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Tollcross Leisure Centre

Sunday 7th September 2008

Warm up 4pm, start 4.30pm, finish 6.30pm (approx).

Time trials are targeted at swimmers in the Transition, Bronze, Silver, Gold & Seniors squads. All swimmers in these squads are welcome to attend - no entry forms will be issued beforehand, just turn up on the day.

The primary aim is to provide swimmers with a competitive experience within a secure club setting.  The events are organised to allow members of each squad to race against each other with the goal of improving a swimmer's own PB (Personal Best). As well as an opportunity to improve times, swimmers will get experience of marshalling, race starts from blocks, following referees instructions etc.

Each swimmer has the opportunity to swim up to 3 events on the day and these should be determined, through discussions with your coach, before the Time Trial.

The race options for this Time Trial are -

50 Fly          50 Breast             50 Back            50 Free

100 Fly        100 Breast           100 Back          100 Free

Update 6th September 2008 

This document will be used for entries at the Time Trial, if possible, please print and complete your form before you come along, but if you can't do this then there will be forms available to fill in at the Time Trial.


Parents are always required to help with timing at Time Trials.

No experience is necessary.  If you are willing to help then please come forward and make yourself known to one of the coaches or other timekeepers.  If there are insufficient timekeepers on the day, then the event will not be able to go ahead.

Swim shop

The club plans to run a shop at the Time Trial selling Club kit e.g. Tracksuits, caps, bags, swimsuits etc., plus a selection of goggles.

Please note that entry forms for this meet showing acceptance/rejections have been distributed to coaches.

Due to the disruption over training/venues just now there may be delays in swimmers getting their forms back.

If you have any queries about this meet, please speak to your coach or you can contact the entry secretary - Julie Somerville at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Due to lack of coaching cover at Tollcross the following changes will be made this week (25/8/08 - 30/8/08) 

There will no Thursday evening session for national squad.

Training will be held at Drumchapel pool on Friday morning (29/8/08) instead of Tollcross and there will be no training sessions for national, national age and national development at Tollcross on Friday pm.

There will be no Saturday morning training for national and national age squads.

There will be an ‘am' training session available on Wednesday (27/8/08) for national, national age and national development

All other sessions and squads are unaffected 

thumb_stefanStefan has now left the club to get some sunshine in Abu Dhabi. We would like to wish all the very best for the future to him and his wife. We hope you have a great life!

Stefan had been with the club for nearly 3 years and has coached mainly in Scotstoun taking the National Development/National Age and Senior squads. He has also been instrumental in setting up the recent Mini League training sessions, stroke camps and worked very closely with the Management committee.

It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with him and he will be sorely missed by all members, parents and other coaches.

If you want to write your own message to Stefan, please do so via the comments below. 

Unfortunately Stefan has now moved on and in doing so he has left a hard role to fill. We are currently working closely with Culture and Sport to recruit a well qualified and experienced coach for this position.

In the meantime a number of excellent coaches are helping to cover the squad’s training times. In many cases these coaches have other roles to fulfil and we are very grateful to them for their time and support. We will let you know when this situation changes.

COGST Management Committee

This note is to update members on recent work undertaken by the Management committee:

  • The Club President - Linda Walsh has secured some alternative pool time and coaching cover to help us over this difficult period while a number of coaches are off ill or on holiday and while Scotstoun Pool is closed. Our thanks go to all the help and co-operation we have received from C&S staff during this time. 
  • The recent stroke camps have proved very successful and popular with swimmers and parents. Thanks to all the coaches who took part and the development sub-committee for arranging these.
  • Due to their success, it has been decided that the club will run a camp during the school holiday in October, probably in Tollcross. This will be run every day for the week with a combination of activities covering swimming, lifestyle and nutrition. This will culminate in a social activity at the end of the week. 
  • Because of this and for a variety of other reasons out with our control, the club are not able to run Warm Weather camps this year, but will now start planning for 2009.
  • The club is looking at running a training course for Team managers, more details will be provided in due course. 
  • The Management Committee have been invited to meet with Culture & Sport to discuss in detail how we can work more closely together. This is a very positive move and is a major improvement in communication between the Club and C&S. There are plans for a meeting in early September which will allow all parents to hear from C&S directly. We will provide further details as soon as we can.
  • Accommodation has been booked for next years British national Championships and the plan is that the club will travel together as a team avoiding the problems we had this year. 
  • The Swimteam office will be closed for two weeks to allow Cathie a well earned break. For any urgent queries, please contact Pearl Punshon via the website.
  • The Club are having difficulty finding a suitable date and venue for the Annual Awards night, full details will be announced when we have a firm date, but if anybody knows of a suitable venue which could hold 300+ and doesn't cost the earth, please contact any committee member. 

If any parent or swimmer wishes to discuss these items, then please contact any member of the Management Committee

John Phillips

The West District  leg of this seasons Open Water swimming took place this weekend at Strathclyde Park. As well as a large turnout from all over Scotland, City of Glasgow had 12 swimmers participating in the various events, a tremendous increase in numbers, all competed well in water that was a little cold for the time of year.

In the Mens Senior 4K James Leitch was 1st and Fraser Smith 2nd in his first Open Water swim.

In the Mens Junior 2K event Glenn McIntosh finished in 1st place with Mark Deans 3rd, Oisin Donnelly was in 13th place in his first Open Water swim.

In the Womens Junior 2K Megan Donnelly was 1st with another debutant Rachel Tedeschi 2nd.

In the 1K novice event Thomas Marmion was first boy home with Louise Mason (4th) and Alanna Jane Houston (5th) also finishing.

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With all these swimmers competing COGST had two relay teams, the Mens team (pictured) of Mark Deans, Fraser Smith, Glenn McIntosh & Jamie Forrest comfortably won their category and the "Senior Squad" team of Alanna Jane Houston, Louise Mason, Thomas Marmion and James Leitch were 2nd in the mixed team category.

A very successful day, and the rain stayed off, congratulations to all our swimmers, especially those having a go for the first time. 


Following their performances at last weekends British Open Water Championships four COGST swimmers have been chosen to represent GB and Scotland.

Jamie Forrest was selected to represent Great Britain at the European Open Water Swimming Championships in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Well done Jamie.

Megan Donnelly, Mark Deans and Glenn McIntosh have been selected to represent Scotland at two meets over the same weekend at the end of August in the Netherlands and Belgium. Well done to you all.

When you consider that only two male swimmers were selected for GB (both Scottish) and only six, male and female,  for Scotland it shows the strength of our Open Water swimmers.

W. McIntosh 


Yes, it's true, COGST were the top club at this weekends Festival of Open Water Swimming held at the Holme Pierrepoint Centre in Nottingham.

COGST swimmers continued their excellent Open Water season by winning three Age Group Titles,

Mark Deans in the 13/14 years category won very comfortably over 1500 metres.

Glenn McIntosh just edged out the competition in a close finish in the 15/16 years category over 1750 metres.

Megan Donnelly, in her first Open Water competition, won the girls 13/14 years race in another close finish, again over 1500 metres.

In addition congratulations to Katie McKay who also completed her first Open Water swim, well done to all, these excellent results mean COGST were the Top Club in the competition. The British National Open Water Age Groups Championships.

The stroke sessions which the club has organised have proved to be very popular and we would like to take this opportunity to thanks all of those who have been involved.

We have received some very positive feedback by email which we would like to share with you..

"I just wanted to let you know my daughter thoroughly enjoyed the breast and fly stroke camp at Tollcross yesterday, 2nd August, hosted by Stefan and Chris. The enthusiasm demonstrated by the coaches backed up with the encouragement given to the swimmers was a joy to watch. The kids were animated and motivated. My daughter not only enjoyed the session and worked extremely hard, as did all the kids, but she felt that she actually learned a lot from it too....which of course is the objective. A big thank you to the sub committee who put the effort in to set this up and special thanks and acknowledgment for a job well done by both Stefan and Chris, these coaches are an enormous credit to the club.

Unfortunately we live in a culture where people are very quick to complain and very slow to praise, so I thought I'd take the time to compliment everyone involved. It would be ideal if these camps could take place on a regular basis as they are extremely beneficial to the kids. I would appreciate it if you would forward this to all committee members." 


"I have to agree with that. My children attended the stroke camp on the 2nd and felt it was very beneficial. They are looking forward to the starts and turns this weekend. Chris and Stefan did a great job "

Anybody else who would like to give their views, please click the links below and fill in the feedback form..

Many congratulations to Fraser Smith who won a Bronze medal for the 17/18 age group in the Mens Open 1500m Freestyle in the ASA Youth Championships in Sheffield yesterday..

Well done! 

Good luck to all the other COGST swimmers down there as well..

You can follow the progress of our club here

The Open Water season continued this weekend with the Scottish Open Water Swimming Championships 2008 held at Lochore Country Park in Fife. In addition to an excellent turnout of swimmers from all over Scotland a large group of swimmers from the Netherlands also competed on a perfect warm, still day.
COGST swimmers swept the board in the male categories with a one, two, three in both the Open 5K and 2K, with Jamie Forrest, James Leitch and Glenn McIntosh finishing in that order with each comfortably winning their Age Group categories in both events. If Mark Deans had been available, (he is attending the British AG in Sheffield), our success could have been even greater.
Well done to all swimmers.
Look out for further updates from, France and Holland with Jamie, James and Mark competing, (Glenn misses out this time as he is competing at the British Youth Championships in Sheffield), and then the following week all are competing are British Open Water Championships in Nottingham. It is also possible that they may have some female swimmer(s) from the Team to accompany them, great news.
Further events are scheduled for West District, Strathclyde Park and North District, Loch Oich.
If you are interested in having a go contact any of the participating swimmers, Entry Forms are on the Scottish Swimming web site.
Once again well done to our three swimmers, best in Scotland!!.
Willie McIntosh 

All swimmers are invited to attend a specialised series of stroke sessions that have been arranged over the next few weeks at Tollcross.  The format will be pool work, video reviews and discussion.

Developing Technique and Skills in Front Crawl & Back Crawl

Saturday 26th July, 6am to 9am for National Age, National Development, Gold & Seniors squads.
Sunday 27th July, 5pm to 7pm for Silver, Bronze and Transition squads. 

Developing Technique and Skills in Butterfly & Breaststroke

Saturday 2nd August, 6am to 9am for National Age, National Development, Gold & Seniors squads.
Sunday 3rd August, 5pm to 7pm for Silver, Bronze and Transition squads.

Perfecting Starts, Turns and Finishes

Saturday 9th August, 6am to 9am for National Age, National Development, Gold & Seniors squads.
Sunday 10th August, 5pm to 7pm for Silver, Bronze and Transition squads. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

COGST swimmers do not only have amazing success in the pool, they are also pretty stunning when swimming in open water! 

Three COGST swimmers started the Open Water season by bringing home a gold medal each!  James Leitch, Glenn McIntosh and Mark Deans won their respective events at the SASA East District Championship which was held at on June the 7th.  James swam 3kms and Glenn and Mark both swam 2kms at the beautiful Lochore Meadows Country Park.  An excellent start to the season.

More success has followed.  A series of 5km events over the summer make up the highly competitive ASA Open Water 5km Grand Prix 2008.  On July 12th the swimmers went to down to Wykeham Lakes in Scarborough where Jamie Forrest took 1st place, James Leitch came 2nd and Mark Deans came 3rd.  The next day they travelled to Bosworth in Leicestershire where James came 2nd and Mark Deans came 3rd.  A week later Mark traded places with James by beating him to 2nd place at Whittingham Lakes in Norwich!  These results are fantastic and congratulations go to all the swimmers!

The final of the Grand Prix is held on the 10th and 11th of August at the British Open Water Championships at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham.  We wish each swimmer lots of luck.

Yet more good news...

The Scottish Junior Team is now even stronger as Mark Deans has been selected to represent them at both the French Open Water Championship on the 30th and 31st July in Chalain, France and at the Hoorn International Open Water competition in Holland on the 2nd and 3rd August.  What an achievement!  Well done Mark! 


to all the swimmers who qualified for the British Nationals and the Club would like to wish all the swimmers the very best of luck at Sheffield.  


to the following swimmers who have qualified for the UK Schools Games. This is a fantastic achievement and opportunity for them. Good Luck to:

  • Johnstone Shearer
  • Rachel Tedeschi
  • Amy Coats


to Louise Clayton who has been selected as Assistant Head Coach for the West of Scotland at the UK School Games.

Well Done everybody!

COGST Management Committee

Sub Committee Development Group Meeting

The Development Group met again on Monday 14th July and were joined by Steven Coulter, the newly appointed Club and Volunteer Development Officer from Culture and Leisure.  The key aims of the meeting were to familiarise Steven with COGST and to explore and determine strategies for a number of issues that will form the basis of the development plan.  These included -

  • providing increased access to pool time at various locations throughout Glasgow
  • the attraction and retention of coaches and the provision of a high quality coaching development programme
  • seeking accreditation through the Scottish Swimming club development programme ‘SwiMark' (full details on their web site
  • training days and stroke sessions
  • time trials and club championships
  • links with Learn to Swim

We will keep everyone informed of all progress.  In the short term we do hope to be able to offer specific training days / stroke programmes.  Please check back as we will post all details on the web site as soon as we can.

Development Group contacts -

Caroline Kiddie, Norah Finnegan, Allan McKay, Ron MacDonald, Simon Parkinson, Stefan Todorov, Suzanne Robertson


Notice of Changes to Training at Tollcross Leisure Centre On Monday 21st July 2008

Please note due to a public holiday on the above date training times have changed as detailed below:

7am - 9am National, National Age Group, Senior, Gold and Bronze
2pm - 4pm National, National Age and National Development

Scottish National Open Championships

The above event is being held at Tollcross Leisure Centre on Thursday 26th, Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June 2008.

Please note the following change to training:

Thursday 26th – Friday 27th :

There will be no evening training on these day, all squads and coaches who train on these evenings should attend the AM training session instead.

Am training will be - 5.30 to 7.00 7.15 or 7.30  depending on travel time for swimmers.

Saturday 28th June :

6.00 - 7.30am - no Gym

Sunday 29th June :

No training

Stephen Hill
Head Coach

The club has once again been asked, by SASA, to provide helpers (minimum age 10) for the forthcoming Scottish National Open Championships that is being held at Tollcross Leisure Centre on Thursday 26th, Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June 2008.

The helpers are needed to work with the boxes, in which the swimmers place their clothes at the start of each race, at the final sessions only each day.

If you are willing to represent the club by helping at this prestigious event, please contact Pearl Punshon on 0141 573 3234 as soon as possible.

The start times are 5.30pm and approximate finish times are 8.15pm each night. Once all volunteers have been identified a timetable will be produced and everyone will be notified of the sessions at which they are required to attend.


All helpers must wear shorts (navy if possible) and white (if possible) City of Glasgow Swim Team Polo shirts.

Please also bring a filled water bottle.

Thank you for your help.

Pearl Punshon

Scottish Nationals Doping Control Manager/ Meet Treasurer

Mini league final news ......

Team Spirit!

Wow!  What a final it was!  The excitement started building at the Thursday training evening.  The team had got together and had an excellent night of sprints and relays with a massive doze of fun!  Their enthusiasm swelled on the bus to Ayr and they managed to stand still just long enough for some brilliant team photos!

As the children got ready the stands started to fill.  By the start of the racing it was standing room only.  The audience were fantastic, and greeted the swimmers with a wall of sound from the first blast of the starter’s horn.  By the end of the event it looked like everyone was on their feet!

Glasgow got off to an amazing start winning the opening relays and getting an early lead.  North Ayrshire fought back and as the children swam the last few races there was only 5 points between them!  North Ayrshire just clinched the title but the Glasgow swimmers were absolutely brilliant.  Every child swam at their best, giving everything for their team.  The support for each other was fantastic and the children fought for every point.

The children then took over McDonalds on the way home and celebrated an excellent team performance.  The atmosphere on the bus on the way home was fantastic and the children had a ball! 

Every child who swam for the team, in the lead up to, and at the final, should be very proud of their achievements - well done!

If you would like a professional copy of the team photograph, it will only cost you £5!  All money raised goes to the club funds.  Let us know by emailing Caroline Kiddie - don’t forget to say if you want the photo with or without the coaches in it!

Caroline Kiddie 

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With many thanks to Chris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for taking these fantastic pictures