A Gala is a swimming competition where your swimmer will compete against other swimmers and get their times recorded and logged in individual and relay events. This time is then used to ‘seed’ them for future galas and as possible qualification times for Leinster and National Galas.
As your swimmer improves their times will reduce and it is a great incentive for your swimmer to aim for their Personal Best (PB) every time they compete.
Any information about upcoming Galas is posted on the Club notice board, at poolside, along with the relevant cost for each event entered. If you are not sure if your child should enter for a particular gala, please check with their coach.
All gala questions can be answered by the Club Gala Manager, Sean McBride, email at galastst@gmailcom also see link to gala section on our website
Welcome Back and best luck to all our swimmers in the season ahead, before we launch into the below detail i understand some of you may be new to the club so stay with me and just read ahead. If you have any questions please call me or ask me if you see me at the pool. As a general guide & support to the incoming gala season we have put together a TST gala calendar,
NB please read all gala detail sent out in email or on our site as there may be gala age restrictions and some galas also have qualifying times.
Also as the governing body Swim Ireland may need to change some detail or put in additional information as and where necessary and if so required will notify all involved.
Swim Ireland have generally split the gala season into SC (Short Course 25 meter Pool) and LC (Long Course 50 Meter Pool) where we have put our calendar into 3 cycles to match the incoming season as in attached and in summary below Season Plan,
As there are many galas on the calendar for logistical reasons ie travel close to our club etc, also keeping in mind the other clubs that support our gala we reciprocate the same support.
e.g. Traditionally ESB always support our gala as we do theirs, we have identified these galas (highlighted in orange) as the galas we intend to enter. The other galas in light green are also still available to entre so talk to your coach or myself if you intend to enter any of these.
There are 5 levels of galas, Level 1 is a starter type gala and level 5 at the more experienced, & mostly requires athletes to progress through the levels achieving qualifying times to get there see below for levels overview.
Levels of Galas
Guide to different Types of Galas
If you have any questions regarding anything on Galas please ask the coach