We tried something a bit different this morning in training. Didn’t quite work but something we will revisit.
Working at skills is something fundamental in swimming and what we try to do every day. Whether that’s working on your racing finish on backstroke or high fiving your teammates during your swim! #SundayDrills#mascfamily
Congratulations to our Head Coach (Danny Kirkham) and Senior Gold Squad Swimmer (Sam Downie) who were recognised at the Lothian Disability Sports Annual Awards night on Monday 17 June @ Meggetland Sports Complex.
Sam (MASC/ELST Development Squad/Lothian Racers) received LDS' prestigious Jim Anderson OBE Bursary which is given to the Performance Athlete of the Year, within the Edinburgh and Lothian region, demonstrating considerable potential in their chosen sport and is recognition of the huge successes Sam has achieved in the pool at British and International level over the season.
Danny (MASC/ELST) was awarded Coach of the Year in recognition of his continuation of MASC's inclusive approach in welcoming swimmers with a disability to the Club and the tailored coaching provided to them, in addition, to his services to Para-swimming including attendance as a coach for the SDS East of Scotland Squad and as Assistant Scotland Squad Coach to recent British and International Championships.
Modest Danny is first to point out that his success is down to the hard work of MASC's Scotland Squad Para-Swimmers Dylan Bleakley, Neil Ferguson and Sam Downie.
Our dearly departed Chairman, Jack Calder, was also recognised in the opening address from Lothian Disability Sport's Chairperson (Helen Bruce) and was warmly received by the attendees.
This weekend we welcomed swimmers from all over as we hosted our annual summer competitions. On the Saturday, we had our fun meet which is designed for swimmers who are at the novice end of the competing spectrum. And on Sunday, we had our sprint meet which is designed for our swimmers taking their sport to the next stage. We had almost 60 MASC swimmers competing over the weekend - from our bronze squad all the way to the performance squad at ELST - and they were terrific.
We’d like to thank all of the visiting clubs - Dunedin, Duns, Eyemouth, Haddington, Kelso, Portobello, Tranent, Kirkcudbright and Lanark - for helping make these days so enjoyable. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
We had a lot of firsts this weekend. Several swimmers competing in their first competition. Some swimmers managed to PB every event in a day for the first time. Some even won their first ever medals!
This was also our first time hosting our meets without Jack. However, along with a touching tribute from coach Andrew T and a minute applause each day, his presence was very much felt throughout both days. This was through the atmosphere in the pool, on poolside and those helping the meet run smoothly behind the scenes. Everyone pulled together and put their best foot forward to promote the club, just as he would have.
The only people left to thank are the most important - the swimmers. Every time you swam this weekend you did yourselves proud. Your smiles keep us going when things are a bit tough. You are all superstars to us, thank you.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Musselburgh Summer Sprint Meet for this year - a big thanks goes to Meadowfield Garage for being our meet sponsor a special thanks goes to all the technical officials who assisted with the meet and MASC parents and other East Lothian clubs in helping out on stalls and with jobs that need to be done.
We hope everyone had fun at our meets this weekend and look forward to seeing everyone again next year