The ASA’s Masters Officer Sharon Lock talks you through some of the things you might not know – or may have forgotten – about entering and competing at Great Britain’s biggest long course Masters meet, the British Masters Swimming Champs.
Before entries to the meet open, a team of volunteers and staff have spent time putting together an entry pack and meet conditions. The entry pack gives you all of the information you should need to have a successful and enjoyable meet. The conditions are the rules by which the meet is run. Therefore it’s extremely important to read both of these documents but here are a few issues we wanted to draw your attention to.
Each person in a relay team needs to have entered as an individual before the closing date of 22 May. The team itself can then be entered up to the team closing date of 29 May.
To avoid wasting paper and trying to be more environmentally friendly, there will not be a printed programme. Instead you will be able to download the full programme and start list well in advance of the meet (at least a week before). There will be QR codes which will link directly to the programme, heat sheets and results available at points throughout the pool. Printed heat sheets will still be available but we hope swimmers who like IT will prefer not to choose this method.
Information & Resolutions Room
Each year the organisers of the two main Masters events are aware that swimmers often have questions and need help to make sure they are where they are supposed to be with all of the correct documentation completed. These queries have previously been taken care of by Tony and Helen Ward in the resolutions room. This year, as Tony now takes on a different role for the meet, Helen will be looking after resolutions including team declarations, withdrawals, records and disqualification queries. In the same room, there will be another table for general information and questions.
As usual for all other events we ask you to withdraw from any you do not wish to swim. Again this is to avoid empty lanes and to be fair to those that are swimming. You will be able to do this up to the start of each warm up for the session you should be swimming in. There will be a mobile telephone number to call (see entry booklet) or you can do this in person in the resolutions room.
As there is an information and resolutions room and there will not be a printed programme, please could we ask competitors to use the medals table to collect medals only? This is to make sure there are no long queues and everyone is presented with their medals by our lovely long-serving volunteers in a celebratory way.