Gala in Bad Bergzabern, Germany 5 & 6 March 2016
Truro City has been going to Bad Bergzabern for the last sixteen years and on many of these occasions we have been the only British Club. The list of competing countries is long and includes teams from ; Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Canada, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine ,USA and Germany to name but a few. This is a truly international swim meet. The swimming is generally of a very high standard with some of the swimmers being at international level but there are also a lot of club swimmers. This is a unique situation for all swimmers of whatever ability, to compete in an international event in an atmosphere of friendship and fun, where international politics have no place and ALL swimmers compete side by side. The open friendliness of all teams makes this an unforgettable experience. Sign language, broken language or even no common language does not stop communication between competitors.
The trip usually starts bright and early at Truro Station for a train to London Heathrow to fly to Frankfurt. At Frankfurt we are met by a bus supplied by Bad Bergzabern for the 2 hour drive there.
We go to the swimming pool where we meet Klaus Janson who will have families waiting to host all the visiting swimmers. Our swimmers will be paired up so nobody is left alone. All the families are well known by Klaus who has been running this event since the beginning. Swimmers then depart with their host families. They return to the pool early the next morning for Day 1 of the competition.
After the lunch break there is a parade of all swimmers organised by country. During the day swimmers get to know each other in between races and there is an established tradition of swopping memorabilia from their own countries.
At the end of the day the swimmers return to their host families for the evening, in many cases the swimmers are given tours of the locality.
Saturday evening the team managers and coaches are entertained at a civic reception in the town hall. We present a small gift from Truro City to Klaus Janson at this reception. Sunday dawns bright and early and punctually the competition recommences. At the end of the competition all swimmers walk to the town hall for a final disco and farewells. Very early on Monday morning a bus is organised to transport several teams back to Frankfurt airport for return flights home.
This is a tremendous experience for any swimmer; the swimming has produced PBs from nearly all of our swimmers and has given them all the opportunity to swim wearing a GB hat which have been worn with tremendous pride and are highly sought after by other competitors. The experience of living with a German family and the camaraderie of the event make this an unforgettable experience.
The eligibility ages are for anyone born in the years 1999 to 2006.The approximate cost of the whole event will be £350 and a deposit of £50 will be required to secure your place.
Early confirmation would be appreciated as flights need to be booked as soon as possible. If you have a swimmer who would be interested in attending please email Val who will compile a list of names firstname.lastname@example.org.