Our planned trip to Chichester literally fell into the water.
Any away competitions make it necessary to
- pre-book hotels,
- arrange travel, buy train tickets
- if official, let organisers down
Previously it happened to us that we had booked a hotel near Barnet Copthall for a whole weekend competition.
The injury came relatively late to my attention and the Hide hotel near Hendon Central would not accept the cancellation and I had to pay for the full hotel cost.
This time I was charged £25 at the time of booking the Cherry End Bed & Breakfast in Chichester but the proprietor Steve is a very nice guy and waived the remainder of the cost to be paid.
In any case away competitions can run into at least £200 with regards to the cost. Travel insurance doesn’t always cover such short-stay expenses in the home-country.
Yet the health of our young athletes always has to come first. Any injury that gets aggravated will get worst. We just take our losses and look at the bright side of things.
We do spend our money anyhow, if we do not spend it on a swimming competitions we would spend it on some other activity. And what is spent is spent.
It is worth looking at the whole competition strategy and decide what is just right and what is just too much.
I shall look to reduce the amount of competitions we enter because it is just very expensive. There is no funding to help with the cost of age-group competitions.