Carnegie Swimming Club wins Scottish Club of the Year

CARNEGIE Swimming Club celebrates its “fantastic recognition” after being named Scottish Swimming Club of the Year for 2021.

On Sunday, the sport’s governing body announced that despite stiff competition from fellow contenders Bon Accord Thistle ASC and Ythan ASC, they had received the prestigious award.

The club’s swimmers, who competed in a time trial event hosted by President Ed O’Brien and head coach Susan Taylor, had an unforgettable surprise as Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Kathleen Dawson and Paralympic bronze medalist Scott Quin came to perform the presentation.

Open to all Scottish Swimming affiliated clubs, the Club of the Year award provides a platform for clubs to show all the hard work and dedication they have put in to support their members over the past 12 months.

For 2021, the award was intended not only to identify a club deserving of the award, but also to celebrate working clubs across the country that have pledged to engage athletes and volunteers in the sport during a period that has seen restrictions. put in place due to COVID-19.

All who participated were invited to create and submit a short video describing their club’s success in retaining, engaging and supporting the members, the culture and atmosphere they have been successful in creating and sustaining, and their best times of the past 12 months.

Carnegie, one of Scotland’s oldest swimming clubs, was able to return to the pool earlier this year as restrictions began to ease, but has kept members engaged by hosting quiz nights family, pastry competitions and land training sessions.

Reflecting on the success of their awards, an elated Ed said: “Like all clubs we have had to think outside the box on how to engage club members. Even though it has been a difficult time, there are challenges. positive points to be learned from what happened.

“If I’m being honest not everyone in the club was aware that we had even nominated for Club of the Year so not only was it a fantastic surprise to many here to have Kathleen and Scott for the presentation is really the icing on the cake.

“It’s fantastic recognition for a fantastic club.

“It was a tight competition, but we are delighted that we managed to come out of it.”

Susan commented: “I am so proud of everything the club has accomplished during the lockdown.

“This award is the culmination of a lot of hard work and perseverance on the part of many people and a testament to the resilience of all of our members that they have wanted to stay engaged. I am delighted with what we have all accomplished.”

Scottish Amateur Swimming Association (SASA) President Colin Kennedy was on the jury and noted: “Carnegie has demonstrated the ability to retain, engage and support all categories of its members during the pandemic closure, which was both innovative and imaginative.

“Their dedication to engaging with all club members really shone and my sincere congratulations to everyone involved.”

Paul Donald, Scottish Swimming Club Development Manager, said: “Judging was not easy, and it was very difficult to choose between our top three. And, if there can only be one winner, I would like to thank all of our clubs for their hard work and commitment to get back on the water. ”

Euan Lowe, Managing Director of Scottish Swimming, added: “Clubs are at the heart of our members and the community in which they are based. This important award celebrates all the great work that is done in clubs across Scotland on a daily basis.

“My congratulations to Carnegie on their deserved success.”