Twenty-six swimmers (sorry if I miscounted), attended and competed at the West of Scotland, mini league ‘B’ final, held on a glorious day in Ayr, at the Citadel Leisure Centre on Saturday the 9th of June.
Setting off from the Galleon at 9am, the swimmers were in high spirits looking forward to this fun and exciting team event at the end of the season.
For many young swimmers in D1 and D2, it was their first taste of a big team competition in which they were competing for a trophy and a title. For some of the more seasoned swimmers, it was their chance to lead the team with some impressive swims in the pool and even more impressive cheering and support for Kilmarnock on poolside! (At times it was absolutely deafening!).
A third of the way in to the competition, Kilmarnock were lying third behind West Dunbartonshire and Kingston respectively. However, once Kilmarnock had found their flow, the points came thick and fast, sling-shotting the team in to the lead at the half way mark.
The pinnacle events in the meet were the final 2 squadron relay races. Each team had 6 members, (1 girls team comprising of Molly Binning, Ava Hunter, Jess Urquhart, Kymberley Willis, Rowan MacDonald and Lily Murray and 1 boys team comprising of Oliver Mayes, Ryan Johnston, Lewis Howie, PJ Coyle, Sam McCallum and Adam Thomson). The girls squadron went first, dominating the rest of the field from the start. The boys faced a slightly tougher battle and it took an extremely gritty effort from PJ, Sam and Adam to stretch Kilmarnock’s lead and take the top points for the boy’s squadron as well.
With finger nails almost knawn down to the cuticals awaiting the final team results, swimmers could finally breathe a sigh of relief as Kingston were awarded second place.
As swimmers had highlighted their intentions to make a splash in to the pool if they won, upon being awarded the 1st place trophy, coaches Adam, Mark and Scott Thomson , and team managers Scott Boyd and Karen Thomson miraculously disappeared…
Arriving back to Kilmarnock to a ‘fan fair’ and hero’s welcome at the Galleon, the buses wheels had barely had time to cease before swimmers were causing anarchy in a place they call “MacDonalds”, or something like that!
A special thank you to all the parents and helpers who have worked tirelessly supporting the team over the mini league season with transportation, team managing, and coaching support roles. You are all superstars 💫. Another thank you must go to the coaches who have given up their free time to support and coach our swimmers. A phenomenal team effort Kilmarnock.
Head Coaches ‘FINAL’ thoughts:
No matter the size of challenge you faced,
How many swim’s you swam,
It takes TEAMWORK to make the DREAMWORK.