Thursday, June 7, 2018

Talented females head to Mare Nostrum with Project Ailsa

A 16-strong group of Scotland’s top female swimmers head to Canet-en-Roussillon today for the first stage of the Mare Nostrum series. Part of Project Ailsa, this is the largest group of female athletes ever to compete collectively for Sottish Swimming overseas.

Project Ailsa, rather than being deemed a training initiative, is a proactive approach designed to energise and inspire female swimmers, creating an environment where girls can be ambitious, resilient and thrive and continue in the sport of swimming well into their 20’s and beyond.

National Coach Alan Lynn said,

“There is an exciting mix of youth and experience with so much to learn from and teach each other. Each athlete will bring their own goals for the Meet; for some that goal will result in being on the podium; others to get a second swim; or, to gain valuable international, senior experience.

“There is a great opportunity to take advantage of every race situation to get better and work effectively as a team  and while it’s only been a couple of months since the Gold Coast, I hope that most, if not all the girls will be part of the next edition of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022. And that journey starts now!”

Scottish Swimming Team

Tain Bruce (Edinburgh University)

Kathleen Dawson (University of Stirling)

Kara Hanlon (Edinburgh University)

Lucy Hope (Edinburgh University)

Emily Horne (City of Glasgow Swim Team)

Keanna MacInnes (Hearts)

Rachel Masson (Edinburgh University)

Hannah Miley (University of Abderdeen Performance Swim Team)

Nikki Miller (East Kilbride Swim Team)

Gulsum Onal (City of Glasgow Swim Team))

Roisin Ramsay (Warrender Baths Club)

Katie Robertson (South Ayrshire Swim Team)

Lucy Ross (East Kilbride Swim Team)

Sophie Smith (Arbroath St. Thomas)

Katie Stark (Edinburgh University)

Cassie Wild (University of Stirling)


Team Staff:

Alan Lynn (National Coach/Team Leader)

Mat Trodden (Coach)

Phil Potter (Coach)

Patrick Miley (Coach)

Bid Stanger (Team Manager)

Linda Hardy (Physio)

Athletes from the University of Stirling will also be competing at the event.

The Canet-en-Roussillon stage of Mare Nostrum takes place on 9th-10th June. The entries list, schedule and results can be found HERE