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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why doesn’t my child get selected for inter club galas?

As a competitive club we always base selections on our swimmers personal best times, and our policy is to select the strongest possible team for each event. some age groups we have a wealth of talented swimmers, and unfortunately not all will get the chance to swim at every gala. Please don’t be disheartened if you don’t get picked. Continue to train hard and make sure that you enter the Club competitions in April and October/November so that you can improve on your personal bests. We do enter teams in the development galas which are specifically designed to provide a chance to compete.


Why hasn’t my child moved up a lane?

There are a number of factors we look at when deciding to move swimmers between lanes including training effort, personal bests, stroke technique, behaviour and attitude. It is important not to worry too much about which lane your child swims in, as you will usually find that several lanes are following the same training programme. Also, we may move swimmers up or down during a session in order to ‘balance’ out the numbers in each lane. Rest assured that we do regularly look at the performance of each swimmer and aim to make sure each is in an appropriate lane.

What are the County Championships?
In February and March each year the Cornwall ASA holds their County Championships. Swimmers who achieve qualifying times (see the CCASA web site) can enter these galas and compete against the best swimmers in Cornwall in a range of strokes/distances. Entries for all qualifying swimmers are submitted by the club in Late December/early January.


Competing in a Gala
Taking part in a Gala (either at the Club championships or inter club) is both exciting and fun. if it is your first one then there are a few things you might want to know:

  • - At the end of your race, always stay in the pool until the referee tells you to leave the water (basically after every swimmer has finished the race).

  • - If you have passed your competitive starts award you can dive in, if you haven’t passed, it is perfectly okay to start from in the water.

  • - The team manager will be on poolside and will let you know which events you are swimming in. a good idea to stay near to them. wander off without letting them know.

  • - Remember to take a water bottle, towel and t-shirt onto poolside so you can keep warm and refreshed between races.


Gala Selection Policy
Team is priority. Galas are about overall team results. Trying to get the best result for the team is priority. Therefore the swimmers with the best times will be selected (regardless of age).

We use novice galas as a way of introducing swimmers to competitive galas. Swimmers may be asked to swim only relays as practical way of introducing them to competitive swimming standards.
Gala squad swimmers will be expected to enter league galas and friendly galas when selected and encouraged to enter open galas and County championships.
If you are keen to swim in Galas, then you should:
Attend training regularly, listen to your coaches and train hard whilst in the pool.



What is the National Arena and Cornwall & West Devon Leagues ?

National Arena League
The National League is one of the most important swimming championships in the UK. 400 teams from
England and Wales, comprising more than 16,000 swimmers, compete each year in the League around the
country. The organisation, founded in the late sixties and licensed by the ASA for National Competitions and
Championships and is based on a league structure involving promotion and relegation.
Cornwall & West Devon League
The Cornwall & West league is a competitive league involving 16 competitive teams from the west of england area. The league held over 3 rounds culminates in a final round championship.

Which swimmers will get selected for the National Arena and Cornwall & West Devon Leagues ?
As a competitive swimming club we always base selections on swimmers personal best times, and our policy is to select the strongest possible team for each event. However for the National Arena League where the coachs agree that Truro swimmers are unable to achieve competitive times in relation to that competition, swimmers who do not swim in the league from other clubs will on occoasion be invited to swim for Truro in this league.

Selection for the Cornwall and West Devon will be based on swimmers personal best times from within the Truro Club, and our policy is to select the strongest possible team for each event.

At some age groups we have a wealth of talented swimmers, and unfortunately not all will get the chance to swim at every gala. Please don’t be disheartened if you don’t get picked. Continue to train hard and make sure that you enter the Club competitions in April and October/November so that you can improve on your personal bests and batle to achieve selection

Members Charter
The committee is proud of Truro Swimming Club and wants all members and their families to be similarly proud. The main purpose of the club are:

  • - Teach members to swim

  • - Improve, learn new techniques

  • - Work towards representing the club competitively

  • - To make friends

  • - Enjoy time spent swimming

  • - Give support and commitment to Truro City Swimming Club and fellow members.


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