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Swimming Coach Position

Tain Amateur Swimming Club (TASC) is a thriving club based in Tain, which is committed to swimming in the Highlands. We have approximately 40 swimmers split over 4 squads (from stroke development through to our swimmers competing at National level and similar). We have a team of dedicated voluntary coaches who give up their time to the various after-school sessions. We are looking to recruit an additional coach to join the team. The ideal candidate would be an experienced level 2 or 3 coach, however we recognise that commitment, determination and enthusiasm for swimming are the most essential attributes. We also welcome applications from less experienced coaches who are looking to gain further experience and we would look to support such a candidate in their development and our current coaches will be pleased to give assistance along the way. We have a clear development pathway into the Highland Swim Team (HST) who have a performance development coach supporting our coaching team on a regular basis. Tain Amateur Swim Club has a successful reputation as being a small but talented club and whilst there is no salary attached to the position we will pay all reasonable expenses. The role is based in Tain swimming club and there will be opportunities to attend swim meets further afield. Enquiries to Jonathan Wood (chair) via email address We look forward to hearing from you.
SASA North Scottish Swimming Highland Swim Team




DRP Girls Elise & Tammy at the training day in Aberdeen.





Our 3 DRP swimmers Eilidh, Tammy and Isla travelled to Aberdeen to take part in their final training weekend.
The District Regional Programme is considered the first step of the Scottish national Programme and is implemented through each of the SASA Districts.
This is a huge achievement for our swimmers who have been selected as a result of their 2015/16 meet performances, their individual best times meeting or exceeding the tough criteria laid down by national selection policy.
This year the programme was delivered by coach Anne Ewing and supported by Olympian Craig Benson.
Well done girls!!!


APRIL 2015

Tain Swimmers Make a Splash at National Competition!

Four swimmers from TASC have recently returned from competing at the 2015 Scottish National Age Groups Swimming Championships (SNAGS) at the Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre which took place from 31 March – 5 April.  Lucy Dornan, Andrew Gatton,  Eilidh Mackenzie and Maree Wood put in fantastic performances having been training hard over the past 12 months to secure qualifying times to enter this National level event. As some of Tain’s top swimmers they also train regularly with the Highland Swim Team (HST) in Inverness and it was with this team that they competed, contributing to HST being placed 20th out of 56 teams.  A great achievement against much bigger teams from Scotland and the rest of the UK. This long course event (50m pool) is far more gruelling than short course swimming (25m pool) and, bearing in mind a large part of their training is done in Tain (20m pool) their results certainly reflect the hard work and dedication of the swimmers and coaches.


Douglas Ross and Lucy Dornan took their Breaststroke skills to the Scottish National Open Championships in Glasgow where Lucy set a new Long Course 50m record and Douglas set new Long Course records for 50m, 100m and 200m.

Douglas had previously set a new Long Course record in 200m Freestyle at the Scottish Schools Finals in East Kilbride

Records continue to fall on a regular basis and what a whopping assault on record times at the Buckie Annual Meet where Andrew Gatton took six records at 12 yrs in 100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle, plus 100m Fly, 200m and 400m IM. At the same meet Douglas Ross set new times in 100m Fly and 400m IM at 14 yrs, Bailey Nelson in 200m Freestyle and Fly at 14 yrs and Eilidh Mackenzie in 100m Freestyle and Fly, plus 200m IM at 10 yrs.

Douglas Ross and Lucy Dornan were in action at the North District Age Group Championships in Fraserburgh where Douglas improved on his own records in 100m Freestyle and Breaststroke while Lucy took two longstanding records in 100m and 200m

10 records were set by 5 swimmers at 2 meets in Feb/Mar, i.e  Douglas Ross, Maree Wood, Lucy Dornan, Andrew Gatton and Eilidh Mackenzie between them set 10 records at the Elgin Spring Meet and the Forres Bluefins 2-Day Meet.   Well done all round for consistently fine effort and for knocking all those records for six.

November/December 2013

There were a number of excellent results for the club during November and December 2013, producing a wonderful set of records. Eilidh Mackenzie kicked things off with a 50m Back Stroke record at the Buckie Mini Meet.  The Highland Schools Competition (see below) was then closely followed by the North District Open Championships at which Bailey Nelson took the record for 100m Butterfly while Douglas Ross took 100m Freestyle and 200m IM.  A fortnight later at the North District Age Groups, Lucy Dornan took the record for 200m Breast Stroke , Bailey claimed 200m and 400m IM; and Douglas added 100m and 200m records in both Breast Stroke and Back Stroke.   To cap off a wonderful  series of swims, Douglas  took the 100m IM record at the Scottish National Short Course Championships in Edinburgh.

Highland Schools competition
Breast Stroke records were the order of the day with five new club records at the Highland Schools competition in Inverness set by swimmers from 10 to 16 yrs.   Maree Wood (10) was the youngest , taking the Breast Stroke record for 50m, with Lucy Dornan (13) taking 100m, Douglas Ross (14) taking 100m and Rebekah Bryan (16) taking 100m and 200m.

Other strokes were represented in the records haul with Bailey Nelson (14) taking 200m Freestyle and Butterfly;  and Douglas also taking 200m Freestyle.


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