Time is of the essence for Otters group

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A dozen Oban Otters volunteers, many of them parents of the swimmers, gathered at Atlantis Leisure on Sunday for a timely cause.

George Lawrie from Scottish Swimming travelled to Oban to deliver an accredited timekeeper course and as a result the volunteers are now certified to take their place poolside for club time trials and galas as well as providing their services to cover competitions further afield.

This complements the existing squad of judges, starters, timekeepers and trained officials who regularly contribute to help the club run like clockwork. Despite widespread automatic officiating equipment now available at many competitions, the traditional ‘human’ method is still an important part of the sport and essential when it comes to backing up the machinery and ensuring accuracy.

‘An additional bonus of the role is that it offers the opportunity to get close to the action and excitement in the water,’ added a club spokesperson.
‘There is also an opportunity to progress through the training scheme and build on Scottish Swimming Officiating Qualifications. Who knows, maybe one day we be taking part in an international event.’

The volunteers may have a chance to put their skills to the test over the coming month when Islay and Jura Dolphins join the Otters for a Gala on Saturday September 14.

This weekend nine members of the squad travel to Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow for a regional meet.