Galas & Leagues

Once the’ve reached the standard required, swimmers will be invited by the Team Manager to take part in galas. We swim in three different leagues, with differing levels. This ensures that everyone gets to take part in the fun of competition.

Invitations

If you are needed to swim in a gala for the club, you will receive an invitation by email with details of where and when the gala is. You may also be asked by phone.

  • Please always check at the desk for gala information.
  • If you are asked as a reserve, the Team Manager will inform you if you are needed.
  • Please check with them or at the desk on Friday if you have not heard.

You must let the Team Manager know if you are or are not swimming, with an answer ‘YES’ or ‘NO’, as soon as possible.

Types of Competition

Essex League

4  galas per year, for swimmers 11, 13, 15 and under and Open swimmers. Fastest swimmer wins the race, highest points win the gala. There will be a 15 to 30 minute warm up before the gala starts to check your turns and strokes. The gala usually last about 2 hours

East London Mini League

6 galas per year, for swimmers 10, 11, 12 and 14 and under. Timed gala, if the swimmer equals or betters the set time they are time faulted and receive no points, highest points win the gala.

These galas are a good introduction to competitions for younger swimmers

There is also a Jubilee gala, usually in November or December, where all the teams take part.

There will be a 15 to 30 minute warm up before the gala starts to check your turns and strokes

The gala usually last about 1.5 hours

London Graded League

5 galas per year, for swimmers 18 and under. Timed gala, if the swimmer betters the set time they are upgraded and receive 1 point more than the number of teams in the gala. If a swimmer is disqualified they get 2 points more. The lowest points win the gala.

There will be a 15 to 30 minute warm up before the gala starts to check your turns and strokes

The gala usually last about 2 hours

Open Galas

Galas you enter yourself through the club. You pay an entry fee per event.

You usually must be category 2 registered with the ASA to take part in these galas.

Speak to the Competition Secretary for more information.

These include County Championships, Secondary Age Group Master Competitions and Ronse.

 

The Annual Gala and Club Championships

The Annual Gala

This is held in September, October or November each year and there are several types of race

  • Learn to Swim 1 length (for those swimmers who have learnt to swim and have not entered a gala before)
  • A part medley in memory of John, one of our teachers
  • Age-specific races in all strokes
  • Open events for all ages in all strokes
  • The all-important mums and dads race.

Entry forms will be available prior to the event.

Club Championships

These are held on Friday evenings in March, April or May each year. They include

  • Under 17, 100 metres Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly
  • Individual Medley and
  • Open 100 Metre Individual Medley.

To enter the Championships, give you name to the organiser on poolside by 8.00pm on the evening of the event you wish to swim in.

You must train properly in your normal session for your position to count.

Eligibility

To qualify to swim in these events, you must fulfil the following criteria:-

  1. You must be a fully paid up member, quarterly fees and membership, for a minimum of 3 months or as long as you have been at the club.
  2.  You must have swum in at least 60% of the galas you have been asked to attend.
  3. You must have completed at least 60% of training sessions throughout the year.
  4. You must have informed the team managers 100% of the time that you were or were not swimming, prior to the Wednesday before the gala.

In age-range specific races, it is the age at the end of the year that counts.