Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Club Captains and Reminders

Hi Everyone,

For those who attended our first week in the rain, thanks for coming along and making the night a success. A big thank you to our timekeepers and lifeguards who got wetter than most of the kids in the pool.  Despite the weather everyone seemed to have a good night.

This week it’s time to get the process of selecting our Club Captains underway.  This week, we will be accepting nominations, next week the voting will take place and the following week, the Captains will be announced.  To be eligible to be a Club Captain, you need to currently be in Grade 5 and eligible to have been part of the Club Championships last year.  You also need to commit to attending swim club in term 1 of 2019 and be familiar with the duties of Club Captain (found in our Club Handbook).  If you would like to nominate yourself, the please either download the form or collect a form from myself on Friday night.  Please note, the form requires a parent/guardian signature.  If you are unsure whether your child qualifies as a candidate, then please contact Annie Chand (secretary@gracevillelightning.org.au) or myself (president@gracevillelightning.org.au).

For new and existing members there are a few things to be aware of to help make our Friday nights run more smoothly:

  • Each week you will receive an email from our race secretary stating which events your child has been nominated for that week.  If you are unable to attend a club night, or there are changes to the strokes your child is participating in that week, it would be appreciated if you could let us know by replying to the race nomination email by 5pm on Friday. It just helps the night run more smoothly and quickly as we are not looking for swimmers who are not in attendance. 
  • Free swim will commence at around 6.00pm. Due to several close calls and the number of children in the pool, there will be no diving or jumping from the blocks or the sides. Our lifeguards may supervise one lane as a dedicated diving lane.  Please also note you must supervise your children at all times during free swim.  Check out our Club Nights page on our website to see how closely you need to supervise your child. 
  • Each week we swim 3 strokes. We always swim freestyle as this is our most popular race and we alternate weekly with our other strokes.  We begin the night with an assisted swim for those children that are looking to build their swimming confidence.  Our Grade 5 and 6 swimmers assist your child if needed or are just there to make sure they get safely in and out of the pool. 
  • Make sure you listen for the announcements asking your child to marshall for their races.  We call the races in distance order, starting with 15m first.  Freestyle is always our first stroke of the night.  If you are unsure which races your child has been nominated for, check your weekly nomination email. To progress to a longer distance swim, your child must meet the qualifying times for that stroke.  Please refer to our club handbook to see what time criteria they must meet.


Please don’ t forget to tell your friends about our club and what it offers on a Friday night. If you know someone who is interested, then please give them my contact details (president@gracevillelightning.org.au) or ask them to look out for an email from their class rep with some more information. We always love to welcome new members along.