Heart of Midlothian Premier Age Group Meet – October 2015, Prestonpans

Twenty four Midlothian swimmers recently competed at the Heart of Midlothian Premier age group meet at Prestonpans, which attracted swimmers from all over the country.

In the 50m freestyle and 50 m butterfly events, Eilidh Redpath, Jamie Ferguson and Fraser Wilson all won Gold medals with Jamie Ferguson and Fraser Wilson repeated this in the 200m backstroke.

Eilidh Redpath also won the 200m breaststroke and 50m backstroke with Jodie Finlay finishing second.

Jamie Ferguson and Fraser Wilson again were on winning form with gold in the 50 m backstroke and the 200m freestyle events.

All 4 swimmers featured on the podium in the 50m breaststroke, Eilidh and Jamie winning gold, whilst Jodie and Fraser won silver before Eilidh rounded off the first day winning the 200m butterfly.

The second day saw Eilidh Redpath win 100m Individual medley and this was matched by Jamie Ferguson and Fraser Wilson in the 200m event and wins for them all in 100 m freestyle. In addition Eilidh Redpath won the 100m breaststroke in her category, with Fraser Wilson winning silver and Jodie Finlay taking bronze in her category.

All 4 were back in the medals in the final session. In the individual medley, Eilidh won gold and Jodie claimed silver in the 200m whilst Jamie and Fraser both won gold in the 100m event. The 2 boys repeated this feat in the last 2 events winning the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly and in the same 2 events; Eilidh took silver and gold respectfully.

In addition to the host of medals, Fraser and Eilidh set no fewer than 5 meet records each.   They were both awarded top girl and top boy amd Jamie Gerguson won that honour in his age category for his swims.

Head coach, Colin Barton was delighted with the success saying “all the swimmers should all be proud of their individual performances.” 

Midlothian Annual Sports Awards – Friday 30th October 2015


Our very own Fraser Wilson was looking very smart, as he attended the Midlothian Annual Sports Awards  on Friday 30th October 2015. The event was held at The Lasswade Centre hosted by Midlothian Council to honour a whole range of local sporting heroes.

Fraser had been commended in the Junior Sports Personality category. This was in recognition of his achievements in swimming over the past year. He is current Scottish Age Group Open Champion in the 50 metre butterfly and the Scottish National Age Group Champion in the 50, 100 and 200 metres backstroke.

Awards were made in the following categorys, Senior Sports Personality, Junior Sports Personality, Senior Team, Junior Team, Coach of The Year, Service To Local Sport, Volunteer of The Year.

Provost Joe Wallace presented prizes saying “It’s an honour to present these awards to so many inspirational athletes as well as those who coach or volunteer.

“The dedication and commitment you show to your chosen sport is wonderful. You are all a credit to Midlothian. Well done to everyone. You are all sporting heroes.”

SASA East District Age Group Championships – 31st October 2015

Ten Midlothian swimmers were in action on 31st October 2015 at the Michael Woods Centre in Glenrothes for the first round of the SASA east district Age Group Championships swim meet.

Katie Golder came in third place for her 400 metre individual medley swim in the 15 year girls category in 5:11.25 with Beth McFarlane gaining a ninth place in the girls 16 years and over event in 5:24.42. Katie Golder achieved a fourth place for her 400 metre freestyle swim in 4:43.39 with a fifteenth place finish for Beth McFarlane in her age category with a time of 4:50.52.

In the girls,13 year old 800 meter freestyle event, Eilidh Redpath won in a time of 9:32.23 with Jodie Finlay finishing in fifth place with a time 10:00.70 whilst Ria Colbridge finished in tenth place with her 800 meter swim in the girls 11-12 year old event, with a fast time of 10:46.28.

The 1500 metre freestyle event for 15 year old boys, saw an impressive fourth place for Matthias Rietvelt in 17:37.64.

In the Boys 13 year old 400 metre individual medley event, Fraser Wilson won with a time of 5:03.58 with a seventeenth place for Euan Edmiston in 5:43.40. Whilst in the 400 metre freestyle event, Fraser Wilson won gold with a time of 4:28.31 while Euan Edmiston finished in fourteenth place with a time of 4:55.72.

Lewis Thomson achieved a tenth place finish in the Boys 11-12 400 metre freestyle event with a time of 5:02.46. While Jamie Ferguson finished in a time 5:09.46 with his 12th place swim and he also gained an 11th place in the Boys 11-12 400 Metre Individual Medley event with a 5:48.87 time.

Lincoln Vulcans Short Course Open Meet – Sheffield October 2015

Fantastic performance from Eilidh Redpath and Fraser Wilson!
Two Midlothian swimmers were representing SASA East district team this weekend. They were competing in the Lincoln Vulcans short course open meet, at Pondsforge pool, Sheffield. Fraser Wilson won gold medals in two events in his Boys 13 year old category. Swimming his 100m backstroke, in a time of 1:04.57 and 200m backstroke in a time of 2:20.10, not content with this he won a silver medals in his 400m Freestyle event with a time of 4:28.74 and the 200m Individual medley event in a time of 2:22.84.

Eilidh Redpath was also in action at this meet, winning silver medals in the girls 13 year old 400m Freestyle event with a time of 4:45.29 and the 200m Individual medley event in a time of 2:35.51 13. Also coming in third place to win a bronze medal for her 200m Freestyle race in a time of 2:14.05 and fifth place in 100m Backstroke event with a time of 1:12.49

This was a warm up event for the Asa National County team event (Division 1) which took place on Sunday again at Pondsforge in Sheffield. The youngsters were representing their swimming district for the first time.

Fraser Wilson gained second place in the Boys 12/13 Yrs 100m Backstroke event and 7th in the Boys 12/13 Yrs 100m Butterfly race. Eilidh Redpath was competing as part of the team in the Womens 12/13 Yrs 4x50m Medley event, where they achieved 19th place with a time of 2:10.73. Fraser Wilson also took part in the mixed 6x50m Freestyle relay event where they managed 10th place with a time of 2.37.69. This meant that the SASA East district team finished in tenth place overall, on the leader table with 324 points and successfully managed to avoid relegation into the second division.

Head coach Colin Barton, was delighted with his swimmers performances.

Fraser Wilson has qualified for Scottish Youth Development Squad

********WELL DONE FRASER*******


Following a very successful season, Fraser Wilson was selected for this year’s Scottish Swimming youth development squad.  His consistent results meant he qualified for inclusion into this National development squad for the first time. Fraser was “really excited” by his selection, inspiring him to ” put one hundred percent into training so that I can improve my personal best times and compete against the best in the country.”

Scottish Swimming has different performance squads, the Senior Gold squad consists of Scotland’s top competitive swimmers – the athletes who have won or are likely to win medals at competitions such as the Commonwealth Games. Other squads include Senior Silver and Senior Bronze Squads, the Youth Squad and the Youth Development Squad with the District Regional Programme completing the structure.

Last weekend Fraser attended the first of two, weekend training camps at the National swim Centre in Stirling. He completed 8 hours of swim training in addition to land training and education sessions. Along with a total of forty-four swimmers from twenty-one swimming clubs, he learned from the first hand experience of double Commonwealth Games Gold medalist, Caitlin McClatchey. She took to twitter afterwards to say how much she ” Enjoyed chatting to the Youth Development Squad “fraser square

Fraser Wilson admitted that “as soon as I got the letter for this squad I was looking to see what I had to do to get to the next level up. My next competition target is to retain being the East District Champion.”

Not letting the selection go to his head, the youngster thanked his coaches, Colin Barton and Gilbert  Kirkwood, and Scottish Swimming for their investment of time, but said he ” couldn’t do this without the support of my parents.” 

Later this year, on Boxing Day, Fraser will attend a further four day training camp, and his performances will be monitored during several competitions this year. He will then have the opportunity to be selected to represent Scotland at youth level at an overseas competition early in the new year. He is hoping that “all my hard training and dedication is beginning to pay off, I’m hoping to  improve my personal best times, work on my training and mindset ,so that I can be selected”

Fraser found working with the other swimmers, “very motivating and good to meet the swimmers in a totally different environment.” Fraser said the experience ” was brilliant , I learn’t a lot over the weekend.


Congratulations to the following swimmers who have recently been selected for the various teams and programmes listed.

National Youth Development Squad
Fraser Wilson has been selected for this year’s youth development squad.  He will take part in 2 training camps held in Stirling with the opportunity of possibly representing Scotland in an overseas meet next year.


District Regional Programme
This year, we have 6 swimmers who have been selected for the 2 squads within this programme. They are Jodie Finlay, Ria Colbridge, Lewis Thomson, Jamie Ferguson, Eve Thomson and Eilidh Redpath. They will be involved in 3 full training days between September and December.

National County team championships
Eilidh Redpath and Fraser Wilson have been selected to represent the Scotland East team which will compete in these championships in Sheffield in October. The team are in the first division, so they will come up against the best age groups swimmers from throughout the UK.

SASA East District Regional Talented Swimmers Programme


At the end of last year a number of Midlothian swimmers were selected to attend Scottish swimming training days, as part of Sasa East District Regional talented swimmers programme. Due to their recent performances, two club swimmers, Jamie Ferguson and Eilidh Redpath have been invited to attend a further intensive day of swim training at the National swimming academy in Stirling. Jamie has been asked to attend National Stroke Camp Backstroke with coach John Szaranek, and Eilidh National Stroke Camp Butterfly with Gordon Glasgow, both swimmers are over the moon to be selected and head coach Colin Barton says “it is a great reflection of the pool of talent that we have here at Midlothian swimming club.”

The Camps took place on 25-26 April 2015 and brought together some of the fastest young swimmers from across Scotland. It provided an opportunity for swimmers of different ages and their coaches to work together, to gain vital technical information, analysis and feedback to help develop these swimmers into swimming stars of the future.