The Citadel Pool in Ayr was the packed venue for the annual Clyde Coast League competition on 6th October.
The Dunoon team made a return to this competition after a few years’ absence.
Competing against the big guns from the likes of South Ayrshire, City of Glasgow, North Ayrshire and also the smaller clubs including Rutherglen and Kingson, the Dunoon team was not intimidated. It was for many of the younger swimmers their first experience of a big match atmosphere and they rose to the occasion.
Every member of the Dunoon team swam to their best, and the highest ranking individual swimmer over the day was young Nicky Ritchie whose 100 metre breaststroke swim took him into the mix with the big team players. The relay events were extremely exciting with support from all clubs at fever pitch. The Dunoon swimmers rose to the challenge with all the boys’ relays in particular finishing near the front. The final squadron relay of Alan Stewart, Ross Colquhoun, Conor Kennedy, Nicky Ritchie, Neil Lamont, Lewis Danby, Jamie Dominick and Graeme Brown produced a fast and exciting finish in their heat to win.
At the end of the day, while the scores put the other and bigger teams ahead, the Dunoon swimmers can be secure in the knowledge that they certainly made their mark.
The other swimmers giving 100% in the team were Kaitlin Rowley (who swam all 4 individual 10 years and under events as well as the relays); Erin Malloch, Joshua Colquhoun, Katy Marshall, Eilidh McColm, Oscar McGillivray, Alistair Gibson, Caitlin Kennedy, Rowan Mobeck, Kyle Dominick, Mhairi Rowley, Kayleigh Hartley-Watson, Andrew Tong, Anya McGillivray, Georgia Cowan, Orla Colquhoun, Ethan Clothier, Luke McIntyre, Rhys Meyer- McDonagh, and Nathan Robinson.
Early on the following morning 12 of the Riverside swimmers set off from Glasgow airport for a 7 day training camp in the fabulous T3 facility in Tenerife. The complex certainly lives up to its name – Tenerife Top Training. With an Olympic sized pool alongside a smaller 25metre 10 lane pool, gym and studio areas of the best quality, as well as football pitches, tennis courts, running track and other sporting areas, the swimmers enjoyed 5 hours of intensive training each day. All responded well and were still standing at the end of the week.
A visit to the amazing Siam Water Park was squeezed as well as a bounce match of football against some young Spaniards on the beach at Los Cristianos.
A number of the Dunoon swimmers will have taken part in the Argyll & Bute Schools trials this week while Nicky Ritchie and Rhys Meyer McDonagh are looking forward to representing their Club at the West District Junior Age Group Championships’ in Cumbernauld on16/17 November.