Newsletter Summer 2019

25 February 2020 By admin

Whole Club Events


Kinross Otters are a family and that has never been clearer than in the last few months.

In order to help us to build and maintain this strong team bond within Otters, we’ve been hosting a series of social events for swimmers and their grown-ups. Our recent bowling night was great fun and we followed it up with a fabulous day out at Willowgate Activity Centre.


Following a day of paddleboarding, open water swimming (mainly for Coach Fiona), kayaking and katakanu, we headed back to Glenfarg Village Hall where we hosted a barbecue.


This was a great way for swimmers and families to get together outside the
pool and help to build strong relationships and friendships that make our club even more invincible!


Thanks to Karin and her social committee for pulling off such a great day! More pics on facebook!

Club of the Year!

We can also announce that Kinross Otters are finalists for the Scottish Swimming Club of the Year Award!

Scottish Swimming believe that strong clubs can offer local communities a vibrant focus for volunteer and athlete development, essential for creating lifelong participants and local and national heroes. There is such a strong network of swimming clubs across Scotland and

Scottish Swimming would like to recognise their achievements through this Award. This is due to our swimmers, hard-working coaches and committee and we are thrilled that a small club like ours can even compete at this level. We’ll keep you posted on the outcome!

DCA Stars of the Future

The DCA Stars of the Future saw Tom Pritchard coming home with a trio of bronze medals in 100m IM, 50m Fly, and 50m Breast stroke. The rest of the squad also performed with a brace of new Pb’s across all age groups. This is a meet aimed at those around 10 – 13 and we were proud of the local P7’s who despite a week of S1 induction events pushed through their fatigue to put on some great performances.


Summer Camp

We got 25 swimmers from across Gold & Platinum squads together for a two day Performance Camp this summer. They were joined by 5 of our volunteer coaches who took them through their paces. Topics included “What Makes a Good Swimmer” building on land-based warm ups, peer reviewed track starts and discussed healthy nutrition for sport. Coach Bob and Head Coach Fiona, having recently completed their own Strength & Conditioning Course, put them through their paces with weights, circuits and conditioning training. A great couple of days even a burst water main in Kinross couldn’t dampen!


We are indebted as always to our volunteer coaches who gave up their free time to prepare and run this event. Another fabulous opportunity for our swimmers.

Elite Meets


Three of our swimmers qualified for the elite Scottish Summer Meet. Emily Cumming in the 50 fly, 50 and 100 m back, 50 free 100 fly and the 200 IM. Struan Bennet represented Otters in the 200 fly, and 400, 800 and 1500 free and Ben Smallwood swam in the 50 fly and the 100 free. Well done to all of them for making it to this meet, a fantastic achievement!


Struan and Emily also attended the Glasgow International meet where he gained new Pb’s in both the 800m and 1500 m freestyle and Emily finished 27th overall in the 50m fly. Absolutely fantastic results by both!

SNOW in Summer?


Struan Bennet managed to squeeze a whole lot in this summer, including a little jaunt to the Scottish National Open Water champs. Taking place at the stunning Loch Venachar in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Struan finished in 15th overall and as the top Scot in his age group with a cracking 37.44 minutes for a 3k event. Well done Struan!

Kit Online Store

We are thrilled that our online store is now open! Simply order whatever you need from the online store using the link below, add your personalization and it will be delivered direct. No more waiting around for our annual bulk buy! We still sell caps, water bottles and onesies direct so talk to your child’s coach or any poolside helper or committee member for info on how to order.


https://www.oneills.com/uk_en/shop-by-team/water-sports/kinross-otters-asc.html