Chairperson’s Chinwag- The first of 2019 (Jan)

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Kyran beating Ashleigh in backstroke ๐Ÿ˜‰
Well hello troops!!

I hope everyone has had an awesome festive period! I certainly have! Spoiled from friends and family, eaten tons, drunk loads and now it’s time to return to ‘Fish mode’ ๐Ÿ™‚ whoopee!

Oooh… As I am typing we have just had a second mini power cut!! Darkness was upon us there!! But only for a couple of seconds- I knew going into the attic was a bad idea earlier :-O Spooooky!!!

Anyway… You’ll be pleased to hear I don’t have too much info for you just now, so this should be short and sweet!

Firstly, we missed our Christmas social this year! We (believe it or not) did vote on a date way back at a meeting at the end of summer time but unfortunately it slipped by us all! So.. maybe at training we could have a wee informal chat and a vote on a wee bevy session at the start of February when people have been re-aquainted with ‘pay day’!!

It’s almost time to get organised for our AGM. Yeaa!! We need as many people as possible to attend our AGM. We’ve had a few of the same people doing the same jobs in the club for a while now and it’s only fair we all take a wee turn in doing a wee job every now and then! Also, we love to hear fresh ideas and input whilst we’re discussing things so please, when you hear the date- which will probably be in February sometime. Get along and get involved!!

Our events guru Andrew.B has been keeping us posted on swim comps happening all over the UK on our WhatsApp chat. Remember if there’s something you fancy, let everyone know so that we can get involved, share lifts and accomodation etc.

The next big event that more of us should consider this year, is the Scottish Masters Championships. It’s happening Friday 19th April and Saturday 20th April. I’m almost sure it’s at the commonwealth pool in Edinburgh.. Mr.B will confirm that for us!

Kyran, Nikki, Julie, Andrew.B and I had an awesome session on Thursday! A lane all to ourselves as well! I hope we’ll see more people back to it on Tuesday though!!

And guess what??! That’s all for tonight folks! I said short and sweet and that’s what you got!!

Actually, one last thing! The new rota is on the WhatsApp chat! I will get it printed off and on the notice board asap!! If anyone wants to be added to it, taken from it or needs a swap please get in touch!

Thanks for your time guys!

Enjoy what’s left of the weekend!

Over and out Fish Peeps.

Ashleigh

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Chairperson’s Chinwag- May edition 2018

Well hello there everyone!

Let me introduce myself! I am Ashleigh! Mother of one dragon, chairperson of Perth Masters Swimming Club and a very disorganised author of the ‘Chairperson’s Chinwag’!

Last time you received such a quality article would have been February ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I can only apologise for my lack of communication, things have been awfully busy recently… ๐Ÿ™„

It’s been fantastic to see several new faces in the pool! The newbies who have come along to train have hung on in there and have reappeared at several sessions! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘ Whoohooo!! Stay with us guys, just remember your membership forms (which you’ll find on the website) along with payment info!

A huge well done to coach Roddy who has completed his Level 1 coaching qualification! ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŽ“ Roddy enjoyed it so much he has immediately enrolled in the Level 2 course ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€ Fab job Roddy! Thanks so much for you time and effort and also for those awesome technique sets you’ve been throwing at us on Thursday nights!!

In other news….

Only 3 brave swimmers made it to the Scottish Short Course Championships in Tollcross last month… Steve, Jules M and Sandy went along and gave it everything!

Sandy completed his 200m breast in a time of 4.14’30 placing 2nd in that race.

Jules, getting a fantastic 3rd place finish in her 200m freestyle in a time 3.08’16.

And oor Steve, falling in love with the 100m fly ๐Ÿ˜‚ (hehehe) in a time of 1.40’92.

Well done to you all for smashing your swims and representing our club at the Champs!! ๐Ÿ’ช Whoop whoop!!

Next… To our very own Nikki Murphy! Our local globe trotter has been away in the miserable country of Spain ๐Ÿ˜• I mean really, it’s only 24ยฐC over there, with a water temperature of around 20ยฐC, the sun in the sky….. Meanwhile she’s been missing out on the gloriously crystal clear water of Perth Leisure Pool at the wonderfully cosy temperature of 29ยฐC…..

Hmmmm ๐Ÿ˜‘ I think I know where I’d rather be ๐Ÿ˜‰

Seriously though, Nikki has been pulling off some awesome swims!! She completed a 9km charity swim (in the sea!!) in an amazing time of 2hours and 47mins! She has been competing in the pool also alongside her Spanish team mates and managing some podium place finishes in the relays! Nikki says she’s coming home in about 10 days but I’m sure when I checked her schedule she’s still to do a 5.8km Oceanman swim round an island AND round one swim of the Cup of Spain??!! Jesooo!! I’m knackered thinking about all of that!! All we have to say to you Nikki is.. Well done!! ๐Ÿ’ช You are awesome and we are very impressed!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Please, on your way home could you bottle up the Spanish ‘Nikki Swim Faster Juice’ for us though…. I feel I’m in desperate need of a bottle of motivation ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘

Also, I would like to send a big thanks to Andrew Bailey who has been sourcing and keeping us informed of different galas happening in the Masters world on the Whats App chat! Not always do you get responses from us Andrew, but it’s great to click the links and dream of the medals we could be winning all over the world!! Thank you! ๐Ÿ‘

Another thank you, to our Tech Guru McManus… He has been busy busy busy on his computer working on a nice update for the website… The update hasn’t gone live yet, but when it does it should look cleaner and work much better on mobile devices! I shall inform you all when the website changes!

Next to talk about, is our summer social… Kyran sent out a survey Via the What’s App chat for everyone to pick their preferred date in July for a family club social.
The survey was sent out after the AGM in February and of the 32 participants in the group chat a whole 8 responses were recieved!! Wow… ๐Ÿ˜ณ
Anyway, the preferred date is Sat 14th July!

You’ll be please to hear I have managed to book the sunshine for the day ๐Ÿ‘Œ yippeee!! The social will be at Quarrymill. All you need to do is write the date on your calendar, bring the family, bring your own food and drink and relax!! There are fire/BBQ pits there already so closer to the time we’ll get organised with the necessary fire starting equipment ๐Ÿ˜€

Don’t worry troops… We are nearing the end of this short story!!! Stay with me!!

Greenock 21/09/18!! Get it in your diary’s! It’s the only gala over the last few years that a large number of the team have gone along to and taken part at…. It’s such good fun, friendly, great value for money and usually we come away having been pretty successful!! Some of us travel through on the Friday, swim the 800m freestyle on the Fri evening and then we stay till the Sunday. After the gala on the Saturday, Inverclyde Masters usually put on food and a Ceilidh which is always great fun! If your considering a gala this year, you should definitely aim for this one!!

So far I think the rota has been working well for our Tuesday night training! We’ve had loads of variety with the different sets! I will do another rota following on from what is on the notice board and if anyone else would like to join in and be coach for one night only please let me know and I’ll add you in… ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€

And finally ๐Ÿ˜‚ Last, but not least….. The notice board!!

Yes, it is my job to decorate it and make it look pretty… Yes it has been over a year since I took the job of ‘decorating the board’ and yes, it’s blank and looks exactly like it did a year ago!!! I want to make it eye catching, I said I would, I haven’t but I will… ๐Ÿ™„ Honestly… I’m getting to it!!

Well there you go. Another month, another Chinwag. I hope this hasn’t been too boring for you all!!!

Thanks for reading! And remember…

We swim because we are too sexy for a sport which requires clothes!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚

Over and out troops! See you Tuesday!!

Ashleigh

Chairperson’s Chinwag- The first of 2018ย 

Hello all,

Whoohooo!!

It’s 2018 and we are getting right back into the swing of things at the pool! We had coach Erin last night who worked us hard with a nice swim swim swim set!! =D

No rest for the wicked!!

Just one eensie weensie little thing to ask from you all…

We are due to have our Club AGM- The date we have decided on is Tuesday the 6th February! The meeting will take place at the pool at 8.15pm, before swimming.

In order to have a successful meeting we need people to come along and join in! We need your ideas and input on the decisions that the committee have to make.

So much work goes on behind the scenes to keep the club running and it’s definitely time that we get some new members on the committee to help us out.

So, Tuesday 6th Feb, 8.15pm, at the pool. We’ll see you all there!!

That’s my lunch break over and done with, so I shall leave this chinwag short and sweet!!

Look forward to the 2nd edition of the chinwag in February after the AGM!!

It will have much more exciting news to report ๐Ÿ˜‰

Over and out all!!

Ashleigh

Chairperson’s Chinwag- DECEMBER, The last of 2017!!

Hello to all of my fellow fishy friends!
I hope we are all organised and ready for Santa coming to town ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re less than 2 weeks away now!!

A wee update on training over the festive period… I believe our last day swimming will be Thursday the 21st December and our first night back will be Tuesday the 9th January!!

Remember the pool will be open over the holidays (check for festive opening times) but if your anything like me you’ll be busy eating your body weight in crap and drinking too much funny juice, then complaining about it, only to come to the conclusion that its Xmas and that’s what you should do, to then start again an hour later with the whole eat, complain, conclude cycle ย ๐Ÿ˜€

Trudy of course has not even started her Christmas shopping!! She has been far too busy getting orders from us for our Xmas social meal… I hope everyone had gotten there selves a place on the nice list by giving Trudy all the info she needs…. If not, your on the naughty list and you’ll have to go hungry!! =O Remember if you have signed up, its this weekend- the 16th ย December, 1pm – 3pm training at the pool then over to Dewars for 4pm for our meal and drinks (even into town afterwards if you fancy)!! Cost for those who have signed up is ยฃ24. This covers our 3 course meal, a glass of prosecco on arrival at Dewars ๐Ÿ˜‰ (woohoo!!) and lane hire for the 2 hours!!

Anyone who hasn’t signed up but fancy’s a social…. You’ll find us at Dewars, upstairs beside the bar ๐Ÿ˜€ from 4pm till at least 7pm…. We may take the party to town after!
Back to swimming for a moment- Andrew Bailey has been keeping up his role of events finder!! He’s already been on our WatsApp chat with info regarding the first swim meet of 2018!! It’s at the end of January up in Aberdeen, hosted by Silver City Blues. It might be a good one to gauge how unfit we have become over the festive period ๐Ÿ˜€ hehehe!!

Anyone who would like to go, or is interested or needing more info feel free to give Trudy, Andrew or myself a shout! I haven’t heard that anyone has signed up as of yet, but that may change over the next couple of weeks!
Well troops… I do believe this Chinwag has come to an end!! The next time I write to you it’ll be 2018 and I’ll be looking more like a submarine than a fish ๐Ÿ™‚
Please remember… ‘Life is cool in the pool, because swimmers rule’

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!!!
Over and out!!!
Ashleigh