Following on from the success of our first licenced Race Night in May, the club Swim Committee (who organise badge galas, club champs and our annual open meet) has decided to organise another in house licenced Race Night. A licence at Level 4 (same as club champs) has been applied for so that that swimmers’ times will go on Swim England Rankings and can then be used to enter other competitions, including Counties. The date of the next Race night will be Tuesday 11th December. The schedule and conditions will be published shortly. This second race night is scheduled to give swimmers a final chance to achieve qualifying times for the 2019 County Champs.
This has come about because the cost of entering licenced open competitions is increasing for parents (averaging £6 per event to enter), so we decided to try having our own to reduce the annual cost of competition for parents. But there is a catch!
We are going to need LOTS of help with running the competition. The only job for which a DBS check is required is that of team manager; some jobs need no previous experience at all and training will be given for others. See below for what the various roles involve.
Entry to the race night is free of charge but an entry form MUST be completed in advance to allow the event to run as smoothly as possible. As in a badge gala, badges may be achieved if you swim fast enough- the times required will be posted on the notice board-and badges will be available to purchase at the desk in the weeks following the race night.
Summary of help needed
Officials– we need 12 timekeepers and 2 chief timekeepers. If can use a stopwatch, you can do this job! We can use you even if you haven’t done any training but we do need at least 6 qualified timekeepers (1 per lane) and so we will run a timekeepers course during Sunday evening training on Sunday 6th May, 7pm. Please sign up for this if you can. We also need 3 turns judges- you do need to do the timekeeper training for this job.
Recorder– to enter the results on a spreadsheet that will already have the swimmers’ names on. We need 2 people for this, one to read out the times and the other to type them in. No experience needed.
Announcer– to read out the safety announcement at the start and to announce each heat (i.e. 50 metres freestyle, heat 1). No experience needed.
Team manager– to look after the swimmers and call them for their race. 3 TMs needed for the earlier events as the swimmers will be young and nervous! We can probably manage with 2 TMs for the second half of the night. TMs must be DBS checked but if this is a role that interests you, let us know and we can arrange a DBS check and appropriate training
Steward– to line the swimmers up in heats and get them to the start. This works well with about 3 people to keep things moving. No previous experience needed.
Race night results
Enormous thanks to everyone who helped out at our first licenced race night. It was a bit hectic at the start but thanks to all your support we ran to time in the end!
Well done to everyone who took part in the racing. Results by group/squad are shown below. The documents indicate those swimmers who have achieved a speed or sprint award and the column on the right shows improvements from last time. If you swum an event for the first time, then your time also counts as a personal best (pb). Awards and pb ribbons will be available to purchase at the club desk over the next few Tuesdays.
The times required for the various awards can be seen in this document