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Brian Dalgleish

Former coach Kim McConville donated a trophy to the Development Squad when she returned to Australia. This trophy is awarded to a swimmer who displays the qualities of good sportsmanship, for example encouraging other swimmers along with celebrating their success. Last years proud recipient was Michael Gemmell. This award would’ve have been announced at the SAST Awards in 2020 but due to Covid we were unable to do so. The swimmer who is receiving the award this year is always extremely welcoming to new swimmers, one of the first to...

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A final well done to everyone who took part in the Kiltwalk to raise a fantastic amount of money for the club. Thank you as well to anyone that donated, we really appreciate the support! Here are the winners for the Kiltwalk prizes... They will be handed out at training over the course of the next week (once the prizes have made their way to your coach). £25 Amazon voucher · Most sponsorship o Aimee Robertson (Senior Competition) o Aimee raised an incredible £612 and as part of it wore...

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This upcoming week sees the British Swimming Selection Trials 2021 (formerly called the British Swimming Championships 2021) take place at the London Aquatics Centre. Normally this meet would be where the fastest swimmers from across the country congregate to select Team GB for the Olympics, as well as other events like European Juniors. Due to the restrictions still in place, as well as the lack of training for the majority of swimmers across the country, the entry requirements have been changed for 2021 limiting who is able to participate. We...

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By Robin Szmidt SAST Life Member, Senior Club & Masters Squad swimmer and Open Water Swimming Enthusiast We're all feeling fed up and locked-down and locked-out of the pools. Some Masters live close enough to water to have kept wild-swimming all through but it's not easy. River temperatures are now mostly sub 5C and the sea is only a little warmer at 5-8C. In the Doon recently, against the flow, it was possible only to swim hard for about 10 minutes as the flow drains both strength and body heat....

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Hi all, SAST was formed in 2001 when clubs from Ayr, Troon and Prestwick merged to share resources and pool facilities to form a larger, more competitive, and inclusive club which caters for young and older swimmers of all abilities. Since our creation, SAST has been hugely successful in numerous different areas and we would like to thank all past and current members for helping to make the club what it is today. Once again, we would like to thank you for your continued support in what are challenging times...

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Congratulations to the following SAST swimmers who have been selected to be involved in Scottish Swimming's National Squad Programme for the 2020/2021 season. The swimmers are: Youth Squad (YS) Lucy Grieve Youth Development Squad (YDS) Charlotte Hardy Eilidh Robertson Senior Bronze Squad (SB) Dylan Cashmore Lewis Hammond Keira Stericker Amber Stevenson Duncan Young District Regional Programme (DRP) Lennox Docherty Rory Duncan Daniel Frew Ruby Galloway Sophie Gibson Anna Lunan Brian Dalgleish has also been selected to coach within Scottish Swimming's National Squad Programme for the 2020/2021 season. With the current...

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SOUTH AYRSHIRE SWIM TEAM AGM 2020 Notification Monday 24th August 2020 @ 7pm The committee of South Ayrshire Swim Team would like to invite all adult members, life members and associate members to the 2020 Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Monday 24th August 2020 at 7pm online, via Zoom. Scottish Swimming have encouraged clubs to undertake their AGM’s as normal given the extraordinary circumstances that we find ourselves in. As we cannot undertake the AGM face-to-face, we will instead hold an online meeting this year. Please note...

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Many thanks to SAST Masters swimmer and our resident Open Water expert, Robin Szmidt, for the following piece on Open Water advice at this time. As hope of easing lockdown restrictions increases, swimmers will be thinking about what happens next. There’s no obvious route to reopening centres such as Ayr Citadel so we might all just be thinking of alternatives for the summer. The Ayrshire coast has a lot of outdoor swimming opportunities: river, sea and loch. BUT hold on, don’t just leap in. Scottish outdoor water is NEVER warm...

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On behalf of the Club Committee Dear members, In advance of the 2020 AGM, we wanted to give you notice that we still intend to proceed with holding it on the date specified (Monday 24th August 2020, 7pm) at the 2019 AGM. We have been given permission from Scottish Swimming to hold an online AGM and intend on utilising Zoom as the means to do this (further details on this to follow). We do not believe that holding a normal face-to-face AGM is possible due to the measures currently in...

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We are delighted to announce that the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has confirmed that South Ayrshire Swim Team (SAST) meets the charity test and has been entered into the Scottish Charity Register. This means that SAST now has charitable status under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. The advantages of becoming a charity: we can benefit from an increase in public recognition and trust (because we cannot use assets for any purpose other than the pursuit of charitable objectives); we can benefit from tax relief;...