Just a gentle reminder that I am still looking for any unwanted items of the following :




etc to raise some cash for the club. If you have anything to donate please send me a text on

07540490820 to arrange collection/ drop off.


I thank you all for your continued support !


Kind Regards

Michelle Crossley

Dear Membership,
Many thanks to those of you who have paid fees, we do appreciate your prompt payment. There are however a few stragglers out there still who have not yet paid. Please could those who have not yet paid (we’re waiting for payment for 44 swimmers to date) arrange payment by Friday 30th October. You can pay annual only fees by clicking on the ‘Squads/Monthly Membership Fees’. Stephen Faulkner (, our Finance Manager, will be very happy to help if you would like to discuss further payment options. (Please let us know if your child has decided not to swim this season so we may remove them from the register.)
With many thanks for your co-operation,
SAST Committee

SAST GRADED MEET – Due to unforeseen circumstances we’ve had to change the times of the afternoon session for Sundays Graded Meet. The new times are a change from those published in the entry information. The new times are as follows:-

  • Session 2 :- Warm Up 12.25 – 13.25
    • Session runs from 13.30 to 15.30 (2 hours)

WEST DISTRICT JUNIOR AGE GROUP (JAG) SC CHAMPS – The entry info for this meet has been added to the website. The competition is for swimmers aged 10-13yrs (age at the 31st Dec) with qualifying times. The level of entry is high and therefore only a small number of swimmers have qualified from National, District & Junior Squads. however, if swimmers achieve entry times at the SAST graded meet, then please feel free to enter as usual. click here for West District Junior Age Group SC Champs – Entry Info which includes entry standards. Entry for the West District JAG Champs closes on Sunday 18th Oct.

The information about the Ayrshire schools gala has been sent to all schools in Ayrshire.  Please can you inform all swimmers to give the following details to their school. Name, DOB, up to 3 races that they wish to compete in (12 and under, as at 31st December 2016, can chose 3 50m events and the secondary school children can chose from 100m, 200m and 400m events, please ask schools for details as 400m events are open) Times must also be submitted. The closing date for the schools to enter is Monday 5th October so please get all entries in this week.

The following competitions have been added to the website. However please ensure you read all the information as there are a number of competitions and options. swimmers can enter 2 out of the 3 competitions maximum. However, please try not to enter the same events at both meets. There are options to allow swimmers to enter a wider array of events and to provide greater opportunity to compete.

West District Senior Age Group Champs (31st Oct-1st Nov) – Click for West District Senior Age Group SC Champs – Entry Info. This meet is for swimmers 14yrs+ (age at the 31st Dec) with qualifying times. The Junior Champs(10-13yrs version) entry info will be available soon. The Junior Champs will be on the 14th/15th Nov.

Ren 96 Open Meet (7th-8th Nov) – Click for Ren 96 Open Meet – Entry Info. This meet is a level 2 competition and so may be tougher for Development & Junior Squad swimmers. It is an alternative to the North District Grand Prix (for swimmers 14yrs+) and an additional competition for the younger swimmers (13yrs & under). This meet has been added to the calendar in response to some of the District Entry standards being more difficult than anticipated.

NORTH DISTRICT GRAND PRIX (13th-15th Nov) – Click for North District Grand Prix – Entry Information. This meet is for swimmers within National & Performance Squads aged 14yrs+ (age at the 31st Dec). Swimmers 13yrs & under will be competing at the West District Junior Age Group Champs over this weekend.

TIME TRIALS – dates and info have been added to the website. Click here for 2015-2016 Time Trial Dates & Info. Time Trials are for Development, Junior & Junior+ Squads and allow opportunities for swimmers to show progress, establish personal best times and experience racing. Time Trials will take place every 6 weeks with every 12th week being an IM Time Trial. The IM time trial is used as one aspect in helping the coaches identify swimmers to cross train or progress from Development Squads. District Squad will not train on the Monday nights when Time Trials are taking place. An alternative session will be available on Tuesday mornings at the Citadel during Time Trial Weeks.

NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS – The National Team Champs are running a different format this year and the event is split into two sessions. Therefore a swim list has been added below so swimmers can see their events and which sessions they are swimming in. Swimmers only need attend for the sessions that they are competing in, although all are welcome for the whole event to support each other. Click here for SAST Swim Lists-National Team Champs. It is obviously important that we have all swimmers in attendance to maximise our points.

  • Session 1                    Warm Up:      10.30               Start:   11.30
  • Session 2                    Warm Up:      14.00               Start:   15.00


IMG_8826Marshall Illingworth (left receiving award) & Erin Robertson (below) were honoured at the Scottish Swimming Awards Dinner over the weekend.IMG_8832 Marshall won the Male Junior Open Water Swimmer of the Year & Erin received Female Junior Swimmer of the Year. Its an amazing achievement to have two Scottish Swimming Annual Awards within the same club. Both awards are very deserved and have made a coach very proud.




Well done to all the swimmers at the North Ayrshire Development Meet. There were plenty of personal best times and a few newbies at their first competition gaining some valuable experience. A big shout out to the parents for their cheering and support which was definitely heard. Pictured left from the meet are one of the winning mixed relay teams (Douglas McKinnon, Jessica Murdoch, Lucy McNally & Jack McKinnon) that added to the huge medal haul. Although it was busy in the afternoons with so many excited swimmers, I really enjoyed watching some of our next generation of youngsters race hard. It was great to SAST 8 year olds, Iona Bell & Phoebe Murdoch showing bags of determination.

If any of the parents are interested in helping out poolside at any of the competitions, then please get in touch. We are always looking for Team Managers to assist poolside with the organising of swimmers. The club can not run without time keepers for time trials and competitions. Training to be a time keeper or to assist poolside can be provided. Alternatively feel free to help out at a time trials and get an insight to what’s required.

DUEL IN THE POOL – SAST teamed up with Kilmarnock to form Team Ayrshire who went up against Team Dunbartonshire (M&B & West Dunbartonshire) at the weekend in a friendly, yet competitive Duel in the Pool. I’m pleased to say that Team Ayrshire won the event by some 30 points after the lead changed hands a couple of times. A huge congratulations to our coach Brian D who competed in the coaches race and took victory by 0.4 of a second. Feedback from the event has been positive and the Dunbartonshire coaches are already looking for a rematch.

TRAINING ALTERATIONS-Please note the following training alterations for National & Performance Squads

  • Fri 18th Sep.   National Squad Session altered:      5:45-7:30am @ Citadel
  • Sat 19th Sep.   Performance Squad Session Cancelled (Duel in the Pool)

The SAST CALENDAR has been updated and includes some Swim Clinic Dates and 50m Training dates for Performance National & District Squads. Please note that most of these dates are provisional and TBC as we await booking confirmation of the 50m training dates. The Development Swim Clinic on the 3rd October & Junior Swim Clinic on the 22nd Oct are confirmed. Click here for the SAST 2015-2016 calendar-updated september 2015.


IMG_8804Marshall Illingworth travelled to France with a small Scottish squad to compete in the Open Water French Cup near Paris. In the 15-16yrs age group, Marshall took the 2.5km Gold and finished 3rd in the 5km.

Josh Mitchell took to the Open water for the first time in the Wild Swim held at Loch Ken. Josh took victory in the 2km and is pictured (right) with the runner up. Josh 2015 Wild Swim 1st Junior

20 Swimmers competed at the tough North Ayrshire Distance Meet (5th-6th Sep) with great success. Twenty SAST swimmers competed, recorded 33 personal best times, won 18 medals of which 7 were gold. Most improved swim was from Ross Erentz in his 1500 free where he knocked 8.6% off his personal best. This was a great swim from lane 1 against faster opposition which did not phase him as he stayed focused on his own race.

IMG_8731Lucy Illingworth will be moving this week to continue her  education at Edinburgh Uni.  She has been a member of with South Ayrshire Swim Team for 10 years and first competed at 8 years of age back in 2006 in the North Ayrshire Graded Meet. She has gone on to win District titles, Scottish National medals & Scottish Open Water Championship titles. Her levels of competition have included British Championships, British Open water Championships and trip to France with a Scottish squad, just like her brother recently experienced. Lucy will has become a member of Edinburgh Swim Team but will be 2nd claimed and still a member of SAST.

Good Luck Lucy on your next adventures.