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Dumfries Graded 2013 Results:
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Sponsored Walk & BBQ:
Starts 2pm on Sunday 5th May 2013 @ Dalquhairn, Irongray, Dumfries, DG2 9TT
Choice of 2 courses - Approx 4 miles or 7 miles
Open to all members (and friends of the club) Sponsor sheets available from coach or squad rep.
All funds raised will go towards warm weather training camps!
Dumfries Dolphins on Alive Radio 107.3fm:
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Wanted - Books, DVDs & Raffle Prizes
Dumfries Graded Meet - Please hand in your unwanted books DVDs for our stall. Also donations for the raffle please. All items will be gratefully received by any member of the fundraising team.
DASC AGM Newsletter.pdf
Ben Higson, DASC Head Coach, on the DG1 issue 30/01/13:
Last week was a tough time for the dolphins and everyone associated with the club. Myself and Danielle were briefed at a council meeting (23/1/13) about the closure and the only information that we received was the already in the press release. We were told that it would be a 17 month closure and no more.
In the meeting I was personally reassured that we as a club would be looked after and the council would do everything they could to get us into local other local authorities and if necessary private facilities.
Through most of the day on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday the 24th I worked on a proposal for pool time and space that I think is fair and well balanced. But most importantly what the club needs to ensure: first and foremost its survival and secondly its highly competitive status at all levels. This proposal was put to the council on Friday 25th and I am awaiting any news.
I would just like to reaffirm that myself, the coaching staff and the committee are 100% committed to ensuring that the club get what they need to keep the club moving forward.
I understand that there are many questions to be answered and discussions to be had. As soon as there is an update on the situation all members will be informed.
Please stay positive (the swimmers certainly are) we all need to pull together at a time like this.
Paul Johnston, DASC President, on the DG1 Update 30/01/13:
Nothing more to add on the closure itself. But after a meeting with the council Ben has put forward proposals for pool time at various pools in the region and further afield. We are hoping to have an answer to these proposals in the next couple of months. You must appreciate that planning this will take a bit of time. Ideally we want to have it all finalised April - May so that everyone knows where they stand. I am confident that we as a club have 100% support on this issue. I made it quite clear that no one in the club should be one penny out of pocket, and that the clubs progress should not be hindered by this disruption. Most importantly we don't don't want to lose one single member of the club due to the closure. We lost a generation last time we had to travel to Annan . After the next committee meeting there will be another update. There will be plenty of rumours flying about but please remember that is all they are. I believe the club will emerge from this much stronger. Believe it or not there are positives to take from this. If anyone has any questions ill do my best to answer them.
DASC Newsletter Jan 2013.pdf
Paul Johnston, DASC President, on the DG1 Closure:
I'm sure most of you are now aware from newspapers Internet and word of mouth about the announcement that DG1 will be closing for 17 months as of January 2014. You don't need me to say what a major blow this is for the club to lose our home for this amount of time. I'm sure many of you will have lots of questions to ask regarding this matter. As I do myself. All I can say to you as president that myself and the rest of the committee along with Ben and Danielle will do everything we can to insure minimal disruption to the training program of the club. We will be having meetings with the council ASAP to discuss alternative facilities for the club to use. We will keep everyone up to date with the information as soon as we have it available. Via website and club notice boards, and if need be will call a EGM with someone from the council there to explain in more detail what's going to happen. Until a meeting has taken place we know as much as you do. So bare with us.
Sports Scotland representatives presenting the New Scottish National Development Coach Ben Higson with his Prestigious Award for 2012. The whole club is proud and pleased that his coaching skills have been recognised at the highest level Well deserved Ben:
Follow the link below to read the article.
Fresh call for old clothes - Rag Bags:
Kathleen is still collecting for the Rag Bag fund raising. Please just place it into the black sack and Kathleen transfer them in the rag bags.
Awards Ceremony Pictures
In our efforts to develop your knowledge of the whos - who in our club we will be posting more information so watch this space!
December 2012 Newsletter:
DASC NEWSETTERdec 12.3.pdf
Our Scottish SC 2012 squad (trying to look sensible):
Well Deserved Delivery:
We all would like to thank the May and her hard working fund raisers who presented our Head Coach with 2 brand new Ipads bought with monies raised by the group and members. Top of Bens wish list, The coaches are over the moon with this delivery, these tools will mean the club can now use this advanced technology, like other clubs that we see at meets developing our own swimmers in a multitude of beneficial ways. The swimmers are really keen to watch how they are working and the coaches can now not just explain what they want the swimmers to do but to show them in a positive way. You may already have seen them being used at poolside ask your children what its all about.
Well Done Keiran Jardine @ the Disability Sport Events National Open Short Course Championships
on the 23rd & 24th Nov 2012:
Keiran Jardine was 1 of 20+ disability swimmers who competed for Scotland recently at the Disability Sport Events National Open Short Course Championships held at the ponds forge sheffield. Keiran competed against some of London's 2012 Paralympic swimmers and as well as getting P'B's in all his events won Silver in the 200m free also in this event setting a new S14 scottish open record, bronze in the 100m free, bronze in the 100m back and also helping win gold in the 4x100m relay. it was a great weekend for the Scottish Disability Squad with a 2nd place finish in the team events.
This a great return to form the the young man who exemplifies the hard work and commitment needed to return from injury.
The DASC Fundraising Group would like to say a huge THANK YOU to those who attended/contributed or donated to our Xmas Ladies Night:
Jacquies, Partylite, The Hair Boutique, Carol Craig, Tracey Little, Avon, Phoenix Trading, Cheryl Barrett, Arla Foods, Little Italy.
May Houston DASC Fundraising Officer
Super Sam does the business in Italy:
Italy comp was from Sat 17th Nov until thurs 22nd Nov. Held in Loano. 192 Down Syndrome swimmers took part 21 countries.
Sam competed in 6 events and did himself proud.
100m IM 3rd (International Medal) PB
100m front 1st (Int) PB
50m front 2nd (Int) PB
50m back PB
Sam in 4 x 25 relay and they came 3rd with world medal.
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