Open Water 2016

Regional Open Water Training - For the last few years we have had the most successful and impressive Regional Team. We anticipate starting training at Coleford Bridge Lake in Mytchett hopefully on Sunday 12th June 2016 (subject to the water temperature being high enough). Keep an eye on emails and Facebook and we will let you know whether we are starting then as soon as the temperature reaches the level set by the ASA.

As with previous years, training will most probably be at 7.45amevery Sunday morning followed by cold Coke (helps to eliminate any bugs) which the Club will provide (please bring your own choice of hot drink in a flask to warm you up when you get out of the lake such as hot chocolate or hot Ribena) at the lakeside followed by a trip to McDonalds in Frimley. All of the training including the McDonalds trip is important so please make a diary space for time until around 9.45amfor these sessions and the maximum benefit will be gained by attending as many sessions as possible, if not all of them.

Training will initially be for those who are aged at least 11 years old as at 31st December 2016.

Regional Open Water Championships – Westhampnett Lake (near Chichester) – Saturday 9th July 2016 at 9.00am, further details on the regional website www.southeastswimming.org.

We want to take the largest possible team to this event and the Club will give all entrants team hoodies and t-shirts to wear on the day. Regional winners as well as those placed second and third gain entry to the National Open Water Championships (these are on the 24th July 2016 for 12-18 year olds and for 19 and over).

In previous years we have won Age Group races and had entrants to the Nationals, and Molly Webster won the Gold Medal at the National Championships in 2013. Our Masters entrants have also won their age group band events.

The main National qualifier events are aimed at those aged 12 and above, although again the Region have agreed that they will run a 500m event for those who will not be aged 12 as at 31st December 2016 but who will be aged 11 as at 31st December 2016. For those aged 12 and over (as at 31st December 2016), including Seniors and Masters please complete your entry forms and let us know that you have entered asap. Let’s all get entered ready for this fun but challenging event.

The entry forms can be found here http://www.southeastswimming.org/open-water-competitions/

To race the correct distance for National qualification, swimmers will need to compete in the following events:

· Girls & Boys 12-14yrs as at 31st December 2016 – 1.5km
· Girls & Boys 15/16yrs as at 31st December 2016 – 3km
· Girls & Boys 17/18yrs and over as at 31st December 2016- 5km

The form for girls and boys 11yrs as at 31st December 2016 - 500m, is also available at the same link http://www.southeastswimming.org/open-water-competitions/

Please bring the completed entry forms to a Club official (ideally in the first training session) for signature. Kindly pay the fee to the Club as usual and we will send a group payment to the Region.