WEST DISTRICT SPRINTS CHAMPIONSHIPS – Could all swimmers who competed at the West District Sprints Championships attend for a press photo. The photo will be taken at the Citadel on Thursday 1st September at 4:20pm (please do not be late). Please bring with you any awards and a SAST top.
SAST CALENDAR – has been updated and includes the changes below (click for 2016-2017 Calendar – updated 29th August 2016)
- Sunderland Open Meet (October) has been removed due to some busy months and the addition of the North District Grand Prix
- West District Short Course Champs added (at Tollcross TBC)
- North District Grand Prix (Nov) added
SAST Sue McClure Graded Meet (Sunday 2nd October 2016 – Citadel)
This competition is for all swimmers in all squads that qualify (see entry info below to check if you qualify). We encourage all swimmers to enter and especially those in Development & Junior Squads. The competition is great for swimmers with little or no experience at competitions to race in their home pool surrounded by plenty of teammates for support. To enter just click on the Entry Info link below and follow the instructions. Lets have a huge team poolside and loads of fun racing… only 4 years until the next Olympic swimming events.
Please click for the 2016 West District Sprints Relay Team Selections. Apologies that this document is only available so late before the meet. A computer gremlin had halted the original post. However, as in all the cases for Relay Team Selections, all the swimmers within the teams are already competing at the competition and within the same session as the relays. This is done so that swimmers are not just turning up for relay events.
Please note the following training alterations due to the West District Sprints
- Friday 26th August
- District Squad – Morning land training cancelled
- District & National Squad 5:00-7:00pm @ Citadel (for those not competing)
- Saturday 27th August
- Performance Squad Cancelled
- Sunday 28th August
- Performance & National 5:00-6:45pm @ Prestwick (if not competing)
- Monday 29th August
- Performance & National Squad 5:45-7:30am @ Citadel
We’re still looking for volunteers to help run the October Meet!
Please come along Costa Coffee, Heathfield, 7pm tonight (Thursday 25th)
The North Ayrshire Distance Meet Program is no available and includes confirmed swims & Scratches. There have been a small number of scratches so please take a look at the events you have entered. Scratched swims are indicated with SCR next to them. The swimmers have been scratched due to an oversubscription in the event. Please click for North Ayrshire Distcance Program with confirmed & Scratched Swims
NORTH AYRSHIRE DEVELOPMENT MEET (17th-18th September 2016 – Auchenharvie) – This meet is for all swimmers in all squads. Its a perfect opportunity for swimmers in Development, Junior & Junior Plus to compete against other swimmers of similar standards. We always come away from this meet with plenty of awards and with the format swimmers are not spending the whole day at the pool. Its a case of plenty of swims in a short session so all are kept active. If you need help / guidance in entering, then please do not hesitate to speak to your squad coach or get in touch via the e-mail address below.
- Click for : North Ayrshire Development Meet Entry Info & Process
- For : ALL SQUADS – ESPECIALLY DEVELOPMENT, JUNIOR & JUNIOR+. Please note that this is a graded level competition and therefore swimmers personal bests must be slower than the Qualifying times. Swimmers without personal best times are encouraged to enter and times will be estimated for them.
- Closing Date : Friday 2nd September 2016
- Entry Fee : £5.00 per event. If you are attending, then please follow the instructions on the entry Info & when e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org ensure you include your PayPal reference.
JUNIOR SQUAD – Nicole Duffy was a swimmer with SAST before heading off to Edinburgh Uni where she has been studying to be a PE Teacher. Nicole is currently at Kyle Academy and will be the lead coach for Junior Squad. She will be at all the sessions to pass on her experience and knowledge to the next generation of swimmers. Nicole first competed for SAST back in 2003 in the Mini League and her last swim for the team was 11 years later in 2014. Nicole was a regular West District medal winner and finalist at Scottish National competitions specialising in sprint backstroke. I’ve added a photo from the past where Nicole can be seen with some younger versions of swimmers currently in our higher squads… Just for fun! See if you can spot some of our older swimmers who were inspired by Nicole in her competitive SAST days.
Welcome Back Everyone!
We hope you’ve all had a great summer and are looking forward to lots more swimming this session, though maybe not the early alarm clock quite so much …
Our first meet isn’t too far away so we’re starting to get organised now and holding a meeting this coming week:
Thursday 25th August
Costa Coffee, Heathfield
Most of our meet management team have moved on to new things, though fortunately for us Val Seville is going to kindly lead this meet as her last one for SAST so that we can learn what to do. I think if we probably aimed for about 14 or so people to learn some of the ropes then we could have a group of people who know what they’re doing for each event. Most of the tasks are about making sure things are in place eg making a rota for marshals, making sure catering arrangements are in place, pools are booked, that we have a rota for volunteers for the cash desk and tombola stalls etc.
Everyone is welcome to this meeting, the meet is for swimmers at all levels so a great one to come along and start learning.
We need volunteers for the meets to run (you’ve seen the lists of how many are involved 😉 ), and many hands make light work!
If you’d like any more information I can be contacted at email@example.com
You can email to let me know you’re coming, or that you’ll try to come along or we can just see you on Thursday at 7pm.
And thank you in advance
I hope you’ve enjoyed your summer break. just a reminder that training recommences back to normal on Monday 22nd August with a few slight alterations. Please click here for SAST Time Table – commencing Monday 22nd August 2016
NATIONAL & PERFORMANCE SQUADS – Please note that Tuesday Land training will not start until Tuesday 6th September.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the swimmers good luck for the coming season.
I’m looking forward to seeing us all Listen Hard, Train Hard, Race hard and have loads of success… from gold medals, personal bests or even just overcoming some nerves and gaining experience.
GET INSPIRED – In September 2015 Erin Robertson became the Commonwealth Youth Champion for 50 Breaststroke. After she had competed in Samoa, I asked her to write her story of the games. If you would like an insight to Erin’s experience and the performance threatening challenges she had to overcome, then please click My Commonwealth Youth Games by Erin Robertson.