Thursday, December 8, 2016

Short Course Swimming Action Returns to the Capital

The Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh will play host to an impressive line-up for the Scottish National Short Course Swimming Championships from 9 to 11 December 2016.

Over 770 swimmers representing 90 clubs from across Scotland, the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Denmark will take part in the 3-day meet, a meet that is widely regarded as the premier short course event in the UK.

Double Olympic silver medallist Duncan Scott will be in action in no less than six individual events, while TeamGB member Camilla Hattersley will look to continue her domination of freestyle events.

With the qualification window for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games opening from April next year, a number of Team Scotland members from Glasgow will also be in action, including bronze medallist, Corrie Scott, and her Edinburgh team-mates Kathryn Johnstone, Calum Tait, Jack Thorpe, Lucy Hope and Kieran McGuckin. Cameron Brodie, Rachel Masson and Craig McNally will also be using the event to sharpen up the technical aspects of their racing ahead of a busy winter of hard work and hard training. There’s also a wealth of Junior talent looking to impress so medals will be hard fought for.

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 QTV Sports will also provide some real-time coverage across Scottish Swimming’s social media channels for the duration of the event.

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 squads from Belgium and Denmark 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 continue to back a world class organisation like Scottish Swimming.

“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 our ongoing partnership.”

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 9 – 11 December 2016. Morning heats start at 08:45, afternoon heats at 13:30 (13:00 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 Tickets will also be available to buy at the door.

The event can be followed live on Twitter @scottishswim with the hashtag #ScotNSC16.