Attendance at galas at Club, Leinster and National level is a requirement of the Club for competitive squad swimmers (A, B & C Squads).
The Club’s emphasis is on personal improvement, improving personal best times, rather than winning or medals etc. Competitive swimming is meant to be an enjoyable experience.
Galas should be planned and carefully selected in conjunction with squad coaches. This allows coaches to plan their training program towards specific galas.
It also assists in developing the team spirit within the Club. Gala information is given out through the squad coach or via the noticeboard, the website or by email. The coach will discuss with each swimmer what galas they should attend and what events to enter. Swimmers can lose too much training time going to unnecessary galas.
It is important that swimmers do not miss training sessions before and after galas as these sessions are crucial to the coaches’ program.
Swimmers should ensure that their completed Gala Entry Form, together with the correct fee, is placed in the Club box in the pool lobby on time. The Gala Secretary will not accept late entries or “phone entries” under any circumstances and no gala entries will be processed without the correct fee. It is preferable that Gala entries are accompanied by a cheque, rather than cash.
Swimmers should indicate on their Gala Entry Form whether or not they will be available for relay selection on the day of the Gala. Only swimmers that meet the qualifying criteria for major galas will be allowed enter.
Please note that different Galas are suitable for swimmers in different squads and by and large club galas, such as St Fiacres or own Gala are more suited to swimmers in C Juniors and C1 Squad. Provincial Galas (Leinsters) are more suitable for C2 or B Squad swimmers and National Galas (which have minimum qualifying times) are by and large suitable for A Squad Swimmers.
If you have any doubts please ask your coach for further information. You can download a Gala Entry Form By Clicking on the Link Below.
To enable Leinster and Swim Ireland run Galas they require the co-operation of all Clubs and the support of many individuals.
They use a quota system regarding gala officials. Each club must provide a quota of officials for each gala. This is based on the number of swims entered not on the number of swimmers. This quota will be set once the entries have been received and clubs are then notified of their duties.
Duties involve team manager, timekeepers, turn-judge, line-up, attendance at technical meeting the evening before National galas etc. Failure to provide officials means that the swimmers are excluded from that session. At National Galas failure to provide officials means the swimmers are excluded from the rest of the gala and the club may also incur a fine from Swim Ireland.
Unfortunately there have been increasing number of times this season where the parent rostered for gala duty has not turned up or failed to arrange a replacement. The Committee has discussed this issue and considers it totally unacceptable. The Committee has decided to introduce sanctions to be applied to swimmers where their parents declined to carry out a gala duty or have not turned up for gala duty or organized a replacement which will come into immediate effect. Where a parent fails to turn up for gala duty or declines to carry a gala duty their son/daughter will be excluded from the rest of the session.
They will not be allowed entry to any future gala until their parent gives written undertaking to complete any duty they may be rostered at galas and in the event they are unable attend gala that they nominate another parent to carry out their duties for them and enclose a written acceptance from that parent that they are willing to cover both their own and the other parent’s duty.