Its only the 2nd of October and already the competitive season is in full flow.
Last weekend the club got off to a winning start in the Provincial Towns League (PTL) in a home fixture against Ballymena Swimming Club. Then this weekend the 1st of Swim Ulster’s Development galas took place.
The range of swimmer taking part in these meets went from some competing in their first ever meet to Irish and Ulster Champions.
More important than the great club win and the list of personal bests achieved (and medals won) is the manor of the swims. I have been head coach for a little over 3 years and saw more skills to be proud of, and from more swimmers, than at any other meet so far.
The willingness of the vast majority of our young athletes to sacrifice the ‘splash and dash’ in favour of higher skills and a long term gain was incredibly pleasing. It is always great to see the efforts of our coaching team start to pay off.
it is still very early days in a very big season for our club but it is a fantastic start.
The 1st Gala of the year last weekend took place in Ballymena Leisure Centre.
This is a revamped format for the Swim Ulster Development Galas and we are looking forward to seeing how they will develop over the coming season.
A team of 17 swimmers from the club traveled to compete in the morning session in 21 races.
13 new times were posted and 5 personal bests.
For the majority of these young athletes this was their 1st experience of open competition and is a great way to start off what we hope will be a long swimming career.
The focus of these Galas is on skill development with core skills being the emphasis (and a criteria for progression into the qualifying meets) but having said that everyone likes to see that ‘ – ‘ next to their name.
The biggest PB of the day went to Natasha Degnan who took 39.75 seconds off her 200 IM time. While Louise Humphires had best times in all of her swims.
Well done everyone on a great days racing and a fantastic start to the year