BLYTH LIFEGUARD AND SWIMMING CLUB COMPETITIVE SECTION NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2013
If you have any questions for any of the coaches please do not hesitate to ask or even send us an e mail. We fully appreciate that competitive swimming can be a complicated affair especially for new starters so please ask.
Plans for 2014
We are going to invite all those swimmers who currently only swim on a Wednesday to join in on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. Those in that group that are aged 9 or over should start competing in galas in 2014. We are also going to open up Wednesday nights to the whole of the competitive section so that all competitive swimmers will have at least three opportunities a week to train.
Tuesday training is 730pm to 930pm
Lane 1 swimmers are only expected to stay until 830pm but can stay later
Lane 2 and 3 are expected to stay until 9 or 930pm
Lane 4 and 5 are expected to stay until 930pm
Wednesday training is 730pm to 810pm
All swimmers who attend this session are expected to stay for the full session.
We appreciate that this session overlaps with Lifesaving training and are quite happy for you to make your own choices over that.
Thursday training is 8pm to. 930pm
Lane 1 swimmers are only expected to stay until 9pm but can stay later
Lane 2 and 3 are expected to stay until 930pm
Lane 4 and 5 are expected to stay until 930pm
Saturday morning training is 730am to 9am
It is not on every week depending on other commitments and is for Lanes 2,3,4,5 and 6 only at the minute.
Saturday mornings also offer an opportunity to learn to dive which you need to be able to do to improve your ability in competitive swimming. If you have not passed your competitive diving badge you should come along on Saturdays. The diving lesson is 8am to 9am.
Training and gala attendance
Competitive swimmers at Blyth should be training at least twice a week if they expect to make some real progress and they should be entering at least six galas a year in order to measure that progress. Swimmers in lanes 2-5 should attend at least one Saturday morning session a month.
All current competitive swimmers who rejoin the section in 2014 will be expected to sign up to swimming galas (provided they are old enough). In order to enter theses competitions you will need to pay your competitive ASA fees as well as your club membership when you join the club in 2014. ASA fees in 2014 will be £25.50 per annum.
Please be on time for training, being late and missing part of the warm up is not good for the swimmers concerned and is disruptive to other swimmers. Persistent lateness may result in swimmers being excluded from sessions.
In 2013 we experimented with forming a new club called Team Northumberland. This enabled us to enter teams of swimmers formed out of Morpeth, Alnwick and Blyth clubs to compete in higher levels of competition at NERS and in the Arena League. We are going to try and do it again in 2014 and in order to do so we are going to dual register all Blyth competitive swimmers with Blyth and Team Northumberland in 2014. It will cost swimmers nothing to dual register but if you are unsure about it speak to Brian. If you do not want to be dual registered you MUST tell us.
As a section we try to communicate with our members through as many different mediums as we can: the notice board at the bottom of the stairs on poolside, the club website (www.blsc.uk.com) Facebook (Blyth Competitive Swimming) poolside announcements, newsletters and e mails. E mail is the fastest and most effective way, if you do not currently receive e mails from us please let us know.
The section and the club are always on the lookout for help with running the club. In particular this section needs people who could help with coaching and judging. You do not need to have any experience to start so if you think you would like to give it a go please ask and we will give you further details. The section cannot run without help from you.
The last date for training before Xmas is Saturday the 21st of December and we return to training on Tuesday the 7th of January 2014.
Galas for 2014
Here is a provisional list of galas that we are aiming to attend in the first half of 2014. More details about these galas will be circulated once we have them please watch your e mails and keep an eye on the noticeboard.
11th and 12th Sunderland level 1 for our faster swimmers
12th January South Tyneside Sprint at the new pool at Haven Point South Shields suitable for all swimmers
18th and 19th Newburn Last Chance Gala at Stanley especially important for those aiming for N and D times
1st and 2nd N and D sprints and teams at Sunderland for our faster swimmers
8th and 9th Durham Very Last Chance Gala at Durham especially important for those aiming for N and D times
22nd and 23rd N and D Championships at Sunderland for our faster swimmers
8th and 9th N and D Championships at Sunderland for our faster swimmers
16th Derwentside Development Gala at Derwentside not sure of the exact format of this one yet but it is usually for 14 and unders and offers a wide range of swims.
29th and 30th March North Tynesides Mad March Hare meet open to all and some excellent opportunities to swim all sorts of events.
There is usually an excellent Invitational Meet at Tynedale (Hexham) the first weekend in April but its not advertised yet. Open to everyone and loads of swims to do.
12th and 13th South Tyneside at Haven Point – yet to be confirmed
26th and 27th Chester le Street open at Middlesboro full details not out yet.
3rd and 4th ASANER’s at Sunderland for the fastest of our swimmers
10th Tynemouth Sprints and Teams an annual favourite open to all swimmers
17th and 18th Sunderland Level 1 open to our faster swimmers and the same days Wear Valley are looking at having a competition at Bishop Auckland.
1st Blyth Summer Sprints – Ideal for all swimmers except the really fast ones
7th and 8th ASANER at Leeds and 14th and 15th at Sheffield for the fastest of our swimmers
6th Peterlee End of Season Gala no details yet but is likely to be open to all swimmers
12th and 13th Sunderland Summer Splash a brilliant opportunity to compete in a 50m pool open to all swimmers.
So as you can see lots of opportunities coming up for competitive swims and there will be other galas which have not been sorted out yet to add to the calendar as well as our own time trials which we will let you know about soon.
The Masters squad is now at full capacity with most swimmers training regularly twice a week. We have received enquiries from people who wish to train with Masters but unfortunately at this point in time we are unable to accommodate any more swimmers in the lane. Interested people will be kept informed if the situation changes and we are able to offer them a place in the future.
New Training Times
As from January extra training will be available to Masters Swimmers on Wednesday 7.30-8.10pm and Saturday 7.30-9.00am. Swimmers should endeavour to attend this training in addition to, not instead of the sessions they already attend. It is unlikely that these sessions will be coached. However, training sessions will be supplied for anyone who wishes to attend.
Masters competitions take place from time to time in the North East region as well as further afield. You will be advised of any suitable competitions in due course and swimmers are reminded that as members of the competitive section of Blyth LGSC they are expected to take part in a minimum of three competitions per year.
Information relevant to Masters Swimmers including a list of available competitions and results is available on the British Swimming website. (www.swimming.org/britishswimming/masters).
Can we wish you all a merry Xmas and a Happy New Year
Extra extra extra
Paying for gala entries
Lesley Murray has kindly agreed to make herself available at the pool on the first Tuesday and Thursday of each month during training time to accept payments for gala entries.
We have been invited to take place in a gala in our twin town of Solingen on the 9th 10th and 11th of May 2014. This is not part of our usual twinning with Solingen but it is an international gala with German teams and teams from other countries competing..
It is unlikely that the club will support this venture financially so transport and insurance will be at your own expense but Solingen has very kindly invited us and they will provide accommodation for anyone wishing to attend. They will also provide transport to and from the pool on the day of competition. If there is enough interest then we may be able to provide a Coach. Please let me know if you are interested in attending this gala and I will arrange a meeting with the interested parties in the New Year.
The Coaching Team