The swimmers representing the club were :-


We are just back training after the winter break so although this gala is a little bit early for us, the results from all the swims were excellent. I decided in this instance to write five paragraphs one for each swimmer as follows:-


Lewis swam 100 breastroke and whilst just outside his entry time he put in maximum effort and it was just his turns that needed a bit of work. We will pick up on this in training to help bring his times down on this stroke. Lewis did a 100 backstroke next and posted a good time. . Again just a wee bit of work on turns and this will improve his time no end. He puts in a tremendous amount of effort and I have no doubt he will smash these times at the next gala.


Ruby smashed her personal best on 100 back and delivered a brilliant swim . This qualified for the final and she won a medal for her final swim which I am sure will be the first of many. Ruby then had 100 freestyle and her entry time was 1.41 however that did not last long as she produced a really fast swim of 1.27 again making the final on this stroke. She was 4th in the final despite her goggles filling with water and received another medal for her efforts. Her time in the final was 1.29 so despite the problem with the goggles it’s a credit that she just battled on. Ruby trains very hard and her times came as no surprise to myself or Susan.


Amie has been training really hard and she swam 100 back for the first time in competition and produced an excellent swim posting a time of 1.43 . I can honestly say she is definitely a backstroke swimmer and her improvement is there for all to see. She then swam 100 freestyle and smashed her entry time by three secs . Amie works hard in training and now that her breathing pattern hopefully has been resolved I am sure she will go from strength to strength.


Ruaridh swam 100 backstroke and whilst his turns need a bit of work between the flags he was excellent. He posted a good time and in fact qualified for the final. He swam also really well in the final and received a medal for his efforts. He then swam 100 freestyle smashing his entry time out of site once again qualifying for the final.and received another medal for his efforts. He never gives up and always trains hard so the times like Lewis will tumble once his turns are ironed out,


Kara swam 100 breastroke and posted a really good time and the thing that pleased me most was her turns. She has listened to what both Susan and myself have been hammering home and she closed the gap on each turn with her underwater phases. Kara did not have long to recover and swam 100 back smashing her entry time so a really pleasing day all round for her. Again Kara trains very hard and it’s starting to produce results.The smile on her face after her swims makes it all worthwhile.

Overall we are delighted with the results from this gala given that we are only just back in training so the hard sets in sessions are definitely paying off so well done to all that represented the club in this gala . It is so pleasing to see smiling faces as the swimmers know that they have swam well given the dedication they are showing in the hard training sessions.

That is all for this one for just now but really pleased with the times and also the manner everyone trains in the hard sessions,

Colin Galbraith

Headcoach Scorpion Swim Team


This as always is split into younger swimmers in the morning and older swimmers in the afternoon . In the morning session the club were represented by the following:-

Kara R , Kayla, Ruariduh, Aggie, and Aaron.

Kara and Ruariduh were swimming 200 free and Kara produced a great swim as did Rurairduh bearing in mind they are fairly knew to this distance as it’s never an easy distance to gauge what speed to go at but they coped really well. Both delivered good 50 Backstroke swims. Aggie had three great swims 50 free 50 breast and the relay. Kayla kept going on her 100 IM however her fly needs a little bit more work but credit to her as she was a lot better in her 50 fly. Two remarkable swims by Aaron in the 50 free and 50 back considering he is not long in the club he has some engine on him and I am always delighted when swimmers do well in their first competition.

Afternoon Session

The club were represented by the following swimmers:-

Kara A, Natalia, Cambelle, Darcy, Hamish and Katy

There was to be honest a mix of swims here however personal bests for Natalia on 200 IM and 100 FLY, also PBS for Kara on 100 Back Darcy on 200 Free ( smashing her entry time) and 100 Back. Cambelle nearly broke the 3 min barrier on her 200 great swim. Hamish had a good 200 free and 100 back and hats off to Katy for her breastroke just the last length cost her.

There is a lot of work to be done still on stamina and we will also be dedicating one session soon on technique especially on fly and breastroke together with tumble turns. It’s important more than ever that you listen to the sets given and the rest intervals. Sets coming up will be tough on overload so that you can cope with the second half of swims in competition.

All in all a good days work but this is only the start to the overall plan, so keep training hard but also listen carefully to what the target times and rest intervals have been given

As always Susan and I are very proud of all who took part and the effort put in to the swims

Colin Galbraith Headcoach Scorpion Swim Team. The