What a washout August turned out to be! It’s so disappointing to witness thousands of expectant visitors venture into the area in the vain hope of catching a glimpse of one of our famous sunsets, only to be confronted with torrential rain and even an earthquake! There have, however, been tentative whispers of a sizzling September so we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. While we await the heatwave, here’s the lowdown on what has been happening at the Leisure Centre…
With term 1 of the school year fully underway, our swimming lessons commenced the week beginning 28th August and it was great to see all the children back enjoying the swimming pool. There are now a whopping 86 children signed up for weekly swimming lessons and it’s lovely to see them all progressing term to term. Acharacle Primary School have now switched over to the new timetable, which involves slightly longer days Monday – Thursday and half days on Fridays. This meant that the Acharacle children were not able to make it to the Leisure Centre in time for their usual 4pm lessons. We did, however, manage to add a number of 4.30pm lessons to our schedule and so it was brilliant to be able to accommodate the Acharacle children.
Swimming Teacher Training
With 86 local children signed up for swimming lessons, it was essential that we trained more staff to supply the demand for tuition. Unfortunately, this led to the swimming pool having to be closed on both the weekends of 19th and 26th August as the pool was required for training and assessment purposes. Thankfully, it was not in vain as both Jane Bucknell and Michelle Macdonald passed their assessments and are now enjoying taking classes and training our youngsters to be the best swimmers possible! Congratulations to Jane and Michelle! We do want to apologise to anybody affected by the closure of the pool over these weekends and hope you understand why we made the decision to close.
New Swimming Pool Timetable
With the new term underway, our autumn swimming pool timetable has come into effect. A copy of the timetable can be picked up at reception or viewed on our website. With three water based aerobics classes, weekly Wise Craic for the wiser folk within the community, three 50p happy hours, Canoe Club, Lifesaving Club, Ladies Night, two Fun Hours, a Tots and Toddlers group as well as lots of public swimming sessions, we hope that there’s something for everyone.
Victorious Vicki Burnett
We were really touched when Vicki Burnett got in contact to say she would be jumping into the freezing cold depths of Loch Lomond and swimming half a mile to raise money for our refurbishment programme. Having holidayed in the area for many years and enjoyed the facilities at the Leisure Centre, Vicki managed to raise over £500 for our fund and we’re more than grateful for her efforts. Thank you so much from the entire Leisure Centre team and the local community.
The closing date for entries for our much anticipated Traighathlon will be Sunday 17th September so if you’re hoping to sign up, please bear this is mind. We’re really excited about the event as it’s the first triathlon to be held in the area in many years and we think you’ll all agree that open water swimming at Traigh coupled with breathtaking running and cycling routes will make for a world class event. If you have any questions about the event or would like to offer yourself as a volunteer or marshal on Sunday 24th September, please do get in touch as all help will be very gratefully received.
No matter what your age or ability, every Thursday from 4pm – 5pm, you are welcome to join our friendly Lifesaving Club. Throughout the hour you will learn basic lifesaving skills whilst simultaneously getting fit and making friends. It’s free and informative and could help save a life, so feel free to drop in on Thursday afternoons to see what it’s all about.
We knew it would be a struggle to replace Marvellous Mairi Morrison and so we’re still on the lookout for an experienced, organised, positive and motivated team player to fill the Operations Manager role at the Leisure Centre. Hopefully next month’s newsletter will bring some good news on that front. In other staffing news, Paula Wilkinson has now signed off on maternity leave. Obviously, nobody could ever replace Paula (hmmm I wonder who wrote this newsletter?!), but we’ve found a great candidate in the form of the lovely Christine Stuart who will taking over Paula’s role in her absence. Thank you, Christine, and welcome to the Leisure Centre.