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About Swimming

The district organises competitions and training for East District swimmers and two open swimming competitions each year; the East District open (May / June) and the Edinburgh International swim meet (March).

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Open Water

Open water swimming takes place in outdoor bodies of water such as oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, canals and reservoirs. The activity has grown in popularity in recent years.

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Masters swimming is a special class of competitive swimming and is for swimmers 25 years or older. They compete within age groups of 5 years.

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Diving is made up of many different styles and techniques. It involves a display of perfectly formed body positions while plunging into a pool of water.

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Water Polo

Water Polo is a team watersport. The playing team consists of six field players and one goalkeeper. The winner of the game is the team that scores the most goals.

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Can you imagine swimming for up to five minutes while performing acrobatics, holding your breath, looking graceful and having to keep in time to the music or your fellow athletes?

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A huge well done to the winner of the Junior Waterpolo player of the year - Joe Mathieson

on Sunday, 19 May 2024.

AGM 2024

Joe Mathieson

Congratulations to Joe Mathieson 

It’s been a breakthrough year for Joe. He is developing into an exceptional talent.
He’s played all across age groups for club and country.
He’s exceeded his young age by playing in under 17 under 19 and senior club water Polo for Portobello also playing in two age divisions for Caledonia
He also has a passion for the Sport 
List of achievements so far
- Captain BMC cup winner 2023 - U18s
- Men’s Scottish cup final winner 2022, 2023, (2024🤞)
- ⁠Mens Scottish league winners 2024.
- U17 2024 - finalist
- U19 2024 - Finalist, bronze medal and tournament top scorer. 
Scotland/ National Development Squad
- U16s 2023 - Tournament Top scorer - BWMP international tournament in Lloret De Mar. 
- U18s EU Nations 2023. 
- Men’s training squad. 
- U18 squad

Congratulations to Niamh Moloney, awarded the Peter Heatly Award

on Saturday, 18 May 2024.

AGM 2024

Niamh Moloney 2

Niamh Moloney has been a key player in the highly successful Dunfermline Water Polo Club (DWPC) Senior Ladies team as well as playing for London Otter club team playing in British league competitions.

2023 Scottish National League undefeated winners – DWPC.

2023 Scottish Champions - DWPC 

2023 British Water Polo League (BWPL) SUPER 5s Champions with London Otter (comprising only the top 5 club teams in Great Britain)

2023 Champions Cup Winner with London Otter

2023/24 British Water Polo League Phase 1 Women’s Division 1 (5th place) - London Otter.

2023/24 British Water Polo League Phase 2 Women’s Super 5’s - London Otter.

In addition to training with DWPC, Niamh Moloney has regularly trained and played throughout 2023 with the Great Britain Senior women squad. Niamh has undertaken extensive travel to attend training camps in England and abroad along with international tournaments against some of the best National Teams in Europe.  This has taken a significant personal commitment of time and expense as the squads have very limited funding support.  Her hard work, dedication and commitment paid off with Niamh being selected for the 13-player team that ultimately competed at the 2024 European Championships in early Jan 2024.  Outstanding results at the Europeans ensured qualification at the 2024 World Championship in Doha, first time in 11 years.  A significant achievement for Great Britain Senior women and finishing 11th which bettered the previous performance.

Key International Events:

2023 Competed at World Aquatics World Cup Division 2 with Great Britain Senior Women

2023 Danube League with Great Britain Women

2023 Danube Cup with Great Britain Women

2023 Group Winners in European Championships Qualifiers earning place at the European Championships

2024 European Championships with Great Britain Women (7th place finish) earning qualification to the 2024 World Championships.

2024 World Championships in Doha with Great Britain Women (11th place finish).

Niamh was awarded the 2023 Scottish Swimming Senior Waterpolo Player of the Year for the 2nd time and in February 2024 became the Dunfermline and West Fife Sports Council Sports Personality of the Year for 2023.

Niamh is an outstanding role model to all our younger players as well as the girls throughout the Scotland waterpolo community. 


Richie Metcalfe Waterpolo Convenor

Jan Harvey made life member of East District

on Saturday, 18 May 2024.

AGM 2024

Jan Harvey

Congratulations to Jan Harvey on becoming a Life Member of SASA East District

Jan started the journey into swimming life as a timekeeper on 3 May 1986
Continued onto what was at this point a combined Judge 1 & 2 (where you had to sit an exam) 7/5/1988 and as a starter 1/6/1989.

From here the journey and commitment continued into becoming a Referee.
From this point we saw Jan continue to grow her volunteer role within their
own club and the District, taking on a significant role within our STO committee as a
course co-ordinator and has seen many a timekeeper trained and go further in their
own official pathway.

Jan has supported Club and District swimmers alike for many years, too
many to mention (or that I dare to!) and most of these have been when their own
children gave up.

Susan Liddle - East District President