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We thought it was time we gave you an opportunity to get to know our new club President, Gavin Reid.

Gavin volunteered to take on the role as chair of the management committee at the AGM in December, taking over from Margaret Anne Dickson, who’d been at the helm for 2018 during a year of remarkable changes and developments for the club.

He’ll be a familiar face to anyone who competed at our four home meets after coming onto the committee last year as the Gala Convenor, as also as one of the regular poolside parents with sons swimming with the silver and senior squads.

“The committee has worked exceptionally hard to put the club in a good financial position,” he comments when asked about his vision for 2019.

“The club can only be as successful as the effort we put in, whether that’s as swimmers or as families who have a massive role to play in making sure we provide them with as many opportunities as we can.

“I’d like to encourage everyone to look for a way they can get involved. That might be helping with the running of the galas where there are so many jobs like setting up, organising the catering and front of house, or marshalling the swimmers.

“We also have an obligation to provide our share of technical officials for timing and judging – both at our own galas and when we travel to those organised by other clubs – and there can be financial penalties imposed on the club if we fall short.

“Roslyn Kelly does a great job as our STO Convenor and I’d like to encourage every family who has a swimmer who competes at galas to sign up to train as a timekeeper.  It’s one of the best things you can do to support your child as they progress in the sport.  Send an email to our secretary, Ann Girvan if you are willing to play your part.

“I’ve an open approach so please get in touch, or speak to me in person, if you have any ideas or can use your skills to assist the club in any way."