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Sports CouncilClackmannanshire Sports Council now has a total of 47 members. Anyone wishing to join the Sports Council can do so by completing an affiliation form and returning it to the Sports Council Secretary at the address below with the appropriate fee.

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SwimmingDuncan Scott

Youth Olympic Selection

The British Olympic Authority announced their team for the 2nd Youth Olympics in July.

Duncan Scott is one of 4 four males travelling to Nanjiing in August. This is a huge multi-sport event. The first Youth Olympics produced medalists at 2012. Rio will be in their minds.

Early August Duncan flew to London to meet the British Swimming team before travelling onto the Netherlands for the European Juniors.

Competition started on the 9th with Duncan being part of the 4 x 100 relay team. He swam a super personal best final leg of 50.41 in the heats and bettered it with a lead swim in the finals. Duncan was off the blocks in 50.14 and broke the GB 17 year age group medal. The team swam a fantastic race and won gold. This is the first time that the British have ever won this event.

Day 2 He swam a super 200 IM to make the quarter finals ranked 4th. That night he raced and broke his PB with a 2.02.66. He was ranked first for the final the following night.

Day 3 In the heats in the morning he swam the last leg of the 4 x 200 relay to ensure a place for the team in that nights final. Duncan raced and enthralled the crowd with his 2.01.57 (equalling the British age group record) and won gold. The session finished with the relay. Duncan's final leg of 1.48.31 was the fastest swim of all racers.

Day 4 Heats in the morning had him swim a 1.52.40 to make the quarter finals that night. He then swam a 1.50.13 to be ranked third for the finals the following night.

Day 5 Fortunately the coaches decided to pull him from the 400 IM so he had only the 200 to swim in the finals. Duncan swam a PB of 1.49.66 and finished 4th.

British Gas Swimming Championships, Glasgow April 2014

These championships were the second part of the Commonwealth games selection process for Scotland. It was also a competition that as a junior swimmer with podium potential he was expected to compete with the hope of picking up a place in the GB team for the European Juniors.

He competed in the 200 Freestyle ranked 18th at the start of the competition and swam a superb 1.50.47 and came 12th. Only the top 8 made the open final.

Duncan swam in the junior final and broke the GB age group record and Scottish Age group record in a fantastic 1.49.88. He became British Junior Champion and is now ranked no 3 in Scotland in the open age for 2014.

His second race that morning was the 400 Individual Medleys. He did a commendable time and decided to not swim that junior final. His time in the heats was still faster than the winner, but 8 seconds off his PB.

Saturday he swam 100 Freestyle. Ranked 35 he wasn't expected through to the heats. He finished 18th in 50.97 15/100 of a second away from a place.

On the Sunday evening Duncan returned to the pool for the 100 Freestyle which he won. Another British Junior title and his third British record of the week. He bettered his own record.

Tuesday was 200IM day and the last day of competition. He was going into the race ranked 11th, he came 10th with a 2.04.22. He missed the open final but was in the junior final. Duncan swam to victory again that night.

His fantastic swims have been recognised with selection onto Team GB for the European Junior's July 9-15th.

Duncan Scott has a swimming scholarship to Strathallan and is coached by former Commonwealth swimmer Elaine Johnston. When he swims for FIRST he is coached by Steven Tigg, Scottish Development coach of the year. Duncan is recognised by British Swimming and receives podium potential funding.

Wee County Vaulters

Joanne Eccles, Wee County VaultersFEI World Cup, December 2014

World champion Joanne Eccles (GBR) captivated crowds at the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting 2014/15 second qualifier at the Salon du Cheval in Paris at the weekend, winning the female individual competition, followed swiftly by the Pas-de-Deux with her younger sister Hannah (GBR).

Joanne Eccles displayed her full range of style and skill on WH Bentley, lunged by her father John Eccles, earning an outstanding 8,828 points, which gave her 15 World Cup points as she targets the Final next year.

This was her first international competition since securing her second consecutive world title at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 this summer. She mpressed the audience with two clear and extremely difficult freestyles, including performing her unique one-handed handstand, which has become her trademark this season.

Individual vaulters now have an additional 20 seconds to impress the judges following a recent rule change to extend the one-minute routines.

Corinna Knauf (GER) finished second with Echt Stark and her sister and lunger Alexandra Knauf, with Hannah Eccles (GBR) securing third on WH Bentley also lunged by her father John Eccles.

The Pas-de-Deux competition in Paris ended with the same duel as last year, but this time Germany's Pia Engelberty and Torben Jacobs on Danny Boy lunged by Patric Looser were denied the number one slot by Joanne and Hannah Eccles, who finished with a 285-point lead (8,828).

Equestrian Vaulting at Horse of the Year Show - October 2014

Wee County Vaulters Rebecca Norval, Andrew McLachlan and Hannah Young were invited at the eleventh hour to display at four performances alongside Joanne and Hannah Eccles at HOYS (Horse of the Year Show) 2014.

The team put on a top class performance with horses Tylers Kernel and WH Bentley, lunged by John Eccles and received rapturous applause from a full capacity NEC Birmingham audience.

Joanne, WEG Individual Champion and Bronze Pas-De-Deux medallist along with Hannah, WEG Bronze Pas-De-Deux medallist then performed an awe inspiring Pas de Deux to Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen in the Grand Finale on the Sunday evening. They show cased vaulting to an elite equestrian audience receiving a tremendous response while hugely raising the profile of equestrian vaulting.

Scottish and British Equestrian Vaulting Championships, Bishopton - October 2014

Wee County Vaulters once again achieved success winning many individual and team championship classes at these championships.

In the Senior Individual Scottish and British Championship classes Joanne Eccles was 1st and Hannah Eccles 2nd vaulting on WH Bentley. The girls also won the Pas de deux classes. This was the 12th year in succession that they won the British competition.

In the Scottish Junior Female Individual class, Rebecca Norval was placed 2nd and Hannah Young 3rd vaulting on Tylers Kernel. Hannah then took 2nd place in the British Championship class.

In the Scottish Junior male category, Andrew McLachlan took 2nd place vaulting on Tylers Kernel. He then went on to retain his British Championship title the next day.

Andrew and Rebecca again vaulting on Tylers Kernel also retained their Scottish and British Pas de deux titles.

Jack Wilson won the Scottish Male Child class vaulting on Glaxtown Billy.

The Scottish Pre Novice Team Title was won by Wee County vaulting on Glaxtown Billy. The team consisted of Sally Henderson, Sophie Wilson, Joanne Messner, Michelle Messner, Claire Logan and Ferne Smith. The team then placed 2nd in the British Championships.

The Scottish and British Intermediate Team competitions were won by the Wee County team vaulting on WH Bentley. Team members were Leah Taylor, Joanne Drysdale, Lucy Taylor, Katie Henderson, Mhairi Hume and Lisa Eidenberg. This team also went on to win the Open Team Walk competition.

The Scottish Equestrian Vaulting Junior team whose members all come from Wee County, won the Scottish and British Junior Team Championship classes. The team vaulted on Tylers Kernel and was made up of vaulters Andrew McLachlan, Rebecca Norval, Hannah Young, Joanna Wilson, Lisa Mercer and Kerri Brylka.

In the Walk individual A class Sophie Wilson, Katie Henderson and Ferne Smith were placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively with Sally Henderson 6th Kerri Brylka was first in section B with Mhairi Hume 2nd and Joanne Messner 6th. Kerri and Mhairi were also 2nd in the Walk Pairs Section B.

The best British Individual horse was awarded to WH Bentley with Tylers Kernel being awarded the best British Team horse.

World Equestrian Festival of Horse Sports, Aachen - July 2014

Wee County Vaulters Joanne and Hannah Eccles and Andrew McLachlan represented Great Britain at this event.

Joanne Eccles having been placed 5th in the Compulsory round, produced excellent technical and freestlye tests which enabled her to clinch the title for a record breaking sixth time. Joanne competed on W H Bentley lunged by John Eccles.

Hannah Eccles, who was a late addition to the GB squad finished in a creditable 11th place.

The sisters then competed together in the Pas de deux class finishing in 2nd place behind the Austrian Pas de deux. They again vaulted on W H Bentley.

Andrew McLachlan although still a junior, competed in the senior male individual class finishing in 11th place. Andrew vaulted on Glaxtown Billy lunged by John Eccles.

Andrew then went on to compete in the GBR nations cup team this time vaulting on Tylers Kernel lunged by Amanda McLachlan.

Joanne and Hannah were also delighted to be asked to perform in the Horse and Symphony Concert which was held over two evenings. The girls performed in front of an audience in excess of 7000 each evening with the Symphony Orchestra playing a medley of Queen music.

World Equestrian Games 2014 Great Britain's Vaulters Selected

British Equestrian Vaulting have announced the squad that will compete at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), which takes place in Normandy, France (23 August - 7 September, with the vaulting competition taking place 2 - 5 September in Caen).

Current world champion Joanne Eccles heads up an experienced British line-up, alongside her sister, Hannah Eccles and current English senior female champion Lucy Phillips. Having all competed in the individual female class for Great Britain at the last WEG in Kentucky in 2010, the sisters will also compete the Pas de Deux, which makes its debut at a World Games this year.

The individual vaulting competition is the only event across the eight FEI disciplines that sees men and women compete in separate classes for individual titles. 2014 is the first time Pas-de-Deux will be competed for at a World Equestrian Games.

British Equestrian Vaulting junior team announced - FEI Junior European Vaulting Championships, Hungary 30 July - 3 August

Andrew McLachlan and Rebecca Norval (Wee County Vaulters) both have Championship experience under their belts, taking the Junior European Pas de Deux title in Slovakia 2012, before winning silver at last year's European Championships in Austria, competitions which also saw Andrew head home with Individual bronze.

In a team that boasts previous Championship experience, there are debuts in the Individual classes for GB's Sophie Aitchison, Harry Cox (Wee County Vaulters) and Shannon Purves.


Scottish Equestrian Vaulting Team (Kerri Brylka, Andrew McLachlan*, Lisa Mercer, Rebecca Norval*, Joanna Wilson, Hannah Young)

Individual Female

Sophie Aitchison
Rebecca Norval*
Shannon Purves
Reserve: Hannah Young

Individual Male

Andrew McLachlan*
Harry Cox

Pas de Deux*

Andrew McLachlan and Rebecca Norval

*To comply with FEI rules, a decision will be made nearer the event on which two events Andrew and Rebecca will contest.

CVI3* Moorsele, Belgium - June 2014

More good results were recorded across the board for Britain's vaulters last weekend, including 4 wins as they competed out at the CVI3* in Moorsele, Belgium, as Joanne Eccles (Wee County Vaulters) continued her good form, posting a win in the senior Individual Female class with a commanding score of 8.379. It was a British top three, as fellow Brit Lucy Phillips finished close behind with 7.839, whilst Joanne's sister Hannah slotted into third after posting a score of 7.642.

Junior vaulter Andrew McLachlan (Wee County Vaulters) competed against the senior ranks and finished an impressive seventh, in a competitive and French dominated field.

In the CVI 3* Pas de deux class Hannah and Joanne Eccles were placed first vaulting on W H Bentley.

Moorsele also highlighted the strength coming through vaulting in the junior ranks, with good placings for junior males Atholl Pettinger (2nd) and Harry Cox (Wee County Vaulters) taking 5th place in the CVIJ2* event, and for Sophie Aitchison (7th), Shannon Purves (10th) Kirstin Henderson (17th) and Hannah Ballintyne (18th) in the individual female class.

Wee County Vaulters' website

Photographs and scores can be seen via the Wee County Vaulters' website.

Wee County Harriers


The Wee County Harriers meet for training each Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 pm in the car park behind the Spiers Centre, Alloa, and welcome new members at all times.

Our club is about participation and support - not just competition.

Contact information

Secretary, Clackmannanshire Sports Council
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 452334 / 450000