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Since my last report the following has taken place:

  • Our relocation to various training venues has been quite successful, with around 90 swimmers continuing to train from Wednesday to Sunday each week. I am coaching all sessions at Kirkcaldy, Lochgelly, St Leonards and Glenrothes with John Wishart coaching the junior sessions on a Sunday at Madras. Swimmers remain enthusiastic and a flexible approach to who can attend where is keeping our swimmers in the water. Volunteer coaches continue to provide excellent levels of support at our various venues.
  • On Saturday 10th/Sunday 11th January our swimmers attended the East District’s at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh. Numerous lifetime best times were produced and Lewis Baillie picked up a well-deserved Bronze Medal in the finals of the 100m Breaststroke.
  • On Wednesday 21st January I attended a CPD event run by the Tayside and Fife Institute of Sport in Dundee looking at energy systems and how to best work athletes to achieve their best performance. Forrest Hamilton also attended.
  • As per previous emails and media coverage, Ollie Carter enjoyed great success at the Scottish Disability Sport Performance Gala held at Stirling in late January
  • Four club swimmers travelled to the Scottish Schools Finals in Aberdeen on the 31st January. Swimmers Adam Young, Oliver Goad, Charlotte Williamson and Lewis Baillie all thoroughly enjoyed the experience, particularly Adam who won the Gold medal in the 50m Freestyle to set a time placing him second fastest in Great Britain for his age-group.
  • On the 31st January, swimmers also travelled to Grangemouth (results previously circulated) where once again several swimmers enjoyed great success collecting medals and PB’s.
  • The Fife Leagues commenced on the 1st February with the Novice and Fife League in Glenrothes producing more improved times and some exceptional performances (results previously circulated). The next Fife gala is on Sunday 8th March.
  • Mark McQuilton and I obtained a large selection of club fins from the club store and these were taken to Lochgelly and handed out to swimmers for their use during the period of pool closure. Swimmers have been asked to return the fins after we return to Cupar.
  • On Saturday 7th February, training at Lochgelly pool had to be called off after my checks of the pool revealed a serious chemical imbalance in the pool water. My thanks to those who provided support in contacting parents of swimmers due along at ten and to the understanding shown by parents who turned up at nine and had to be sent away.
  • This weekend (14th/15th February) several swimmers attended galas in Bellshill and Bathgate seeking to achieve either consideration times for the Scottish National Age-Groups or East District times. I have yet to see the full results for both events and will report fully on them soonest.
  • I accepted into the club, after assessment, two new swimmers who live in Crail. Grace (9) and Connie Henderson (11) have been placed in Dolphins and the Bronze Squad respectively. Welcome to them both.
  • I continue to receive information about swimmers who have chosen to leave swimming and am working closely with Mark McQuilton to keep him abreast of squad sizes and the future impact this will have when we return to Cupar. As previously suggested, a restructuring of the club sessions is highly likely and this work will be undertaken over the coming months and presented to the committee prior to any changes taking place.
  • Robin Ferris continues to do great work for us with the website. He and I work closely to ensure that information is tweeted where relevant and that all news items appear on the club website. I continue to use Facebook as a forum to communicate information quickly with club members and would encourage our parents to utilise this system on behalf of their swimmers even if they use Facebook for nothing else.
  • Swimmers of the Month badges were awarded over the last few weeks and the winner’s info circulated throughout the club.
  • Sixteen of our swimmers continue to benefit from additional swim training with the NEF squad coach Russ Green. Unfortunately Russ is unable to continue to deliver the training after the end of next month. As a consequence a recent meeting was held to discuss the future of NEF.

Mark Laing, Head Coach, Cupar and District Swimming Club

Monday 16th February, 2015

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