Revised Technical Official Requirements for Clubs at District Championships

The requirement for Clubs to provided Technical Officials at District Championships, based on the

number of swimmers from the Club/per Session, has been reviewed and updated.

The update takes into account changes to the TO qualifications and potential use of 10 lane facility.

No of Swimmers per Session STOs Required by Club
at District Championship/Meet
2 to 4 1 x Timekeeper or above
5 to 8 2 x TOs as follows:
1 x J1 or above
Balance can be TKs
9 to 12 3 x TOs as follows:
1 x J1 or above
1 x J2 or above
Balance can be TKs
13 to 16 4 x TOs as follows:
1 x J1 or above
1 x J2 or above
Balance can be TKs
17 to 20 5 x TOs as follows:
2 x J1 or above
1 x J2 or above
Balance can be TKs
21 – 24 6 x TOs as follows:
3 x J1 or above
1 x J2 or above
1 x J2S or above
Balance can be TKs
25+ 7 x TOs as follows:
3 x J1 or above
1 x J2 or above
1 x J2S or above
Balance can be TKs
Fines:  A District Club failing to provide STOs in accordance with this scale shall be subject to a fine of £50.00 per STO, for each session in which the required STO is not present.
Currrently there is a “grace period” of no fines to allow Clubs to get people trained. While people are being trained, PROVIDED they go on poolside, they will count for the position for which they are being trained.
This will be reviewed on a regular basis.
For further information, please contact STO Convenor, Jean King
stoconvenor@scotswimwest.co.uk

2017/18 West DRP Qualifiers/Selection

Congratulations to all our District Swimmers who, as a result of their swimming in 2016/17, been selected for this year’s DRP.

DRP Selections 2017-18 – West

Emails or letters (where no email address or email returned) have been sent to all swimmers.

If an email or letter has not been received, please contact Jackie Smith at:

07554 865196  or  jsmith2329@btinternet.com    a.s.a.p.

All swimmers are asked to confirm their attendance by Wednesday 8th August.

GB Selection for West District Junior Player of the Year

Stirling Water Polo’s Lauren Dundee has been selected for the Great Britain Under 17 Team to play in the European Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia from 20-27 August 2017.

In the tournament, Great Britain will meet the Netherlands, Greece and Romania in the initial Group Stages before going on to the knockout and finals placing games.

This is a terrific achievement for Lauren and fully deserved as she has shown tremendous dedication and commitment to the sport travelling regularly down south  over the last 2 years to attend GB squad sessions. Lauren is the only Scottish representative in the Team.

Having a player involved in a major tournament with the Great Britain Team is a first for Stirling Water Polo and builds on the success the club is having in 2017.

Both the Under 16 Team and Under 19 Girls Team reached their respective Scottish Championship Finals in April this year for the first time, with the Under 16s winning their Scottish Final and the Under 19s finishing as Runners up.

Stirling Water Polo is a section within Stirling Swimming that started up in April 2011.
Photo shows Lauren receiving her West District Junior Player of the Year from Stewart Finlayson, West District President 2014/15

National County Team Championships 2017

National County Team Championships
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th October 2017
Request for any coaches interested in taking part by Wed 19th July

The district has confirmed that the district will be taking a team down to these championships and will also swim at the Lincoln Vulcan’s meet on the Saturday prior to the event.

As per other years the district will take down 2 coaches and 2 team managers/assistant coaches. Preferably 2 male and 2 female staff will be going down but that’s not set in stone.

If you would be interested in going down as a coach or as a Team manager/assistant coach then please contact John Deans.

Stirling High School Wins Scottish Schools Senior Water Polo Championship

Stirling High School win Scottish Schools Senior Water Polo Championship

On Friday 16 June 2017 at the National Swimming Academy, Stirling High School won the Scottish Schools Senior Water Polo Championships.

After the group stages, Stirling met James Gillespie’s High School from Edinburgh in the Semi Finals and won through to the final to play the reigning Champions Portobello High School.

After the first period Stirling were trailing 4-1 but staged a thrilling comeback to tie the match 4 all. Into penalties and it was Stirling who came out victors winning 8-6.

This was the first time that a West District School has won the Senior Championships. An excellent achievement following on from the success of Larkhall Academy winning the S1-S3 Championship earlier in the month.

Stirling Water Polo retain West Cup

At the National Swimming Academy on Sunday 11 June 2017 and in front of a vociferous support, Stirling retained the West Cup where they defeated Western Baths 20-18 in an extremely competitive and exciting game.
The West Cup is the oldest Water Polo Trophy still to be actively played for in the world dating from 1886 and is fought for by the Senior Teams within the West District of Scottish Swimming.
This was a match up of Youth vs Experience with Stirling fielding 4 players from their Scottish Under 16 Championship winning Team along with a further 6 players all under 20. Western Baths (Glasgow) brought through a significantly older Team with a number of Italians and Hungarians within their ranks.
The first quarter saw Stirling win the swim off and on their first attack scored a well worked goal. Throughout the quarter Stirling were a constant threat and at the end Stirling led 6-3. However, the experienced players of Western Baths were adept at using their size and power against a young Team and were constantly fighting back. In every quarter, every time Stirling stretched their lead, Western fought back to keep in touch.
In the middle of the 4th quarter, Stirling had worked back to a three goal lead but Western kept the pressure on and with less than a minute to go had narrowed the gap to one goal with Stirling leading 19-18. With Western pressing for the equaliser, Stirling stole the ball with under 30 seconds to play and cleverly worked the ball to an unmarked player to score the decisive goal with only 3 seconds left in the game. A 20-18 win for Stirling.
This is a fine achievement for this young Stirling Team who were presented with the trophy from the West District President, Janice Morgan.

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