Sunday, April 20, 2014

Aberdeen Sports Village plays host to more Scottish Swimming events

‘I think it is vital, the success of this is already evident in terms of the numbers of people who are coming. It started today and it is running all through the week with UKCC courses and CPD on technical and non-technical issues. I just think that the fact that so many people have registered to attend and will participate is testament to the work Scottish Swimming are doing but also that needs to be done all through the country.' Alan Lynn

The Scottish Gas National Masters Short Course Championships 2014 were held from the 18 - 19 April 2014 at the Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre, which will open to the public on 5 May. After successfully hosting the Commonwealth Water Polo Championships from 5 - 12 April, this event was the first swimming event to be held at the centre over two days.

Masters Swimming is a fast-growing discipline within Scottish Swimming, with currently over 700 members competing under the motto "fitness, fun and friendship through swimming”. The event is as much about the competitive side of swimming as it is about enjoyment and fun, culminating in a huge ceilidh party at the Copthorne Hotel for competitors and organisers on Saturday evening. The event is one of two National championships each year, usually held in April and November.

The event offered a full programme of events across all age categories and all Masters disciplines: 50m, 100m and 200m swimming (all strokes), 400m and 800m freestyle, 100m, 200m and 400m Individual Medley, and 4x50m freestyle and medley relays. Swimmers from 18 years to 90+ years competed alongside each other during the two days.

54 Scottish, including 22 men’s and 32 women’s records, were broken over the two days, as well as 4 British, 2 Irish and 2 Russian records.

Liz Stewart, Meet Director, was pleased with the new facilities: “This is the first swimming competition we had at the Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre and it went really well. There is a great atmosphere here, it is very friendly, fun and full of life. This is a fast pool, and as far as I can hear from talking to swimmers on poolside, everyone was enjoying it.”

The Aberdeen Sports Village also hosted the first day Scottish Swimming Regional Training Week. The event runs from Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th April and comprises of UKCC courses, CPDs and workshops, with the main focus of up-skilling the regional coaching and teaching network and developing knowledge and providing opportunities for both the paid and volunteer workforce. 9 UKCC Courses are being offered alongside 8 Performance CPDs, 17 Development CPDs, 8 Teaching CPDs and 6 Club officer and technical official courses. 22 tutors will be delivering 232 hours of classroom time and 74 hours of pool time. The event attracted 148 coaches, teachers and volunteers, filling 488 places on courses. 

Alan Lynn, Director at the Coaching Matters Programme and experienced Scottish coach, held a question and answer session and praised the Regional Education Week in Aberdeen: ‘I think it is vital, the success of this is already evident in terms of the numbers of people who are coming. It started today and it is running all through the week with UKCC courses and CPD on technical and non-technical issues. I just think that the fact that so many people have registered to attend and will participate is testament to the work Scottish Swimming are doing but also that needs to be done all through the country.’

On Sunday, the Scottish 5km Championships will also be held today at the Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre, an event which will test the endurance of swimmers over 5 km. It will see the top 10 men and top 10 women compete over 100 lengths, after having qualified for the final in events that were held by clubs all over Scotland. 

Coming next to the Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre will be the North District Grand Prix from 30 May - 1 June, which will be the second chance for Scottish swimmers to secure the remaining places on Team Scotland. 38 swimmers and 2 divers were already announced last week in Glasgow, forming the first part of Scotland’s biggest ever aquatics team. 

The venue will also host the Scottish Gas National Age Group Championships from 25 - 29 June, where more than 900 competitors aged between 12 and 18 will compete in three sessions a day, morning heats, afternoon heats and finals. More information about all activities and events can be found on our website.

Listen to the full interview with Liz Stewart here

Listen to the full interview with Alan Lynn here

Browse the pictures from the Regional Education Week here

Browse the pictures from the Scottish Gas Masters National Championships here

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