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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 Hoodie/joggers Order

Hoodie/Joggers order form can be found under Gala-documents. Orders/payments required by 27 March 2015.  Payment must be made with order.  Lee McMurray will be in cafeteria area with sample sizes on Tues, 3 March and Tues, 17 March from 6-7pm

Latest Update Swim Shop Sale

Swim shop SALE leaflet can be found under Gala - Documents.  Anyone interested in any items, please contact Lee McMurray on leemcm10@gmail.com.

Annual Club membership Fees

To cover the rise in cost of SASA registration fees to £43, the Club Membership Fee has been increased to £10 per annum. SASA registration fees for each Club Age Group Swimmer will be paid by HBASC this year (to be reviewed annually). Membership Fees are due on 1 March 2015, Heather Gilmore will be in the cafeteria area on 3 March 2015 to collect these fees. If anyone intends not to renew their membership, please advise Heather Gilmore or Lee McMurray asap. Thanking you in advance, the Committee.

Latest Update Club Championships 2015

The first session will be held on Tuesday 10th March 6pm-8.30pm.  Please be on poolside ready for 6pm warmup.    ALL swimmers in the club are invited to compete.  Please bring hoodie and a drink.   Please check out in Gala -> documents for more schedules.

Girls  50m Freestyle Newcomers 1
Boys 50m Freestyle Newcomers 1
Girls 10 & Under 100m Freestyle
Boys 10 & Under 100m Freestyle
Girls 11-12 200m Freestyle
Boys 11-12 200m Freestyle
Girls 13 & over  200m Freestyle
Boys 13 & over  200m Freestyle
Girls 50m Backstroke Newcomers 1
Boys 50m Backstroke Newcomers 1
Girls 10 & Under 100m Backstroke
Boys 10 & Under 100m Backstroke
Girls 11-12 200 Backstroke
Boys 11-12 200 Backstroke
Girls 13 & over 200m Backstroke
Boys 13 & over 200m Backstroke

Latest Update Annual Primary Schools Gala 2015

HBASC will host the annual Hamilton district Primary Schools Gala on Friday, 8th May 2015 at Larkhall Leisure Centre, 6.30pm start.  All Hamilton Baths primary school aged children can participate whether they attend a local school or not.

Swiimers from all local schools - invites have been emailed to your school.  Please enrol through your Head Teacher.

All other Hamilton Baths primary age swimmers who do not attend a local school, can swim for the Hamilton Baths Team and should complete an entry form available from the website (under Gala-entries) and submit to Pamela McGhee on pamelamcghee@hotmail.co.uk no later than 1 April 2015.

Bellshill Sharks Open Meet Results

Congratulations to the following swimmers who won medals at the Bellshill Sharks Open Meet

Ross Burns - Gold in 200 Breaststroke and Silver in both 50 and 100 Breaststroke
Kirsty Griffiths - Silver in 50 Backstroke and Bronze in 200 IM
Aaron Murray - Silver in both 200 Breaststroke and  200 freestyle and Bronze in 100 Breaststroke, 50 Fly and 50 freestyle

Poolside And Gala Photographs And Videos

Would all swimmers please note that taking photographs or video clips is strictly prohibited in any swimming pool environment without official permission. That means on the poolside or in the changing areas at training or at galas.

West District Long Course Junior Age Group Championships

Congratulations to all swimmers who took part at the weekend with some great swims.

Special congratulations to

Olivia Easdon (11 and under) who won gold in the 100 fly, silver in 200 breast and 100 breast and bronze in 200 IM. Olivia also came in the top 6 in 100 back and 400 IM.

Ellie Forsyth(12 years) who won bronze medals in 100 and 200 breast. Ellie also came in the top 6 in 400 IM.

Sophie Newberry(13 years) who came in the top 6 in 100 fly and 100 Breast

Well done!

Updated Events Calendar

Would all swimmers please note that an updated events calendar can be found under Gala - Documents.

2014 Hamilton Baths Club Champions


Matthew Fenwick

Heather Smyth

13 - 14 YEARS

Ewan McMurray

Kirsty Griffiths

11 - 12 YEARS

Fraser MacDonald

Sophie Newberry


Aaron Murray

Olivia Easdon

2014 Hamilton Baths Club Championships Silver Medallists


Ross Burns

Heather Steel

13 - 14 YEARS

Fraser Richardson

Hollie Miller

11 - 12 YEARS

Balazs Szelei

Ellie Forsyth


Saskia Wade

West District Grand Prix Results

The results from the above meet can be found under Gala - Results.

Scottish Schools Finals Provisional Entries

The provisional entries for the Scottish Schools Finals can be found under Gala - Entries.

Congratulations To Fraser Richardson & Ethan Darroch

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Congratulations to Fraser Richardson and Ethan Darroch who won their first caps for Scotland in the recent Walsall Inter Regional Championship U14 Boys Water Polo event.

Fraser & Ethan played in every match with Fraser scoring 2 goals and Ethan scoring against  East Midlands.

The attached picture show Fraser in his Scotland Polo Shirt and Ethan Below. 

Club Championship Winners And Silver Medalists For 2014

Presentation of awards will be announced in due course.

Club Championship details can be found under Gala - Documents.

Updated FINA Rules

Please read the updated FINA Rules at the link below


4 New Year Resolutions Every Swimmer Must Make

Please click on the link below to read.


Cumbernauld Winter Open Meet - November

Congratulations to the following swimmers:

Kirsty Griffiths – overall girls’ best performance.

Sophie Newberry – Gold medal in 200 IM, Silver medal in 200 Breaststroke, Bronze medal in 100 Butterfly

Aaron Murray – Bronze medals in 200 Breaststroke and 50 Butterfly

Olivia Easdon – Gold medal in 50 Butterfly, Silver medals in 100 Butterfly and 200 IM, Bronze medals in 200 Breaststroke and 50 Freestyle

Kirsty Griffiths – Gold medals in 200 Backstroke and 200 IM, Bronze medal in 100 Butterfly

Ewan McMurray – Bronze Medal in 200 Breaststroke

Matthew Fenwick – Silver medal in 200 Breaststroke

Ross Burns - Bronze medal in 200 Breaststroke


Those gaining 4th, 5th, 6th places:

Yvonne Brown, Sophie Newberry, Aaron Murray, Ellie Forsyth, Ryan Anderson, Matthew Fenwick, Kirsty Griffiths, Ewan McMurray

West District Short Course Championships

Congratulations to the following swimmers:

Kirsty Griffiths – Silver medal in 200IM and Bronze medals in 200 Backstroke and 100 Backstroke.

Ross Burns – Silver medal in 200 Breaststroke

Those gaining 4th, 5th, 6th places:

Kirsty Griffiths, Sophie Newberry, Balazs Szelei, Ewan McMurray, Hollie Miller, Matthew Fenwick.



Congratulations to the following swimmers:

Kirsty Griffiths – Silver medal in 100 Backstroke, and Bronze medals in 400 Freestyle and 50 Freestyle

Hollie Miller – Silver medal in 100 Freestyle


Those gaining 4th, 5th, 6th places:

Kirsty Griffiths, Hollie Miller, Lewis Beagrie, Ryan McGhee, Ellie Forsyth, Ewan McMurray, Matthew Fenwick, Ross Burns


Can any outstanding gala fees be paid by Tuesday, 9th December 2014.  Payment can be made to Heather Gilmore between 6.45 - 7.30pm in the cafe.  If this isn't suitable, please rearrange a suitable time before the Christmas holidays.  Thank you.

Hamilton Baths AGM

The Hamilton Baths Amateur Swimming Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, 19 January 2015 at 7.30pm in the Bowling Pavillion within the Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds.  All are welcome to attend.  Further details will be posted in due course.

Hamilton Baths Awards Night Photos Now Online

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The pictures from the Hamilton Baths Awards Night are now online.  To access the pictures please log in to your noticeboard and click on the Gallery tab.

Scottish Swimming Finals

The final list of nominations for the Scottish Schools Finals can be found under Gala - Entries.

If you notice any errors or any further nominations  or anyone not available to swim, please let me know at mark.easdon@btinternet.com by Friday 21st November  .

Please ensure that swimmers are aware that the swims are our nominated swims and NOT accepted swims as the event is usually oversubscribed we anticipate that not all swims will be accepted.

Only the entry fee  will be paid by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture please ensure that swimmers are available to swim at the event in Aberdeen before submitting their nomination . 


Congratulations to Ross Burns and Heather Steele who have been selected as club captains for the coming year. A big thank you to all who applied it made the selection process very hard.

West Districts Senior Age Groups, Ayr 1st & 2nd November

Congratulations to Ross Burns who won Silver in the 200 breaststroke at the West District Championships at the weekend.

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!

Updated Calendar

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

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

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

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.