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Please note that due to the heavy snow and poor road conditions, all morning training is cancelled on 17/01/18

Please check back for further updates.

Dear Swimmers & Parents

Many of you will be aware of some on-going changes to the club's coaching arrangements and I now wish to provide you with an update on that situation.

Recruitment has recently taken place to fill some of the vacancies. All coaching appointments are conducted by Glasgow Life and subject to their policies, procedures and the consequent amount of time it takes to formalise new staff in a large organisation. The club cannot influence this process and you will appreciate that it is not always possible to complete everything to ideal timescales.

Nevertheless, following the recent recruitment process I am delighted to announce that Coach Amanda Wetherell will soon be taking over as the new Lead Coach for the Junior Foundation West squad and Coach Suzanne Gumbrell will soon be taking over as the new Lead Coach for the Junior Foundation East squad.

I hope you will join me in welcoming both Amanda and Suzanne to their new roles and giving them your continued support. Your understanding and cooperation in this matter is much appreciated.

Regards
Danielle Brayson

Glasgow International

Dates:
Friday 25th May – Sunday 27th May 2018
Venue: Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
Pool: 10 lane x 50 metre, with separate 4 lane x 25 metre training pool
Meet Promoter: City of Glasgow Swim Team (COGST)

Meet Information and documents are available at the link below: 

Full Programme of Events
Fastest Heats in morning
Slower Heats in afternoon
Evening ‘A’, ‘B’ & Junior Finals

Prize Money for:
Top Performance of the Meet
Top 3 in each open event
Top junior in each event

Host Venue for:
2018 European Championships
2019 European Short Course Champs

OUR MISSION
To deliver an annual international standard open long course swimming competition that is ideally placed in the UK and European calendar and attractive to regional, national and overseas athletes/clubs/teams. To showcase Glasgow as a city of sport, culture and education, with world-class swimming facilities and a club based training environment that supports a nation-leading programme.

OUR TEAM
City of Glasgow Swim Team will be the host and meet promoter, working in close partnership with and support from Glasgow Life, Scottish Swimming, SASA West District and relevant event sponsors. An organising committee consisting of representatives from these groups will meet regularly to ensure successful delivery of the mission and associated objectives.

OBJECTIVES

  1. Put competitors (and their clubs/teams) first – this meet’s primary purpose is for them to perform to their best. Do everything we can to ensure the athlete experience is world-class.
  2. Deliver a great event that athletes from Scotland, the UK and around the world want to come back to year after year.
  3. Put/keep Glasgow on the international swimming map – meets, venues, programmes, culture.
  4. Event management, organisation, safety and security are of the highest standard given the resources available.
  5. The profile of Glasgow as a place to live, study, work and swim is raised.
  6. There is an opportunity for volunteer support and engagement.
  7. Be spectator and athlete/team staff friendly.

KEYS TO SUCCESS

  1. Entry capacity is met with athletes/teams/clubs from Scotland, the UK and overseas in attendance.
  2. World-class swimming performances are produced and significant prize money available.
  3. The event is attractive to spectators, media outlets and sponsors.
  4. Volunteers in the club and local community are engaged, developed and increased in number.
  5. The sport of swimming wins through increased coverage and profile, and from young athletes becoming inspired by meeting and competing with their international heroes.
  6. Attendees enjoy visiting Glasgow and find the meet organisers welcoming, friendly and helpful.
  7. Working partnerships between the hosts and key stakeholders are strengthened.
  8. All volunteers and workers feel valued and part of a team that delivered something special.
  9. The event is successfully promoted and marketed.

Glasgow International

Meet Information is now available from the meet page here on our website, or on the dedicated page at:

http://www.glasgowswimmeet.com/

successHere are a few of the highlights for the club in 2017, we are looking forward to more in 2018.

Happy New Year Everybody!

  • COGST win Scottish Swimming Club of the Year
  • Jack McComish wins 1 gold and 3 bronze medals for GBR at the Deaflympics in Turkey
  • Craig McNally and Sean Campsie secure Scotland selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games with Gülsüm Onal and Camilla Hattersley also nominated.  COGST Coach Ian Wright named on the Scotland coaching staff for the 2018 Games.
  • Camilla Hattersley places 4th and 5th for GBR at the World University Games in Chinese Taipei
  • Mark Deans wins the 48km Manhattan Island swim in New York, setting a world record time for the event (6 hours, 34 minutes)
  • Anna Fleming wins 1 medal and reaches 5 finals for Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas
  • Anna Fleming reaches 3 finals and 1 semi-final for GBR at the European Junior Championships in Israel with Danielle Brayson selected to the coaching staff
  • Para swimmer Andrew Mullen breaks the S5 50m Backstroke European Record three times and qualifies for to swim for GBR the IPC World Championships
  • Gavin Roberts wins 2 gold and 2 silver medals at the GB Special Olympics in Sheffield
  • COGST swimmers win 6 gold and 4 bronze medals and reach 35 finals at the British National Summer Championships in Sheffield
  • COGST swimmers win 4 gold and 2 silver medals at the Scottish National Open Water Championships
  • 18 COGST swimmers are named in Scottish Swimming’s various national squads for the 2017-18 season
  • 5 COGST swimmers compete for the Scotland West/North team at the UK School Games in Loughborough in early September
  • Andrew Mullen named British Swimming Para-Swimmer of the Year, with Ian Wright nominated as Para-Swimming Coach of the Year
  • COGST place 3rd overall and win 12 medals at the Scottish National Short Course Championships.  At the Scottish National Age Group Championships COGST place 4th overall claiming 71 medals.
  • COGST win the West District Jessie Waldie Cup and West District present Katie Shanahan and Mark Ford with the Most Promising Swimmers of the Year awards.
  • COGST host inaugural Johnstone Shearer Memorial Meet raising £3,000 for the Beatson Cancer Charity.
  • Katie Shanahan and Serena Iheagwaram compete for the Scotland Junior Squad at the Oporto International Meet in Portugal with Anna Fleming doing likewise at the Luxembourg International Meet.
  • COGST and University of Glasgow run a successful warm weather training camp for Glasgow based students in Fuerteventura.
  • Over 60 Glasgow based swimmers compete in the British Universities & Colleges (BUCS) Swimming Championships with COGST members returning 7 medals and helping UWS, UoG, UoS and GCU all achieve top 20 overall team rankings.

Thanks to all of the Swimmers, coaches and volunteers who came along to Time Trials!

We had 101 swimmers, 300 swims, 103 first time swims and a magnificent 70 PB's !!!

Well done to all of those who helped and took part.

In particular the volunteers who did a great job of timekeeping and marshalling:

Chris Gourlay
Fiona Cockburn
Gerry Blair
Kim Mason
Graham Hungerford
David Connell
Alan Gray
Yann Robin
Sarah Hamilton
Laura McQueenie

Full results are available here

As all times are recorded manually, there may be some errors - please let us know if you spot any mistakes and we will try to correct them.

Times have been updated in the swimmers times database

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From the Management Committee, Coaches

and everybody else involved with COGST

You can see a video of the draw on our facebook page.

Prize-winners

Bottle of Champagne: Paul Andrew McEwan. Swimmer: Alisha Greenshields.
Bottle of Rose wine: Lorraine Henderson. Swimmer: Lauren Wetherell.
Bottle of Prosecco: Max Hagan. Swimmer: Max Hagan.
Nandos voucher: Ben Hughes. Swimmer: Lawrence Campbell.
Top Shop voucher: Allison Shanahan. Swimmer: Katie Shanahan.
Sports treatment: Joanne McCallum. Swimmer: Madison McCallum.
Pamper Hamper: Maureen Murphy. Swimmer: Euan Gumbrell.
Chocolate Hamper: Dot Campbell. Swimmer: Conor Logan.
Christmas Hamper: Denis Gallacher. Swimmer: Erin McGee.
Speedo Lazer Suit: Elaine Higgins

Unicorn's name was 'Barry' Winner: Rose Gourlay.

Total amount raised - £637

We’re holding a raffle to raise funds for the warm weather camp to Calella in 2018. There are some fantastic prizes on offer – gift hampers and vouchers - and tickets are only £1 each!

To be in with a chance of winning one of these great prizes in time for Christmas get your tickets from Caroline McKeirnan at the following training sessions:

Friday 8 December 7-8.30pm Tollcross
Saturday 9 December 7-9am Scotstoun (Time Trials)
Monday 11 December 5.30-7.30pm Tollcross

Details of prizes below:

Foundation, Development, Masters and Club Squads last session 20th December.
Training starts back on usual schedule from Wednesday 3rd January.

Performance Squads last session 22nd December, break from 23rd – 26th inclusive. Two training sessions per day on 27th, 28th and 29th (times will be advised by your coach). Break from 30th December – 2nd January inclusive.
Training starts back on Wednesday 3rd January.

lzr prizeAttention all swim parents

A fantastic opportunity to win a brand new girls Speedo lzr elite competition costume (kids size 16)

Tickets cost £10 each with a maximum of 30 tickets being sold
(price includes postage to uk mainland address)

Entries close midday 17th December

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The club received information regarding the above meet only very recently.

Entries to this meet will be accepted on a first come, first served basis but the Dumfries entry secretary has informed me that ALL swims will be accepted as long as they are entered before the meet is full.

This means that even swimmers with no times, as yet, for an event will be accepted.

The meet will be a great way of introducing younger swimmers to competitions and also those that would normally get scratched from events.

Hence the tight turn around of meet forms so we can get entries in ASAP and give our younger swimmers this opportunity.

Forms will be given to swimmers by the weekend.

I'll be at Tollcross from 5-7.30 pm on Tuesday 5th Dec and will collect forms with cash or cheques.

Should any swimmer not have forms by then please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Allison Shanahan

Dear Swimmers & Parents

Many of you will be aware of some on-going changes to the club's coaching arrangements and I now wish to provide you with an update on that situation.

Recruitment has recently taken place to fill some of the vacancies and there is some further recruitment of coaching staff still taking place. All coaching appointments are conducted by Glasgow Life and subject to their policies, procedures and the consequent amount of time it takes to formalise new staff in a large organisation. The club cannot influence this process and you will appreciate that it is not always possible to complete everything to ideal timescales.

Nevertheless, following the recent recruitment process I am delighted to announce that Coach Aaron Sievewright will soon be taking over as the new Lead Coach for the JD2 East Group. Aaron will also continue with his Junior Foundation group but in order to fulfil these duties he will be leaving his JD1 West post. One of our senior elite swimmers (Andrew McFadzean) has accepted an offer to become the new JD1 West coach and we anticipate him commencing in this role once the recruitment paperwork has been completed. Further, we are excited to confirm the appointment of Coach Ian Phillips as the new lead for Masters & Club squads. Ian has been assisting with various squads in the programme for sometime and this new role will be a great opportunity for him to formally become a squad lead coach for the first time. Both Aaron and Ian will start their new roles on 4th December, with Andrew following as soon as possible thereafter.

Earlier this week Grant Gould sadly informed us that he will no longer be able to carry on his role with JD1 East as he will begin a new full-time job in early January as a lifeguard. Grant was reluctant to leave this role but his new working hours mean it will not be possible to do both. We are hopeful that Grant will continue to assist with coaching at COGST in the future though in a voluntary capacity. Grant will continue to lead the group until 20th December when the squad breaks for Christmas and in the meantime the search for his successor and other coaches for vacant positions has already begun.

I hope you will join me in welcoming all the coaches to their new roles and giving them your continued support. Your understanding and cooperation in this matter is much appreciated.

Regards
Ian Wright

Paralympic medallist Andrew Mullen was in great form at the British University Swimming Championships (BUCS Short Course) in Sheffield from 8-10 November.

Mullen, racing for Glasgow Caledonian University, set personal best times in three of his four events, including two new Para S5 European records. The record-breaking and gold medal winning swims came in the 50m backstroke (36.18) and 50m butterfly (37.95) while he later he added top ten finishes in the 50m and 100m freestyle events.

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) biology student Craig McNally was unable to repeat his triple gold medal haul of last year but did claim bronze in the 100m backstroke as well as 5th and 6th place finishes in the finals of the 50m and 200m backstroke. Camilla Hattersley (University of Glasgow) set personal best times when placing 4th in the 100m freestyle (54.90) and 5th in the 200m backstroke (2:11.84). She also teamed up with Rhiannon Gilkes, Kate Storey, Emily Walsh and Emily Clough to help the University of Glasgow 4x50m freestyle and medley relays to impressive 5th place finishes.

Podiatry student Emily Horne (Glasgow Caledonian University) made a strong impression on her BUCS debut reaching finals of the 100m and 200m freestyle as well as the 50m and 100m butterfly events. Robyn Crawford and Gulsum Onal (both UWS) were also debut finalists with Crawford placing 10th the 50m backstroke while Onal was 10th in the 200m backstroke.

The final team points scores showed UWS in 11th overall on 40 points, GCU 12th on 38 points, University of Glasgow 18th with 30 points and University of Strathclyde 44th on 4 points. Individually, the collective Glasgow contingent won three medals and raced in thirteen finals.

Head Performance Coach, Ian Wright commented on the results: “The growing strength of university swimming in Glasgow was evident at these championships with no less than 60 city based swimmers taking part from the various institutions. For many it was still preparatory early season racing but I was obviously delighted with Andrew Mullen’s record-breaking swims and the number of finalists we had throughout the meet. We will now look to improve on these results at the Scottish and English winter national championships next month.”

Following the return for training into Tollcross main pool there has been a noticeable increase in parents going on to poolside to speak with coaches during sessions. Please be aware that only swimmers and coaches should be on the pool deck area during training sessions. If you need to speak with the coach please do so immediately before or after a session. Coaches are usually available for 10-15 minutes after each workout for this and if not they will be glad to make an appointment at a mutually convenient time. Where you need to inform the coach about an issue in advance of the session please try to do so early enough that it does not disrupt poolside activity. Essential pre-training messages (e.g. to report an illness or injury) should preferably be communicated by text or phone in advance of the session. Your cooperation and understanding in this mater is much appreciated.

Ian Wright

Due to a technical issue all swimming at Tollcross has been cancelled today 26/11/17 . Therefore the session for Developnent 1 East and West is cancelled .
Please check the Club Website for any updates .

Thanks
Moureen

The programme for The Scottish National Short Course Championships is available on the SwimScotland website

Please check this carefully and note whether you are swimming in the morning or afternoon sessions.

Please note the changes to some session times listed here

Thanks to all of the Swimmers, coaches and volunteers who came along to Time Trials!

We had 66 swimmers, 264 swims, 97 first time swims and a magnificent 62 PB's !!!

Well done to all of those who helped and took part.

In particular the volunteers who did a great job of timekeeping and marshalling:

Chris Gourlay
Lorraine Landman
Suzanne Gumbrell
Sarah Hamilton
Colin Beveridge
Lillian McIntyre
Brian McQueenie
Laura McQueenie
Eric Ren
Daniela Gray

Full results are available here

As all times are recorded manually, there may be some errors - please let us know if you spot any mistakes and we will try to correct them.

Times have been updated in the swimmers times database

COGST are delighted to announce that in February 2018 we will be launching a new club kit. Details of the new supplier and ordering process, including designs, will be provided in January.

COGST has continued to grow and develop over the last few years, thus gaining increased recognition as one of the leading clubs in the country. Viewed as a high calibre swim club, it’s important that we have club kit that supports both its recent achievement of “Club of the Year” (Scottish Swimming Awards) and our ambitions to be recognised both nationally and internationally with its highly successful team of swimmers. A higher quality club kit is required to do that.

To support the roll out of the new kit and the draw down of our current stock, we will be selling all current kit (except for swim caps) at 50% off between now and the end of the year. Kit is available to purchase from our online club shop and can be collected at Tollcross on a Tuesday evening.

Please remember that all club kit must be now be ordered and paid for through our online shop (we can no longer take payment by cash). Items can then be collected on a Tuesday evening at Tollcross once your order has been processed.

It will no longer be possible to purchase any kit on a Tuesday evening although you may be able to try on sizes if we have them available.