The following is advice for all swimmers considering taking part in any upcoming Galas.
What do I need to bring?
Swim suit x2
PASC hat and a spare hat in case of rips
Goggles x2 in case one pair snaps
Shorts and t-shirt to wear between races and if you like for line-up before your race. Also if you are lucky to win a ribbon or medal you will need to wear a t-shirt for presentations.
Water bottle filler with your name on it
Flip flops or crocs
Plastic bag for your wet clothes
What should I eat?
Swimmers are encouraged to eat healthy at all times
The day before the gala you should eat as normal and drink plenty of water
Get plenty of sleep
Morning of Competition
Have a good breakfast before you leave home, e.g. porridge, Weetabix or a smoothie
At the Competition
Stay hydrated – drink water of juice
Eat small amounts of food throughout the day but not large amounts before a race or between sessions
Enniskillen are hosting a gala on Sun 3rd Nov which would be suitable for any swimmers not eligible for Arthur McDonald Gala the day previous or who were not able to attend the alternative Larne Sprint Gala the day previous also.
Swimmers with previous gala experience in Red Squad and above would be a suitable level for this gala.
Male and Female, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14/Over
11 and Under – 50m Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly
12 and Over – 100m Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly
We now have dates for the SU Autumn Junior Blitz series. There are 3 separate categories each held on a different day as shown below:-
U9 (born 2010 or younger) – Friday 8 November 7.30pm to 9.00pm
U11 (born 2008 & 2009) – Friday 15 November 7.30pm to 9.30pm
U13 (born 2006 & 2007) – Friday 22 November 7.30pm to 9.30pm
All matches will take place in the Grove Leisure Centre, Shore Road, Belfast.
This year the Coaches will be selecting squads based on training and attendance at previous galas and will be approaching swimmers and parents directly. Notwithstanding this if parents/swimmers are particularly keen to take part then they should make this known to the coaches.
Your support in attending these galas is appreciated to help maintain the excellent momentum PASC has achieved with the mini-polo initiative. If you have not attended one of these events before then we recommend coming along to one of these. The buzz and excitement amongst the swimmers taking part has to be seen to be believed! The camaraderie within our polo teams in training and competitions has been great and the coaches really appreciate your continued support.
Please confirm your attendance at the Club Desk on Wednesday.
The unmissable Arthur McDonald Novice Gala is coming up on Sat 2nd November 2019 and we want ALL eligible swimmers to be at this gala – DO NOT MISS this gala!
This is our baseline gala for future Aquasprint galas later on in the season, and is one of the most fun & exciting galas of the season in a 4-way tie against hosts Newry & Mourne, Armagh, Lurgan and Portadown clubs.
All races are 25m (1 length), location is Newry Pool, and there will be mixed Medley & Freestyle Relays (2 Boys & 2 Girls) in each age group.
Group A – Born 2011
Group B – Born 2010
Group C – Born 2009
Group D – Born 2008
Entry forms coming soon!
Check at the desk on Wed nights for further information.
You are not able to compete in this gala if you are:-
Armagh Champs individual medal winner
Overall age group winner at previous Arthur McDonald gala (medal winner in individual strokes & relays are eligible to enter).
Individual medal winner at Swim Ulster Schools Gala (Bangor) (including this year) or the Swim Ireland Schools Gala (Dublin).
If you are not eligible for the Arthur McDonald you can enter the Larne Sprints which are also being held on the same day, further information will be on Club desk or Swim Ulster website.