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!!


Chairperson’s Chinwag- February

Hey troops!!

I hope we are all well!! I can’t believe we are 2 months through the year already! Where the time has gone?!! The pool has been looking busier in the evenings and we have some new faces in the pool which is great to see!
Our club AGM was held about 3 weeks ago and minutes will be written up and available for anyone who is interested in having a read of them in depth…. HOWEVER….. Here are a few of the more important things for everyone to note from the meeting =D
1- Most importantly- MEMBERSHIP!! Trudy has the very important job of getting us all organised and signed up to SASA. Please get online to our website, download and fill out your membership form and get it back to myself or Trudy ASAP!
Then comes the painful part….. Paying your money, we need the money to the club by Tuesday please guys =) Club BACS info is on the form if you wish to bank transfer. Just remember to put your name on as the reference so we know you’ve paid!
Much appreciated guys!!
2- Next….. We have a follow up meeting on Tuesday 6th March at 8.30pm just to confirm and go over dates, locations and organisers for the social events that were suggested at the AGM. Anyone welcome to come along, just be prepared to be given a job!!! Whoohoooo =D
3- Lastly….. Coaching! At the meeting, we decided on doing a rota for Tuesday nights.
Coach Erin has gone to a new job working shifts, and we thought it would be helpful for all swimmers if we have someone poolside to provide the session and give hints and tips where needed!
Those who agreed to coach have been included on the rota. It’s completed up until the end of May so far, and you’ll find it on the notice board (beside lift) at the pool. I’ll take a photo and send it on the Wats app for everyone too.
Please get in touch if you are on the rota and can’t make your night and we’ll get a wee swap organised! Also if you fancy a shot on poolside, let me know and I’ll get you added in!
P.s. Coach Erin will make some surprise
appearances when she can, so NO slacking people!! =D
Phewww… And breathe guys!! That’s the boring and important stuff over!!
Before we move on though….
Remember, Trudy has my permission to throw flippers at anyone who does not complete and return membership forms asap!!
Keep your eyes peeled on the club notice board guys! I said last year I would make it pretty…. I failed!! It looks the same, but with less on it than when I agreed to fix it up!!
This year however, by the middle of march, I will do my best to have it looking a wee bit more eye catching and exciting!
OK, on a more exciting note… events and competitions!
Check out the long course training camp. It’s on the 10/3/18 at Tollcross and it’s for 2 days. Our very own Trudles went to a training day earlier on in January and she thought it was brilliant! Trudy has already booked herself into this camp for the weekend so anyone wanting more info, check it out on the Scottish Swimming website and have a wee word with her!!
The Scottish National Short Course Championships are 20/4/18 for 2 days. Our competition guru Mr Andrew.B has informed us this event may be rather busy due to other things going on in the swimming calender, however it’s a great one to get a starting point for the year. It’s also on Scottish Swimming website for you!
Inverclyde Masters is our favourite event of the year!! It’s on 21/9/18 for 2 days. This is the friendliest and most fun event we have found so far! More details to come closer to the time, but basically it’s a full on, crazy, fast paced weekend of racing, dancing and drinking!! Some of the troops go on Friday and return on the Sunday. All I can say is, get your holidays in now guys!!
I know that was very brief couple of events I’ve popped up there but our Andrew has been very good at keeping us up to date with different competitions from different locations in the UK. There always getting posted on our Facebook or on Wats app so please keep yourself in the loop!!
Wow… If anyone has managed to get to the end of this chinwag, congratulations!!
It’s only taken me 3 days to write!!! =P
I’m off for now!! Have a great weekend troops and we’ll see you on Tuesday evening for another dose of pain from another kind, volunteer coach!!


Again, thanks for reading guys!!
Over and out!

Chairperson’s Chinwag- The first of 2018ย 

Hello all,


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!!


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!!!

British Masters Swimming Champs 2017

Hello troops!! Welcome to a cheeky little 2nd edition of June’s Chinwag…. A wee update on how the British Champs went for the team!! ๐Ÿ˜

Aberdeen was the place to be last weekend, with the British Masters Swimming Championships being held in the amazing facilities at The Aberdeen Sports Village. Five of our awesome swimmers made the journey up north to take part in the competition over the 3 days. 

Friday saw Trudy take on the 1500m freestyle and she did so in style with a cracker of a pb!! Andrew and Ashleigh took on the 100m backstroke, no PBs to be found there however Andrew did find himself in second place brining home some silverware! The evening session saw 2 outstanding performance from our Kyran in his 50m breaststroke and 200m IM which saw him sealing 3rd place in both!! 

The 2nd day of racing saw Graeme Hunter get involved in the action, he took part in the 100m free, 50m free and the  50m fly, in which he picked up a silver and a bronze medal!! 

More magnificent performances came from Trudy in her 400m free, a wee PB from Ashleigh in her 50m back and 50m fly, Andrews fabby time in his 100m free and Kyran’s silver medal came in his 100m breast!! 

By the end of day 3 we had a knackered Trudy and Andrew, who had just completed their 800m free and an awesome combination of around 5 PBs and a fantastic 7 medals for the Perth bunch!! 

For those of you who enjoy fishing, there was an outstanding catch for Andrew in the pool! ๐Ÿ˜‚ He managed to hook himself an athlete using banana as bait… Don’t believe me? Check out the photo evidence coming up!!

Hahahaha!!! Told you so!!!

Phew…. After all that typing I think I need a weekend off ๐Ÿ˜œ Arn’t you a lucky bunch though, getting a 2nd June Chinwag in the same month ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enjoy what’s left of the weekend!! 

Over and out!! 
PS. Keep your eyes peeled on your emails for info on the cost of kit that has been ordered!! 

Now really…

Over and out!!!


Chairperson’s Chinwag June 2017



I hope all is well with you wonderful fish like people! I hope everyone has had, or has planned for the near future, some awesome summer holiday trips…


I’ll start this month’s Chinwag by letting you all know that my super dooper exciting 12hr swim has been cancelled

๐Ÿ˜ฆ Boooo!!

Not only could we not come up with a team but it appears some of the other clubs are also out, so unfortunately it had to be called off- I am secretly happy about this ๐Ÿ˜€ It means we’re not missing out on an amazing swim to France in the middle of Saturday night!


We have 5 brave souls making there way up north next weekend to take part in th British Masters Championships!!! How awesome is that??!! We were unable to get a Perth Masters relay team sorted in time for the deadline date but just to have swimmers heading off to represent our club is fantastic!!

Good luck to all involved! Have fun and swim fast!!

Everyone… Please remember to check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates on the journey over the weekend of the 16th – 18th June! Remember guys- get those fingers busy with likes, favourites, retweets and shares pleeease ๐Ÿ˜€


Sooo… time to get down to business people! This next part needs a response from you!! Please read and reply!!!







Trudles and I have been checking out club kit for a while now.

We’re looking at;

+ navy blue polo shirts

+ navy blue hoodys

+ navy blue shorts


Kit will be embroidered with the same thistle logo as previous club kit, however we’re hoping to have ‘Perth Masters’, written above the thistle logo and ‘Swim Club’, written below the emblem.

The swim cap design will also remain the same.


At the moment we don’t have exact prices for each of the items as we are waiting for info about the embroidery. However here are rough price estimates;

+ Polos – ยฃ17

+ Hoodys – ยฃ27

+ Shorts – ยฃ17

+ Caps – ยฃ6


We aren’t looking for exact orders yet, however we are interested in finding out who would like what?

Anyone who is interested in purchasing some of our club kit, please reply by Tuesday 13th June. Ither by email, Wats app or by speaking to me or Trudy directly.

We can then let the company know roughly how many items we wish to order and if we’re lucky, they might even apply a small discount on our order!!


I think that’s all for tonight troops!!


Hopefully we’ll see you all tomorrow for some dooking and diving at the pool!!




Over and out ๐Ÿ˜€