Plan to merge swimming clubs

DISCUSSIONS have taken place with a view to merging the town’s two swimming clubs.

But the proposed move between Hawick ASC and Teviotdale ASC has stalled after objections from certain members of the Hawick club.

Although refusing to comment on the plans, club president Alison Bruce indicated this week she was set to stand down at their annual general meeting on Tuesday, while vice-chairman Ian Aitken, his wife Janet (treasurer) and daughter Lesley-Anne have also tendered their resignations.

Mr Aitken, who has been involved with the club for ten years, told the Hawick News this week: “I felt that, in the interests of swimming in Hawick, to try to get the two clubs together, it was best to relinquish my duties as vice chair of the club.

“Fresh faces are required to take the club to the next level.”

The loss of Lesley-Anne, who was named junior coach of the year for the Borders in 2011, will be a particular blow for young swimmers in the town.

Borders Sport & Leisure Trust (BSLT) are assisting with the merger, which is being assessed by a working group that includes representatives from each club and the Trust.

They are looking at the best use of available resources such as coaching staff, equipment, funding and expertise as well as establishing a clear single pathway for competitive swimming in the town.

John McBay, BSLT development officer, who has been working with the clubs, said: “We look forward to continuing the work with both committees and to continued discussions regarding the potential creation of a single swimming club in Hawick to provide the best possibility opportunities for of the town’s young swimmers.”