The Garioch Amateur Swimming Club (GASC) held their annual presentation evening at Inverurie Day Care Centre on Friday (November 23). The presentation was held to award all the swimmers their trophies from the recent club swimming championships.
The evening was well attended with probably the best attendance from parents and swimmers for some years. The evening kicked off with the Vice President David Adams giving an overview of the club, its recent achievements and the clubs future goals. He was followed by Keith Thomson who gave an update on the clubs officials and future needs. The last speaker was Patrick Miley the Clubs Head Coach, who gave a very informative and interesting insight into the world of swimming and what to expect, which was a really good summary of expectations for all our new younger swimmers and parents.
The evening finished off with various trophies awarded to the swimmers from the recent club championships. The awards were presented by club coaches Eavan Adams, Gitte Whitehead and Sam Hull-Bailey
The evening was a great success and also on display were trophies and medals from the clubs recent successes in previous meets in the month with a whole array of silverware from the recent North District Distance Meet and the North District Open and Scottish Grand Prix.
The club was also celebrating the outstanding results of Hannah Miley who could not attend the presentation as she was competing in Chantres, France in the European Short Course Championships. Hannah won silver in the 200m Individual Medley and 800m Freestyle, but topped off her meet by gaining gold in the 400m Individual Medley, to become the first British swimmer to win three individual medals at a European Short Course Championships since Susan Rolph in 1999.
In achieving these fantastic results Hannah smashed several Scottish and British records and a European Record for her 400m Individual Medley. The Clubs Vice President David Adams gave high praise to Hannah and commented that from such a humble swimming pool in Inverurie that we were producing some of the top talent in the country. He also commented that club was performing outstandingly and that exciting times lay ahead for the club.
Head Coach Patrick Miley praised the young swimmers who are using the older swimmers as good role models as they seek to improve their swimming. Patrick commented on Orla Adams performances at the recent North District Grand Prix staged in Inverness where Hannah Miley’s new training partner won three events against stiff competition. Orla won the 200M Backstroke, the 200M Individual Medley and setting a personal best to win the 400 Individual Medley. Patrick praised the young swimmer and the fact that, as with Hannah, she had taken on board some new training regimes which had brought her some success. Speaking of Hannah’s successes in the Europeans Patrick said even he was a bit surprised at just how well she had swum and the times that she had managed to achieve in various events..