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Training changes August

Training change

Due to coach unavailability, the following session on Sunday 5th August has been changed:
Graded gym session NOW 5-6pm (not 6-7pm) with
Comp 2.
 This session will be in the dance studio, not the gym, can swimmers please ensure they bring their rollers to the session


Saturday 18th August 2018
All of the following sessions are OFF:
Comp 2 AM 0530-0900
Comp 1 AM 0700-0900
Comp 3 / Club Squad PM 1730-1945
Graded 1 & 2 PM 1745-1930
Please note that the replacement session available is the LC training at Stirling 1600-2000 on the same date. Any late interest in attending to Susan Johnston 07910057538 by Sunday please.

Latest News 8th August

European Championships

Hope you are enjoying the championships so far.  Some Westies enjoyed the pleasure of watching the likes of Adam Peaty, Hannah Miley and our very own Ross Murdoch yesterday at Tollcross.  Swimmers had a great time and Westies voices were loud and proud as usual especially TMs Susan and Jennifer!!  We also spotted Declan Boylan volunteering at Tollcross!!

Warm Weather Camp

The countdown has begun!
9 weeks and 2 days till 25 willing Westies will take the trip to Spain for a week of gruelling training and hopefully lots of fun and sunshine.
Over the next few weeks there will be details of drop off and pick up times, updated medical consents, and all the boring but necessary paperwork to ensure the trip goes without a snag!
Many thanks to all parents who handed over their well earned cash to pay for their swimmers trip.

Training changes

Saturday 18th August 2018
All of the following sessions are OFF:
Comp 2 AM 0530-0900
Comp 1 AM 0700-0900
Comp 3 / Club Squad PM 1730-1945
Graded 1 & 2 PM 1745-1930
Please note that the replacement session available is the LC training at Stirling 1600-2000 on the same date. Any late interest in attending to Susan Johnston 07910057538 by Sunday please.

Short email this week as the swimming is on the telly!!
Until next week……..

Latest News 1st August

District Regional Programme 2018

Congratulations to swimmers Craig MacDonald, Caitriona Stewart and Angus Johnston who have been selected by Scottish Swimming to participate in the West 1 Level 2 Squad, as part of the District Regional Programme for 2018. This selection is based on their performances at meets during the 2017/2018 season.  Well done and good luck to all swimmers from all at WDASC.

European Championships

Congratulations also to Josh Duncan from Graded 1 squad, who was selected to volunteer at European Championships and has been assigned to Tollcross.  If any Westies are attending any events, be sure to give Josh a wave,  the competition winners will be on the 7th August.  Well done to him!

Head Coach

Our current head coach, Brian Dalgleish will leave his position with us at the end of August.  We wish him all the best for the future and will surely see him poolside at future meets.

Our new Head Coach has been appointed!!!
His name is Samir Ahmed-Fernandez and this is his first time working in Scotland, coming from Preston ASC.
He will start with us at the end of August (pending PVG) there will be a handover from Brian ensuring smooth transition and hopefully minimise any disruption for swimmers.

Training change

Due to coach unavailability, the following session on Sunday 5th August has been changed:
Graded gym session NOW 5-6pm (not 6-7pm) with
Comp 2.
 This session will be in the dance studio, not the gym, can swimmers please ensure they bring their rollers to the session.

Kit Order

The next kit order will go away on 13th August. Please ensure orders in the black box by Sunday 12th August. Order forms are at the Vale pool.  Many thanks.

Long Course Training 18th August 2018

Reminder that this session has been arranged for Comp and Graded swimmers at Tollcross.  Many thanks to those who have replied, there still time left to sign up.  This training will replace normal swimming sessions for that day.  To clarify how this will affect training:

Comp 3 training with replace Sat PM session,
Comp 2 training will replace Sat PM session,
Comp 1 training will replace Sat AM session,
Graded training will replace Sat PM session.

As it stands there are 35 swimmers attending.  A bus has been organised for pick up at the Vale pool at 3pm for training to start at 4pm until 8pm.  The bus will then return to Vale pool at 9pm approx for swimmers to be picked up. The approximate cost will be £9 per swimmer, based on current numbers.  All payments to Gerry please as soon as possible.  Ensure swimmers have plenty of snacks and water for the session.  If any last minute sign ups please contact Susan Johnston 07910057538.

Latest News 25th July 2018

The news this week……

Assistant Head Coach

Good news as Susan Taylor, our Assistant Head Coach will be staying on with WDASC in her current role.  Her plans have now changed and she will remain with the club for the foreseeable future.  Great news as the club will be supported by Susan and all coaches in the transition period between Brian’s departure as Head Coach and the appointment of his replacement.

European Championships 2018 Competition 

As you be aware the competition closed on 22nd July.  A draw will take place on poolside on Thursday night training at the Vale.  There will be 16 lucky winners who will attend accompanied by TMs Jennifer Milling and Susan Johnston.  Competition winners/parents will be informed of plan for the day in due course.  Good luck to all!!

Upcoming meets

West District Sprints closes for online entry 31/07/2018 at 7pm.

North Ayrshire Development Meet and North Ayrshire Foundation Meet 15th and 16th Sept, online entry now open until 17th August.
Please ensure you enter swimmers as per eligibility reports.

And excitingly,  WDASC Club Champs online entry now open until 17th September!!!!
Is it really almost 1 year since the last champs??
It is the highlight of the swimming calendar and all swimmers can enter all swims and are encouraged to do so.  It is always a fabulous 2 days of swimming and most of all fun!! Don’t miss out!

We will be calling on the services (please) of TMs and STOs for Club Champs so get your whites out!!!

LC training 18th August

Last opportunity for Comp and graded swimmers to sign up for LC training at Stirling on 18th August.  A bus has been arranged for travel to and from Stirling from the Vale pool.  Training from 4pm until 8 pm.  Please contact Susan Johnston on 07910057538 if interested in attending.  Open to swimmers who are involved in recent moves to Comp 1.  There will be a cost involved and swimmers/parents will be notified of this in next weeks email.

Until next week, stay classy Westies………

Latest News 18th July 2018

Welcome back to the weekly email.  Hope you are all enjoying the summer holidays. In this weeks thrilling instalment………

Training changes

Monday 23rd July
AM     C3 OFF moved to Sun PM 1700-2000
C1 as normal
PM      1745-2000     Comp 3 / Comp 2 / Graded 1 / Graded 2 @ Vale

Tuesday 24th July
AM     C3 / C2 as normal
PM      Transition 3 OFF moved to Sat PM 1530-1600
Skills 1 OFF moved to Fri PM 1645-1730
G1 / G2 moved to CLC with C3 / C2 1715-1915
Skills 2 1645-1800
Skills 3 1800-1915

Wednesday 25th July
PM      C1 as normal

Thursday 26th July
AM     C3 / C2 as normal
PM      C3 / G1 / G2 with C2 at CLC 1730-1945
ALL Transition squads 1830-1900
Skills 3 / Comp 1 1845-2045

Friday 27th July
AM     OFF C3
OFF G1 move to Thu PM with C2 at CLC 1730-1945
PM      As normal with ALL Skills 1 groups in at 1645-1730
Comp 1 as normal.

Saturday 28th July
AM     C3 0530-0900
Other sessions as normal
PM      Transition 3 (from Tuesday) in with Transition 1 1530-1600
Other sessions as normal

Sunday 29th July
AM     OFF Graded moved to Sun PM with C2
PM      1700-2015 Graded 1 & 2 / Comp 3 with Comp 2
Other sessions normal

Note: All sessions as normal from Monday 30th July 2018

Scottish Summer Meet 2018

West Dunbartonshire ASC results

Carl Barrett (17-18 years) 50 Free 13th, 100 Free 12th, 50 Back 3rd BRONZE, 100 Back 6th, 50 Fly 7th, 100 Fly 12th

Kirsten Barrett (17-18 years) 50 Free 12th, 100 Free 16th, 50 Back 12th, 100 Back 10th, 400 IM 8th

Sam Bisset (17-18 years) 50 Free 7th, 100 Free 11th

Nicole Chandler (16 years) 50 Free 10th, 50 Back 12th, 50 Breast 13th, 100 Breast 16th, 200 Breast 14th

Jack Jardine (14 years) 50 Breast 8th, 100 Breast 7th, 200 Breast 6th

Angus Johnston (12-13 years) 50 Free 9th, 50 Back 3rd BRONZE, 100 Back 15th, 200 Back 18th

Craig Macdonald (14 years) 50 Free 4th, 100 Free 6th, 200 Free 11th, 50 Back 4th, 100 Back 6th, 200 Back 11th

Kara Macdonald (16 years) 200 Free 16th

Mackenzie Markwick (12-13 years) 50 Free 12th, 50 Back 4th, 50 Breast 12th, 50 Fly 2nd SILVER, 100 Fly 19th

Murrin Markwick (15 years) 50 Breast 14th

Hamish McFarlane (14 years) 50 Free 1st GOLD, 100 Free 2nd SILVER, 50 Back 6th, 50 Breast 18th, 50 Fly 8th, 100 Fly 15th, 200 IM 14th

Bradley McGurk (17-18 years) 50 Breast 13th, 100 Breast 13th

Sam Millar (16 years) 50 Fly 6th

Daniel Murray (15 years) 50 Free 7th, 200 Free 13th, 50 Back 11th= (won swim off), 50 Breast 9th, 100 Breast 17th

Niamh Reid (16 years) 50 Free 16th, 50 Breast 11th, 50 Fly 17th, 100 Fly 14th

Hannah Thomson (16 years) 50 Breast 7th, 100 Breast 9th, 200 Breast 8th

Isla Walker (14 years) 50 Breast 5th

Well done to all swimmers who took part and to all swimmers parents who travelled to Aberdeen to support their swimmers.  It was a truly exciting and successful meet for WDASC swimmers and supporters.  Thanks also to Brian for his support of swimmers over the 3 days events.

Upcoming Meets

Online entry remains available for West Districts Sprints and Relays until 31st July.

Online entry competition for tickets to European Championships remains open until 22nd July.

Squad Moves

WDASC Squad Moves – August 2018


To Comp 3 (from Comp 2)
Niamh Reid
Hannah Thomson

To Comp 2 (from Comp 1)
Kyle Cochrane
Angus Johnston
Mackenzie Markwick
Daniel McCormick
Eve Valentine

To Comp 1 (from Skills 3)
Rhys Campbell
Claire Granger
William Lang

To Skills 3 (from Skills 2)
Eilidh Broad
Saphrina Machin
Freya Milling

To Skills 2 (from Skills 1)
Charlie Evans
John Millier
Tia Readie
Braeden Scott

To Skills 1;1 (from Transition)
Lia Rafferty
Isla Purcell

To Skills 1;3 (from Transition)
Lewis Boal
Sophie Dempster
Luca Spence

Please note that the following will be announced in due course (as they can take place out with normal move dates):

  • Moves to Club Squad / Graded 1 / Graded 2
  • Swimmers to cross-train between Skills 3 and Comp 1

Please ensure direct debits are changed for 1st August.
Squad fees for each squad are as follows:

Comp 3 £60.40/month
Comp 2 £54.10/month
Comp 1 £47.90/month
Graded £44.80/month
Skills 3  £40.60/month
Skills 2  £38.50/month
Skills 1  £29.20/month
Transition £18.80/month.

Latest News 3rd July 2018

Another week in paradise, long may it continue.

The news this week…….

Reminder Long Course Training

Reminder of the opportunity for all Comp and Graded squads to attend long course training at Stirling on 18th August.  The session will run from 4pm until 8 pm.  Land based training and team building followed by 2 hours pool session.  The training will be run with Brian as coach.  A bus will be organised based on the amount of swimmers interested. Please let Susan Johnston know of any interest by texting 07910057538.  Thanks to those who have replied already.  Cost of bus will be sent when final numbers are in.  Closing date of 16th July for anyone interested in attending, thank you.

Summer holiday

Holiday allocation for individual swimmers will soon be available on the club website.  This details holidays as informed via recent campaign to ensure swimmers have enough downtime over summer and to arrange adequate coaching cover.  For those swimmers who were unable to submit holiday dates, dates have been arranged when best coaching cover is available.  If there are any queries regarding the holiday allocation please direct these to Claire Gray on 07866747095.

Many thanks to all who responded to the call for this information, it has proved invaluable in formulating a plan going forward.


Please ensure correct fees are paid for swimmers according to the squad they are swimming in.  As squad moves will be announced in the near future, changes to direct debit will come into effect 1st August 2018.  Thank you in advance.  Fees are as follows:

Comp 3 £60.40/month
Comp 2 £54.10/month
Comp 1 £47.90/month
Graded £44.80/month
Skills 3  £40.60/month
Skills 2  £38.50/month
Skills 1  £29.20/month
Transition £18.80/month.


Graded GYM Sunday 8th July NOW 5-6pm with Comp 2 (NOT 6-7pm)
This is due to the quieter sessions expected during the holiday period as well as due to cover requirements


Good luck to all of the Westies attending the Scottish Summer Meet in Aberdeen between Friday 13th July and Sunday 15th July. We have a massive contingent of 18 swimmers making the trip north which is fantastic. They will be competing in 66 events across the weekend. A big good luck to Carl Barrett, Kirsten Barrett, Kara MacDonald, Niamh Reid, Hannah Thomson, Sam Bisset, Michael Irwin, Bradley McGurk, Sam Millar, Daniel Murray, Nicole Chandler, Jack Jardine, Craig MacDonald, Murrin Markwick, Hamish McFarlane, , Isla Walker, Angus Johnston and Mackenzie Markwick.

And finally……….

No email next week, having a well deserved week off, next email 18th July. Until then…………

Latest News 27th June 2018

As we approach summer holidays and enjoy this glorious sunshine, welcome to another week with WDASC.  The headlines this week…….


There is an opportunity for all Comp and Graded squads to attend long course training at Stirling on 18th August.  The session will run from 4pm until 8 pm.  Land based training and team building followed by 2 hours pool session.  The training will be run with Brian as coach.  A bus will be organised based on the amount of swimmers interested.  Please inform Susan Johnston by text at 07910057538 as soon as possible.  A bus will be booked according to the level of interest so please respond sooner rather than later. A closing date to follow.

Upcoming meets

Good luck to all Westies attending Scottish National Open Swimming Championships this week at Tollcross.  All the best to all swimmers Carl, Kirsten, Sam B, Michael, Bradley, Sam M, Daniel, Murrin, Hamish, Niamh, Hannah, Abby, Isla, Kate and Nicole.  We all wish you every success.  Lets Go Westies!!

West District Sprints and Relays 1st and 2nd September

Online entry is now available on the website, closing date for entry is 31st July at 7pm. STOs will be required for this meet. Thank you in advance.

Reminder of training changes

Friday 29th June – Comp 3 / Club Squad / Graded 1 – AM session CANCELLED
Swimmers can instead attend Thursday 28th June with Comp 2 at the CLC (1730-1930 pool, 1945-2010 land)

Saturday 30th June
Comp 3 / Graded 1 & 2 – PM session CANCELLED
Swimmers can instead attend Sunday 1st June with Comp 2 at the Vale * (1700-1800 gym, 1815-2015)
*Please note that this will mean the Graded gym session is 1 hour earlier than normal

Warm weather camp

Confirmation that Brian Dalgleish and Kirsty Lyall will be attending as coaches and Gerry Murray and Susan Johnston as Team Managers.
Reminder that final payment is due 15th July 2018.  Payments to Gerry Murray please.
An email will be sent to all interested parties with details of risk assessment and updated code of conduct before final payment date.  Any queries should be directed to Susan Johnston at or by text 07910057538.

And finally…….

A quick note from Brian about meets so far this year…

I just wanted to express my thanks and a massive well done to everyone across the club over the last 6 months in relation to meet entries and subsequent performances. It has been great to see an increased uptake for entries into meets across all of the squads within the club, especially within our Skills and Transition squads. It has been especially great to see a number of new swimmers having competed as well, as the experience gained will have been invaluable in their swimming development.

It has also been great to see the performances at these meets, whether swimmers are achieving their first time, their first personal best or their first medal. Personal development has been central to our coaching message and looking to be better than you have been in the past is part of what this sport is about (as well as having fun along the way of course!) and our swimmers have excelled themselves in this area – keep it up swimmers!

And a final thank you to all of our esteemed officials. Your support has been invaluable over the course of the year so far and has allowed the majority of the meets we have attended to be accredited – and without our massive team, this would not have been the case.

Best regards,

Latest News 20th June 2018

Welcome to another week with WDASC!

In this week’s thrilling instalment…………..

Ren 96

This past weekend saw Westies competing at Ren 96, some great swims and PBs set.  Medal highlights include:

8 and over age group:
Sophie Alison Silver 50 Free, Bronze 50 Fly
Fraser Banks Bronze 50 Free, Bronze 100 Breast
Eilidh Broad Bronze 50 Free
Adam Cochrane Gold 100 Breast

10-12 age group:
Freya Beaton Gold 200 IM, Gold 100 Fly, Gold 200 Back, Gold 100 Breast, Gold 200 Free
Reiss Cochrane Gold 100 Breast, Silver 200 Free
Zoe Ferguson Silver 100 Back, Silver 50 Free, Bronze 50 Fly, Bronze 50 Free
Gracie Goodhall Gold 200 Breast, Bronze 200 IM, Bronze 200 Back
Claire Grainger Gold 100 Breast, Gold 100 Back, Silver 200 IM, Silver 100 Fly
Saphrina Machin Gold 50 Fly, Bronze 50 Back
Freya Milling Gold 100 Back, Gold 50 Back, Gold 50 Fly, Gold 100 Free, Gold 50 Free, Silver 100 Fly, Silver 100 Breast
Sean Purcell Gold 50 Back, Gold 50 Free, Gold 100 Free, Bronze 100 Back, Bronze 200 IM.

Fabulous swims by all Westies, well done to them and thanks go to TMs Jennifer and Andy and to all STOs who gave up their time to volunteer for our club.

Holiday dates

As per previous email can we ask that swimmers/parents submit planned holiday dates.  Can we please ask this is completed even if no holidays are booked.  This is to try to limit extended break over the holidays.  The submission can be done via website homepage.  Thank you in advance.

Saturday 23rd June 2018 @ CLC
Breaststroke clinic with Declan & Sam Bisset (Comp 3).  Places still available, sign up today to avoid disappointment!!!  Please contact Claire to attend 07866747095.

Fun Relay Event Reminder

Saturday 23rd June there will be a fun relay event for swimmers in Transition and Skills (1-3) groups.  This will take place at 3:45 until 6:00PM and will replace training sessions for the day.  There is a sign up sheet poolside at the Vale pool for all interested swimmers. Should be fast paced fun for swimmers and a good opportunity for spectators to raise the roof in support!! Lets go Westies!!! 

Long Course Training for Summer Meet Qualifiers

The LC training has been confirmed for 24th June 09:00-11:00 at Tollcross for Comp 3, Comp 2 and Comp 1 swimmers who have qualifying times for Summer Meet.  Attendance is expected for swimmers who have qualified for Open and Summer meets, so no sign up necessary.

And finally………..moves across all squads will take place 1st August. Squad moves will be announced prior to this via email.

Until next week…………

9th MAY

Latest News 9th May

North Ayrshire Junior Meet 

This meet saw 34 Westies in action over the weekend.  Excellent swims by all swimmers with a haul of medals and PBs to boot.  Full results will be posted in due course.  Great job by all swimmers, well done to you all.  Thanks to parents for supporting swimmers and to Declan for excellent coaching over the weekend. Thanks also to team Managers Andy, Jennifer and Susan and to all technical officials offering their services over the weekend.  Unfortunately, the Sunday morning session was not accredited due to a lack of Judges.  Many swimmers PB’d in the morning session, however these times will not be counted for DRP.  If there are any parents out there with a burning desire to support WDASC in the role of technical officialplease contact David Valentine.


Upcoming meets


West District Wannabe Best in the West this coming weekend 12/13th May – entry list and draft programmes available on the website.

Mini-league 19th May hosted by Inverclyde.  Swimmers selected available on website.

Glasgow International Meet 25th/27th May.  Entry list available on website.

Rutherglen Rascals Graded Meet 2nd/3rd June.  Entry list available on website.


New to website: Scottish National Open Swimming Championships 28th June-1stJuly eligibility list.  Closing date for entry, 28th May at 7pm.  Online entry to follow.


Urgent support required

As you may or may not be aware, Helensburgh are hoping to have a new gym and pool facility in the next 4 years.  The consultation regarding pool design is ongoing at the moment and is due to completed in the next few weeks.  As it stands the current proposal does not allow for an adequate spectator gallery. Adequate gallery space would enable the pool to facilitate swim meets as the hope would be that 100 spectators could be accommodated.  Why does this affect WDASC? If in the future we as a club were to host meets, Helensburgh pool would be an excellent potential venue. There is a survey link at  which allows you to input feedback on the design and there is a further public consultation session at the Victoria Halls on Monday 14th May 2018 from 11:00hrs to 19:00hrs.  The details of the facility are on display in the Helensburgh pool cafe if any of your club members live in Helensburgh.

Race Night 19th May Reminder regarding our Race Night in aid of warm weather camp.  Tickets, horses, trainers and owners available to buy now!! There will be fun and games aplenty, don’t miss out on a great night. 19th May at Dumbarton Harp Club 7:30pm till late.
And Finally Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Dalgleish who were married at the weekend.  Good luck and best wishes for the future from all at WDASC.


Equipment Letter – 22nd August 2017

WDASC – Equipment Requirement Stage 2

Comp 3 and Comp 2 swimmers were all asked in March / April to ensure that they have the required kit with them at training at all times. Please note that new swimmers into Comp 2 this month will now need to ensure that they have the required kit with them as well.

This kit list (see below) is also being extended to the following squads:
– Comp 1
– Club Squad
– Graded 2 & 1
Swimmers are encouraged to purchase the equipment within the next few months where we will start to utilise it within sessions.

All Skills squads are required to have the basic kit list and will be able to progress onto the additional equipment as they progress through the squads within the club.

Transition swimmers are not required to have the basic kit list but should look towards purchasing this when the swimmer has settled into the club environment – we hope that this helps to reduce the initial financial burden on new swimmers to the club. Any equipment for Transition squads can be borrowed during sessions if required.

Basic kit list:
• Goggles x2 (1 in use, 1 spare)
Please ensure that the spare pair of goggles is always in your swimming bag
• Swimwear x3 (minimum) [1 in use for training, 1 in use for meets, 1 spare – again in bag]
• Water/juice bottle (minimum of 500ml – longer sessions i.e. 1.5hrs+ should require more)
• Club swimming cap x2 (1 in use, 1 spare) * / **
• Club t-shirt *
• Net bag (to help carry all of the following equipment):
o Kickboard
o Pull buoy
o Flippers (shorter ‘zoomer’ fins are preferable, with sufficient flexibility)

Additional equipment for all Comp squads, Club Squad and Graded squads:
o Hand paddles
o Snorkels
o Skipping ropes (for land based activities)
o Tennis ball (for land based activities)
o Roller (for land based activities)

ALL equipment can be purchased from any one of the following online stores:

* It is expected that when representing the club at competitions that swimmers wear their club t-shirts on poolside and club cap in the water.

** Non-club caps can be worn in training but not at competitions.

Note: Reasoning behind equipment…
I am aware that our former Head Coach did not utilise much equipment due to how he constructed his skills sets – with the focus on swimming and the swimmers ‘feeling’ the difference in technique alterations themselves in the water. I believe in this idea as well and have used it regularly within my coaching. However, to help accelerate this process and to get swimmers to actively experience different sensations within water – different water pressures, different feelings, different challenges – I like to utilise a variety of equipment. This will help to accelerate their understanding of how to move in water and how to improve their ‘feel’ for the water (their ability to exert a pressure and force on water at the front of the stroke). The equipment below will help with this process and will be used to varying degrees within the training program.