Everyone stay safe.
We have taken the decision to cancel training tomorrow night (Monday October 16th) due to the severe weather warnings due to storm Ophelia. Normal training arrangements will apply for the rest of the week.
Everyone stay safe.
Last weekend seen 8 Lecale swimmers compete at the Swim Ulster Autumn Qualifying Gala in Lisburn. Aaron, Adam, Isla, Jamie, Joe, Olivia, Philip and Rebecca have all achieved qualifying times in previous meets to swim at this higher level of competition. As usual our swimmers didn’t disappoint.
Over the course of 2 days each Lecale swimmer went home with at least one top 10 finish. We also seen plenty of PB’s, swimmers narrowly missing out on medals with 4th place finishes (Aaron, Joe and Olivia) and medals for Aaron (2 bronze) and Adam (2 gold) as well. Below is a selection of photos from a great weekend of swimming.
Gala squad swimmers aged 9-11 might be interested in entering the Bangor Minors Open Meet on Sunday November 5th in Bangor. More information can be found at:
BANGOR MINORS OPEN MEET INFORMATION
If you would lie to enter this meet please use the link to the gala entry form below:
GALA ENTRY FORM
All entries must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 19th October 2017 - late entries will unfortunately not be accepted. Payment must be made at the desk on Friday 20th October. Please note refunds are not possible if you enter and then decide not to attend.
Congratulations to the PTL squad who last night secured their first win of the season away from home to Dungannon. Led by our Club Captains, Aaron and Katie (pictured below), our Lecale swimmers produced some fantastic swims with some very tight finishes to secure the victory. Many thanks to Dungannon for both a friendly and competitive gala and we wish them the best for the remainder of the season.
Final Score: Lecale 578 Dungannon 566
Looking forward our next gala at home against Swilly Seals is on Saturday November 25th (a Teamer message will go out closer to the time). Until then continue to work hard in the pool!!
The Down Leisure Centre has had an incident so the pool will be closed for the next 24 hours. As a result ALL training sessions are CANCELLED tonight. Please pass this message onto anyone who may not have seen this message.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Well done to the 5 Lecale swimmers who early on Saturday morning travelled to Omagh to compete in the first of this seasons Swim Ulster Development Meets. Between them Aidan M, Adam M, Amy, Bebhionn and Christopher competed in a total of 17 events, picking up a total of 7 medals and 8 PB’s. Each and every swimmer went home with at least one new PB with Amy and Christopher narrowly missed out on medal positions picking up 4th places in some events. Aidan, Adam and Bebhionn had great swims, each going home with medals. Aidan took home a gold and silver, Adam took 2 golds and a silver whilst Bebhionn picked up a silver and bronze place. It was a fantastic performance from all these Lecale swimmers and a great start to the new competitive season.
Well done to all our swimmers in our first meet of the season against Newry. There were great swims all round and congratulations to Newry who secured victory in the end. However with the Lecale swimmers securing over 50 new individual PB’s on the night we can look forward to another great season of swimming. Every swimmer on the PTL squad should be extremely proud of how well you all swam. Special mention must also go out to all our new swimmers of the PTL squad. Welcome to the team and well done.
In some events we had the opportunity to swim additional exhibition swims. These are marked with an X on the results file. These swims are invaluable in groups where we have a large number of swimmers, giving additional gala swimmers the opportunity to obtain new PB’s. These are formally recorded and are used in the selection process for future galas.
Many thanks to Newry for a very friendly gala and we wish them the best for the rest of the season. As usual we appreciate all the help from staff at the Down LC and the many parents who helped both poolside and setting up food for our hungry swimmers after the gala.
Looking forward our next PTL Gala against Dungannon takes place in Dungannon on Saturday October 7th. Don’t forget to respond timely to your Teamer message. If there is no response we will assume you are not attending and therefore you will not be selected to swim!!
This weekend sees the first competition of the new season. The PTL squad will be welcoming Newry to Downpatrick tomorrow evening (Saturday, warm up 4:30pm). As you know it is the responsibility of the home team to provide a buffet for all swimmers and supporters. Could all members of the PTL squad please bring items for the buffet (Boys - sandwiches, Girls - buns and/or fruit.
The annual Swim Ulster Schools Cup & Championships will take place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October in the Aurora Bangor. It was a fantastic event last year with many Lecale swimmers representing their school at this event. Swimmers do not need to be on the Gala Squad to compete and there's lots more information on the Swim Ulster website and the links below. Entry is through your school so make sure you speak to your PE teacher/Principal if you'd like to enter.
Information Letter - Schools Cup & Championship
Meet Information & Entry Forms - Schools Cup & Championship
Swimmers will be able to order Lecale t-shirts and/or half-zips on Friday September 22nd or Friday September 29th. This is to enable delivery before Christmas. On these nights sample sizes will be available. You can already see a number of swimmers, committee members and parent helpers sporting this new gear poolside on Friday nights. It has proved very popular since it was released late last season.
The webpage for the 2017-2018 PTL season has been updated.
This contains important information for all PTL squad members and their parents, including dates for all meets.
Just a reminder that new season trials will take place on Sunday September 10th, 1pm - 2pm. Venue: Down Leisure Centre pool, Downpatrick
You must be aged 6 or over and able to swim full lengths in the main competition pool. Trials consist of your best attempt at:
The trials are very busy so please be patient and prepared to wait. We will try to get through everyone as quickly as possible but it may take some time.
Offers of membership to new members are made on merit based on performance at the trials, and are subject to available space in the club. As our squads are organised by age group and gender this inevitably means that there will be more spaces in some groups than in others. We would particularly welcome boys in the 10-14 age group who are already good swimmers, as we may have some gaps in this group this season. We are looking forward to seeing all potential new members on Sunday.
Gala squad swimmers aged 10 and older may be interested in entering the Swim Ulster Development Meets. There is more information available at the following link: lecaleswimclub.weebly.com/swim-ulster-development-meets-2017-2018.html
The first meet is in Omagh on September 30th and entries must be made using the gala entry form at the above link, by next Friday September 15th. Please ensure all entries are made on time, if they are late swimmers will not be entered.
The Lecale 2017-2018 season starts tonight!! All swimmers will swim at their swim time last year. Please check to see if you have a new swimming time from next week.
Last chance to register will be from 6pm tonight. Make sure you are there in plenty of time as swimmers must be registered and paid before entering the pool.
As we get ready for a new season of swimming, Swim Ireland has issued a timely reminder to parents to check on their child's social media status and to talk to them about how much personal information they might be sharing and the risks associated with this. Here in Lecale, we have a policy that committee members, coaches and teachers will not contact children directly via text, phone or social media, rather we will always make contact via a parent/guardian (that's why we need up to date contact details for parents). If you want to know more about safe social media settings, Swim Ireland has produced a handy parental checklist which is available via this link
Existing Members Registration