Several changes have already been made and we expect more to follow. Congratulations to all who have ‘moved up’. In some cases this will mean attenting a different time slot so all swimmers are asked to check new squad sessions. Swimmers who normally swam on a Saturday morning will now swim at 6pm on Wednesday. All swimmers are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible and it is not possible to ‘mix and match’ squads. Occasionally we will have to make changes to normal sessions so it is important to pick up a club notice sheet from the desk on Wednesday night. Thursday sessions in the large pool are reserved for ‘team training’, this will focus on PTL swimmers in the months up to Christmas. Our first competitive gala is against Ballymoney on Saturday 22nd September, this is an away fixture and further details will be given at a later date. As a result of this gala there will be NO SWIMMING (big pool) on that date. Let’s try to get the new season off to a winning start!
Wednesday 5th September opened our swim sessions for the new season and it was great to see the pool so busy. Bill, Conor and the rest of the coaches have been busy looking at our current squad structure and as a result many swimmers have moved up. It will take a week or two before all the changes are confirmed so it is important for those who have moved to note when and at what time they now swim. Several coaches have also moved to different squads where they will be looking to promote those who show improvement. Our first PTL gala is only a few weeks away and all places on the team will be up for grabs. We would like to welcome new starts and returning swimmers to the team. It is important that swimmers attend as many sessions as posible in order to build up stamina and general fitness after the summer break. Best of luck to everyone and let’s look forward to a successful year for PTL and AquaSprint teams.
Congratulations to all of our AquaSprint swimmers who travelled to Belfast on Friday night to compete against Ballymena amd Breifne (Cavan) at the Robinson Centre Castlereagh. This was a great performance which secured our position in Division 2 of the AquaSprint League next year. The final scores were:
Ballymena 343 points
Portadown 284 points
Breifne 212 points
Friday 1st June – AQUASPRINT SWIM-OFF GALA at Castlereagh. (see previous post)
Monday 4th June – NO SWIMMING!
Tuesday 5th June – OLYMPIC TORCH EVENT (swim sessions as usual with the exception of IM’s 7.30 – 8.30 pm)
Wednesday 6th June – SMALL POOL GALA – (see previous post for details)
Thursday 7th June – NO SWIMMING
Saturday 9th June – LARGE POOL GALA
WEDNESDAY 13th JUNE AGM! (SEE DESK FOR DETAILS)
Small Pool Gala – Wednesday 6th June
Angelfish and Goldfish – poolside for 6.30 pm (presentaion of medals/certificates after.)
Dolphins and Sharks – poolside for 7.30 pm (presentation of medals/certificates after.)
Large Pool Gala Saturday 9th June except for IM which will take place on Wednesday 6th June! This event is open to swimmers born in 2002 or earlier and will run from 7.30 – 8.30 pm. Help with the usual timekeeping duties will be appreciated. Such duties come with a free poolside ‘close to the action’view!
Those taking part should arrive at Cascades at 12.30 where team groups will be organised. We plan to run a number of mixed ability relay swims from 1 – 2 pm. Swimmers may remain in the pool from 2 – 2.30 pm after the relays have finished. A special snack meal will be available in the cafe for £2 to include: chips in a cone, chicken nuggets and a drink. Those who want to watch the Olympic Torch parade should leave the pool by 3.30pm in order to make their way to the designated viewing area. Parents are responsible for supervision once swimmers leave the water!
The date for the end of season AquaSprint gala has now been confirmed as Friday 1st June at Castlereagh pool. Breifne and Ballymena will provide the opposition. The bus will leave Cascades at 5pm! Training will take place as usual on Thursday 24th May but there is no training on May 31st. Swimmers should see team sheet at club desk.