A great start for a young swim team

THE North Aberdeenshire Swim Team (NAS), is a joint venture between five clubs - Broch Seals Asc, Deveron Asc, Huntly Asc, Peterhead Asc, and Ythan Asc with an aim to provide (in line with Scottish Swimmng) a progressive pathway for all swimmers to enable them to reach and fulfil their maximum potential .

This squad will be seen as a progression in the development of swimmers to compete with distinction at North District Age Group Championships events and national events.

Swimmers are expected to compete in all strokes, distances and individual medley events.

The Work undertaken will consolidate all previously learned skills, with new training aims to include work at and above anaerobic threshold level and the development of the anaerobic system.

Other previously learned skills such as mental preparation for training and competition are enhanced .The lead coach is Sarah Burkinshaw from Deveron ASC.

NAS has expressed thanks to Macduff Shipyards for sponsorship of the team’s caps and Unity Fishing Limited for sponsorship of its t-shirts.

Peterhead Bay Authority has also been thanked for its donation and Asco Lifestyle for its cheque, kitbags and water bottles

The NAS team travelled up to Inverness at the weekend to compete in the Aberdeen Dolphin Mitchell Trophy Gala 2011.

A team comprising 12 swimmers - Calum Burkinshaw ( Deveron), Alix Gair (Deveron), Sally Mair (Deveron), Eilidh Campbell (Deveron),Sophie Ewan (Deveron), Euan Pirie (Ythan), Jack Lovie (Broch Seals), Ross Lawrence (Broch Seals), Zak Beagrie (Peterhead), Darren Ritchie (Peterhead), Lois Pettit (Peterhead), Peter Hyman (Peterhead) - took part in the event.

Lead coach was Sarah Burkinshaw of Deveron who was assisted by Dru Buchan from Peterhead.

The weekend proved very successful for Calum Burkinshaw (14), who set new meet records and had a great medal haul, taking gold in the 200m IM, 200m Back, 200m Free, 100m Fly, 100m Free, 100m Back.

Calum also won silver in the 100m Breast and 200m Breast. He also won best 13/14 year-old boy.

Other medal winners were Darren Ritchie (14), who won Silver for the 100m Free and 200m Free and Zak Beagrie (14), who took bronze in the 200m Fly.

All the swimmers had great personal bests over the weekend and the NAS team finished in eighth place overall out of 29 clubs which took part.

This was a great start for the newly formed team.