Falkirk Otter is a competitive swimming club run by a fantastic group of coaches and a committee formed from parent volunteers. It is based in Falkirk, Scotland and provides coaching for young swimmers from the age of 6 upwards from Falkirk and the surrounding area.
The information for this years Central Schools Swimming Championships is now available and this year they are being held at Grangemouth Sports Complex.
All the forms can be requested by emailing Graham Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Committee are very pleased to advise that following recent interviews, Gary Vandermeulen has accepted the position of Head Coach for the Club.
Gary brings with him a wealth of swimming and coaching experience at local, regional, national and international levels. Most notably, Gary swam for Canada in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul where he was a finalist in the 4x200m Free Relay. In addition, Gary was a GB Olympic Coach at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.
As well as his Olympic swimming experience, Gary has been the Canadian record holder for the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle. He was also a Silver Medalist for Canada in the 4x200m Free Relay at the 1990 Commonwealth Games and was the Canadian National Champion 22 times for short and long course swimming. His coaching credentials are equally as impressive having coached at World Swimming Championship, Commonwealth and Olympic levels. Gary has also organised a series of stroke clinics and swim camps.
Gary is currently the owner of Sheppard Swim School, Head Coach for Phoenix Aquatics, Swim Coaching Consultant at Glenalmond College, and Head Coach for Central Region Disability Programme.
Gary is going to join the Club on Monday 3rd September and will also attend both sessions of the West Districts sprints this Sunday and also attend the Forth Valley Junior League meeting on Sunday 16th September. Gary will be getting to know swimmers, coaches and parents over the coming months and putting in place a development plan for the Club.
We hope you will all join the Committee in welcoming Gary to the Club. Gary will undoubtedly be a great addition to our coaching team and he is very much looking forward to starting on Monday.
On Monday 4th June we had a special visitor to our training sessions. Bonnie the Seal came along to meet the club and tell them more about the Glasgow 2018 European Championships that are happening this August. During the visit Bonnie spent time meeting and getting photos with our swimmers and was given the chance to get a photo with the whole squad in their fabulous new kit that has been kindly donated by Kames Capital.