Sunday, November 28, 2021

Carnegie are our Club of the Year

Scottish Swimming are delighted to announce that Carnegie Swimming Club have won the Club of the Year accolade for 2021.

In what has been a difficult year for everyone in our sport, Carnegie’s efforts in creating a regular, fun and appealing programme, supporting club members of all ages throughout lockdown, was lauded by the judging panel, which included SASA President, Colin Kennedy. He said,

“Carnegie have demonstrated an ability to retain, engage and support all categories of their membership during the pandemic shutdown that was both innovative and imaginative. Their dedication to engage with all club members really shone through and my sincere congratulations to everyone concerned.”

Olympic gold medallist, Kathleen Dawson and Paralympic bronze medallist, Scott Quin, made the presentation at a time trial event, organised by Club President, Ed O’Brien, and Head Coach, Susan Taylor on Sunday afternoon. Ed said of the award,

“If I’m being honest not everyone in the Club was aware that we had even submitted an entry for Club of the Year, so not only has this been a fantastic surprise for many here, to have Kathleen and Scott come along to make the presentation really is the icing on the cake. This is fantastic recognition for a fantastic club.”

Susan Taylor added, “I am so proud of everything the Club has achieved during lockdown. This award is the culmination of a lot of hard work and perseverance by a lot of people and is testament to the resilience of all our members that they have wanted to stay engaged. I am delighted with what we have all achieved.”

The Club of the Year Award provides a platform for clubs to showcase how much work and dedication they put in to support their members throughout the year. Paul Donald, Scottish Swimming’s Club Development Manager, said of the Award process,

“This year’s award aimed to not only to identify an overall Club of the Year, but to showcase and celebrate all of the terrific work clubs across Scotland have undertaken throughout the past year to engage athletes and volunteers in the sport. The award was open to all Scottish Swimming affiliated clubs and the response was fantastic.

“Judging was not easy, and it was very difficult to pick between our top three. And while there can only be one winner, I’d like to extend my thanks to all our Clubs for their continued hard work and commitment to getting back in the water.”

Euan Lowe, Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming, echoed Paul’s words and said,

“Clubs are at the heart of our membership and the community in which they are based. This important Award celebrates all the great work that goes on in clubs across Scotland on a daily basis. My congratulations to Carnegie on their deserved success.”

All those who submitted entries for Club of the Year were asked to create and submit a short video outlining their club’s success in achieving the following over the past 12 months:

  • How the club has retained, engaged, and supported members
  • The culture and atmosphere the club has managed to create and sustain
  • Top highlights

The videos were reviewed by a judging panel and a top three shortlisted. The 2021 Runners up are Bon Accord Thistle ASC with third place going to Ythan ASC.