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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.

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.

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

We had 119 swimmers, 383 swims, 82 first time swims and a magnificent 199 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:

Angela Taylor
Chris Gourlay
Gerry Blair
Derek McAulay
Gillian Cochrane
Sally McAnkrah
Ian Croxford
Martin Campbell
David Carty

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

JD1 and JD2 swimmers only

19.10.18 09:00 - 15:00 
Tollcross Pool
£45
25 places available (first come first served)
Sign up here

Lewis Smith

National Age Group & Senior Performance
Friday 19th October 3-5pm

Junior Foundation East
Friday 19th October will now train 5:00-6:30pm at Tollcross

Junior Development 2 East & West
Training will be now at Tollcross Saturday 27th October 6:00-8:00am.
Land training that morning will be cancelled.

Danielle Brayson

Please note that our club administrator, Cathie Robertson, will be on annual leave from 15th-19th October.

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.

For anyone who wasn’t able to come along to the talks on nutrition for swimmers, here is a link to the slides from the presentation.

Thank you again to Lorna Breeze for coming along to give these talks for us

Marjorie Phillips

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.

Have your child professionally photographed at the pool with a creative design follow up, whilst helping to raise funds for City of Glasgow Swim Team.

Alan McCluskey of Adaptive Images will take photographs and create an image of the swimmer that will look great on any wall. Best of all, as a parent at COGST, Alan will donate 20% of any money made to club funds.

The type of photographs available are below and will cost £40 for each image. Additionally, should you like something different, Alan would be happy to discuss with you and agree a cost.

Want to find out more? Contact Alan: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel: 07421 999217 or get in touch via his website: www.adaptiveimages.co.uk

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City of Glasgow swimmers continued their good start to the new season by winning the Scottish National Junior Team Championship for the fourth year in a row! The event, held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre last weekend, pitches the top ten teams in the country against each other in a one-day head to head points competition. Only one swimmer per team is allowed to race in each event with the result dictating the points, which then accumulates throughout the day to decide the overall team champion. Clubs can only use swimmers aged 16 or under but to add an extra layer of strategy, swimmers can only contest two events each and all teams must include at least four boys and four girls who are aged 14 or under in their overall squad.

The Glasgow swimmers were up against strong opposition, particularly from the Edinburgh based Warrender club. However, winning swims in the first set of relays and some strong individual swims established an early lead. It was close throughout with every highly placed Glasgow swim being countered soon after by Warrender successes. As it often does in these types of contests, it all came down to the final two relay events where a bad swim or a disqualification could prove fatal. Undeterred though, the Glasgow swimmers finished in style taking the win in both races to secure the title for the fourth successive year.

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From the 34 contested events, the Glasgow squad took no less than 24 top three finishes, with 12 wins, and 6 second and third places to emphasise the strength in depth in the team. As well as the four relay swims, individual winning performances came from: Katie Shanahan (400 Free, 400 IM), Mark Ford (100, 200 Butterfly), Ryan Robertson (100 Backstroke), Elise McQueenie (200 Backstroke), Saskia Wade (50 Freestyle) and Louis Lawlor (50 Backstroke). Shanahan’s time of 4:47.42 in the 400 IM was also a new 14 year old girls Scottish Age Group record.

Head Performance Coach, Ian Wright commented on the club’s results: “We’re really thrilled to win this event for the fourth year in a row. On paper we were ranked second but the swimmers performed well above expectation and kept us in a tight battle with Warrender throughout. We had a good first half but got even better in the second half showing great determination and positivity to push for the win. I’m very proud of the whole squad but must also commend coaches Danielle Brayson, Heather Albin, Moureen McDonald and Lewis Smith for the work they’ve done with these swimmers in the past few weeks to get them ready.”

Final overall team points were as follows:

1st City of Glasgow Swim Team 322.5
2nd Warrender Baths Club 301.5
3rd University of Aberdeen 208
4th Dundee City Aquatics 197
5th South Lanarkshire 188
6th East Lothian Swim Team 186
7th North Lanarkshire 175
8th Heart of Midlothian 167
9th Dumfries Dolphins 165
10th Swim West Lothian 162

Ian Wright

The club has arranged for a dietician to give presentations on nutrition at Tollcross on Tuesday 2nd October.

These will be held in the Edrom Suite from 6-7pm and from 7-8pm, so that you can attend while your child is training.

She will cover healthy eating, what to eat before and after training/swim meets etc.

If you have anything specific which you would like to ask, please let us know in advance so that we can ask her to cover it.

You do not need to register in advance for these talks – please just come along on the evening.

Marjorie

How would you like to win this special COGST teddy? Raffle tickets will be on sale from Gillian Bryce on Tuesday evening at Tollcross - £2 per ticket. All proceeds will go to the Beatson in memory of Jono.

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Can all swimmers please make sure that you look after the pool access card which has been issued to you. If you lose your card (or have not been issued with one) please contact our club administrator, Cathie Robertson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note that if you lose your card and are issued with a replacement that this is the only card which you should use as Glasgow Life will have cancelled the original card.

Marjorie Phillips

Congratulations to all the award winners (full list below). If any winners were not able to attend the Awards Night, you can collect your award from Marjorie Phillips at Tollcross on Tuesday evening at Club Night.

Photos of all the winners, as well as all of the photos from the very popular Photo Booth are available on our Facebook page.

Encouragement

Junior Foundation

Vincent Regan
Laura Gray
Emma Bain
Jack Robinson
Bobby Sewell
Cianna Smith

Junior Development 1

Anna Campbell
Hannah Whymark
Campbell McLean
Thea Glen

Junior Development 2

Rhuaridh Bradley
Ayla Cochrane
Emer McKenzie
Rosie Liston

Excellence

10 & Under
Heidi Ren
Eklavya Singh

11/12
Amber Wade
Thomas Inglis

13/14
Katie Shanahan
Tony Anderson

15/16
Serena Iheagwaram
Mark Ford

17 & Over
Emily Horne
Craig McNally

Improvement

10 & Under
Lily Gourlay
Tristan Robin

11/12
Chrissie Francis
Alex Robin

13/14
Remi Muirhead
Robert Stewart

15/16
Leah MacDonald
Matthew Blair

17 & Over
Molly Young
Nathan McGraw

Club Squad

Nicole Keenan

Master Improver Of The Year

Dave Marrable

Master Swimmer Of The Year

Irene Allan

Events

200 Free
Zara Blair
Thomas Inglis

400 Free
Remi Muirhead
Tony Anderson

800 Free
Elise McQueenie
Jack Wales

1500 Free
Katie Shanahan
Jack Wales

Open Water

Marshall Illingworth

200 Breast
Remi Muirhead
Thomas Inglis

200 Back
Heidi Ren
Kyle Gemmell

200 Fly
Emma Connell
Jack Wales

400 I.M.
Remi Muirhead
Conor Massey

Coaches Awards

Worst Jokes 

Aaron Sievewright

Happiest coach 

Ian Phillips

Favourite coach

Ian Phillips

Sportsmanship

Remi Muirhead 
Adam Farquharson

Swimmer Of The Year

Katie Shanahan 
Craig McNally

Rebecca Cooke Trophy

Ryan Robertson

Kay Maclean Trophy For Volunteer Of The Year

Brian McQueenie

 

We still need donations of baking for the Awards Night on Friday. If you can provide anything (home baking or bought) please speak to Gillian Bryce tonight at Tollcross.

Marjorie Phillips

We are looking for donations of raffle prizes for our Awards Night. These can be handed to any committee member this Tuesday evening at Tollcross.

COGST Committee

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Voting closes Midnight 2nd September

Last chance to vote for the Male and Female Sportmanship Award. Cast your vote now, here on our website, then come along on the night to see who has won - you never know it may even be you! 

Only members of the website can vote, if you haven't signed up then now is a good time to do so - register here

 

Friday 7th September 2018 @ 7.00pm Tollcross International Swimming Centre

All members are invited to attend, not just award winners, come along and support your team.

All swimmers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Any raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated and may be given to any of the committee members or brought along on the night.

Buy your Ticket Here

awardsnightTickets are running out fast - remember ticket numbers are limited and you will not be able to pay at the door, so please apply for yours as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Tickets must be bought in advance as numbers are limited. 

Friday 7th September 2018 @ 7.00pm Tollcross International Swimming Centre

All members are invited to attend, not just award winners, come along and support your team.

All swimmers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Any raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated and may be given to any of the committee members or brought along on the night.

Buy your Ticket Here

British Summer National Championships - 24-29 July 2018 – Ponds Forge Pool, Sheffield (50m)

Thirty-one swimmers from City of Glasgow Swim Team descended on Ponds Forge International Sports Centre to battle it out with over 1600 competitors from more than 300 other swimming clubs from across the UK, winning a total of 13 medals, after reaching 41 finals and setting 41 new personal best times from a total of 129 swims.

Fourteen-year-old Katie Shanahan was one of the stars of the meet after returning with seven medals. Taking on a heavy schedule that saw her race 26 times across the six-day event, Shanahan was in great form, capturing gold medals in the 100 and 200m Backstroke as well as the 200 and 400m Individual Medley events. The busy youngster then added silver medals in the 400 and 800m Freestyle events and a bronze in the 200m Freestyle. Shanahan’s times in the 200m Freestyle (2:04.10) and 400m Individual Medley (4:50.69) were both new Scottish 14 years Age Group records.
Fourteen-year-old Mark Ford was one of the club’s leading competitors when winning three medals – one of each colour. Ford, a pupil at the Glasgow School of Sport, captured the 15 years 50m Backstroke title with a very fast time of 27.20. He followed this up with silver in the 100m Backstroke and a hard fought bronze in the 100m Butterfly.

In the Multi-Class Para events, Andrew Mullen was using the meet as part of his preparation for the European Championships in two weeks time and was pleased to defend his titles in both the 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly. Fast improving S14 swimmer Gavin Roberts was also successful, racin powerfully to claim silver in the 100m Breaststroke event.

Lauren Wetherell has made huge progress this season and her new found experience and confidence showed as she demonstrated her versatility in the freestyle events. Competing in the girl’s 16 years section Wetherell placed fourth in both 800 and 1500m events, narrowly missing out on the podium in both. To this she added seventh place in the 200 and 400m distances. In the same age group, Serena Iheagwarem raced well to pick up fourth place in her signature event, the 200m Butterfly.
The club was well represented in many of the male backstroke events. Ryan Robertson reached the finals of all three 16 years backstroke races, placing eighth, fifth and tenth in the 50, 100 and 200m respectively, all in personal best times. In the 17/18 years section Joe Watt continued his good form making finals in the 50 and 100m distances where he finished seventh and eighth respectively. Watt, a recent Glasgow School of Sport graduate, also had a great swim in the 100m Freestyle, sprinting to a new best time of 51.72 and sixth place overall in a close race.

In the Boy’s 19/over events, Grant Henderson was in excellent form setting personal best times in all his events. His best result came in the 50m Freestyle where he reached the final and sprinted to eighth place in 23.26. Ryan Brown delivered determined performances in the 200m Butterfly and 200m Backstroke to finish fifth and eighth respectively.

The 19/over female section saw Glasgow Caledonian University podiatry student Emily Horne in good form reaching the final in three events. Horne raced to fifth in the 50m Butterfly, eighth in the 50m Freestyle and ninth in the 100m Freestyle. Glasgow School of Sport athlete Katie MacKenzie enjoyed one of the best swims of her career to make the final of the Girl’s 17/18 years 200m Breaststroke where she eventually finished tenth in 2:39.09. At the younger end of the meet, Elise McQueenie made it a successful debut at this level by making the final of the Girl’s 13/14 years 200m Backstroke, ending up with an excellent ninth place. Meanwhile, 13 year-old Saskia Wade introduced herself at this level with a solid swim in the 50m Freestyle that placed her fourteenth despite being at the bottom end of a double band age group.

The Club also performed well in some of the relay events, progressing to five finals, including an excellent fifth place in the Girl’s 14-16 years 4x200 Freestyle where Shanahan, Iheagwaram, Wetherell and McQueenie combined to break the Scottish National Junior and Club Junior records in a time of 8:31.93. The same four girls raced together to take tenth in the 4x100 Freestyle relay while the 17/over girls (Horne, Gulsum Onal, Anna Fleming, Robyn Crawford) put in a very competitive effort to finish seventh. In the boy’s 17/over category, the ‘A’ team were eighth in the 4x100 Freestyle (Henderson, Watt, Jack McComish, Martin McInnes).) and ninth in the 4x200 distance (Watt, McComish, McInnes, James Black).

Other swimmers racing in Sheffield were: Louis Lawlor (100m Butterfly, 200m I.M.), Marc Elrick (200m Butterfly), Tony Anderson (50m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke), Connor Massey (50m, 100m, 200m Backstroke), Max Hagan (50m, 100m Breaststroke), Ross Neally (50m, 100m Breaststroke), Anna Fleming (50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle), Gülsüm Önal (50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle), Robyn Crawford (50m, 100m Backstroke), Cameron Muir (200m Breaststroke), Marshall Illingworth (1500m Freestyle), Lawrence Campbell, Gregor Swinney, Sandy Forysiak (all relays) were the other City swimmers in action in Sheffield.
Head Performance Coach, Ian Wright commented on the club’s results: “Once again we have improved our performances at this competition. It was a great team effort and to finish ninth on the medal table is very rewarding. Nevertheless, we are determined to return next year and achieve even better results.”
The majority of Glasgow swimmers will now enjoy a summer break from the sport before returning to training at the end of August.

Swim England Summer National Championships - 30 July – 5 August 2018 – Ponds Forge Pool, Sheffield (50m)
University undergraduates Marshall Illingworth and Sandy Forysiak competed for City of Glasgow at this meet. Illingworth swam a tough but well fought race to place fifth in the Boy’s 17/18 years 5km Open Water event, while Forysiak competed in the Boys 19/over 200m Breaststroke performing an excellent heat swim of 2:25.44 to qualify for the final where he went on to secure seventh place overall in 2:26.22.

European Championships - 3-9 August 2018 – Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow (50m)
Backstroke specialist Craig McNally raced for Great Britain at the European Championships held in Glasgow’s home pool at Tollcross. McNally, an undergraduate student at the University of the West of Scotland was in action in the Men’s 200m Backstroke. He swam an excellently paced heat swim to place 13th overall in a time of 1:59.58 – his third fastest ever performance for a morning heat. Unfortunately, McNally was the third ranked British swimmer in the heats and was therefore not allowed to progress to the semi-finals due to the two per country only rule.

European Para-Swimming Championships - 13-19 August 2018 – Dublin, Ireland (50m)
Paralympic medallist Andrew Mullen raced for Great Britain at the European Para-Swimming Championships held in Dublin, Ireland. Mullen, an undergraduate student at Glasgow Caledonian University was in action in three men’s events. Excellent swims in the heats and final of the S5 50m Backstroke earned Mullen the bronze medal, his time of 36.39 being the second fastest ever of his career. In the 50m Butterfly Mullen went one better, swimming powerfully to claim the silver medal in 37.28, not far behind the Ukrainian winner Yaroslav Semenenko. However, the 50m Freestyle posed a tougher challenge had Mullen had to settle for ninth place in the heats after a time of 36.83.

European Deaf Swimming Championships - July 2018 – Poland (50m)
Deaflympic champion Jack McComish was in action for Great Britain at the European Deaf Swimming Championships held in Poland in mid-July. McComish rediscovered his best form at just the right time performing extremely well throughout the week long competition and returning with a hat-trick of bronze medals. His medal winning swims came in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle. He also reached the final of the 200m Breaststroke and was the key swimmer for Britain in all of the relay events.

Ian Wright
Head Performance Coach