SAST Swimmer Erin Robertson will be in attendance at the Junior Erin from 2014 Duel in the Pool Youth SquadSquad Session tonight (Thursday 16th Oct) to chat to the swimmers and demonstrate some of her training techniques and drills. Last season Erin was Scottish 15yrs Age Group Champion,  Double Scottish Junior Champion & 2nd Junior at the British Open Champs. She currently holds Scottish 15yrs and Junior (16/u) Breaststroke records and is 15yrs GB ranked as no.1 (short course) & no.2 (long course) for the 50m and 100m breaststroke.


SASA SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS – Please note that the entry information has been updated due to some events not showing on the eligibility report. This event is for Swimmers with QT’s. click for SASA Short Course Entry Info – Updated 16-10-14



Volunteer Request – Scottish Schools Ayrshire Heats – 25 & 26 October

Although the above is not run by SAST, many of our club volunteers help on one or both days.

The organising group are once again asking for assistance with general volunteers and particularly timekeepers.

The event, held at the Citadel, starts at 4pm on both days and is likely to finish around 7.30pm.  The secondary heats are on Sat 25th and primary heats on Sun 26th October.

Anyone able to assist is asked to e-mail Sylvia McKenzie at  by Mon 20 October 2014.


Marianne Hayward, Performance Nutritionist, Citadel,Thursday 30th October, 5.30pm

One of the results from the membership survey we carried out before the summer was a clear demand from you for us to arrange information sessions on subjects such as sports nutrition for both swimmers and parents.

In response to this, we are delighted to announce that Marianne Hayward has agreed to come and speak to us . Marianne is Head Performance Nutritionist at the National Stadium Sports Medicine Centre at Hampden. Through her role she works with a number of elite athletes from various sports, including members of Team Scotland at the Glasgow  Commonwealth Games. In addition, she is Head of Profession, Nutrition and Dietetics for Ayrshire and Arran Health Service Trust.

Marianne’s initial talk is aimed at both swimmers and their parents, and will hopefully be the first of a number of further workshops.

This event will be held on Thursday 30th October at 5.30pm in the small meeting room at the Citadel. The session will last for approximately 45 minutes.

Both National and District squads are already training at the Citadel on Thursday, so hopefully as many of those swimmers and their parents can attend, but the event is obviously open to all squads. Please make every effort to turn out for what will be a really interesting session



COMPETITION ENTRY INFO ADDED – SASA Short Course Champs, Cumbernauld Open & West District Junior Age Group Champs

  • SASA SHORT COURSE CHAMPS 2014 (12th-14th Dec)
  • For : National Squad Swimmers with Qualifying Times.
  • Click for : SASA 2014 Short Course Champs Meet Info & Eligibility Report . Note that any Qualifying times achieved at the West District Senior A/G can be entered. The eligibility report shows the current qualifiers (with accredited times).
  • Cost : £9.50 per event
  • Closing Date : Tuesday 11th Nov - However any times achieved at the West District Age Groups (15th/16th Nov) can be entered.
  • Notes – The Age Group events have been removed from the competition this year. There will still be a Junior Champion Awards.



  • Dates : 29th Nov (9-12yrs) & 30th Nov (13yrs+)
  • Click for :  Cumbernauld Winter Open Entry Info
  • For : All swimmers in All Squads- Development Squad swimmers Should only enter 200m events that they have 100m competition experience for due to this being a higher level of competition.
  • Entry Fee : £5.50 per event
  • Closing Date : Sunday 26th October


  • Click for : West District Junior Age Group Champs-Entry Info
  • For : National, District & Junior Squads (swimmers 13/u) that have qualifying times – See the eligibility report within the Meet Info (above).
  • Venue : Tryst Sports Center, Cumbernauld
  • Entry Fee : £5 per event
  • Closing Date : Tuesday 21st October 2014

Swimmers PB’s & Winter League Official Times

Click the link here to view Swimmers pb’s updated 6-10-14. The lists includes swimmers personal best times from competition & time trials. Also included are some 50m splits from the last time trials for Development swimmers.

IMPORTANT-The document is over 170 pages long with 1 page per swimmer. Please be careful if you are printing off your best times. Only select the page/s you require when printing. Names are in alphabetical order.

Click the link here to view Winter League Individual Times – Sep 14. The meet was accredited and times will be added to the British Rankings and can be used for National Champs qualification. 

Sue McClure Graded Meet – A thank you…..

Once again SAST delivered a first class meet today at the Citadel.

The organisation of an event like this takes weeks of planning and does not happen by accident.  Members of the committee and other volunteers have worked hard over the last few weeks to ensure things went well today.  I would like to thank them all.  Much of the work goes on in the background and is not seen by the swimmers or spectators but I can assure you all that there is a team of very committed volunteers that make it all tick at the right time.

Today we also had a number of ‘front of house’ volunteers who were involved for the first time.  Thank you to all of you for stepping forward and helping out.  We hope we can call on your services again in the future and if anyone who helped out for the first time today has comments or suggestions on how to improve things please let me know.

Even though the electronics did not work for us, the meet carried on and we were able to successfully put in place a paper based recording system to ensure the meet ran to time.  This was only possible through the help we received from volunteers, including our team of runners and some of our senior swimmers.

To everyone who helped out – thank you!

To the swimmers – well done for some great swims and medal wins.

To the spectators – thank you for encouraging the swimmers from the gallery.

We look forward to our next meet in January.

Best wishes,

Brian Anderson.


Scottish Schools Championships – Ayrshire Heats – 25 & 26 October 2014

Although the Ayrshire heats of the Scottish Schools Championships are not run by SAST, many of our swimmers take part.

This year’s Ayrshire heats will take place on the above dates at the Citadel – secondary schools on the 25th and primary on 26th.  Both days start with warm up at 4pm.

Information has already been sent by the organisers to all Ayrshire schools.  Parents or swimmers should speak to school offices if you have not received information about entering the heats.

It is understood that the closing dates for entries is Friday 10 October.

A Team For All, But Above All A TEAM