Bo’ness ASC NewsletterFebruary 2020
February was another busy month for the club in terms of Swim Meets, there was a meet every weekend in February! February also had the first Forth Valley Junior League of the year. Congratulations to all our swimmers that took part, especially those who were competing for the first time.
West District Long Course – WE2
Medals: Douglas Calder – 1st 50m Breast, Ellie Hamilton – 2nd 200m Free, Liam Murphy – 2nd 50m Breast, 1st 200m Breast, 3rd 200m IM
PB’s: Samuel Beetham – 50m Back, 200m Back; Alex Black – 50m Fly, 50m Free; Douglas Calder – 200m Free, 50m Free; Ellie Hamilton – 50m Back, 50m Fly; Aidan McCavish - 200m Free, 50m Breast, 50m Fly, 200m IM, 50m Free; Liam Murphy – 50m Free; Gregor Skinner – 50m Back, 50m Free, 1500m Free
Carnegie Open Spring Age Group
Medals: Samuel Beetham – 3rd 100m Back, Gregor Skinner – 3rd 200m Breast
PB’s: Samuel Beetham – 50m Fly, 100m Breast, 50m Free, 100m Back & 200m Free; Gregor Skinner – 50m Fly, 400m Free, 50m Free, 100m Back, 50m Breast, 100m Free, 50m Back & 200m Breast
Alloa Open Meet
Medals: Alex Black – 2nd 200m Back, 3rd 200m Free; Owen Purdie – 3rd 200m Breast
PB’s: Alex Black – 200m Back & 200m Free; Beth McGrow – 200m Breast,; Aidan McCavish – 200m IM & 200m Free; Lucy Hellen – 200m Back & 200m Free; Owen Purdie – 200m Breast; Emily Byrne – 200m IM & 200m Free
Alloa Junior Meet
Medals: Anna Beetham – 3rd 50m Breast, 2nd 100m Free, 2nd 100m IM, 2nd 50m Free & 2nd 50m Fly; Olivia Stump – 2nd 100m IM
PB’s: Lots! Some of note are Daniel Baird – 29.34s off 100m Breast; Freya Cuthill - 10.67s off 50m Breast & 24.33s off 50m Fly; Zoe McKie 9.31s off 100m Free; Lyla Gilmore 19.82 off 100m IM; Finlay Armour 12.19 off 100m IM; Mary Rose 12.76s off 100m Free & 9.51 off 50m Fly; Robyn Harrison 7.19s off 100m Free & 9.31s off 100m Breast; Jessica Hill 7.55s off 100m IM
WD Long Course AG Pre-SNAGs Meet
Medals: Ellie Hamilton – 1st 100m Free & 200m Free, 2nd 800m Free & 3rd 400M Free; Liam Murphy – 1st 100M Breast & 200m Breast
PB’s: Alex Black 1.12.07 100m Fly -2.73s , 28.01s 50m Free – 1.18s; Gregor Skinner 34.67s 50M Back – 0.26s
Well done to the Bo’ness ASC swimmers Liam Murphy & Ellie Hamilton who represented Scotland at the recent Dave McCullagh International Meet in Belfast. This was an amazing achievement from both of them, and they had some great swims. Liam managed a fantastic swim in 200m Breaststroke and achieving his goal of qualifying for the April British Olympic Trials.
Did you know that Christian from the FIRST coaching team comes every 3 weeks to coach the Gold Squad on Tuesdays? He provides this service to all of the three partner swim clubs within FIRST.
From left to right – Liam Murphy (Bo’ness ASC), Ellie Hamilton (Bo’ness ASC), Jake Kirkham (Grangemouth ASC)
Well done to Team Bo’ness at the FVJL on 16th Feb. 15 out of the 37 races we were too fast in which is excellent for the swimmers, and 16 1st places as well. It was a fantastic afternoon of swimming. Congratulations to our first time swimmers who did so well. Thanks to the swimmers, coaches, timekeepers, marshals and parents for your support, without which we wouldn’t be able to do these events.
Date for the next FVJL is 14th June. We have had to pull out of the one on 22nd March due to a clash with other Swim Meets that our swimmers are involved in.
A warm welcome to our new club members; Ashleigh Stewart, Jamie Sutcliff, Mark Stirling and Lois Yearsley. Good luck and enjoy your swimming.
Congratulations Mary Rose who moved up from Improvers to Bronze this month. Well done!
Club Time Trial – 13th Feb
Thank you to all the swimmers, coaches, lifeguards and parent helpers on our time trial evening. The results are on the Club website here. A special thank you also to Ally Black who organised the meet manager technical part of this at short notice and processed all the results. There were some great swims had by all. Especially well done to those who were swimming some of those events for the first time.
Dates for the Open Water events are:
- East District OW Championships – Sunday 24th May
- Midland District OW Championships – Saturday 13th June
- North District OW Championships – Saturday 4th July
- West District OW Championships – Saturday 15th August
- Scottish National Open Water Championships – Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September
Young Leaders Programme
Congratulations to the two swimmers, Jonathan Tiran and William Lawless on being chosen as the Bo’ness reps for the Young Leaders Programme. Well done to all who applied. Looking forward to an update from them both after the course in March.
Thank you to all of those parents who have volunteered to help support the club, this is fantastic. However, there are still plenty of roles still to be filled so please come forward if you can provide any help. WE NEED YOUR HELP.
The President and Committee would like to say a huge thank you to those committee members who have recently stepped down from their roles for the commitment and dedication they provided to both the Club and Swimmers.
- STO – Sandra Knight is passing the reigns over to Valentina Lawless
- Treasurer – Laura Arbuckle is stepping down after 4 years – position is still vacant
- Vice President – Mark Beetham is stepping down – position is still vacant
- FVJL – Simon Arbuckle is stepping down – position is still vacant
- Competitions Secretary – Jacqueline Smith is stepping down and Ally Black will pick this up as well as his Meet Manager role.
- Team Managers – Udi Tiran and Lindsay McGrow have volunteered and there is still space for others to take on this role as well.
Andy MacGuire from Scottish Swimming held a session with the committee to discuss and review our current SwiMark status. He is very pleased with where the club is and we should achieve not only our SwiMark status but we are aiming to obtain SwiMark Plus status too.
The next AGM for the Club is planned for Thursday 23rd April at 6pm, Bo’ness Rec.
It would be great to have as many parents there as possible.