There are a number of galas coming up in the next few weeks and months. Please ensure that you get your applications/fees into Louise in plenty of time as many of the galas are very popular and space can be limited. If you are unsure which events to enter in an open gala please talk to your coach.
Halstead gala – This takes place on Sunday 9th April at Braintree Swimming Centre and is open to members of the Bronze and Silver squads only. Louise has received confirmed entries and will distribute this out to the swimmers concerned when all the detail is to hand. Gala details are attached here.
Sudbury Spring Open – This event takes place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April. The entry date has passed and Louise has sent off our combined entry to the hosts. Swimmers will be notified in due course when confirmation is received back. Gala details are attached here.
Ipswich Surprise Gala – This event takes place on Sunday 17th July. Louise has recently issued details out to all swimmers. The gala is open to members of all squads. This is usually a very popular gala so please submit your entries as soon as possible and definitely no later than 1st June. Entry details are attached here.
Novice Gala – We are hosting another of our very popular novice galas on the evening of Saturday 17th April. We shall have two teams on the night and will be joined by teams from Leiston, Lowestoft and Oulton Broad, Deben and Hadleigh Swimming Clubs. This is a great opportunity for many of our younger and less experienced swimmers to represent their club and gain some competitive swimming experience. Coaches are currently selecting the teams and chosen swimmers will be notified shortly. Please endeavour to swim if you can but if this isn’t possible for any reason, please be sure to let us know so others can be given an opportunity.
Regional Championships – The Regional championships take place at UEA Norwich from Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May for swimmers ages 15 and over and at Luton Sports Village for swimmers 14 and under. Entry closing dates are fast approaching and several of our swimmers have already achieved qualifying times. They include Faye Hermon, Paige Flower, Mia Yates, Brendon Bennett, Stuart Evans and Thomas Boyt so congratulations to them all. More news about the gala will follow so please watch this space.
Suffolk Development Championships – Swimmers need to be aware that this meeting will be held at Newmarket on Saturday 18th/Sunday 19th June. This meeting is targeted at those swimmers who are just short on county times and it’s a fantastic opportunity to improve your PBs. Entry details will be out soon so watch this space.
Club Championships – This year all the Club Championship events will be held in the summer. Put the following dates in your diary:-
• 20th May – 400m Free
• 4th June – 100m IM and 200m IM
• 15th June – 200m Fly and 200m Breast (Girls) 200m Free and 200m Back (Boys)
• 22nd June – 200m Free and 200m Back (Girls) 200m Fly and 200m Breast (Boys)
• 2nd July – 50m Free, Fly, Breast and Back (Note a change of date from the newsletter)
Summer League – We are approaching Summer League season and the dates have been announced as follows:-
• Round 1 – 14th May
• Round 2 – 11th June (Felixstowe will be hosting one of the Round 2 matches)
• Round 3 – 9th July (Note a change of date from the newsletter)
Coaches will select swimmers to compete in each of these events and they will be notified by email shortly before the dates concerned. Again it is an exciting opportunity to represent your club and gain some invaluable gala experience. If you are chosen to swim, please try to make yourself available and if not, continue to try hard in training and maybe it will be your turn next time around.