100 Years Ago : (1914)
The onset of World War 1 (The Great War) meant swimming and indeed most sport ground to a halt.
80 Years Ago : (1934)
the 1934 Empire Games went to London. Initially they had been awarded to South Africa but concerns were expressed about how black and Asian athletes would be treated.
Scotland won 5 Gold medals at these games. Scottish swimmers won 2 of these :- Willie Frances from Dunfermline - mens 100 Yds Backstroke.
& Norman Hamilton (Don't know where he came from) - mens 200 Yds Breaststroke. The men also won Silver in the 3x100 Yds Medlay Relay. (Note 3 swimmers in the relay. No Fly). Norman & Willie were joined by one Merilees Chassels for this team. Scotland also won Bronze in the
4 x 200 Yds Freestyle Relay. The team being George Anderson, Henry Cunningham, Merilees Chassels & William Burns.
The ladies did well too. Margot Hamilton won Silver on the 100 Yds backstroke. (May have been Norman's wife, and Jean MacDowell (later Burnett), of Warrender Baths Club won Bronze in 110 Yds Freestyle. The ladies also won Bronze in the 3x100 Yds Medlay Relay where Margot & Jean were joined by Margaret McCullum.
Finally it should be noted that the swimming programme was tiny by comparison to this year's Commonwealth Games.
60 Years Ago : (1954) :-
In the opening remarks of the minutes from the June meeting, "The President presided over a poor attendance of Delegates (16).
The Hon.Treasurer Reported the General Fund stood at £163:13/6. The Library Fund had 12/- & the Olympic Fund stood at £7:4/2.
The Treasurer reported that 5/6d had been spent entertaining the Scottish President, (Mr Philp) and his wife. This was homologated, & finally confirmed the District now had,,,,, 16 affiliated Clubs. (Remember the poor attendance announced at the start....... 16 delegates / 16 Clubs)
40 Years Ago : (1974)
The September meeting was chaired by the then President, Mrs Cochrane. Congratulations were given to Mr William Law on his appointment as a UK representative on the World Diving Coaches Association.
An interesting letter had been received from a David Rowe intimating he was looking to set up a Club in Inverkeithing.
20 Years Ago : (1994) :-
At our National Open Championships that year, prominent finalists included Forbes Dunlop, now our CEO and also Derna Campbell. Prominent East District swimmers in the same finals included Fraser Walker, Paul Latimer, Jonathon Hunter. Ross Noble, Lindsay Wright & Michelle Livingston, all from Warrender Baths Club. Ruth Breheny from Aquanauts ASC. Fiona Campbell from Carnegie, Julie Warner of FINS & Colin Braund of InCAS.
(Chair) Archiving Group