PSC – Christmas Countdown – 2019

       L3 Open Gala              Licence No: NW192522


Date: Saturday 30th November & Sunday 1st December 2019
Venue: Darwen Leisure Centre, The Green, Darwen.  BB3 1PW
Facilities: This is a fabulous 25m pool complex with 8 lanes, anti-wave lane ropes and electronic Daktronics timing in operation with scoreboard display.  The Leisure Centre has on site café facilities.

There is onsite parking, which is limited; however, there are numerous local parking facilities in the vicinity of the pool.

Age: Ages are as at midnight on the 1st December 2019.
The Meet: The meet will be held under ASA Laws and Technical Rules and is licensed by the ASA to a level 3 standard.

The programme will operate on a start sheet system and will cover 50m, 100m, and 200m events.

Entries will be seeded on a slowest to fastest time basis for all age groups within an event.

Please read the entry times carefully and ensure your entry time is within the upper and lower qualifying time limits.  Entries that do not meet the qualifying time for that event will be rejected.  As event organisers we rely on accurate times being entered on the application forms, to be fair to all swimmers. Your cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated

If a 50m (long course) time is to be used this must be converted to 25m (short course) times using ASA Equivalent Performance Tables or Sportsystem Equivalent Times Converter electronic programme.

Entry times should normally have been achieved in the twelve months prior to the event, converted to short course. It is not essential that entry times have been achieved at a previous licensed open meet, however, any submitted times must have been achieved at an agreed club time trial / timed event and endorsed by the club coaches. If submitting times approved by a coach, you MUST have the coaches signature on the entry form otherwise the entry form will be rejected.

All events will be heat declared winners within the prescribed age limits.

There will be spot prizes drawn at random for swimmers throughout the competition.


Withdrawals: Withdrawals must be made by either:

·       e-mail (pscgalasecretary@gmail.com) or by text (07597634286) by 8pm the evening before competition. Please state the swimmer’s name, club and events they wish to be withdrawn from

·       in person at the designated desk on the day using a withdrawal form.

Coaches, team managers and parents may withdraw a swimmer from an event on the day of competition provided the appropriate withdrawal form has been completed.

Please note that there will be no refunds for any withdrawals once the accepted entries list has been displayed on the website.

Note: The time limit for withdrawals on the day is 1 hour before the start of a session.

Awards: Awards will be made for the first three placed participants in each individual age group:

·       Girls:  9 yrs, 10 yrs, 11 yrs, 12 yrs, 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs and over.

·       Boys: 9 yrs, 10 yrs, 11 yrs, 12 yrs, 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs and over.

All races will be spearheaded. No formal presentations will be made for the individual events, where all awards can be collected from the designated table.

Points accrued by swimmers throughout the event will lead to a ‘Top Visiting Club’ award. There will be a formal presentation at the end of session 4 for the top visiting club.

Entries: Cost per entry is £5.50 (electronic entry) or £6.00 for paper entries.  Clubs should make their entries collectively and send payment with 1 cheque per club only

(make cheques payable to ‘Preston Swimming Club’) Refund cheques will only be payable to the entered Club.

All clubs are encouraged to enter using the Sportsystem electronic entries. This will be emailed to local clubs but is also available by sending an email request to pscgalasecretary@gmail.com .

Closing Date & acceptance criteria: In order to manage any potential oversubscription to the meet, we are operating on ‘First Come First Served’ basis. It is hoped that by doing this we can accommodate as many entries as possible.

The window for applications will open at:

1pm Friday 11th October 2019.

With the final closing date for entries being:

7pm Friday 8th November 2019.

Late entries will NOT be accepted and no poolside entries will be accepted at this meet.

All accepted and rejected entries will be posted on the web-site by Friday 15th November 2019.  Can you please ensure you check these entries and ensure any queries / errors are raised immediately as we will not be in a position to correct errors / add swimmers on the day.

Coaches: Passes for coaches are £20.00 for the whole weekend and a pass is required for any poolside staff / helpers.  Note all poolside helpers must have full CRB clearance.

The coach’s pass will include entrance to the pool, programme, start sheets, lunch, coffee, tea and snacks at programmed breaks.  Please purchase coach passes by completing the application form.

No one will be allowed on poolside without a pass.

Website: www.swimpreston.co.uk 
Cheques: Must be made payable to Preston Swimming Club.
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