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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

To enter contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

md2Date&Time: Friday 10th November 5:30-7:00am 

Venue: Tollcross International Swimming Pool 

City of Glasgow Swim Team are holding an Open Water Winter Training sessions at Tollcross International Swimming Pool. This sessions will be lead by GB open water swimmers and Scottish Swimming's 2017 Open Water Award winner Mark Deans.

This session is open to 11 years plus who are at a district standard, for those 17+ swimmers must be competent and able to swim around 3000m within an hours session.

The session will involve learning and developing some of the key open water skill needed for competing. 

We welcome any swimmers from clubs within Scotland to come along to these sessions. If you are interested in coming along please sign up via the link below: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/city-of-glasgow-swim-team-13199016862 

For any enquiries please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have created a new volunteer role of Squad Rep within the club. This is to help improve communications between all members of the club and the committee/coaches particularly when information has to go out quickly, for example with last minute training changes or pool closures.

Everything will still be published on the club website and Facebook page as usual and you should still sign up to and check these regularly, but having the Squad Reps should help to make sure everyone is kept up to date with what’s happening in the club.

Your Squad Rep will also be able to give advice and general club information to new squad members. This is particularly important for families who are new to the club and should help them to settle in more easily. If the Rep doesn’t know the answer to your question, they will know who to contact to get it.

Any club member who has comments or concerns about anything within the club should still contact the committee or coaches as usual but if there are particular issues within any squad, the Squad Rep can feed these back to us.

The Squad Reps currently in place are:

  • Senior Performance Phil Griffiths
  • Junior Performance East Brian McQueenie
  • Junior Performance West Neil Anderson
  • JD2 East Sarah Connell
  • JD2 West Ines Garcia-Pena
  • JD1 East Julie O’Shea
  • JD1 West Neil Francis
  • Junior Foundation East Andy Taylor
  • Junior Foundation Central Janet Ferrie
  • Junior Foundation West David Hendry
  • Club/Masters position still to be filled
  • atAndy Taylor
  • bmqBrian McQueenie
  • dhDavid Hendry
  • gbryceGillian Bryce
  • igInes Garcia-Pena
  • jcJulie O’Shea
  • jfJanet Ferrie
  • naNeil Anderson
  • pgPhil Griffiths
  • scSarah Connell

Your Squad Rep will be contacting you soon to introduce themselves.

Marjorie Phillips

TIME TRIALS

Tollcross Leisure Centre

Warm up 6pm, start 6.15pm, finish 8.30pm (approx).

The club will be running Time Trials from 6pm until 8.30pm at Tollcross Leisure Centre.

This will provide a competitive opportunity for swimmers to get timed for the first time or to improve their times in order to gain entry to more competitions.

Due to limitations on lane space it is open to all swimmers in Junior Foundation, Junior Development 1 & 2 and Club Squads only, unless otherwise advised by your coach.

Swimmers in these squads from all COGST pools i.e. Scotstoun, Maryhill, Drumchapel, Springburn, Gorbals, Tollcross may come along.

We will be running a variety of events.

Your Coach will tell you which events you should swim, but to get the most benefit from Time Trials, please swim events which you do not have a current up to date time for. You can swim three events.

We will be running more Time Trials throughout the season when we will cover other strokes and distances.

All swimmers should bring a spare towel and T shirt to dry off and keep warm between swims.

To ensure all swimmers are able to be timed we will need some parents to help on poolside as timekeepers. You don’t need any experience so if you are able to help please send your details to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just come forward on the day.

If any members would like to support Govanhill Baths Community Trust in their fundraising efforts, have a look at their video and see some of the good work they have been doing.

govanhill

 

Members may be aware that training in Tollcross main pool is set to resume on Monday 16th October following the recent refurbishment works. From this date, the main pool will reopen and the back pool and the gym/sports hall area will close as Phase 2 of the work gets underway. We have only just been informed of our new lane allocation in the main pool and are currently mapping out how best to reschedule our squads. It is likely that we will have more space than the past few months but we won't be back to our full allocation due to the back pool being closed. As such, some sessions will still need to be relocated at other venues. Members will be updated again once we have finalised the revised training schedule. Please keep a watch on your emails and the club website for further information coming soon. Your cooperation and understanding in this matter is much appreciated.

Ian Wright
Head Performance Coach

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

We had 89 swimmers, 283 swims, 89 first time swims and a magnificent 91 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:

Alan Gray
Gerry Blair
Janet Ferrie
Chris Gourlay
Challum Finbow
Alan Deans
Philip Murrison
Eric Ren
Kim Mason
Sam Gunawickrama
Yann Robin

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

TIME TRIALS

Scotstoun Leisure Centre

Warm up 7am, start 7.15am, finish 8.45am (approx).

The club will be running Time Trials from 7am until 8.45am at Scotstoun Leisure Centre.

This will provide a competitive opportunity for swimmers to get timed for the first time or to improve their times in order to gain entry to more competitions.

Due to limitations on lane space it is open to all swimmers in Junior Foundation, Junior Development 1 & 2 and Club Squads only, unless otherwise advised by your coach.

Swimmers in these squads from all COGST pools i.e. Scotstoun, Maryhill, Drumchapel, Springburn, Gorbals, Tollcross may come along.

We will be running a variety of events.

Your Coach will tell you which events you should swim, but to get the most benefit from Time Trials, please swim events which you do not have a current up to date time for. You can swim three events.

We will be running more Time Trials throughout the season when we will cover other strokes and distances.

All swimmers should bring a spare towel and T shirt to dry off and keep warm between swims.

To ensure all swimmers are able to be timed we will need some parents to help on poolside as timekeepers. You don’t need any experience so if you are able to help please send your details to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just come forward on the day.

COGST will be hosting the Glasgow International Swim Meet, May 2018. The organising committee are now looking to recruit volunteers from within the club to take on some key roles. Please see below for information on Field of Play Manager.

Danielle Brayson