Derventio Excel are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2019 Junior Grand Prix series, run by Derventio Excel on behalf of Derbyshire ASA. The aim of the three gala series is to introduce as many young swimmers in the county as possible to competitive swimming, giving them the opportunity to gain qualifying times for the Derbyshire Long Course Championships in December at Ponds Forge, and the County Championships in February 2020. The last gala will be held before the closing date for entries to the December Championships.
This year, all galas will be hosted at Alfreton Leisure Centre. Automatic Officiating Equipment (AOE) will be available at each gala to give swimmers the experience of swimming with timing pads.
Prior to the start of each gala, we plan to give a short introduction from poolside to the swimmers and parents, explaining some of the procedures and protocols of competitive swimming. This will include such matters as asking swimmers to hold the lane rope after their race, to leave the pool by the sides not climbing over the pads, explaining what the people dressed in white are doing around the pool, not to walk between the officials and the pool, ensuring quiet at the start of races, and so on. These may be self-evident to many swimmers, but will help novice swimmers and parents understand what goes on.