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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 VaultersWorld 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.

CVI Ermelo International Equestrian Vaulting Competition, May 2014

Joanne Eccles wins again this time in Holland while GBR junior male Andrew McLachlan did the same with his 2nd win of the year.

Joanne lead through the 3 rounds and made it back to back wins from 2 weeks ago in Saumur France.

Her horse WH Bentley also produced some of the best horse scores to celebrate his 20th birthday on Sunday, and while already being the most championship medalled horse in GB, he has now competed at over 50 international competitions.

Hannah Eccles produced a great freestyle round to finish 7th also on WH Bentley and Helen Anderson did 3 clean rounds to finish in 18th on Tylers Kernel.

Andrew led throughout and he produced a polished performance, lunged by his mother Amanda McLachlan, on horse Tylers Kernel.

Our junior females did well, all on new horses, who are ones to watch for the future and Izzy Kyle on a borrowed Dutch horse. They finished 14th Rebecca Norval, 18th Lisa Mercer, 22nd Izzy Kyle and 26th Jessica Haynes.

The Senior Team produced 3 good rounds too to finish 6th, pulling up 2 places from the compulsory round.

Rebecca Norval and Andrew McLachlan finished a brilliant 4th in their first senior pairs class. Both still juniors this year, but keen to run through their routine and looking for qualifications for 2015, they produced two great rounds in tough competition. They competed on Tylers Kernel lunged by Amanda McLachlan.

International Equestrian Vaulting CVI, Saumur, France - April 2014

The first International equestrian vaulting CVI was held in the prestigious Manege des Ecuyers, an integral part of the Cavalry School in Saumur, France.

Members of the Wee County Vaulters were delighted to achieve four podium positions, including three first places at the competition.

In the junior male individual class Andrew McLachlan, took first place vaulting on Tylers Kernel lunged by Amanda McLachlan.

Joanne Eccles was placed first in the Senior Female Individual class with Hannah Eccles taking 3rd place. Both girls vaulted on WH Bentley lunged by John Eccles. This was Joanne's 6th consecutive win at the competition and her 7th overall.

In the Junior Team competition 6 members of the club participated in the Scottish Equestrian Vaulting Team producing two very secure freestyle rounds. The team vaulting on Tylers Kernel lunged by John Eccles, finished in first place ahead of the Junior French Team from Meaux. The team was made up of Andrew McLachlan, Rebecca Norval, Hannah Young, Lisa Mercer, Joanne Wilson and Kerri Brylka. This was Kerri's international debut.

Joanne and Hannah went on to represent GB in the Nations Cup Competition participating with the English Vaulting Squad Senior Team. The competition includes two individual senior freestyles and a senior team freestyle. The scores are then combined to give an overall total. The GB team finished in second place with France taking top spot.

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