Club News

I hope you all took the opportunity to watch our amazing Team GB athletes at the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It was a very successful Olympics for Team GB with a record haul of medals resulting in Great Britain finishing second in the medal table! What an outstanding result!

Warrender was represented by Keri-anne Payne and Dan Wallace at the Games, with (previous member) Craig Benson also on the team.

Keri-anne swam the 10km Open Water on Copacabana Beach, what an amazing venue! It was a very competitive race with Keri-anne finishing in 7th place at her third Olympic Games.

On the pool team, Dan Wallace was a member of the Men’s 4x200 Freestyle relay team which won a silver medal behind the United States of America. Dan teamed with Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott and James Guy; all putting in outstanding performances to claim the silver medal. Dan also made it through to the final of the 200m Individual Medley.

Craig Benson swam in the heats and semi-finals of the 200m Breaststroke, finishing 15th.

Well done to Keri-anne, Dan and Craig on their fantastic performances, we are all very proud!

Now that our Olympic athletes have returned, we get set to farewell our Paralympic team which includes our very own Scott Quin. Scott heads to London on Saturday for his prep camp and then the team fly to Rio on the 1st September. Scott will swim the SB14 100m Breaststroke.

Good luck Scott, we will all be cheering you on!!!

26-31 July, Sheffield

A very strong team of athletes travelled to Sheffield at the end of July to compete in the British Summer Meet. The meet ran for 6 days and hosted the top 24 athletes in Britain in each event.

15 year old Archie Goodburn was on fantastic form across the six days, winning a bagful of medals across a wide range of events, displaying his versatility and talent. George Clough and Katie Stark also picked up medals after excellent performances and you can view the full list of medallists and finalists below:

15-17 July, Aberdeen

Over forty Warrender swimmers travelled to Aberdeen for the Scottish Summer Meet in July. For most, this was the last competition of the season and the final opportunity to post personal best times. Swimmers were in attendance from Age Group Squad, Junior Age Group Squad, National Girls, National Boys, Junior Elite and Elite. 

There were some fantastic performances across the course of the three day meet, with too many to mention them all. Congratulations go to 12 year old Natalie Jones who broke the Scottish Age Group Record in the 50 Freestyle, with an outstanding time of 29.03.

Full results can be viewed here:


The Apex Hotel in the Grassmarket was the setting again for the Gentleman’s Dinner and 85 members and guests gathered for this year’s event. Honorary Vice President, Past President and Life Member, Graham Burden chaired the evening which he did with good humour and aplomb.

The Apex staff did an excellent job in providing us with a meal consisting of Cream of Cullen Skink, followed by Breast of Chicken Balmoral and then a delicious sweet of Frangipane Tartlet or a large platter of cheese and biscuits. This was followed by coffee, mints and liqueurs. The service was slick and we were all soon very satisfied.

The evening’s entertainment started with “The Presidential Oath” which was given by Keith Johnston in a very amusing way , as usual, and received by the Chairman. Keith had only returned that morning from a holiday in Cuba, which had been marred by a terrible cycle accident which resulted in Alison, Keith’s wife, receiving a broken femur and collar bone. We all wished her a speedy recovery.

Robert Heatly then toasted Scottish Swimming with an interesting address and Eddie Wilmot the President responded with a few stories on some of the past characters in Scottish Swimming. We then, were richly entertained by the Quartet consisting this year of Duncan and Ally MacGregor, Connor Mollison and Ali Ramm. As usual, many attendees got their legs pulled and an encore was essential and “then they really had to go”. It is hoped that Ali Ramm can be persuaded not to go into retirement!!

Ian Wright then entertained us richly with his Toast to “ Warrender Baths Club” and it was interesting to hear that the enlarged History of the Club, covering 125 years which Ian is writing, will be available early next year. Graham then responded by thanking those who had made the evening a success and two plaques were awarded to two long standing contributors of many Dinners, Malcolm Mathieson and Dennis Seatter. Malcolm has organised the Dinner for a long number of years and Dennis has played the piano and regaled us with his stories for over 30 years. Their contribution to the Dinners over the years cannot be measured.

Craig McNally then offered a toast to the Chairman and it was interesting to see that instead of a piece of paper, Craig used his IPhone! That was a first for the Warrender Dinner. Finally Dennis led us in “Auld Lang Syne” and the formal part of the evening came to a close, followed by everyone adjourning to the bar for a night cap.

It was a most enjoyable evening and good to have support from all sections of the Club, including the swimmers and as they were called “The Swim Dads”!! The “Warrender Square” was in operation and was won by Lionel Wilson, who very kindly donated his winnings back to the Club. 

To ensure that the Dinner is held next year we need some members or “Swim Dads” to assist Grant Cook in forming a committee of 3/4 people. Those who are interested in coming on to the committee should email Grant Cook at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. without delay. Please offer your services NOW.

Roll on Next Year’s Dinner

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