Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Major Swimming Event Returns to the Capital for the Scottish National Short Course Championships 2015

“This event has grown in stature and deserves its status as the premier short course competition in the UK." Forbes Dunlop, CEO Scottish Swimming

The Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh will play host to an impressive line-up for the Scottish National Short Course Swimming Championships from 11 to 13 December 2015.

Michael Jamieson (Edinburgh University) will be in action for the first time since his move back to Edinburgh in September. The 27-year old contest the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke alongside University of Stirling athlete Ross Murdoch who recently won bronze in the 100m event at the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015 in Doha.

Keri-anne Payne will look to continue her good form competing in the freestyle events. Payne won the Open Water test event in Rio back in August before winning the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2015 in Hong Kong. Payne’s Warrender team-mate Craig McNally will contest the backstroke events.

Robbie Renwick, Duncan Scott and Stephen Milne are all due to compete, with Milne having just returned from a British Swimming familiarisation camp in Rio.

Belgium’s National Team also makes a welcome return to the event with 16 athletes competing, including Olympian Kimberley Buys who having competed at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, is now on the comeback trail after fracturing her wrist in a cycling accident.

With such a great line-up Scottish Swimming, in partnership with Glasgow-based QTV Sports, can confirm that they will once again be providing a free-to-air live stream from the Championships, broadcasting the finals session each evening as professional sports coverage. The stream can be found online at www.scottishswimming.com/live. The morning and afternoon heats can be followed with our CoverItLive feed, which can be found at www.scottishswimming.com/scotnsclive 

Speaking ahead of the event, Forbes Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming said,

“This event has grown in stature and deserves its status as the premier short course competition in the UK. With the swimming calendar so busy it is great to have so many teams from across the UK as well as the National squad from Belgium return to Edinburgh.

“For those who are unable to attend, I am also delighted that we are working again with QTV Sports and can bring the action and excitement of the finals direct into people’s homes through live streaming from the Scottish Swimming website.”

The Scottish National Short Course Swimming Championships will also showcase the partnership between Scottish Swimming and Edinburgh Airport. Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport commented:

“Edinburgh Airport is delighted to be backing a world class organisation like Scottish Swimming and we’re looking forward to the Scottish National Short Course Championships in Edinburgh this weekend.

“With shared values of performance excellence and a commitment to delivering for Scotland on the world stage this promises to be a fantastic event to showcase the start of a very special relationship.”

The event is also supported by Strathmore, the Official Water of Scottish Swimming and who encourages everyone to be active and do a little bit more each day, through its ‘Do More’ campaign.

Edinburgh City Council has also provided support through the Active Edinburgh Funding Programme which supports events that promote physical activity and sport within the city.

The competition will run over three days from 11 – 13 December 2015. Morning heats start at 08:45, afternoon heats at 13:30 (12:45 on Sunday) and finals at 17:30. Tickets for children can be bought for as little as £1 and for adults, advance tickets start at £4 for heats and £5 for finals and will allow individuals to fast-track into the venue. Tickets can be bought online at https://scottishswimming.eventbrite.co.uk. Tickets will also be available to buy at the door.

The event can be followed live on Twitter @scottishswim with the hashtag #ScotNSC15. Pictures from the daily race action can be found at www.flickr.com/scottishswimming and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/scottishswimming.