Due to a shortage of lifeguards there will be no Learn To Swim Sessions tonight at Five Rivers.
The Clifford trophies are awarded annually to the top male & female swimmers in our Thursday Seniors section.
On the night of the competition the swimmers are required to swim a length of each stroke & are marked on their technical ability rather than their speed. Judges this year were Ron Pankhurst & Jenny Wiltshire. Well done to all swimmers who took part – medals were awarded to the top three in each stroke – as well as the volunteer marshalls, judges & recorders.
The winners were Madelaine and James.
We are delighted to announce that our Masters Coach, Ron Pankhurst, won the “Long Service to Sport” award at the 2015 Wiltshire Sports Awards In October.
This is well deserved recognition of all Ron has done, and continues to do, in the world of swimming.
All, I have been advised that the reception will be moving across from the current reception area to the new area over half term. I don’t know exactly what date this will take place, but please don’t be surprised if you are directed to the new entrance at some stage over the next week or so. You will then be walking along a corridor to gain entrance to the pool.
The current reception area will be borded up along the edge of the café eating area. There will no longer be any tables in the café area and it will be the only access to the spectator area of the pool. Therefore, space will be very limited for viewing during LTS in particular.
We have been fortunate to date with very little disruption from the campus work other than the parking congestion. Please be patient over this last stage and note that we may have to change some of our practices to accommodate, eg swimmers may need to access the pool from the change rooms only.
Our Club Chairman Melanie Cusack, had a meeting with Centre Manager Craig Angel recently on the progress of the building work. Most of you will agree that the impact to date on Stingrays has been relatively minor: the temporary use of our clubroom by the lifeguards and car parking restrictions. However, the next stage is likely to slightly more disruptive.
On 21st August, the new reception area will be handed over to the Centre. They will then start transferring from the current area over a short period. Once the transfer has taken place, access will no longer be possible from the current door as the current reception area will be blocked off and become a building site. For those in squad, you may find it all changed when you return to training in the new season.
On 4th September, the new building will be handed over to the Centre. This will then need to be decorated and furnished. However, the external building work on this area will be completed.
On 14th September, the new gym will be handed over to the Centre. Again, this will then need to be set up with the new equipment.
In terms of the car parking mayhem, it is unlikely this will return to any sort of normality until possibly the end of the year.
This next stage is likely to take a little getting used to and will be the most disruptive for the swimmers to date. However, training itself should not be affected.
Saturday 4th July saw the second year of the Orca Challenge.
This is an invitation only swim meet for those relatively new at competitive swimming from 8 to 14 years old with teams from Marlborough and Pewsey joining Salisbury and Durrington Otters.
Stingrays presented a big team including several children in their Learn to Swim programme who had never competed before.
All the swimmers swam their hardest and clearly enjoyed themselves. Stingrays were delighted to retain the trophy for the second year.