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Scots Paralympic Success in Rio 2016

Scots Paralympic Success in Rio 2016

22/09/2016, Scotland, Swimming, Scottish Swimming , Article # 19488124
 
Paralympics
 

Scots make a major contribution to Paralympic swimming success

As all the athletes return home, Scottish Swimming would like to congratulate the Paralympic swimmers, their coaches, support teams and families for the outstanding performances in Rio.

The 2016 Paralympic Games have been among the most successful for British Swimming and once again Scots have played a significant part, bringing home five of the 47 medals won in the pool: silver medals for Abby Kane (S13 100m backstroke), Andy Mullen (S5 50m backstroke) and Scott Quin (SB14 100m breaststroke); and bronze medals for Andrew Mullen (S5 100m, 200m freestyle). Along with Stephen Clegg, all the Scots posted personal best times. 

Scottish Swimming Disability Performance Development Manager, Paul Wilson, commented on the success. He said:

“Medal success on a global scale does not happen overnight. It is down to the commitment, dedication and hard work of the individual athletes and coaches over a number of years, along with the support they receive from their families.

“The coaching and support network our para-swimmers have access to in Scotland has been crucial to the medal success and Scottish Swimming is very proud of the investment we have made at all levels of coaching to help raise the standards and expectations in the sport - the wider support teams provided primarily by the sportscotland institute working in conjunction with the athletes and coaches.

“As one Paralympic cycle ends, a new one begins and our plans for Tokyo are already underway. With strong partnerships with member clubs, volunteers, local authorities, leisure trusts, universities, Scottish Disability Sport, British Para-Swimming and sportscotland, we hope to not only mirror the success of Rio, but to exceed it. We intend to do this through identifying athletes, nurturing their talent and providing them with the same opportunities as their able bodied team-mates. These opportunities include access to training in mainstream programmes with access to performance support staff and an excellent competitive pathway at local, national and international levels.”

Scottish Swimming CEO, Forbes Dunlop, added:

“Scottish Swimming’s vision is Everyone can Swim. We hope the performances of our Paralympians will encourage and inspire everyone to get into the pool and enjoy a swim.”

“In particular, we are passionate about all children being given the opportunity to learn to swim and we continue to work with schools, Local Authorities, Leisure Trusts and the Scottish Government to deliver against this ambition.”

Swim stars dive into the Edinburgh International Swim Meet

Swim stars dive into the Edinburgh International Swim Meet

22/01/2016, Scotland, Swimming, Scottish Swimming , Article # 16157373
 
 
EISM
 
 

Swim stars dive into the Edinburgh International Swim Meet

Some of the best swimmers from the UK and abroad will compete at the Edinburgh International Swim Meet (EISM) next month. The event takes place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool 11-13 March, following its successful re-launch in 2015.

Event organisers, the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association (SASA) East District are working with sponsors the University of Edinburgh and Speedo to bring world-class swimmers to the Scottish capital. The meet provides a perfect opportunity for those heading to the British Olympic trials in Glasgow in April to assess their preparations for Rio. As a result, the EISM is one of the biggest events in the Scottish sporting calendar this year, alongside the likes of the Edinburgh Cross Country and Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix.

The best of British swimming talent will be on show in Edinburgh alongside up-and-coming stars. Current world record-holder in 50m and 100m breaststroke Adam Peaty will compete, as will Commonwealth games gold medalist Ross Murdoch and world championship bronze medalists Jazz Carlin and Siobhan Marie O’Connor. Other Commonwealth games stars such as Hannah Miley, Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott, Corrie Scott and Robbie Renwick are expected to attend.

Bringing an international flavour to the event will be Serbian world championship finalist, Caba Siladji and Danish athletes Mei Nielsen, who set a new world backstroke record in 2015, and 2014 European butterfly champion Viktor Bromer.

SASA East District President Ronnie Anderson commented:

“We are delighted to work in partnership with the University of Edinburgh to stage the event and to have Speedo as swimwear sponsor. Both, leaders in their fields, will add greatly to what we can offer swimmers competing in March. There will be a wealth of talent on display. The format provides an opportunity for our aspiring younger swimmers to enjoy the experience of swimming and competing alongside British and world elite."

Jim Aitken, Director of The University of Edinburgh Sport & Exercise, stated:

“The University of Edinburgh is thrilled to be lead sponsor of the EISM for the second time. Swimming is one of the University’s leading sports and we see EISM as an exciting way to showcase our world-class Performance Sport Programme and the University, while also supporting SASA East in delivering another magnificent sporting spectacle for the city. “

he University is hosting an athletes’ village over the weekend at nearby Pollock Halls. Chris Jones, Head of Performance Swimming at the University stated:

“Swimming is all about racing. The EISM gives athletes the perfect opportunity to check their progress against world-class competition as we lead into the all-important selection period for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.”

The City of Edinburgh Council is also offering support to encourage wider participation in sport and showcase the city to an international audience.

Speedo is proud to be sponsoring this international event in 2016. It will be providing prizes and kit for successful athletes and event merchandise will be available to buy on site for the duration of the event. Helen Yarnall, UK marketing manager for Speedo said of the opportunity: “Speedo is delighted to support the 2016 Edinburgh International swim meet. A number of our sponsored athletes are attending and we look forward to playing an active part in supporting this event.”

Last year the meet attracted more than 1,000 athletes from 21 countries, including teams from Austria, Switzerland and Denmark and clubs from across the UK and Ireland. It was live streamed and viewed in 70 countries.  It will again have a strong developmental edge with age group competitions running alongside the open events.

Demand for spectator tickets is expected to be high. Family and friends of those competing will be able to order tickets in advance from 1 February onwards. The remaining tickets will go on sale from1 March onwards. Details of the procedure to order tickets can be found, after 1 February, at:http://www.sasaeastdistrict.org.uk/swimming/competitions/edinburgh-international 

Open events take place in the morning with age group competitors swimming in the afternoon. Finals for open and age group events take place each evening. The programme is as follows:

Friday evening: Women 200m IM, Men 400m Freestyle, Women 50m Freestyle, Men 50m Breaststroke, Women 200m Backstroke, Men 200m Backstroke, Women 800m Freestyle, Men 100m Freestyle, Women 100m Breaststroke, Men 400m IM, Women 100m Butterfly, Mixed 4x 50m Medley relay.

Saturday evening:  Men 1500m Freestyle, Women 50m Butterfly, Men 50m Freestyle, Women 400m Freestyle, Men 100m Breaststroke, Women 50m Backstroke, Men 50m Backstroke, Women 200m Butterfly, Men 200m IM, Women 100m Freestyle, Men 100m Butterfly, Women 200m Breaststroke, Mixed 4 x 50m Freestyle relay.

Sunday evening: Men 200m Breaststroke, Women 400m IM, Men 50m Butterfly, Women 50m Breaststroke, Men 100m Backstroke, Women 100m Backstroke, Men 200m Butterfly, Women 200m Freestyle, Men 200m Freestyle.

Murdoch, Johnstone and Milne in Record Breaking Form

Murdoch, Johnstone and Milne in Record Breaking Form

12/12/2015, Scotland, Swimming, Scottish Swimming , Article # 15576353
 
 
 
 
Short Course Champs
 
 

Murdoch, Johnstone and Milne in Record Breaking Form

For many it may be the last short course competition of the season but by no means were the athletes slowing down. Indeed Ross Murdoch, Kathryn Johnstone and Stephen Milne all broke Scottish senior records on their way to gold in their respective events.

Murdoch (University of Stirling) came close to the record during the heats of the 50m Breaststroke, posting a time of 26.87. The existing record, yet to be ratified, was 26.84 and held by team-mate Craig Benson. Unsurprisingly in the final, Murdoch led from the off, storming down the first 25m and by the turn nobody was in doubt as to who the winner was going to be.

Murdoch touched home in 26.69 ahead of team-mate Jamie Graham who won silver in 27.36. Chris Kerr of Warrender was 3rd in 27.91. Speaking after the race Murdoch said,

“This time last year I was ill and just hadn’t put in the background of work needed to compete. I’m now feeling good, have put in the work and that’s making all the difference and for that I really must thank the team at the University of Stirling and the Scottish Institute of Sport. They have both helped me through quite a dark period in my life so I am very grateful.”

Having recently competed and won a medal in Doha at the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015 in Doha Murdoch came to this meet in good form. He continued:

“I am a lot more confident than I was this time last year. I’ve put in a good background of work and for me it’s just down to racing. I love racing, I just want to compete all the time.”

Edinburgh University’s Kathryn Johnstone was also on record breaking form in the 100m Breaststroke. Having equalled Kirsty Balfour’s long standing record at the Team Championships back in September, Johnstone upped her race powering to victory in 1:06.22, over two seconds ahead of nearest rival and team-mate Kara Hanlon who took silver in 1:08.35. Rachael Wilson of Derwentside won bronze in 1:08.39.

Speaking after the race Johnstone said,

“I knew I had it in me. I equalled the record in September and I was feeling good ahead of the final, so I’m pleased at the result.

“I now need to switch my focus to the Long Course season and in particular to the Trials in April. Short course racing is totally different to long course moreso it seems for breaststroke, but I can take confidence that the technical aspects of my race are going well and I’m looking forward to seeing how my preparations take shape.”

Stephen Milne of Perth City, fresh from a trip to Rio, broke Robbie Renwick’s long standing Scottish Record (2008) for 400m Freestyle, posting a time of 3:40.19. Duncan Scott of University of Stirling won silver in 3:41.33 while Belgian’s record holder, Lander Hendrickx won bronze in 3:43.97.

Milne said after the race, “I did have an 11 hour flight on Monday back to Heathrow then another flight back up to Scotland, but I was feeling good and happy to race. I wasn’t really affected by jet lag or the long journey.

“I was very thankful of the opportunity to go to Rio and it will really spur me on in the early part of 2016 ahead of the Trials. I’ll just continue to work with my coach, Ann Dickson, on the technical aspects of my race and my fitness and we’ll see what happens.”

Channel Sneddon of FIRST broke the Scottish Junior Record during the 200m IM final (2:12.91) while the Edinburgh University quartet of Lucy Hope, Kathryn Johnstone, Raquel Matos and Hayley Monteith broke the National 200m Medley Relay Record.

The final race of the night, the Men’s 200m Medley Relay saw a dead heat between University of Stirling’s A and B teams.

Watch all race highlights on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/scottishswimming

All evening finals are streamed live on www.scottishswimming.com/live. The morning and afternoon heats can be followed with our CoverItLive feed, which can be found atwww.scottishswimming.com/scotnsclive

All results from the heats and the finals can be found at http://www.swimscotland.co.uk/meets%2015/snsc15/index.htm

Pictures can be found on our Flickr page: www.flickr.com/scottishswimming.

More information about the event and daily summary reports can be found atwww.scottishswimming.com or www.facebook.com/scottishswimming  

 

The Scottish National Short Course Championships are taking place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from 11-13 December 2015.

Major Swimming Event Returns to the Capital for the Scottish National Short Course Championships 2015

Major Swimming Event Returns to the Capital for the Scottish National Short Course Championships 2015

09/12/2015, Scotland, Swimming, Scottish Swimming , Article # 15482014
 
 
 
 
 
 
Short Course Champs
 
 

Major Swimming Event Returns to the Capital for the Scottish National Short Course Championships 2015

The Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh will play host to an impressive line-up for the Scottish National Short Course Swimming Championships from 11 to 13 December 2015.

Michael Jamieson (Edinburgh University) will be in action for the first time since his move back to Edinburgh in September. The 27-year old contest the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke alongside University of Stirling athlete Ross Murdoch who recently won bronze in the 100m event at the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015 in Doha.

Keri-anne Payne will look to continue her good form competing in the freestyle events. Payne won the Open Water test event in Rio back in August before winning the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2015 in Hong Kong. Payne’s Warrender team-mate Craig McNally will contest the backstroke events.

Robbie Renwick, Duncan Scott and Stephen Milne are all due to compete, with Milne having just returned from a British Swimming familiarisation camp in Rio.

Belgium’s National Team also makes a welcome return to the event with 16 athletes competing, including Olympian Kimberley Buys who having competed at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, is now on the comeback trail after fracturing her wrist in a cycling accident.

With such a great line-up Scottish Swimming, in partnership with Glasgow-based QTV Sports, can confirm that they will once again be providing a free-to-air live stream from the Championships, broadcasting the finals session each evening as professional sports coverage. The stream can be found online at www.scottishswimming.com/live. The morning and afternoon heats can be followed with our CoverItLive feed, which can be found at www.scottishswimming.com/scotnsclive 

Speaking ahead of the event, Forbes Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming said,

“This event has grown in stature and deserves its status as the premier short course competition in the UK. With the swimming calendar so busy it is great to have so many teams from across the UK as well as the National squad from Belgium return to Edinburgh.

“For those who are unable to attend, I am also delighted that we are working again with QTV Sports and can bring the action and excitement of the finals direct into people’s homes through live streaming from the Scottish Swimming website.”

The Scottish National Short Course Swimming Championships will also showcase the partnership between Scottish Swimming and Edinburgh Airport. Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport commented:

“Edinburgh Airport is delighted to be backing a world class organisation like Scottish Swimming and we’re looking forward to the Scottish National Short Course Championships in Edinburgh this weekend.

“With shared values of performance excellence and a commitment to delivering for Scotland on the world stage this promises to be a fantastic event to showcase the start of a very special relationship.”

The event is also supported by Strathmore, the Official Water of Scottish Swimming and who encourages everyone to be active and do a little bit more each day, through its ‘Do More’ campaign.

Edinburgh City Council has also provided support through the Active Edinburgh Funding Programme which supports events that promote physical activity and sport within the city.

The competition will run over three days from 11 – 13 December 2015. Morning heats start at 08:45, afternoon heats at 13:30 (12:45 on Sunday) and finals at 17:30. Tickets for children can be bought for as little as £1 and for adults, advance tickets start at £4 for heats and £5 for finals and will allow individuals to fast-track into the venue. Tickets can be bought online at https://scottishswimming.eventbrite.co.uk.

Tickets will also be available to buy at the door.

The event can be followed live on Twitter @scottishswim with the hashtag #ScotNSC15. Pictures from the daily race action can be found at www.flickr.com/scottishswimming and on Instagram atwww.instagram.com/scottishswimming.

 

 

The event is open to the public with the following fees applying if bought in advance from Eventbrite (http://scottishswimming.eventbrite.co.uk) Please note that tickets are £1 cheaper if purchased in advance online 

Adults
£4 per person – Heats
£5 per person – Evening finals

Concessions (over 60/students)
£3 per person – Heats
£4 per person – Evening finals

Children
£1 per person – Heats
£1 per person – Evening finals


Session Start Times
Friday 11th December – 08:45, 13:30, 17:30
Saturday 12th December – 08:45, 13.30, 17:30
Sunday 13th December – 08:45, 12:45, 17:30

Warm up sessions begin one hour prior to the session start times and times may be subject to change depending on the entry list.   

More information about the event and daily summary reports can be found atwww.scottishswimming.com or www.facebook.com/scottishswimming  

 

Venue: Royal Commonwealth Pool, Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BB

For more information about the venue and details of location please click on the dedicated website:http://www.edinburghleisure.co.uk/venues/royal-commonwealth-pool

 

About Scottish Swimming
We are the national governing body for swimming in Scotland.  Scottish Swimming represents our clubs, swim schools, aquatic disciplines, athletes, coaches and thousands of talented and committed volunteers across the entire swimmer pathway.  We are focused on delivering in the following key areas to reach our vision to ensure that everyone can swim: learn to swim, participation in aquatic activities, club development, coaching partnerships and performance.

About sportscotland
sportscotland investment provides opportunities for members involved in every aspect of our pathway. The funding also supports the area of governance, where we continue to strive for best practice. As our Association is professionally managed, we can provide the framework within which our members and partners can flourish.

About Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's busiest airport. More than 40 airlines serve 130-plus destinations and 10.2 million passengers passed through the airport in 2014 – the busiest year ever for a Scottish airport.

July 2015 was the airport’s busiest month ever with over 1.2 million passengers travelling through its terminal.  It is the 6th largest in the UK, in terms of passenger numbers, and employs over 7000 people, contributing hundreds of millions of pounds to Scotland’s economy.

About Speedo®
The world's leading swimwear brand, Speedo® is passionate about life in and around the water, creating revolutionary new technologies, designs and innovations. Supporting swimming from grass-roots through to elite level, including the phenomenal Michael Phelps, Speedo® is owned by Speedo Holdings B.V and distributed in over 170 countries around the world.

About Active Edinburgh Funding Programme
The Active Edinburgh Funding Programme is an initiative of the City of Edinburgh Council. It supports events that promote physical activity and sport within the city.  These range from sports events that attract a national audience to small community festivals that aim to get people involved in physical activity in their local area.

Scottish Swimming Announces New Partnership with Edinburgh Airport

Scottish Swimming Announces New Partnership with Edinburgh Airport

01/12/2015, Scotland, Swimming, Scottish Swimming , Article # 15233160

 
Swim Social
 
 

Scottish Swimming Announces New Partnership with Edinburgh Airport

 

Scottish Swimming and Edinburgh Airport are delighted to announce a new partnership to support Scottish Swimming national events, in particular the Scottish National Diving Championships & Thistle Trophy and the Scottish National Short Course Swimming Championship, both of which are held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh during December.

Forbes Dunlop, Chief Executive at Scottish Swimming, is delighted about the new relationship, which officially launches on 1st December.  "We are delighted to welcome Edinburgh Airport to our portfolio of commercial partners. Both Scottish Swimming and Edinburgh Airport have ambition and commitment to be world class in our respective fields so there is great synergy in what we do and the values we share.

"We are looking forward to a successful partnership and would like to thank all those involved in the process."

Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Executive Gordon Dewar said:  “Edinburgh Airport is delighted to be backing a world class organisation like Scottish Swimming - and we’re looking forward to the two competition events later this month here in Edinburgh.

“We share similar values of performance excellence and a commitment to delivering for Scotland on the world stage – and this promises to be the start of a very special relationship.”

Edinburgh Airport’s support will be launched ahead of the Scottish National Diving Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool this weekend.  This event will attract a number of athletes from across the UK and as far afield as Dubai including home favourites Scotland’s own Grace Reid and James Heatly who will both be looking to continue the form which witnessed  them pick up medals at the FINA Diving World Series and the European Games in Baku earlier this year.

More information about Scottish Swimming can be found at www.scottishswimming.com or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ScottishSwimming) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/ScottishSwim).

More information about Edinburgh Airport is available at http://www.edinburghairport.com/ or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/EdinburghAirport/) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/EDI_Airport).

The Scottish National and Open Diving Championships & Thistle Trophy take place from the 4-6 December 2015 RCP Edinburgh. More information about the event can be found here:http://www.scottishswimming.com/news-events/events/2015/scottish-national-diving-championships-thistle-trophy.aspx

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Open Media Call Invite: Scottish Swimming Scottish Swimming Announces New Partnership with Edinburgh Airport
Date:  Tuesday 1st December 2015
Location:  Royal Commonwealth Pool, Dalkeith Rd, Edinburgh
Time:  11.00 – 12.30

Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming, Forbes Dunlop and Gordon Robertson, Communications Director of Edinburgh Airport will be in attendance for interview. Also available for interview are Grace Reid and James Heatly, both of whom will be at the venue making final preparations ahead of the weekend’s National Championships.

Photographs will be available following the photocall from Neil Hannah (neilhannaphoto@gmail.com) or from Kirsten Phillips at Scottish Swimming (k.phillips@scottishswimming.com)

For more information about Scottish Swimming, please contact Kirsten Phillips, Communications Manager at Scottish Swimming on 01786 466533/07730 661788 or k.phillips@scottishswimming.com

For more information about Edinburgh Airport please contact Erik Geddes, Communications Manager on 0131 561 8628 or Erik_Geddes@edinburghairport.com

About Scottish Swimming
Scottish Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in Scotland. Scottish Swimming represents our clubs, swim schools, aquatic disciplines, athletes, coaches and thousands of talented and committed volunteers across the entire swimmer pathway. We are focused on delivering in the following key areas to reach our vision to ensure that everyone can swim: learn to swim, participation in aquatic activities, club development, coaching partnerships and performance.

For more information visit www.scottishswimming.com

About Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's busiest airport. More than 40 airlines serve 130-plus destinations and 10.2 million passengers passed through the airport in 2014 – the busiest year ever for a Scottish airport.

July 2015 was the airport’s busiest month ever with over 1.2 million passengers travelling through its terminal.  It is the 6th largest in the UK, in terms of passenger numbers, and employs over 7000 people, contributing hundreds of millions of pounds to Scotland’s economy.

 
 
 
Athletes, Volunteers, Coaches and Local Authorities Recognised at Swimming’s Night of Celebration

Athletes, Volunteers, Coaches and Local Authorities Recognised at Swimming’s Night of Celebration

20/09/2015, Scotland, Swimming, Scottish Swimming , Article # 13158142

Scottish Swimming Launches New Swim Social Programme with Scottish Water

Scottish Swimming Launches New Swim Social Programme with Scottish Water

01/09/2015, Scotland, Swimming, Scottish Swimming , Article # 12652316
 
 
Swim Social
 
 

Scottish Swimming Launches New Swim Social Programme with Scottish Water

Swim Social - Fun Fitness Friendship

Everyone can swim – just add water!

Water is the order of the day as Scottish Swimming launches a new Swim Social programme, being rolled out across Scotland thanks to a new partnership with Scottish Water, which launches on 1st September.

Scottish Swimming and Scottish Water will work together to offer Swim Social, a coach-led adult swimming programme which is centred around having fun, getting fit and making new friends while improving stroke technique.

The programme which has been piloted in a number of areas across Scotland, will officially launch at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, the world class and host venue for swimming at the Glasgow 2014 Games on Tuesday September 1st, where a number of Scottish Water staff will take the plunge and be given expert advice from a qualified coach, as well as some tips and support from Double Commonwealth Games Champion, David Carry, who having retired from competitive swimming, remains active and passionate about his sport. 

Speaking ahead of the launch, Forbes Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming, said,

“A partnership with Scottish Water was an obvious choice for us, with water playing a pivotal role in both our organisations.

“Scottish Swimming’s vision is “everyone can swim” but we have found that adults often lack opportunities to improve their swimming and this is where Swim Social comes in. Scottish Water’s investment will assist with the marketing and promotion of this programme and will allow Scottish Swimming to roll out Swim Social on a national basis, working in collaboration with Local Authorities, Leisure Trusts and stakeholders to ensure the delivery of quality adult swimming provision, leading to healthy active adults who maximise their swimming potential. We are delighted to have them on board.”

Chris Wallace, Scottish Water’s Director of Communications, said:

“The aim of Swim Social is to provide fun, fitness and friendship, this is something that we fully support and we hope that by working with Scottish Swimming, by just adding water, Scottish Water, we can encourage people across Scotland to take part.

“Water is essential for human life and our wellbeing and the obvious links between Scottish Swimming and Scottish Water means it makes sense for us to work together to promote this great initiative.”

Swim Social is aimed at a wide range of people who have different reason for attending, from improving swimming ability and/or providing an alternative or complementary activity to running. It can also aid recovery following injury or illness, whilst, as it says on the tin, socially meeting likeminded people who enjoy fun fitness and friendship in a social environment.

This launch event will mark the start of regular Swim Social sessions in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, West Lothian, Stirling, East Lothian and Orkney. With darker nights and the weather turning, Scottish Swimming and Scottish Water  hope that September is the ideal  time to encourage adults to avoid winter hibernation and instead come along to their local pool and keep fit and healthy as part of the Swim Social programme.

Notes:
A dedicated area for Swim Social can be found on the Scottish Swimming website: http://www.scottishswimming.com/swim-social.aspx

About Scottish Swimming
Scottish Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in Scotland. Scottish Swimming represents our clubs, swim schools, aquatic disciplines, athletes, coaches and thousands of talented and committed volunteers across the entire swimmer pathway. We are focused on delivering in the following key areas to reach our vision to ensure that everyone can swim: learn to swim, participation in aquatic activities, club development, coaching partnerships and performance.

For more information visit www.scottishswimming.com

About Scottish Water
Scottish Water provides vital water and waste water services, essential to daily life, to 2.46 million households and 150,000 business premises across Scotland. Every day, it provides 1.34 billion litres of clear and fresh drinking water and takes away 847 million litres of waste water, which it treats before returning to the environment.

For more information, visit www.scottishwater.co.uk

 
 
GREAT SCOTTISH SWIM TO INCORPORATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

GREAT SCOTTISH SWIM TO INCORPORATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

17/08/2015, Scotland, Swimming, Scottish Swimming , Article # 12280868
 
Great Scottish Swim
 
 

GREAT SCOTTISH SWIM TO INCORPORATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Scottish national one-mile open water event to become part of elite programme

Scottish Swimming have announced that the national one mile open water championship race will take place at this years Great Scottish Swim in Loch Lomond, 29 August.

The race will be part of the elite competition which will see some of the world’s best open water swimmers, compete against Scotland’s top home grown talent, in one of the country’s most iconic settings.

The Great Scottish Swim is Scotland’s biggest open water swim with over 2000 people taking part across the day, in a range of distances from a beginners half-mile challenge, all the way up to a gruelling 5k “half-marathon” swim. 

Lining up for the one mile elite race will be Commonwealth Champion and local Balloch boy, Ross Murdoch, who will be competing in the open water for the first time, he will be joined by fellow Scot, Commonwealth silver medallist, Robbie Renwick.

They will be taking on international talent including 2013 World Champion Christian Reichert of Germany as well as newly crowned 2015 World Champion and six time Midmar Mile winner, South Africa’s Chad Ho.

The women’s race will feature two time National USA 10KM Champion, Christine Jennings alongside two time World Champion, and Olympic Silver medallist, Team GB’s Keri-anne Payne. 

Tom Broadbent, elite athlete manager at Great Swim said, ”We’re extremely proud to host the Scottish National Championship race as part of the Great Scottish Swim.

“The race is open to both senior and junior athletes, and it will be a great experience for younger athletes to compete against top international talent, hopefully it will result in some great performances all round.”

Forbes Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming said, “Open Water swimming in growing in both popularity and stature and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Great Swim to host the Scottish National Championship over one mile.

“Through our Swim Social platform we have been providing opportunities for individuals to come and try open water swimming. These sessions are coach led and are held in a safe, supportive and fun environment. Feedback suggests that many people have used these opportunities ahead of the Great Swim to develop their skills ahead of this great event.”

Mairi Bell, Head of Visitor Experience at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, said,
  
“There is no better setting than Loch Lomond to host Scotland’s largest open water swimming event. The Great Swim brings competitors from around the globe to this stunning part of the world, and we encourage them to explore the rest of the National Park while they are here.  We’re delighted that local swimming hero Ross Murdoch is taking to the water and I hope this will inspire other budding swimmers to take up the sport.”

This is the third year the Great Scottish Swim has been held at Loch Lomond, with the open water swimming element of the inaugural, multi-event European Championships due to take place on the loch in 2018.    

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said, “We are delighted to support the Great Scottish Swim and welcome some of the world’s very best open water swimmers back to Scotland, as well as those competing in the Scottish National Championship. With our wealth of stunning natural assets, Scotland is the perfect stage for events and it is without doubt that Loch Lomond will again provide all entrants with a sensational setting for this exciting contest.”

As well as overall prizes for the first five athletes to finish, elite swimmers will be awarded on their speed over the first 200m and 400m, with prize money on offer for the first male and female athletes past these markers.

For more information on qualifying standards and up to date athlete announcements please visitgreatswim.org/Scotland.

For more information about taking up open water swimming, visit www.vigourevents.com, or for details of Scottish Swimming’s ‘Come and Try’ events go to www.scottishswimming.com.

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CONTACT:

Philippa Morrow / philippa.morrow@thegreatruncompany.com  / 07921 582 509

Kirsten Phillips / k.phillips@scottishswimming.com / 07730 661788

Notes to editors:
All Scottish athletes wishing to compete must be able to demonstrate the following qualification times*.

Women
800m - 9:40
1500m - 18:40
2K (OW) - 33:00

Men
800m - 9:30
1500m - 17:20
2K (OW) - 32:30

(*800m and 1500m times must be swum in a pool, the 2K times are open water specific.)

About Great Swim
The Great Scottish Swim is the part of the Great Swim Series, which attracts over 20,000 participants to five events in lakes, lochs and urban docks around the country.


The Great Scottish Swim is staged in partnership with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, EventScotland and West Dunbartonshire Council.

Great Swim is organised by The Great Run Company, the world’s favourite run with over 280,000 participants a year taking part. The events programme stretches across the UK from Glasgow to Portsmouth offering a full range of distances from 5k through to a Marathon team relay. Most events include a family running element and support the growing INEOS Go Run for Fun campaign.

A full range of online training services are available from Great Run Training. Great Run Local is a series of weekly events staged in our key cities. All designed to provide the support and advice for participants of all abilities to achieve their personal goal.

To find out more about the events and services provided by Great Run and its partners visitwww.greatrun.org.

Great Run, the world’s favourite run

About Scottish Swimming
Scottish Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in Scotland. Scottish Swimming represents our clubs, swim schools, aquatic disciplines, athletes, coaches and thousands of talented and committed volunteers across the entire swimmer pathway. We are focused on delivering in the following key areas to reach our vision to ensure that everyone can swim: learn to swim, participation in aquatic activities, club development, coaching partnerships and performance.
For more information visit www.scottishswimming.com

About EventScotland
EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org. Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews. EventScotland a team in the VisitScotland Events Directorate - the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland.

 
 

 

Scottish Swimming Newsletter: Memories from #SNSC15, Come and Try Open Water at Knockburn and Queen's Birthday Honours
 
 
 
 
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Memories from #SNSC15

It is hard to believe that the Scottish National Swimming Championships 2015 have been and gone. Four fantastic days of fast swimming was enjoyed at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow with the best UK swimmers fine tuning their preparations ahead of a busy end of season. More here.

Knockburn
 

Come & Try Open Water Swimming Moves to Knockburn

The Scottish Swimming open air swimming season continues this summer and our next event is at Knockburn Loch (Banchory) on Saturday 11th July, where we will be offering complete beginners sessions, a junior session, as well as intermediate sessions for those who are not so new to the sport but would like to develop their skills.

Don't be disappointed, find our more and book your place now!

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Queen's Birthday Honours

Gina Logan and John Mason were among those named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June, with Gina being awarded an MBE for Services to Sport in Scotland and John a CBE for Public Service to Business and Major Events.

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Introducing Project Ailsa - #thesegirlsswim

Following the inaugural meeting which started immediately after the Scottish National Swimming Championships on Sunday 28th June and ran to Wednesday 1st July the 40 invited female swimmers launched 'Project Ailsa'.

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