Attendance At Galas

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 programme 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’ programme.

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 our 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.