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Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Swimming Kit Order Form is now available

Kit Order Form now available, please fill out a copy of the form and hand to either Ilona Shilliday or Julie Allison, get your orders in soon to ensure kit available for Christmas.

Sam Agnew aims to swim the "English Channel"

13 year old Stirling Swimming member Sam Agnew, who trains with SDS National Junior Development Squad, is aiming to swim 22 miles - the distance of the English Channel - in twelve weeks in aid of people who have incurred a spinal injury. He will need to swim 1416 lengths of a 25m pool during training and at squad sessions with Sport Central Disability swim squad and at the National Swimming Squad for Physical and Sensory Disabilities. He says his swim is dedicated to Alan Robertson one of his coaches who was critically injured in a road accidentn in January 2008.

If you wish to sponsor Sam, please contact Susan Littlewoods

Monday, 27 October 2008

Development Plan and Funding Bid

As presented at the AGM, a new development plan for 2008-2012 has been put together and from this a funding bid was submitted. This plan is now available to club members in the Club Members Area


Sunday, 26 October 2008

Drugs Information Database

If you have to take medicine it is a good idea to consult the drug information database - The DID™ provides easily accessible and accurate responses to queries about the status in sport of licensed pharmaceutical and over-the-counter medicinal products available in the UK and Canada. You will find the link to this and other useful websites on our page of weblinks

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Dundee Meet - October 25/26

Please note the entries are now on display at the University, please tick to confirm you have read. If you for some reason need to withdraw make sure this is done in a timely manner to your coach.
Meet will take place at Dundee - Olympia Leisure Pool
SAT 25th
Warm Up : SESSION 1 Girls 0900-0920 Boys 0920-0940 START 0945.
Warm Up : SESSION 2 Boys 1400-1420 Girls 1420-1440 START 1445.
SUN 26th
Warm Up : SESSION 3 Boys 0930-0950 Girls 0950-1010 START 1015.
Warm Up : SESSION 4 Girls 1430-1450 Boys 1450-1510 START 1515.
Please note Stirling Swimming expect girls and boys to arrive prior to the first warm up, so that we can handle any potential withdrawals.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Officials and volunteers needed for Central School Trial on November 8 - Boness

Scottish Schools are looking for officials to assist at the Central Trial on November.


The meet format is as follows:



   Warm Up: 09.30 – 10.10am for Start 10.25am

   Finish approx 2pm

   Location: Boness


They are looking for the following to be covered:


Referee, Starter, Chief Timekeeper, Timekeepers, Judges, Other duties, Marshall


As this meet will only be using manual timekeepers a total of 12 timekeepers are needed.


Please contact if you can assist.



Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Officials needed for- Dundee Meet 25th and 26th October


All, we have to provide officials for the Dundee Meet over teh 25th/26th October weekend so could you please let Anne Wilson ( know whether you can help out and which day/s and in what capacity eg Timekeeper/Judge etc.  Thanks Stuart

Monday, 13 October 2008

Young Swimmers Success at Aquanauts this weekend.

Stirling Swimming had 3 new swimmers for the morning session at the Aquanauts meet,Tammi Park, Anastarsia & Amarialla Moffat all three girls had some superb swims for their first gala and with Tammi Park bringing home a bronze medal for her 50m backstroke which she swam in 51.49 in the same event Anastarsia took 7th and Amarialla took 8th place.

Anastarsia took 5th in the 50 m freestyle in an impressive 39.66sec and a 6th in the 50m breaststroke.

In the afternoon the older age groups had a bumper day, with many personal best and medals taken home.

Cara Smith started the day by taking gold in the very first event of 50m freestyle, during the afternoon she added to this with a silver in the 50m backstroke and a speeding ticket in the 50m butterfly.

David Allison took gold in the 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly and just beat Fraser Allison into fourth place and thereby took bronze in the 50m backstroke, Fraser took home the bronze in the 50m fly with the two brothers ending the day with a 4th and a 6th in the 50m freestyle.

Creag Doctor came 4th in the 50m breaststroke and same place in the 50m fly.

Emma Rose Mason took a bronze in the 50m butterfly and came 5th in the 50m backstroke

Logan Henderson came 4th in the 50m butterfly and Fraser Greenlee 6th in the 50m breaststroke

Friday, 10 October 2008

Aquanauts meet this Saturday October 11

Please note the times for warm up and starts are:

Session 1 09.00 warm-up 10.00 start – for 8,9 and 10 years old

Session 2 13.30 warm-up 14.30 start -  for 11, 12 and 13 years old

Be sure you are changed and ready for your warm up.

Where: Bellshill - Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Changes to training during October break

Due to school pool closure during October break there will be the following changes to the training schedule:

  • Monday October 13 Silver A trains at university from 6-8 pm, no training for Silver B that day
  • Tuesday October 14 - No training bronze A and Silver B
  • Thursday October 16 Bronze B trains at university from 6.30 -7:30 pm

All other training continues as scheduled.

Eat Well - Train - Compete

Drink – Drink – Drink

  • Drink 2 cups of water or diluted squash 2 hours before training
  • Bring a water bottle to training and competition filled with water or VERY dilute squash – think of it as being part of your gear, you wouldn’t come without trunks or a swimsuit
  • During the session DRINK the contents of your water bottle. Drink after each set in the session. If you are given 100m Frontcrawl to swim don’t stop after 50m for a drink finish the 100m and drink in the rest time


Sleep is important because it is the time when you grow and recovery from daily activity takes place. Get a good nights sleep before a competition to enable you to swim fast

Eat Well

Your day should start with BREAKFAST

Eat a high carbohydrate breakfast accompanied by some fruit or fruit juice and maybe even a yogurt. Remember to have a drink

Mid Morning

Cereal bar and a drink, avoid fizzy drinks


If you eat school lunch select the healthy option such as pasta, rice or baked potato plus some fruit and a drink

If you have a packed lunch eat all your sandwiches plus some fruit and a drink

Mid Afternoon

Banana or cereal bar plus a drink

Home from School

Home by 4.00pm. Training at 6.30 don’t eat after 5.30. Have a light meal or snack plus a drink

During Training/Time Trials

Drink the contents of your water bottle. If taking part in time trials or club championships bring some digestive biscuits or a cereal bar to nibble on

After Training / On Journey Home

Drink a carton of fruit juice but no fizzy drinks. Have a snack in your bag ready to eat, a banana, cereal bar or digestive biscuits to build up your energy levels again. Try to eat within 30 minutes of the end of your session


Have a high carbohydrate meal with some protein. Add to your meal by eating bread with it or drinking fruit juice. If you are really tired when you get home at least have a bowl of cereal with some semi-skimmed milk

High Carbohydrate Breakfasts

· Cereals – try some wholegrain varieties e.g. branflakes, shredded wheat, porridge, weetabix or muesli. Add chopped banana or other fresh and dried fruits to increase the carbohydrate content. Use skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, or yogurt with the cereal. Don’t choose the same cereal every day and don’t go for the sweetened cereals e.g. Frosties

· Toast – use wholemeal or wholegrain bread. Always go for thick sliced bread. Try raisin bread for a change. Take care not to smother it in high fat spreads

· Porridge sweetened with honey, raisins and dried apricots

· Scotch pancakes with syrup

· Toasted crumpets/teacakes with a little butter

· English muffins and marmite

· Bagels with jam/honey

· Low fat milkshake with banana/fresh fruit/low fat yogurt

· Fresh fruit and yogurts

· Beans on toast

· Boiled egg and toast

Light Meals and Snacks

· Filled sandwiches (thick sliced), rolls, pitta breads. Choose fillings such as cottage cheese, peanut butter, banana, salad, honey, marmite, tuna, chicken, turkey, ham or combinations of these e.g. ham salad

· Thick vegetable/ pulse based ( made with beans) soups and crackers

· Rice or pasta salad

· Beans or scrambled/poached eggs on toast

· Toasted sandwiches – thick sliced with one of the fillings listed above. If you want cheese go for a lower fat option such as Edam

· Jacket potato and filling – opt for low fat fillings such as tuna (no mayonnaise) and cottage cheese rather than cheese

· Risotto

· Tinned spaghetti in a tomato sauce

· Pasta with a light tomato based sauce

Snacks on the run

  • Sandwiches as described above
  • Low fat yogurts and fromage frais
  • Fresh fruit – apples, bananas, nectarines, oranges, grapes etc
  • English muffins, scones, crumpets
  • Scotch pancakes – no butter or margarine
  • Dried fruit – raisins, apricots etc
  • Cereal bars
  • Nuts and dried fruit combinations
  • Rice cakes, crackers and dry breakfast cereal

Main Meals

  • Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Chili Con Carne
  • Chicken with Potatoes
  • Jacket potato with tuna
  • Have fresh fruit, yogurt or jelly for desert

At competition

Breakfast before you leave

Arrive on time for warm up

30 mins warm up

Replace fluids

Less than one hour before race just keep to fluid replacement

More than one hour try to eat a little

Best to eat little and often during the day to keep energy levels high

Eating too much at once can make you feel heavy and tired

Try to eat during the longer breaks

Take your own food with you

Take enough fluid to last the whole day

Have something to eat and drink immediately after you last race

Avoid Burger King on your way home – high fat foods delay recovery

Have some high carbohydrate foods + protein prepared for you to eat as soon as you arrive home

Have a good nights rest especially if you are competing over the whole weekend

Snacks to have between events (1-2 hour breaks)

  • Small can fruit
  • Bananas and other fruit
  • Hot cross bun or raisin bread
  • A small sandwich with a light filling. Try a banana sandwich
  • Rice cakes you can top them with honey or jam
  • Bagels
  • Fruit scones
  • Plain crackers with jam
  • Jam or honey sandwiches
  • Carton of rice pudding

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Swim Shop

Ilona Shilliday and Julie Allison the new Stirling Swimming shop managers plan two swim shops in 2008.

November 8, an opportunity to get kit for the Central Gala

December 6, an opportunity for any christmas shopping.


Monday, 6 October 2008

Management Committee meetings planned for session 2008/2009

Management Group meetings are scheduled to take place on Saturdays at University Pool Committee room and begin at 7.30 am on the following dates:

Please note dates are subject to change if Meets are scheduled for any of the planned dates. Changes will not necessarily be posted on the website but will be communicated to the management group.

October 11, 2008
November 1, 2008
December 6, 2008
January 10, 2009
February 7, 2009
March 14, 2009
April 25, 2009
May 23, 2009
June 20, 2009

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Aquanauts - Saturday 11th October, 2008

Please note the times for warm up and starts are:

Session 1 09.00 warm-up 10.00 start

Session 2 13.30 warm-up 14.30 start

Be sure you are changed and ready for your warm up.

Where: Bellshill - Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex

Friday, 3 October 2008

Members Area Password Change

Please note that the password for the members only area has been changed. If you are a member you can request the new password by emailing stating your member status and the details will be forwarded to you.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Have you returned your Gala Entry Form?

All gala entry forms need handed back to your coach this week, latest by Saturday October 4th on Team day.

If you have lost your gala entry form we will provide spare on Saturday for you to fill in.

Please also note that there is an additional meet scheduled at Portobello on Saturday November 15 which is not on the gala form, if you want to enter this meet remember to tick the list at the University.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Swimming to Beijing

All sponsor forms and swim forms need to be handed in, we will be presenting the results on Saturday.


Get your form and money to your coach by Thursday