Club Championships & Presentation Day

Club championships

You must be a full financial member of the club to take part in the club championships. Associate  members are not eligible to be club champions or receive medals. They are however welcome to race on the day.

Nominations List for 2018/2019
Event List for 2018/2019

Club championship rules

  1. Only swimmers who have qualified for the respective events will be eligible to swim in the championships.
  2. To be eligible to compete in an event in the Club Championship, swimmers must have competed in a minimum number of events at club nights. The table below shows the minimum number for each individual stroke. There are 2 categories, the first is for swimmers who registered towards the start of the season – “Joined in Term 4" (e.g. October 2017), the second is for swimmers who registered after the Christmas break – “e.g. Joined in Term 1" (e.g. January 2018). 
  3. Freestyle
    100m Free / Individual Medley
    Joined in Term 4
    Joined in Term 1

  4. If a Club night is cancelled, swimmers who had nominated in accordance with the handbook to swim on that night are deemed to have swum in those events for the purposes of eligibility for Club Championships.
  5. If swimmers progress to a longer race for a particular event during the season, participation in both distances will be counted. That is, if a swimmer has participated in 6 x 25m Freestyle and 3 x 50m Freestyle events during the season this will mean they have qualified to swim in Freestyle at the Club Championship.
  6. The Committee has the discretion to allow a swimmer to compete at the Club championships if they have not met the eligibility rules. The Committee will exercise its discretion upon receipt of an application, in writing, for special consideration. Circumstances that will be considered by the Committee include (but are not limited to):
    • Illness or injury throughout the season that has prevented a swimmer from attending/swimming at a Club night;
    • Family circumstances which prevents swimmers from being able to attend Club nights regularly;
    • Swimmers who were competing for the GASC at SQ or BSA meets on a Friday Club night
  7. Any request for special consideration must be in writing and received by the Committee at least 7 days prior to the Club Championships commencing. The decision of the Committee is final.
  8. Swimmers will compete in their age on the blocks as at the first day of the Championships.
  9. Swimmers up to 9 years compete over 25 m. Swimmers 10 years and above will compete over 50m.
  10. For all 25 m events leniency in the application of the rules of swimming will be exercised. Swimmers in these events will not be disqualified however if the referee deems that the swimmer gained an unfair advantage by breaking the rules, then the referee may alter the placing at his/her discretion.
  11. Swimmers who break the rules in 50m and 100m events will be disqualified.
  12. The race committee will utilize its discretion to combine races either girls/boys or of different age groups where there are not sufficient number to fill up the race. However swimmers will only compete against swimmers in their respective age and gender groups.
  13. Points will be awarded as follows for each individual race to determine the age champions;
    • First - 4 points
    • Second - 3 points
    • Third - 2 points
    • Fourth - 1 point

Championship awards

The aim of the Club is to recognize the participation of as many swimmers as possible. Ribbons will be awarded to all place getters in each championship race, with each younger swimmer who does not receive a place ribbon being presented with a participation award.

Age champions

Age Champions are awarded to the boy and girl in each age group who accumulate the most points across all events during the Club Championships. If points are tied, the age champion will be the person who achieved the most first places at the championships. If swimmers are still tied, then both swimmers will be awarded age champion.

Club presentation

This season the Club will host a presentation BBQ on the weekend following the Club Championships.
Swimmers will be advised closer to the date about the details of the function. A number of club awards will be presented at the function, including the Overall Club Points Champion, Points Awards, Club Championship Age Champions, Club Championship race medals, Club Championship Records, Pool records and other club awards.
The Club AGM will be held in conjunction with the presentation function.

Points award

The points system is cumulative throughout the season so swimmers are encouraged to attend regularly. Points are awarded for participation and improvement in individual times. The Overall Club Champion is the swimmer who accumulates the most points at Club Nights over the whole season for all events. Points are calculated on the improvement of times based upon the following points scale.

Time Difference
> 2.5 sec slower than best time or
participating in an event that is shorter than their qualified event
> 1.5 and < 2.5 sec slower than best time
> 0.5 and < 1.5 sec slower than best time
< 0.5 sec slower and > 0.49 sec faster than best time
> 0.5 sec and < 1.49 sec faster than best time
> 1.5 sec and < 2.49 sec faster than best time
> 2.5 sec or more faster than best time

Previous club champions

2006/07 Luca Winton
2007/08 Riley Thomas
2008/09 Chloe Hill
2009/10 Chloe Hill
2010/11 Harry Walker
2011/12 Abbey Hill
2012/13 Sophie Derrick
2013/14 Tom Plasto
2014/15 Elliott Roll
2015/16 Finnlay Bell
2016/17 Joshua Ramsay

Determining the points award winners

All registered swimmers will be divided in to 5 roughly equal bands based upon their age. Points Awards will be presented to approximately the top 5 swimmers in each band irrespective of gender, but it will depend on the numbers of swimmers in each age group as how many towels are awarded to that age group. If it appears to the Management Committee that a swimmer has intentionally not swum to the best of their ability in order to gain an advantage in accumulating points towards the Points Awards the swimmer may be asked to show cause why they should not be penalised. The Management Committee may impose such penalty as it sees appropriate which may include not counting that time, deduction of up to 20 points from that swimmers tally and even disqualification from the Points Awards.
Swimmers will receive points for competing in all events at Club Nights. All swimmers who have met qualifying times but do not wish to swim (or find it too difficult to swim) the longer distance may elect to swim the shorter distance but will not be awarded points for lowering their best times. These swimmers will be awarded 1 point. Points received in one distance will be carried forward on graduation to longer distance events (not including the 100m and 200m events as these are considered separate events). Any swimmer disqualified will forfeit all points in that event. On the first swim of a new distance in a stroke a swimmer will receive a bonus of 4 points.
During the season a points tally may be displayed on the pool deck notice board or posted on the website to encourage children in their participation at club nights.

The president’s award

This is an award given at the Presidents discretion to a swimmer who contributes to the club in some unique or special way. This award may or may not be given each year.

Encouragement award

This is awarded by the coach/committee to a swimmer who has shown an excellent attitude and achievement in club swims and competitive swimming for the club throughout the entire season.

The Alison Morris award

This is awarded to a person or couple (adult) who has made an outstanding contribution to the club. It was established in 2007 to honour the memory of Alison who was a parent who tragically passed away in her forties and who herself had made an outstanding contribution to the club. The winner will be decided by the Management Committee or a sub-committee of parents chosen by the Management Committee.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask anyone on the Management Committee for assistance.