District, National & Performance Squad swimmers competing at the North Ayrshire Distance Meet can take Friday off to rest for the weekend.

National Squad swimmers not competing at the North Ayrshire Meet should train Friday 4th September at the Citadel 4:15-6:15pm (time change). Sunday & Monday sessions will be on as normal.

Good luck over the weekend.

Brian Dalgleish will be the coach on Saturday & myself (Byron) on the Sunday.

 

ATTENDANCE AT COMPETITIONS – SAST swimmers within the Performance Pathway are required to attend competitions as part of their development. Members of Performance, National, District & Junior Squads are required to attend 12 competitions a year minimum. For Junior Squad this can include some or all of the clubs 5-6 time trials each year. Please ensure that if you are within the Performance Pathway that you enter 12 competitions a year as a minimum (time trials included for Junior Squad). If you do not wish to compete, please let us know and a more suitable squad can be arranged. If you require some guidance on entering competitions, then please speak to your squad coach or the competition secretary (Susan) who can be contacted via meetentries@southayrshireswim.co.uk . Development Squad swimmers should look at gaing some competition experience once they have attend a couple of time trials. Graded Meets are perfect for Development Squad members to start their competition development. See the SAST Graded Meet below. More information on competitions and guidance of which to enter etc, please see “A Parents Guide To” which can be found within the Squads section of the website.

 

SAST GRADED MEET – This meet is for all swimmers within all squads on the eligibility report which can be found within the Entry Info. Please read the info and if you have any questions on how to enter, then please contact the competition secretary (Susan) via meetentries@southayrshireswim.co.uk .  Please click here for : SAST Graded Meet 4th October – Entry Info. Entry to the SAST Graded Meet Closes on Wednesday 2nd September so please get your entries in ASAP.

 

National Squad – Please except our apologies for the unfortunate confusion with this mornings session at Troon Pool. We have discovered that there was a type error on one of the time tables sent out to the pools and this is why the session did not run this morning. This is an administrative mistake from myself and not the fault of the pool staff or duty officers who do an outstanding job in supporting the club. Once again, apologies for the confusion.

 

SAST TIME TABLE – Please note that the Tuesday Land Training for National & Performance Squads will be in the Dance Studio from 5:00pm-6:30pm. The session is half an hour later than on the original time table. click here for : SAST Time Table – updated 28th Aug 2015

SAST NEWS – Plenty going on this weekend for South Ayrshire Swim Team.

  • Erin Robertson has her last training sessions before jetting off with the Scottish Commy Youth Team. The group will have a small weeks training camp in New Zealand before making their way to Samoa for the Championships.
  • 31 SAST Swimmers will be competing in over 100 events at the West District Sprints being held at the Citadel this weekend. This time out, SAST have an impressive 10 relay teams competing and it will be Irene, Brian D & Susan looking after the team.
  • Lucy & Marshall Illingworth are also in Open Water action at the Great Scottish Swim. The event is being held at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
  • Cameron Muir & Katie Robertson have a Scottish Youth Squad training camp in Aberdeen for their first of the season.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL THIS WEEKEND!

The 1st edition SAST Calendar has been added to the website. The calendar will be updated as more competition info becomes available. When updates are added, the new version will be published and all members will be e-mailed.

Click for : SAST 2015-2016 calendar

JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS- Head Coach Byron with a high five for Michelle Hoffin with team mate Karen Reid.Once again, SAST have qualified for the Junior National Team Champs which will be held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre on the 26th September. The SAST Team is made up of swimmers 16 years and under (age at the 31st Dec 2015). The following swimmers have been selected. Please click here for more details Junior National Team Championships – Team Selections and how to confirm your availability.

  • Crossley, Calum (16)                     Duffy, Caitlin (15)
  • Gordon, Matthew (12)                  Gordon, Beth (14)
  • Illingworth, Marshall (15)            Moore, Erin (15)
  • McGhee, Alasdair (16)                  Niven, Megan (15)
  • Mitchell, Josh (16)                        Robertson, Erin (16)
  • Muir, Cameron (16)                      Robertson, Katie (14)
  • Smillie, Oscar (13)                         Slider, Meaghan (15)
  • Sommerville, Dylan (14)              Young, Hannah (13)

SQUAD FEES

Parents & Swimmers  we have just added this years fees to the site.

In the SQUADS tab, scroll down to the MONTHLY FEES and click on either to pay in full or by 6 monthly installments.

MEMBERSHIP FEES BECOME DUE ON 1st  SEPTEMBER 2015

FEES MUST BE RECEIVED IN FULL NO LATER THAN 1st OCTOBER 2015.  IF PAYING MONTHLY THE FIRST PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 1st OCTOBER 2015

THE EARLY FULL PAYMENT DISCOUNT HAS BEEN APPLIED AND WILL BE VALID UNTIL 15th SEPTEMBER 2015

 

SAST GRADED MEET – Entry Info is available for our Graded Meet which takes place on the 4th October. This meet is for all swimmers in all squads and in particular for swimmers with little or no competition experience. All swimmers are encouraged to enter. Please click for SAST Graded Meet 4th October – Entry Info and follow the instructions on how to enter. If you have any questions, then please e-mail the entries secretary or speak to your squad coach. Entry for the event closes on Wednesday 2nd September.

TRAINING ALTERATIONS

  • PERFORMANCE & NATIONAL SQUADS
    • Tuesday 25th Aug, land training is cancelled due to blood donations being taken in the sports hall.
  • ALL DEVELOPMENT SQUADS
    • Saturday 29th Aug is cancelled due to a comp at the citadel.
  • AYR DEVELOPMENT
    • Sunday 30th Aug, training will be at Prestwick 5:00-6:00pm.
  • NATIONAL SQUAD
    • Training is cancelled for Friday 28th (pm session) and Sunday 30th August due to the West District Sprints. please note that the morning session on Friday 28th is still on to practice for the weekend.
  • PERFORMANCE SQUAD
    • Training is cancelled on Saturday 29th August for the WD Sprints.

REMINDERS

North Ayrshire Distance Meet

West District Sprints

Please ensure you let us know if you are unable to attend any competitions that you have entered. Other swimmers can be given the opportunity to compete if we have advanced notice of withdrawls.

Warm up times and additional info can be viewed in the entry info on the competitions page.

 

South Ayrshire Swim Team competed successfully in the recent Scottish Swimming Open Water championships near Callander.   In chilly conditions with a water temperature of only 14.5oC the Scottish championship series is non-wetsuit so swimmers have to be able to cope with considerable periods of cold, made all the more difficult by the fickle conditions typical of Loch Venachar, which ranged from bright sunshine to wind and rain with the water quickly switching from calm to choppy and back again.  Marshall Illingworth was 1st in the 15-16 age group 2km and 5km races, 3rd in the open category for 2km and 4th for 5km.  Sister Lucy was 3rd in the 17-24 age group 5km and 3rd in open.  She was also 2nd in the 2km and 2nd in open.   Overall this leaves Marshall leading the Junior Grand Prix and Lucy 3rd for the senior women.  In the veterans +55 age group Robin Szmidt took 3rd place in the 2km race after a hard fought battle having set the pace of the group for much of the swim. IMG_4792b

With our Graded meet in October quickly approaching, we are now on the look out for volunteers to help out at this popular meet.

All day Sunday, (4th October) we will require AM & PM assistance.  With places available from the kitchen to Cash desk.

IF you have the time to help out then email  volunteers@southayrshireswim.co.uk 

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URGENTLY REQUIRE the following:    ANNOUNCER.  

IF you have the skills to talk the back legs off a donkey, or you have the patter, why not tell us as we will require an announcer for this meet.  TRAINING will be given.  INTERESTED….email volunteers@southayrshireswim.co.uk and we will get back to you.