Meet the swimming and water polo club

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Glasgow University Swimming and Water Polo Club is one of the biggest teams on campus. With 11 training sessions a week, these guys put in the work to be the best they can be, both in swimming and water polo.

But they also know how to have a ton of fun, with the notorious “Stirling Sprints” and annual tour, plus a ridiculous amount of socials in between. Make no mistake, this is definitely one of the most fun sports clubs on campus.

The Tab were lucky enough to attend one of the swim team matches, and catch a wee bit of the water polo training after, where we got to meet a few of the lovely club members.

Allie, Economic and Social History, third year

My favourite memory is probably the final of the BUCS team event last year, where we got to the final and didn’t lose. This society is one of the best in GUSA, it’s so big and there’s most definitely a place for everyone. On socials we all get steaming, my best drunk memory would be in Mallorca on tour. I got so steaming I fell off a bar stool and cracked my head open.

Shannon, Film and TV, second year, Women’s Captain

My favourite memory is the tour last year, because it was good fun and great as a bonding experience. We came together as a family. Everyone is friendly here, and you don’t have to be outstanding to join, it’s really accepting. My favourite social was the sub crawl, because it’s so different and I met some very interesting people.

Shannon and Allie

Shannon and Allie

Colleen, Politics, third year, Fundraising and Tour

Colleen

Colleen

The Stirling Sprints last year were fabulous. Glasgow absolutely dominates the cheering on the poolside at this event, and we all had to dress up as Smurfs. It was the first time the whole club were all together and we were all absolutely steaming.

I joined the club because I stay at home and this is a great way to meet new people. The socials here are so great, and the atmosphere is also so great. My best drunk memory would probably be tour. The first night was my birthday, and me and a couple of the girls were lost in Palma ’til like 4am just trying to get home.

Sean, Medicine, fifth year

Sean

Sean

My best memory is hands down winning the league and cup in water polo in third year, because we only won in the final match. My best drunk memory would probably be Callum Chisholm and his annual naked sprint at Stirling Sprints. Both swimming and water polo are very inclusive and cater for absolutely everyone.

Stephen, Economics, third year, Social Sec

Stephen

Stephen

My favourite memory would have to be the Super Sunday in the Union with everyone after the GUSA ball. It’s such a great club because it has great people in it, and it’s not too serious. Everyone here is lovely, and training isn’t forced, it’s when you want to train. Another great memory is getting lost in Stirling and actually missing my race at Stirling Sprints. It was fab because it meant I didn’t have to swim.

Rachel, Philosophy, third year

Rachel

Rachel

My favourite memory is definitely the swim tour to Palma, because all the club were invited to go out and have lots of fun and activities. One of my most vivid drunk memories is the GUSA ball, everyone was absolutely smashed. The club is just great, it’s so much fun and sociable. There is always stuff going on and there’s a holiday.

Craig, Mechanical and Aero-Engineering, fifth year, Treasurer

Craig

Craig

My favourite memory of water polo was winning the West District cup. We beat our own rivals, and it was a good win too. My favourite drunk memory would be the Mums and Dads this year – it was so much fun and the social secretaries did such a good job. People should join our club because we are one of the biggest and we are so social, plus we welcome all abilities. There’s something for everyone here.

Brona, Maths, fourth year, Captain of Women’s Water Polo

Brona

Brona

My favourite memory would be our BUCS 1A Championship win. We won and the women’s team has never won before. Our club is fab, we are so friendly and everyone is welcome, and we have excellent socials. My favourite drunk memory is someone throwing up in a hoodie on the sub crawl. It smelt.

Rob, Vet Medicine, fourth year, Property Convenor

Rob

Rob

Winning the West District cup is my best memory, it has incredible prestige. The cup is the oldest Water Polo cup in history, and it was invented in Scotland. My drunk memory would have to be being in The Hive at the end of first year in nothing but a dress (it was the theme of social) and high heels. That night I lost everything I own. I’ve been in the club for four years and I’ve not regretted a single moment. It’s a great escape from uni life.

Alison, fifth year, Psychology, President

Alison

Alison

My favourite thing about this club is probably being in fifth year, being President of this huge, happy family, and seeing everyone’s hard work paying off. My favourite drunk memory would be in either second or third year, at the ladies night welcome back social. The boys ordered us a stripper and the look on everyone’s faces when he walked in was priceless – it was an animal dress up night and everyone was just so confused.

There is genuinely something for everyone here, whether it be keeping fit, the socials, or competing. All my best friends are at this club, and it’s genuinely just another aspect of uni I never thought I’d have. I couldn’t imagine my time here at Glasgow without being part of this club.