Please note the following training alteration reminders

  • Friday 20th Jan
    • District Squad morning training cancelled for all swimmers competing at the SAST Mini Meet. Swimmers not competing can attend Troon with National Squad 6:00-7:30am.
    • District Squad – Evening training is optional for those attending the SAST Mini Meet.
  • Sunday 22nd Jan
    • All Development & Junior Squads are cancelled
  • Friday 27th Jan
    • Performance Squad is cancelled all day for the Scottish Schools.
    • National Squad is cancelled for Scottish Schools. All Swimmers can attend Saturday morning with Performance Squad at Maybole 7:00-9:00am.

CARNEGIE OPEN MEET 18th-19th Feb 2017 (Same weekend as the M & B Graded)

CLOSING TOMORROW!

IMPORTANT – Please note that the original post indicated that the hotel fee included Breakfast. Breakfast is not included in the estimate. However, Breakfasts costs will be calculated when swimmers and bookings are confirmed. The cost is expected to be £0-£6 per swimmer for the two days. This is dependent on , number of swimmers and room allocations. Apologies for the confusion.

  • Click For : Carnigie Spring Open Meet Information & Entry Process 18th & 19th Feb.
  • For : Performance, National & District Squads.
  • Accommodation – Rooms have been provisionally booked for swimmers within Performance & National Squads for over night stay. Coaches and Team Managers will arrange swimmers into rooms etc. The cost per swimmer for accommodation will be approx. £45 total for two nights (Friday & Saturday) not including breakfasts. We are yet to make travel arrangements and will finalise options when the swim lists are available. However, please be prepared to lift share / drop off if required. District swimmers do not have rooms booked but swimmers and an adult are welcome to stay over in the same hotel (Premier Inn Glenrothes) to be part of the team.
  • Closing Date : Friday 20th January 2017

Good evening.  We are holding our ever popular Tumbola and raffle on Sunday at the Mini Meet and looking for prizes for this.  We would love anything from, wine, spirits, chocolates, unwanted Christmas presents, toiletries etc.

Please bring them along to training this week and pass them onto either Susan, Clair, Trudy, Marie, Jennifer Burns or Linda Rimmer. If no-one available please pass them to your coach and make sure that your child’s name is taken as there will be a draw for all those that have donated.

Thanks again for your continued support.

The Meet Management Team

Note from the Chair

Welcome back everyone and a very Happy New Year to you all in 2017!
We’re all looking forward to a fun and rewarding term with lots of pb’s and great effort from swimmers.
This year the club’s priority (outside of coaching sessions) is going to be ensuring we have enough technical officials so that we aren’t struggling to find volunteers. We don’t want to compromise our ability to enter competitions because we don’t have enough judges!!!
There will also be some changes in the committee and we are seeking a new Chair and Vice Chair as soon as possible. Marie and I are stepping down and the positions will be vacant from the middle of February.
It’s a great opportunity to find out more about swimming and SAST. Anyone interested does not need to be a current committee member, we are interested to hear from anyone in the membership.
Please contact sastgeneral@gmail.com to note your interest and to find out more. Marie and I will meet with and will be pleased to work with prospective Chairs / Vice Chairs during the handover period.
Many thanks and happy swimming.
Jennifer
Chair SAST

Thank you very much to everyone who helped to raise money through our Christmas and New Year Hamper fundraiser. Special thanks to Jane Collier, Catrina Steele, Jim Thomson, Stephen Gordon, Craig and Margaret Houston, Sophie, Marie and Roddy Cameron, and Brian Dalgleish for helping to sell raffle tickets, and of course a massive thank you to all the local businesses for promoting the raffle and displaying it in their stores.

 

So far we have raised £1000 with more money still coming in.

 

Twenty percent of the funds will go towards new diving blocks and the rest will go to the October Training Camp 2017.

 

 

SAST Mini Hampers

 

The two mini hampers supported by all parent members in all squads raised £188. Once again thanks you to our club members for your support.

 

 

 

NHS Hamper won by: Dr Konamme

 

Thank you to a very special lady who devotes a huge amount of time and effort helping others in Ayr hospital and donated a very generous £100 to the club! And thank you to our NHS colleagues who supported our fund raising hampers, your generosity and support was greatly appreciated by SAST. £351 raised.

 

 

Picken Hamper won by: Connor Riggens

 

Thank you to Maureen and Colin Picken who displayed the hamper in their shop and sold many raffle tickets. £211 raised.

 

Dalduff Hamper won by: Agnes Goodwin

 

Thank you so much to Francesca and Myra who on behalf of Dalduff farm facilitated the display of the hamper and the sale of raffle tickets. £161 raised.

 

Alloway Pharmacy Hamper won by: Stuart Stevenson

 

Many thanks to Fiona Stribbling who facilitated the display and sale of raffle tickets, your help and support was gratefully appreciated. £163 raised.

Pieronis Hamper won by: Elizabeth Gribbell

 

To the staff of Pieronis thank you so much for again facilitating the display and sale of raffle tickets.

Huge thanks to Sophie, Marie and Roddy Cameron for helping make the sale of raffle tickets a huge success with the Pieroni’s hamper. Also our SAST coach Brian Dalgleish helped with the sale of tickets, many thanks. £161 raised.

 

 

Tesco Express (Prestwick Road) Hamper: Winner TBC

 

Many thanks to the Manager of the Tesco store, Lisa Read, who along with her team facilitated the display and sale of raffle tickets.

 

Amount to be announced …

 

 

Best wishes,

 

Linda Gordon

 

… and from the SAST Committee, thank you Linda for all the time you have taken to organise this very successful Hamper fundraiser J

Please note the following additional training alterations:

  • Friday 13th January
    • Para Squad – 6:15-7:30am (evening session cancelled)
    • District Squad – Morning cancelled for the West Districts
    • National & District Squad 4:30pm-6:30pm : only for swimmers not at the West Districts
  • Please click for the Calendar Notes & Training Alterations – Jan 2017 updated 4th Jan (not including the above).

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  • NORTH AYRSHIRE 200 MEET  11th & 12th Feb 2017
  • Click For : North Ayrshire 200 Meet 11th & 12th Feb 2017
  • For : All Squads except Development.
  • NOTES             This meet has been a late addition to the calendar to provide swimmers with the opportunities to compete due to the changes in venue for the districts that has resulted in less accepted swims. With the anticipation of rounds 2 & 3 also having less accepted swims, it was agreed to provide more opportunities especially with the larger distance events. Please feel free to enter as your focus i.e. some will be chasing QT’s for SNAGS whilst others can have a busy weekend racing. There are no qualifying times, swimmers are accepted on a time basis.
  • Closing Date : Monday 16th January 2017

 

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  • M & B Graded Meet 18th-19th Feb 2017 (Same weekend as the Carnegie Open Meet)
  • Click For : M&B Graded Meet Feb 2017 Entry Info & Process
  • For : District, Junior, Junior+ & Development Squads. District Squad please note, that this meet is the same weekend as Carnegie Open Meet (see below) which is also an option.
  • Closing Date : Friday 27th February 2017

 

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  • CARNIGIE OPEN MEET 18th-19th Feb 2017 (Same weekend as the M & B Graded)
  • Click For : Carnigie Spring Open Meet Information & Entry Process 18th & 19th Feb.
  • For : Performance, National & District Squads.
  • Accommodation – Rooms have been provisionally booked for swimmers within Performance & National Squads for over night stay. Coaches and Team Managers will arrange swimmers into rooms etc. The cost per swimmer for accommodation will be approx. £45 total for two nights (Friday & Saturday) with breakfasts included. We are yet to make travel arrangements and will finalise options when the swim lists are available. However, please be prepared to lift share / drop off if required. District swimmers do not have rooms booked but swimmers and an adult are welcome to stay over in the same hotel to be part of the team. We will be looking for future opportunities to target District & Junior Squad Team overnight stays.
  • Closing Date : Friday 20th January 2017

TRAINING ALTERATIONS UPDATE – There has been an additional update to the training alterations that affects Junior & Masters Squad. The addition is highlighted in yellow. Please click  Calendar Notes & Training Alterations – Jan 2017 updated 4th Jan. The list below indicates this weeks alterations for all squads with the highlighted addition for Junior & Masters. We apologise for the late change and notice.

  • Wednesday 4th Jan
    • All Development Squads train 6:30-7:30pm @ Prestwick Pool
    • Junior+ & Masters 5:30-6:30pm @ Troon Pool
  • Thursday 5th Jan
    • Junior 4:30-6:00pm
    • Masters 6:00-7:15pm
    • Swim Clinic for Junior, Junior+ & District Squads 5:45-7:30am @ Citadel.
  • Friday 6th Jan
    • National Squad – Evening session cancelled. Swimmers to attend with Performance or District Squads
    • Para Squad – Evening Session Cancelled, Swimmers to attend 6:15am -7:30am @ Citadel
  • Saturday 7th Jan
    • Swim Clinic for Development Squads within the normal session time.

WEST DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS ROUND 1 (of two) – 14th/15th Jan 2017

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WEST DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS ROUND 2 (of two) – 4th & 5th February 2017

  • Click For : WEST DISTRICT LC CHAMPIONSHIPS Round 2 – Entry Information & Process
  • For : Swimmers in Performance, National, District & Junior Squads with Qualifying Times (see the eligibility report on the last pages of the entry info-above). Swimmers are aged 11yrs+ (age at the 31st December 2017)
  • Closing Date : Thursday 12th January 2017
  • Entry Fee : £6 per event.  If you are attending, then please  follow the instructions on the entry Info & when e-mailing  sastentries@gmail.com ensure you include your PayPal reference.
  • PLEASE COULD TIME KEEPERS & OFFICIALS –  INDICATE WHICH SESSIONS THEY ARE AVAILABLE FOR AT THIS COMPETITION WHEN ENTERING. We unfortunately would have to reconsider entering if we can not meet the requirement for number of officials at this meet due to club fines. Thank you for your continued help and support.

 

 

You will all be happy to hear that our very own SAST Mini Meet will be held on Sunday 22nd January subject to an adequate number of volunteers. As always we require parents attending to volunteer and help out. It is expected that a parent or family member of any SAST swimmer taking part at home competitions volunteer their services for at least one out of the two sessions or even just an hour of their time as we require around 50 volunteers per session.

We are aware that the entries haven’t been advertised as yet, however we are looking for names in the first instance.

Most volunteers enjoy it and all are made to feel very welcome.  There are many areas where help is required:

  • Set up on the Saturday evening / late afternoon  in preparation for the meet ( min 6 volunteers required)
  •  Marshalling – arrange swimmers into appropriate order prior to their race (min 3 volunteers per session)
  • Spectators Entry Desk – collect entry fees for spectators gallery and sell raffle tickets. (Min 2 volunteers per session)
  • Catering – Help Jane or Janey prepare, organise and clear breakfast and lunch for volunteers and officials (min 3 volunteers each day)
  •  Tumbola – Help  sell tickets for Tumbola (1 or 2 volunteers each morning)
  •  Ast. Meet Co-ordinator/s- from back office help to keep the meet running smoothly – (at least 2 volunteers per session plus Child Protection Officer)
  • Control Room duties – Ideal for anyone who has a little knowledge in IT – however not essential. Help and learn from Andy’s team, recording times and general running of the computerised timing system. (Min 3 volunteers per session)
  • Medal co-ordinators – organise medals (2 volunteers per session)
  •  Swim Shop Ast- help Mo or Marie sell items from our very own swim shop (2 volunteers per session)
  • Qualified Technical officials –  (require apx 28 volunteers per session)
  • We are also looking for one of our announcers to volunteer to help out at this meet, please confirm if you’ll be available.

There are volunteer positions  to suit everyone, even those who have younger children.

We are also looking for 4 runners at least 10 years of age to help out.

Please e-mail in the first instance to:   volunteers@southayrshireswim.co.uk  including your full name, contact number, the swimmer you’re representing and the specific area you would like to volunteer for. We will try our best to accommodate.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks

Marie