas of items you would like to see included in the Newsletter or if there is something you'd like to share, please let me know:



Social Committee

Volunteers urgently required

We are looking for parents to join the IASC Social Committee following the recent departure of one of its long-standing members, Keith Inglis, whose children no longer swim at the Club.

Everyone, parents included, automatically becomes a member of the IASC Social Club and is invited to attend events organised by the Social Committee. Over the years, Keith has successfully taken the lead in organising the venues and catering for the Club Championships and Presentation Dance as well as fundraisers such as the Summer Sponsored Walk along the Water of Leith.

As Keith is no longer involved, it leaves us with a position that urgently needs to be filled. Current members of the Social Committee (David Little, Judith Hetherington, Kathy Pitcher) have other committments within the Club so we are asking for volunteers to step forward and help ensure these events can continue - we wouldn't be able to hold them without your help.

One of the first tasks will be to organise the Club Championships which take place on the 7 December at Leith Academy and also the Presentation Dance in February. Help will be at hand from the other Committee members but we do need one or more parents to take this on and make these events as, if not more, successful than in the past.

Please let Kathy know if you are interested and willing to take this on either individually or as group.

Finally, if anyone has any suggestions for fund raising opportunities please speak to Kathy or other members of the Committee - we are always on the look out for new ideas.

Many thanks

The Social Committee

Competition reports

Haddington 100s -  Prestonpans (15 September 2013)

Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part in the above competition.

Several swimmers from Advanced and Int. 1 squads took part and with an appearance by Hannah Miley, it was a fantastic opportunity to impress. The results surpassed many expectations especially as this was the first Meet of the season  - a total of eight medals and numerous PBs achieved.

Gold:   Fraser Allison - 100 BR
           Sophie Hamilton - 100 BR
           Sophie Hamilton - 100 FLY

Silver:    Daniel Penman - 100 FREE
              Jonah Walsh - 100 B/C
              Jonah Walsh - 100 FLY
              Jonah Walsh - 100 FREE

Bronze:  Joe Penman – 100 B/C

4th:        Eve Lovell - 100 BR
             Aryan Singh - 100 BR
             Claire Dow - 400 FREE
             Claire Dow - 100 FREE
             Jocelyn Low - 100 FREE
             Daniel Penman - 100 B/C
5th:       Fraser Allison - 100 FREE
             Claire Dow - 100 B/C
             Claire Dow - 100 FLY
             Eloise Walker - 100 FREE
             Eloise Walker 100 B/R

East District Time Trials - Prestonpans (5-6 October)

With no medals at stake and only consideration times for the East District Age Group Championships up for grabs, it was a case of "just go for it!". This was also a chance to try new distances and new strokes. Well done to all 9 advanced swimmers who attended over the course of the weekend and especially to those who achieved the consideration times.

Hearts and BEST Premier Age Group Meet - Prestonpans (12-13 October)

Only 6 swimmers from Advanced Squad attended the recent Hearts and BEST Premier Meet but what a phenomenal set of results! A medal haul of 15 and yet more fantastic PBs.

A massive well done to all those who swam their hearts out and huge congratulations to those achieving more East District times and also Scottish National times.

Silver:       Sophie Hamilton - 50 FLY
                  Sophie Hamilton - 50 BR
                  Sophie Hamilton - 100 BR
                  Sophie Hamilton - 200 FLY
                  Claire Dow - 50 FLY
                  Fraser Allison - 50 BR
                  Fraser Allison - 200 FREE
                  Fraser Allison - 200 BR

Bronze:    Claire Dow - 50 B/C
                  Claire Dow - 100 FLY
                  Claire Dow - 200 FLY
                  Sophie Hamilton - 100 FLY
                  Sophie Hamilton - 200 IM
                  Sophie Hamilton - 200 BR
                  Fraser Allison - 50 B/C

4th:           Fraser Allison - 100 FREE
                 Fraser Allison - 200 IM
                 Jonah Walsh - 50 FREE
                 Joe Penman - 100 B/C

5th:           Eve Lovell - 50 BR
                 Joe Penman - 100 FREE
                 Jonah Walsh - 50 BR
                 Jonah Walsh - 100 IM
                 Claire Dow - 100 FREE
                 Claire Dow - 100 B/C
                 Fraser Allison - 100 B/C

Well done again!


Swimmer Profile

Name:  Daniel Penman

Age:  10

School:  Flora Stevenson Primary School

Squad:  Intermediate 1

Favourite stroke: Frontcrawl

Best thing about swimming: Meeting new friends

Worst thing about swimming: Nothing

Swimming idol: Michael Phelps

Favourite food/drink: Chocolate cake

Swim Shop 

Thanks to everyone who has bought from the club shop over the past year. We are finalising the accounts but have made a healthy donation to the main club account so many thanks for all your support, it really is much appreciated.

There are still one or two bags left if anyone would like one. Look out for some new climatec yellow/black Inverleith t-shirts coming soon, and for our stall at the Club Championships in December.

Don't forget we also have a small permanent stock of floats, pull buoys, goggles and fins along with suits in our Club colours. Hats are always available too. Old kit such as fins can be sold back to the shop for our second-hand resale.

You can catch me at Leith Victoria on a Sunday, call 079999 35178 or email



Gavin Fulton Club Relay

Thank you to everyone who took part in the first Gavin Fulton Club Relay last month. An amazing 92 swimmers competed in what turned out to be a hugely successful and fun event which the Club hopes to hold on an annual basis.

It was a lovely tribute to Gavin and much appreciated by Jill and Tina (Gavin's sister) who attended and presented the trophies to the winning team. Gavin's parents, Bill and Alison, also sent their appreciation and apologies for being unable to attend.

Many thanks also to those parents who stayed to watch and support the teams. The feedback we have received from swimmers and parents alike has been overwhelmingly positive.

Last but not least, a huge thank you to Malcolm Dow for his hard work and organisational efforts both before and during the event. Not an easy task but one he'll hopefully be happy to repeat next year.

Congratulations to the winning team (L-R Back row: Jonah Walsh, Daniel Penman; Front row: Jacob Lineen, Jasmine MacQuaker, Anna Brodie, Hugo MacPherson) with a time of 5:10.34.

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.

2-3 Nov 2013:  East District Age Groups Rd 1, Glenrothes

9 Nov 2013:  Lothian Graded Meet, Prestonpans

24 Nov 2013: Edinburgh Schools, Ainslie Park (registration with your school)

30 Nov-1 Dec 2013: East District Age Groups Rd 2, Glenrothes

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

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



Club records

This year, we have seen a number of long-standing Club records being broken and this trend continues with more new records set at recent Meets:

East District Time Trial

  • Boys 12 and under 100 B/C. New record of 1:15.63 by Jonah Walsh
    (previous record by Iain MacMillan 1:16.74, 12/12/98)

Hearts and BEST Meet

  • Girls 13 year old 200 FLY. New record of 2:45.65 by Sophie Hamilton
    (previous record by Helen McRoberts 2:46.53, 10/02/04)

  • Girls 14 year old 100 B/C. New record of 1:11.01 by Claire Dow
    (previous record by Claire Dow 1:12.70, 17/05/13)

  • Girls 14 year old 50 FLY. New record of 31.97 by Claire Dow
    (previous record by Claire Dow 32.50,17/05/13)

  • Girls 14 year old 100 FLY. New record of 1:10:41 by Claire Dow
    (previous record by Sally Wood 1:12.15, 08/01/05)

  • Girls 14 year old 200 FLY. New record of 2:41.68 by Claire Dow
    (previous record by Sally Wood 2:43.77, 20/11/04
Well done to the above swimmers!

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