As a parent I am now fully involved in Madison’s swimming career and as there is little chance of Madison giving up swimming in the near future, I decided to go for qualifying further along the officials path.
On Saturday 19.11.17 I officiated at the ESSA Secondary School championships, a very worthwhile chore, as several records had been broken and thanks to Nick Gillingham Academy, here is one of them. I can be seen on lane 7.
I didn’t have a swimmer at this event as Madison’s school does not have any swimmers. But I very much want to support those who bring swimming to their school communities.
On Sunday, I officiated at the Hackney Aquatics championships, with an unbelievably good atmosphere and great community spirit, an occasion where mainly younger swimmers take their first steps into competition. Madison took part and won several medals and entered the finals.
Soon Madison will enter her first Hackney Aquatics Club Championships, which are held with a fun and furiously fast concept but don’t forget that long-distance is the bread and butter of all good swimmers.
This is so exciting that there is an opportunity to swim in Ponds Forge pool for a level 1 meet in January and they only accept the fastest entrants, probably lots of scratches to slower applicants. Well, there are some competitions to get faster times to come before the closing date of the Derby meet. There is the
We’ll definitely have time to improve FINA points and best times prior to the closing date for the Middlesex County Championships, which is in November already. Next year, Madison will have to swim in Juniors for the first time as she’ll be 14 next year.
The Gators meet at the Aquatics Centre in January already gives a good opportunity to polish up on those regional times for next year too.
We are over the moon that the Hackney Aquatics Club Championships are held as licensed meets and so the times achieved at such champs are actually recorded on the swimmingresults.org website. LR172356, is that license number Hackney has acquired for the meet.
The next HAC champs are on 19th November 2017 and it will be the first time that Madison will take part in a club champs again.
LACPP didn’t have club championships as it was a program rather than a club. The first club that Madison swam for, the Bethnal Green Sharks did have club championships but the results were not as such licensed.