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Hamilton Baths Amateur Swimming Club was founded in 1912 and is now based in Hamilton Water Palace, Almada Street, Hamilton. The club has a membership of over 150 with ages ranging from 6 to over 70. The Water Palace facilities include a 25m pool, a flume, rapids and outdoor lagoon together with a health club and gym. It is operated by South Lanarkshire Council.

Contact info@hamiltonbaths.co.uk for general enquiries.

Our Aims

The Club's aim is to train and coach swimmers, of all abilities, so that they can reach their full potential as competitive swimmers. The club is therefore engaged regularly in galas and competitions throughout west central Scotland, and sometimes further afield.

Latest Update Club Championship Awards

Our annual club championship awards night will take place on Friday 21st November at the Colville Park in Motherwell. Tickets will go on sales shortly medal winners and champions will get first call on tickets. The venue will hold up to 250 people. 

Raffle prizes will be gratefully received and if they could be handed to a Committee member any time leading up to the night.

Latest Update South Lanarkshire Schools Swimming Championships Results

The results from the above meet are now available under Gala  - Results.   Lots of Medals and many PB's,  well done to all our swimmers who took part.

Latest Update Crae Stevenson - A.T.C. National Medal Winner

Congratulation to Crae Stevenson who was representing Scotland & Northern Ireland at the Air Training Corps National Championships which took place at RAF Cranwell on Saturday 25th October.  He was in the 4 x 50 Junior Boys Freestyle Relay Team and won Gold.  Well done Crae!

Training Cancellation

Would all swimmers please be aware that training has been cancelled on Wednesday Evening 29th October and Thursday Morning 30th October.  All other training is as normal.  If you have any questions please speak with your Coach.        

South Lanarkshire Schools Swimming Championships

The warm up on Wednesday 29 October will be 5.45pm and the competition will begin at 6.30pm
The programme is busy so all swimmers need to register before 5.30pm. Anyone who does not register on the night will be withdrawn. The registration desk is normally just outside the changing area at Larkhall pool.

Scottish Schools Finals
These will take place on 31 January in Aberdeen. Except for the oldest age-group there will be approximately 20 places available each event.
Swimmers will be asked at the South Lanarkshire Schools event to nominate themselves for their events for January. You will not be entered automatically as in the past because of the distance and cost to your family to take you to Aberdeen.

Remember you are swimming for your school, not Hamilton Baths. You can, however, wear your club cap as we are always delighted that you are proud of your club.

2014 club championships

results from session 6 of the club championship can be found under gala-results

congratulations to all swimmers who took part

South Lanarkshire Schools Entries

Would all swimmers who have entered the above competition please check their entries at Gala - Entries.

Please check that your details are correct. Amendments to Events or Entry Times can only be made if the original entry was wrong. Any updated times achieved since the 3rd of October are not allowed to be included.

*******Any amendments must be made via you School****** 

West District Sprints & Relays Medalists And Medallion Winners

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West District Sprints & Relays Championships

6th & 7th September

Back Row,

Ged Doyle 4th Place Medallion 50m Breast

Ryan McGhee 5th Place Medallion 50m Breast

Ross Burns  Silver Medal 50m Breast

Matthew Fenwick 4th Place Medallion 50m Breast

Front Row,

Sophie Newberry Bronze Medal  Relay

Lucy Ross 3 x Bronze Medals  50m Free, 50 Breast & Relay

Jenna Gilmore Bronze Medal Relay

Ellie Forsyth Bronze Medal Relay


Updated Calendar

Would all swimmers please note that an Updated  Calendar can be found under Gala > Documents.

Cumbernauld Autumn Graded Meet Medalists

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Cumbernauld meet 23/24 August 2014

Medal winners

Saskia Wade: Gold, Bronze

Olivia Easdon:  3 Golds and a Silver

Balazs Szelei: 2 Golds, 3 Silvers and a Bronze

Lewis Beagrie: 2 Bronze

Ellie Forsyth: Gold and 2 Bronze (Not pictured)

Elise McQueenie: Silver

Lucy Ross: Gold

Ryan Kirkpatrick: 2 Silvers

Kirsty Griffiths: 2 Silvers

Ryan McGhee: 2 Golds and a Silver

Fraser MacDonald: Bronze

Hollie Miller: Gold, 2 Silvers and Bronze

Ged Doyle: 2 Silvers and 2 Bronze

Sophie Newberry: Gold and 3 Silvers

Relay Silver: Sophie Newberry, Fraser MacDonald, Kirsty Griffiths, Ryan Anderson, Alice Nicol (Not pictured), Ryan McGhee

South Lanarkshire Schools Swimming Championships 2014

Parents and swimmers:

All entries MUST be made by your school. Individuals cannot make entries via their parent or club and they must achieve the entry times – if you need advice please talk to Ann O’Neill. Closing date is 3 October, 2014 and no late entries will be accepted.

Swimmers must attend a South Lanarkshire school.


A swimmer may enter a maximum number of events as detailed below:-

Born 2003 and later 3 individual events.

Born 2002 and earlier 4 individual events of which at least one must be a 200m or a 400m event.


From the top 6 performances in each age group, 3 swimmers names will be submitted for consideration for the SCOTTISH SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS provided they have met the qualifying time.



Congratulations to Kirsty Griffiths and Ellie Forsyth

Who have been selected for the District Regional Programme (DRP) which is part of the Scottish National Squads Programme Selection.

 How do you get on that?

You have to have the correct Mindset  , thats a positive attitude to your sport, dedication to your training, working hard on your technique (including your turns) and most of all when you get to competition being able to take all the hard knocks as well as the wins, learning from every race.

Download the document and see what you would need to do. The times get tougher every year so this is just a guide at the moment. Remember  , its not just about the times you do.

The DRP document can be found under Gala > Documents

Hamilton Baths at the Commonwealth Games Photos

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Attached below is the link to the new Hamilton Baths Commonwealth Photostream.


If any Hamilton Baths Swimmers have had pictures taken with Commonwealth Athletes or Someone famous at the Games and would like to have their pictures on the new Hamilton Baths Photostream, please email your Coveted Pictures, CommonSelfies or Photobombs to mark.easdon@btinternet.com  and we shall upload them for you.

A Tribute to Elenor Gordon (May 1934 – July 2014)

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Life Member , Friend and most accomplished swimmer of Hamilton Baths ASC.

In 1950 at the age of 16 , Elenor was the first ever Scottish woman to win a Gold Medal at the Empire Games. Her win in the 220 yards Breaststroke also makes her Scotland's youngest ever Gold medallist.

In the 1952 Olympic Games held in Helsinki, Elenor was the only British Swimmer to win a medal, coming home with a Bronze. However , this was a controversial race as Butterfly was included in the final alongside Breaststroke ; this was a new style and faster than Breaststroke, however Elenor held her nerve and came 3rd overall

Lifetime Achievements

Olympic Games

British Empire and Commonwealth Games

Bronze 1952 Helsinki, Finland 200m Breaststroke

Gold 1950 Auckland, NZ 220yd Breaststroke
Gold 1954 Vancouver, Canada 220yd Breaststroke
Gold 1954 Vancouver, Canada 3x110yd Medley
Bronze 1950 Auckland, NZ 3x110yd Medley

Elenor didn't stop there! She and her husband , Ken McKay , went on to win many medals across the world at Masters level. Elenor has been an inspiration to all our swimmers , past and present and she has shown us all how hard work and dedication can lead to success.

Our thought and prayers are with Ken and his family at this very sad time. We have not only lost a life member of the club but a dear friend.

National Squad Selection

Scottish National Squad Selection Policy &Times Summary for 2014-15 season has been posted under Gala -> documents

Touching the wall on Breaststroke and Butterfly

There has been some debate about how swimmers should touch the wall in Breaststroke and Butterfly after FINA announced a “new” rule after the summer.    They have now sent clarification in the form of photographs, which is really helpful.

Please look at the photos posted in Gala -> Documents and you will be clear about what is acceptable.


HBASC information leaflet

A new HBASC information leaflet has been produced to give parents a better understanding of how the club operates and the terminology used. 

This is our first club document and very much a work in progress.  We welcome questions and comments to improve it.  It is posted under Gala  -> Documents

2013 Club Championship Winners

Congratulations to the following swimmers who are the overall Club Championship winners for their age groups

Age 15+ Over Matthew Fenwick and Adrienne Allan

Age 13-14 Ryan McGhee and Heather Smyth

Age 11-12 Ryan Anderson and Kirsty Griffiths

Age 10+U Balazs Szelei and Ellie Forsyth

There are no overall newcomers as they have not been in the club a full year.

Overall champion is a separate achievement and not awarded soley from club championship events.  It is calculated as follows:  PBs achieved from meets, club championships and time trials held during the year from 1st November to 31 October recorded on our Hyytek database.  GB points are used to calculate the winner based on time achieved for the distance/event and by swimmers age.  The overall age group winners are awarded to the highest GB points for all the events in each age category.   It is important therefore that swimmers enter a broad number of distances and strokes in meets throughout the year to maximise their points.  If you have any questions let me know Marion 

Performance plus- performance and Nutrition guide for athletes.

Performance and Nutrition guide for athletes has been added under GALA then DOCUMENTS.

Club records

HBASC Club records have been updated for period of 2005 - 2011. Check it out under RECORDS then CLUB RECORDS for Top Overall and Top 3. Well done to all.

Swimmers' PBs

Anyone looking for their PB times can be found on our website under GALA then TEAM MANAGER DATA.

* hit the clock and it will take you into the hytek sports system

* select Athletes

* select letter of surname eg M for Miller

* go to swimmer's name and hit TIMES

* at Course - select SCM for short course meet ie 25m pool (or  also LCM for long course meet ie 50m pool eg Tollcross/EK   )

* Times for all events will be listed

* Hit print results

Reminder re HBASC Pool Time

Swimmers should not be in the pool until the Club session commences unless they have paid for general swimming at the front desk.  Otherwise, swimmers must wait on poolside until their session commences.