Silverware for Inverclyde Masters Swimming Club

A SWIMMING club founded nearly 30 years ago celebrates weightlifting at the Scottish and British Championships.

Inverclyde Masters members are encouraged by their recent success and are now looking for newcomers to join the ranks.

Andy Hemphill, one of the three coaches, describes the members’ recent accomplishments as “brilliant”.

He said: “We took a team of 12 to the Scottish Championships in Tollcross and came back with eight champions, then took a team of three to the Brits in Aberdeen last month and came back with a gold medal.

“The gold medalist is Sam Sharkey, who swam with his father Tommy in the same competition.

“We didn’t expect to get people to swim at the British Championships so to come back with a gold medal is great for the club.”

The club is open to adults who know how to swim a few lengths in front crawl or breaststroke and the coaches will do the rest to develop people’s strength and endurance.

Swimmers meet at the Waterfront Leisure Center in Greenock in the winter and Gourock Pool in the summer.

The club, founded in 1995m, currently has 60 members and Andy hopes to increase this number.

He said: “We’ve had a bit of a hard time with Covid but we’ve managed to find new members over the last year.

“Although most outdoor sports were allowed to continue, such as football, athletics, running, swimming pools were still closed.

“Over the past six months we’ve given a big push to get people competitive again and we’ve had a lot of success in competitions.”

Andy says swimming is good for people’s mental health and the club also gives them a chance to socialize.

He said: “Sometimes we have quiz nights and we go to lunch after our weekend session.”

The club currently trains Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30-10am at Gourock Pool.

For membership information, email the club secretary [email protected]