Dunfermline Amateur Swimming Club returns as event host

A WEST FIFE swimming club has caused a stir by hosting its first competitive event since the coronavirus outbreak.

The Dunfermline Amateur Swimming Club (DASC), which trains at Carnegie and Cowdenbeath Leisure Centres, brought together more than 260 swimmers for its junior sprint gala in early May.

The event, held at the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Center in Glenrothes, was the first time they have held such a competition since the country entered its first lockdown more than two years ago.

Open to competitors aged 8-11, the meet attracted over 18 visiting clubs from across the Kingdom, including Carnegie Swimming Club and InCAS, and others from further afield including Heart of Midlothian, Falkirk, West Dunbartonshire, Hawick and Teviotdale, East Kilbride and Dundee.

For many this was their first gala competition and while there were some first time nerves these quickly disappeared as they enjoyed competing in disciplines such as butterfly, backstroke, freestyle and breaststroke.

There were a large number of new personal bests set throughout and, in addition to medals being handed out to those who placed first, second and third, lightning bolts were awarded to swimmers finishing between fourth and sixth, while there had top boys’ and top girls’ accolades for the age groups of eight, nine, 10 and 11, as well as an overall top club award.

Several swimmers from West Fife clubs made the podium, including DASC’s Hali Farah, who came third in the 10-year-old women’s 50m freestyle.

Others include Fearne O’Brien (Carnegie), who was first in the girls’ 100-metre individual medley and 25-metre butterfly for nine years, and second in the 50-metre backstroke and 50-metre freestyle; Skye Lambie (InCAS), who finished first in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle for eight-year-old girls, and second in the 25m butterfly; Isla Moffat (InCAS), who finished third in the girls’ 100m individual medley, 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle; Luke Kemp (InCAS), who finished third in the boys’ 100m individual medley and 50m freestyle for nine years; and Matthew Elliott (Carnegie), who was second in the eight-year-old boys’ 50m freestyle and third in the 50m backstroke.

Other finishes saw Brodie Hay (InCAS) second in the 10-year-old men’s 100m individual medley and 50m freestyle, and third in the 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke; Oliver Fraser (Carnegie), second in the 10-year-old boys 50-m butterfly and third in the 50-m freestyle; Harvey Whytock (InCAS), who finished third in the 100m individual medley and 50m butterfly for 11-year-old boys; Stella Pemberton (Carnegie), who finished second in the eight-year-old women’s 50 backstroke; Innes Pemberton (Carnegie), who finished third in the nine-year-old men’s 50 backstroke; Ava Swarbrick (Carnegie), who placed third in the eight-year-old women’s 50 breaststroke; and Sophie Taylor (InCAS), who finished third in the girls’ nine-year-old 25m butterfly.

The Incas ‘A’ quartet of Sophie Collins, Erin Baker, Harvey Whytock and Brodie Hay also finished third in the mixed 10-11 200m freestyle relay.

The club, which thanked the volunteers and officials who made the gala a success, aims to keep swimming affordable and welcomes anyone who wants to swim for fun or competitively from age five through to masters swimmers.

For more information see www.dasc-swim.co.uk or email [email protected]