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Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Note: Changes to training times after X-mas

The British Swimming ITC operating out of the University Swimming Pool starts Monday 1 December 2008.  We have had our pool time at the university confirmed up till Christmas.  A new training timetable for the whole club will be issued in December as soon as it is confirmed.


Sunday, 23 November 2008

Meet to be added on Gala Entry Form

Please note the following meet has been missed out on the Gala Entry form


February 7-8 City of Glasgow Graded meet, for Bronze and Silver


If you are available for this meet, please make a note on your gala entry form indicating this.


Important - Entrants for Stirling Club Championships

Check that your name is on this list, if you are not on the list but want to compete at the Club Championships on December 6th, You will need to inform the Programme Convenor Anne Wilson on , last day for acceptance of entries is November 27 – the program will be fixed after that and no late entries will be accepted.


Nicola Allan

Caroline Allen

Gareth Allen

Stuart Allen

Megan Brewster

Rebekah Brewster

Morven Bruce

Lucy Brunton

Angus Cameron

Sage Chittick

Craig Coull

Martin Cremin

Emma Davidson

Kevin Dickson

Creag Doctor

Genna Doctor

James Dodds

Findlay Forrest

Laura Gellatly

Grace Gill

Nicole Govan

Fraser Greenlee

Stephanie Hanley

Erin Hogg

Catriona Hope

Sarah Huggett

Molly Illingworth

Kayrine Kelly

Nikoline Laidlaw

Andrew Loudon

Sarah Loudon

Rachael Love

James Matthewson

Scott McArthur

Anna McDaid

Katie McKenna

Andrew McCulloch

Rebecca Millar

Amarillia Moffatt

Anastarsia Moffatt

Elise Murray

Rosie Ogg

Douglas Ormiston

Callum Presland

Caitlin Purcell

Jennifer Rogerson

Ella Shilliday

Iain Shilliday

Cara Smith

Emma Stirling

Harry Vernon

Claire Wilson


Saturday, 22 November 2008

SPONSORSHIP: Junior Open Meet 24th-25th January 2009

Stirling Swimming is a growing, ambitions and competitive swimming club. It aims to encourage as many young swimmers to participate and achieve in the sport. We now have over 100 swimmers with several regularly competing at district and national level.

The Open meet in January is an important the Key event for fundraising however with the increasing costs of pool time, coaching staff and galas to steal a tag line

“ Every little helps

The club are in the process of attracting sponsorship from within the Stirling community. If anyone has any contacts that they feel may be willing to help please let us know and contact can be made,

Sponsorship can take many different forms including:-

ü Sponsoring a race at the Open meet ( From £25 per race)

ü Sponsoring a trophy at Open meet (From £100)

Contact Stuart Ogg:

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Jim Anderson - Multi Olympic Medals

Jim Anderson shows his medals from 5 olympic games: Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Stirling Swimming scoops top award at Club Sport Stirling Award Ceremony

Stirling Swimmer Andrew Hunter was awarded the award for Senior Sport Person of the year at Club Sport Stirling’s award Ceremony and Stirling Swimming was awarded sports club of the year.

Other nominees who were honoured at the ceremony were :

· Martin Cremin who was nominated in the young sport person of the year category

· Blair Prentice who was nominated in the service to local sport category

· Scott Nelson who was nominated in the coach of the year category

· Tod Cooper who was nominated in the senior sport person of the year category

The club can be proud of this award, it is a testemony to the hard work done by all in the club, swimmers, coaches and volunteers.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Meet calendar until July 2009

Please note the meet calendar has now been updated with dates upto June 2009. You will soon receive your gala entry sheet, make sure you return it in a timely manner to ensure you are entered into the appropriate meets next year.

Check out the meet calendar here

Portobello meet - Saturday November 15

Session Times

Session 1: Warm-up 10.15hrs – 10.55hrs; Start 11.00hrs; Finish 14.00hrs

Session 2: Warm-up 14.45hrs – 15.25hrs; Start 15.30hrs; Finish 18.30hrs


Remember to call if you are going to be late!

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Parents Night Out

Tuesday 16th December 2008

The Birds and Bees, Easter Cornton Road, Stirling

7pm for 7.30pm.

For further information contact:

Catriona Bruce on 841282 or Fionna McKenna on 474586 or email us

Last days for orders for Christmas

Last day for ordering things to be sure of them arriving for Christmas is:
24th November - tracksuit tops
6th December - hoodies

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Central Gala - Medal galore for Stirling

Stirling Swimming Club had its largest number of swimmers qualify for the Central gala this weekend with over 50 making the trip to Grangemouth. It was a successful day for the club with 43 individual medals won plus 5 relay teams making the podium. Many of the younger swimmers were attending their first gala and not only collected personal best times but were very much part of the team who achieved second place just losing out to Grangemouth for best overall club.

In the 10 and Under Boys Angus Cameron was joint runner up after medalling in each race. He was joined by Hamish Lang, Ian Shilladay and Cameron Harris in the relay event and although they missed out on a medal all swam well in a tough race. In the girls events in the same age group Ella Shilladay also had a fantastic day collecting four medals in pb times. In the backstroke Anastarsia Moffat had a superb swim coming from a slow heat to unexpectedly win a bronze medal with a 7 second pb time. Not wanting to be outdone twin sister Amarialla reduced her breaststroke time by 5 seconds then teamed up with Anastarsia, Ella and Beth Gallacher to achieve a great silver medal in the relay.

The 11/12 Boys saw Scott MacArthur win 3 medals in a tough age group whilst Jack Matthewson swam superbly in the breaststroke to cut his entry time by 14 seconds and Logan Henderson reduced his 200m Freestyle pb by 10 seconds. Kayrine Kelly performed to her usual high standard with four medals and was joint winner of the overall age group trophy. Also in this age group Nicola Allan had a great 200m freestyle swim and Rebecca Millar significantly reduced her breaststroke pb time.

The 13/14 year old boy’s events were particularly tough for the Stirling swimmers with a high standard of entry. Nevertheless the boys performed magnificently with some fantastic reductions to pb times. Jamie Leighton slashed a whopping 32 seconds off his 200m freestyle entry time and Fraser Johnston cut his by 27 seconds. Gareth Allen, Forrest Findlay, Craig Coull and twins David and Fraser Allison also knocked huge chunks off their pb’s in this event whilst Sage Chittick kept his best performance for the 100m breaststroke.

Stirling’s 13/14 years girls dominated this age group with Nicole Govan, Jenny Rodgerson and Nikoline Laidlaw taking 9 out of a possible 12 top 3 places and Nicole and Jenny jointly winning best girl. They were joined by Rachel Bond to easily win the medley relay. Not wanting to be outshone Laura Galletly improved her 200m freestyle time by an unbelievable 34 seconds.

The 15 years and above Stirling boys found their races very competitive but Martin Cremin, Andrew Loudon, Ross Kirkwood and Kevin Dixon pulled out a magnificent performance in the relay to win gold. Martin, Kevin and Andrew also won individual medals whilst Douglas Ormiston and Duncan MacDonald had some great swims to reduce their pb times.

Like their 13/14 team mates Stirling 15+ girls dominated. Stephanie Hanley medalled in each race and convincingly won best girl in the age group. Rosie Ogg, Fiona Gray, Katie McKenna and Morven Bruce also medalled. Not wanting to be outshone by the boys Steph, Rosie, Katie and Fiona also won gold in their relay with a great swim.

The final event of the day was the mixed relay with the club’s fastest male and female freestyle swimmers from each age group taking on the other clubs. Anastarsia then Angus led off for Stirling, followed by Kayrine, Scott, Nicole and Gareth. It was a very close race but Rosie then Kevin managed to bring the team home in 2nd place against strong competition.


Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Items left at Central Gala

The following items were left by Stirling swimmers at the Grangemouth pool on Sunday:


Blue and yellow Swimathon towel

Blue and pink spotty towel

Pink towel with yellow trim

Stirling polo shirt - size small

Stirling polo shirt - age 12-13

Black Nike sleeveless t-shirt


Blue goggles


To claim any of these, please contact Fionna McKenna -

Friday, 7 November 2008

Management Group meeting November 1 2008

Bullet Point minutes from Management Group meeting November 1 2009 are now available online for members to view. You will find them in the Club Members Area.


Thursday, 6 November 2008

Club Mobile Phone - for Galas

The club now has a mobile phone to be used as the main contact point during galas, it will be held by the coach or team manager attending the gala.

This number should be used (preferably by text):


  • To let the club know of any last minute withdrawals, either on the evening before or on the day of a gala
  • To let the club know if you are running late for a gala, but do not want to be withdrawn
  • For any contact required with the team manager/coach on poolside during a gala.


Please do not use this number for any other club contact, it will only be switched on in the evening prior to and during a gala.  Use the normal contacts from the website for any other purposes.


                        Number: 07599 281201

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Urgent - volunteers still needed this weekend

Scottish school trials still looking for officials.

Stirling Swimming needs two more volunteers to man the doors on sunday afternoon.

Contact Anne Wilson for any of the above.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Gala Entry Procedure - Apologies

As a Club we would like to apologise to those swimmers who handed in their gala forms but did not get entered into the Central Gala. Unfortunately our system for collecting and recording which swimmers should be registered for which galas has shown a weakness.  Firstly we would like to assure all swimmers that we will introduce procedures to allow them to personally check that their gala form has been received and recorded.  After the deadline for submitting gala forms we will post the registered swimmers/galas on the Club website and also on the University noticeboard, to allow everyone to double check.  We appreciate that no system is water tight.  Over the last 4 years the Club has endeavoured to gradually improve the gala entry process to ensure that all its swimmers are entered into the appropriate meets allowing them to compete as much as possible throughout the year.  Our current procedure, although it has shown flaws this time, has allowed a much larger number of swimmers to enter galas than we have had before, having said that once again the Club offers its sincere apologies to those swimmers affected by this recent problem.


Henriette Laidlaw

President Stirling Swimming

Kick Test Results from October 4 are available now

Kick Test results from October 4 are finally available in the members area, sorry for the delay, it took some time to get them typed up you can find them in Club Members Area

Scottish Schools Trials - Saturday November 8, 9:30AM at Bo'ness

This is a reminder to those who are attending the Scottish School’s Central Trials.

Date: Saturday November 8

Warm Up: 09.30 – 10.10am for Start 10.25am

Finish approx 2pm

Location: Bo’ness

Please find the meet format summary below


12yrs/U 9.30 - 9.50am
13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 9.50 - 10.10am

Session Start 10.25am

Event 1 12/U 50m Backstroke Girls/Boys
Event 2 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 100m Backstroke Girls
Event 3 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 100m Backstroke Boys
Event 4 12/U 50m Butterfly Girls/Boys
Event 5 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 100m Butterfly Girls
Event 6 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 100m Butterfly Boys

Presentations for events 1 -6

Event 7 12/U 50m Breaststroke Girls/Boys
Event 8 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 100m Breaststroke Girls
Event 9 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 100m Breaststroke Boys
Event 10 12/U 50m Freestyle Girls/Boys

Event 11 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 100m Freestyle Girls
Event 12 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 100m Freestyle Boys
Event 13 12/U 4 X 50m Freestyle Relay Girls
Event 14 12/U 4 X 50m Freestyle Relay Boys

Presentations for events 7 – 14 & Top Primary School

Event 15 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 200m Backstroke Girls
Event 16 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 200m Backstroke Boys
Event 17 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 200m Butterfly Girls
Event 18 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 200m Butterfly Boys
Event 19 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 200 Individual Medley Girls/Boys
Event 20 OPEN 400m Freestyle Girls/Boys

Presentations for events 15 - 20

Event 21 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 200m Breaststroke Girls
Event 22 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 200m Breaststroke Boys
Event 23 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 200m Freestyle Girls
Event 24 13/14yrs, 15/16yrs, 17/19yrs 200m Freestyle Boys
Event 25 OPEN 400 Individual Medley Girls/Boys

Presentations for events 21 -25 & Top Secondary School

Monday, 3 November 2008

Volunteers needed for Club Championships

We need volunteers to help officiate at the club championships. If you can help out please let Anne Wilson know. If anyone hasn't done anything like this before and would like to give it a try, please contact Anne and let her know your interest. It doesn't matter if you haven't done anything like this before; this may be a great way to find out what is involved before you take it any further and a great way to get to meet some more parents

Stirling Junior Open

Stirling Junior Open will run on January 24-25. Once again the meet is sponsored by Stirling Medical Innovations

Put this in your diary, we will be looking for loads of volunteers, this is the biggest fundraiser for the club.

Stirling Swimming Club Championships - December 6, 2008

Stirling Swimming will be holding its annual club championships on Saturday December 6th at Boness Pool from 2-6pm. Please make sure you put this in your calendar. Entry form will be handed out to swimmers, if you loose yours it can be downloaded from Stirling Swimming homepage.