A large gathering of swimmers and their families celebrated the past year‘s achievements in a happy evening at Cowal Golf Club on Saturday 18 January.
Trophies were presented by Elaine Brown, a long serving member of the Club, as a swimmer then as a parent, hard working committee member and coach. In appreciation of her many years of service, the Club was delighted to present her with life membership.
The Club sprint Championships had taken place at the Riverside in December before a large supportive crowd of spectators and medals on the day were presented by local councillors Dick Walsh, Jimmy McQueen and Mike Breslin. Distance championships events had taken place on Club nights over the previous year. As usual, swimmers had travelled round the country competing in various levels of meet and gaining wins and personal best times as well as continuing to maintain the Club’s reputation as a a force to be reckoned with.
THE TROPHY WINNERS were Ethan Ashworth, Anya MacGillivray (who broke 3 club records), Tamas Mihaly, Andrew Longster, Ross Colquhoun, Georgia Cowan, Kaitlin Rowley, Oscar MacGillivray, Alan Stewart, Rosie MacDonald, Callum McKinnon, Nathan Robinson, Neil Lamont, Alistair Gibson, Katy Marshall, Rachel Turnbull, Caitlin Kennedy, Kyle Dominick, Connor Kennedy, and Mollaidh Martin (all featuring in the photograph of trophy winners) and Elaine Sherwood.
Junior Sprint Champions were Mollaidh Martin and Connor Kennedy while the Senior Champions were Elaine Sherwood and Neil Lamont. Junior swimmer coaches’ choice was Anya MacGillivray while Alistair Gibson was the Riverside Coaches’ choice, The swimmer winning the most West District Points was Connor Kennedy with Nicky Ritchie the close runner up.
The swimmers have a busy 2 months ahead. Training for the Argyll & Clyde Squad swimmers will be the first event on 14 February, and after that the competitions come thick and fast in Drumchapel, East Kilbride, Linwood and Cumbernauld. The younger age groups have their Clyde Coast Mini League matches, the first of which takes place at the Riverside on 1 March, against teams from the mighty City of Glasgow and Clydebank. The youngsters are in training to put on a good performance – and all the swimmers will be proud to show off their striking looking new tee shirts at their various competitions.
Sprint medal winners were as follows:-