Ron Taylor awarded the prestigious J Y Coutts Memorial Award

on Friday, 14 September 2012.

Presented for outstanding service to the SASA

Ron Taylor awarded the prestigious J Y Coutts Memorial Award

Ron became involved in swimming when his 2 sons began swimming in the 1960s. They were all initially members of Inverleith Swimming Club, Edinburgh. He quickly found a niche for himself within the Swimming committee for the East District. His sons moved to Warrender and as parents do, Ron and his wife Sheena also moved. They both spent most weekends officiating around the local East swimming pools, even venturing as far as the Dollan Baths in East Kilbride.

Ron became the Scottish Swim Convenor: a post which he held for many years. Throughout this time he went abroad as the team manager with the Scottish Swimming team to Tel Aviv and Geneva amongst other places. This was throughout the early 1970s.

He continued his full time work of Town Planning Officer with the Scottish Special Housing Department, a Government run agency, along with weekly commitments to swimming and officiating. In this time he became more prominent in the Administration of District affairs and was rewarded with the East District Presidency which he held from 1991- 92.

He then went on to become the Scottish President in 2000 -2001. This was a period of great change and progression within Scottish organisation, with Ron steering it all calmly. Amongst the many initiatives in that period were:

  • The Millennium Youth Games held at the RCP. This was a mammoth organisation, Ron’s expertise and experience was greatly appreciated. This also involved an invite and presentation at the opening and closing ceremony of the Tattoo, to which all Millennium Youth swimmers were invited.
  • The plans and starting of the National Swim Academy, and the setting up of new offices for Scottish swimming staff
  • The Golden Jubilee of the Schools Swimming Association
  • Diving was on the up with Steve Gladding as the National Diving Coach. He brought along with him diving talent and RCP yet again benefited from Ron’s association with the East District roots.
  • In this year there were also a huge number of Scottish records being broken. The Sydney Olympic Games were held and it was the period of the great Allison Shephard.       A Scottish hopeful amongst the strength of USA and Australia. She was 7th in the Olympic final.

In 2002 he joined Ed Adam’s team on the Editorial board. An essential, yet under praised group of swimming gurus. Regulations and governance is their passion. This role suited Ron well. He was responsible for Synchro regulations, changing every 4 years and in this he was extremely thorough, efficient and always pleasant, yet knowledgeable. He stepped down in 2011.

Tri Nations International Waterpolo Tournament

on Friday, 14 September 2012.

Cardiff International

Tri Nations International Waterpolo Tournament

Selection to the squads to represent Scotland at this year’s Tri Nations International Waterpolo Tournament on 27/28 Oct at Cardiff International pool has been completed and East District is again well represented in all 4 squads 

Below is a list of the East District players selected to represent Scotland:

 

Junior Women (Born 95 and younger):

Alison Tate (DASC and DWPC), Gabby Gatherer (INCAS and DWPC), Katy Barker (WARR), Mairi Jaap (WARR)

 

Senior Women:

Julia Mackay (DWPC), Gael Logan (WARR), Vicki Witko (Warr), Chantal Guillot (DWPC), Gabby Morris (Warr)

 

Junior Boys (Born 95 and younger):

James Philip Heywood (Warr), Daniel Woodall (Capt) (DWPC), Iain Lindsay (Warr), Luke Thomson (DWPC), Rory Gallacher (PORT), Scott Wilson (DWPC), Liam Rodger (DWPC),

 

Senior Men:

Bojan Donevski (PORT), Simon Metcalfe (DWPC), Andrew Woodall (DWPC), Neilson Rutherford (CAPT)(PORT), Fraser Rutherford (PORT), Ed Grundy (PORT), Alasdair Campbell (DWPC), Mark Speed (DWPC), Nuno Oliveira (PORT), Tom Crammond (PORT)

Final two places from the following reserves:

Lorcan Morgan (PORT), Miles Radcliffe Trenner (St Andrews Uni/PORT), David Baxter (DWPC), Darren Campbell (DWPC), Chris Campbell (DWPC), Stewart Carlisle (DWPC)

 

The British Waterpolo League Men’s Division 1 is coming to the RCP on 6/7 Oct and this is the first time this competition has come over the border, particularly significant in Portobello’s anniversary year. 

 

This will be a good opportunity to witness top class Waterpolo played by some of the best teams in Britain.  There are 4 games being played each, Portobello will be playing Bristol at 7pm on Saturday and then Polytechnic on Sunday at 1pm.

Ralph Payne awarded the John Gunning Award

on Friday, 14 September 2012.

East District Award

Ralph Payne awarded the John Gunning Award

Congratulations to Ralph Payne on receiving the John Gunning Award

Ralph is a FINA referee open water and officiated at open water events in the 2012 Olympics.

However, when attending speed swimming events, Ralph spends most of his time as the official electronics operator. His dedication, commitment and support ensures swimming competitions run smoothly and all swimmers have electronic times for their swims.

Ralph has supported Scottish swimming for almost 20 years. He initially started as a timekeeper, then began to progress through the official ranks, moving from judge to recorder, starter, referee and then electronics operator and latterly district AOE manager.

For the past 5 years Ralph has been looking after the AOE for the East district. He takes personal responsibility for taking the equipment to each event, where he will set up the night before, support the electronic time recording for the event, dismantle and pack the equipment after the event. Once home, he then unpacks the equipment to let it dry out. Once dried he will check it, make any repairs, then repack it ready for the next gala, which is normally the next weekend.

Each gala requires a time commitment of up to 20 hours per weekend. Over the course of a year, Ralph is generally involved in galas for around 45 weekends. He even plans his holidays so that they don't impact on the swimming calendar.