|Gala/ Competition Information
|What are galas?
|Galas are competitions held against other swimming
clubs. All galas that Portway compete in are held under ASA laws.
Each swimming club will have it’s own team of swimmers. Swimmers
are selected to swim events in there own age group (i.e. 10 years
and under). They will compete against the other club’s swimmers
from that age group. The number of, and type of, events will vary
from gala to gala, but usually constitute individual races in the
four competitive strokes with two team races in each of the designated
|Annual Club Gala
|An inter-club gala in which ALL Portway Swimming
Club members are positively encouraged to take part. Again, as above,
the gala is held under ASA laws but consists ONLY of individual events
in each age group. The gala takes place annually at the end of January
and is an ideal opportunity for swimmers and their parents/carers
to actively take a role in a gala that has an enjoyable and friendly
atmosphere. Swimmers who do well at the Club gala will be presented
with awards at the Club Awards Evening that is held a few weeks after.
|The Club Coach carries out gala selection, with assistance
from the Team Manager. Swimmers involved in these galas are often
selected from those that attend more than one training session a week
and are based on times achieved.
|Where are galas held?
|The locations of galas depend on who
is hosting it. Portway usually take part in galas within the Bristol
Area but do travel to places such as Clevedon and Burnham on Sea.
|How can I take part in a gala?
Portway is primarily a teaching club and its training
structure reflects this. Once a swimmer reaches an appropriate standard
he or she will have the option of entering a gala.
|What do I need to bring?
T-shirt (to keep warm between races)
• Club Gala Swimming Hat (available from the team manager at
|Who will look after the swimmers?
|At all times swimmers will be under the close supervision
of the Team manager and the Coach.
Team managers will also ensure swimmers know where they need to be
and when, with help from
other Club members and parent/carer volunteers.