Elspeth Watson Trophy – Jack Calder

By | 30/09/2019

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the posthumous, nomination submitted by MASC for Jack Calder to be considered for Scottish Disability Sport’s Elspeth Watson Trophy has been successful.

This is awarded to an individual out with Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) who has contributed significantly to disability sport.

The success of MASC’s past and present disability swimmers, who achieve success at District, Regional, Scottish, British and International level, is directly attributed to Jack’s dedication to promoting and positively developing all aspects of the structure and culture surrounding disability sport (particularly swimming).

SDS’s East of Scotland Regional Manager (Neal Herbert) made the following statement:

‘MASC are one of the most inclusive clubs in the East of Scotland, both in terms of welcoming swimmers with a disability but also ensuring that an inclusive approach is embedded within their coaching structure.  This was born from Jack’s passion for para-swimming and a keen approach to creating the right environment for all swimmers, regardless of their impairment.  Jack ensured that coaches were given the opportunity to learn from more experienced para coaches and encouraged they attend the SDS Regional Squads to increase their knowledge and understanding of disability swimming.  The Regional squad have been lucky enough to benefit from the input of both current and previous head coaches from the club.

Our coaches continue to benefit from this unique coaching opportunity and the Club values its strong links with additional external parties (including Lothian Disability Sport, Scottish Swimming’s Disability Performance Development Manager, Lothian Racers Swimming Club and Lothian Waves to name a few) to ensure our future athletes continue to be given the same opportunities.

Jack’s passion for disability swimming was often on display when he regularly shouted encouragement from the Gallery or from poolside to swimmers at Lothian Disability Sport Galas regardless of which Club they were representing bringing a smile to not only the athletes but all in attendance. It was, therefore, fitting that Jack’s family were presented with the trophy at their Autumn Gala at Mercat Gate Centre, Prestonpans on 21 September 2019.

The Club was delighted to welcome Barbara and Sarah to one of our training sessions on Friday where they had an opportunity to catch up with our Head Coach and some of our disability swimmers (from left to right: Danny Kirkham (HC), Samantha Gough, Andrew Sutherland, Neil Ferguson, Dylan Bleakley and Sam Downie).

I am sure you will agree this recognition is a fitting tribute for this remarkable gentleman.

Best wishes,

Gill Downie

MASC Club Secretary & MASC Club President (caretaker)

(NB: Full details of MASC’s nomination can be obtained by emailing mascclubsec@gmail.com)