March Madness Best Wishes



Good Luck to all the swimmers competing at the City of Sheffield March Madness Gala this weekend Sun 12th March 2017

The gala is at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. The draft programme is MarchMadnessProg2017

 The session times are as shown here

Please ensure your swimmer is poolside 15 minutes before their warm up starts.

All swimmers should have an old or training suit for the warm up and change into their competition suit prior to racing. Swimmers should not be sat around in wet clothing for long periods. Swimmers will need goggles, their blue T hat, and plenty of  towels (always handy to sit on!) Swimmers also need their T-bag top/a t-shirt and shorts for wearing between races. Suitable footwear is a good idea too as it can be slippy on poolside. As an added note, we have had numerous items of clothing go missing at recent galas so please make sure that all equipment is labelled with your swimmers name.

If using lockers, please ensure you lock then as we have had instances of theft from unsecure lockers.

Swimmers need plenty of drinks and some small energy snacks. Please do not send any foods containing:

Nuts, Seafood, Kiwi, Sesame and Avocado.

We have some swimmers with severe allergies and even trace amounts can cause a serious reaction. Please ask swimmers not to share their snacks either. Once your swimmer goes poolside they are under the care of the coaches and team managers and will be required to remain poolside for the afternoon. Swimmers MUST inform the coaches if they leave poolside to go to the changing rooms or the toilet.

Parents are not allowed poolside during galas and swimmers should NOT leave poolside to sit with their parents. If the coaches feel there is an issue with your swimmer they will contact you. Swimmers should see their coach after they have raced for a debrief and cool down, not leave poolside to go and see their parents or other swimmers/coaches from other competing squads.


Should you wish to contact your swimmer during the gala this can be done via the team managers. Contact details are:-

Morning – Ruth McHenery  07770 236703Afternoon – Victoria Sharpe 07764 378461

Finally, Please ensure your swimmer has something to do while at pool side  as it can be a long wait between races.  If for any reason you need to withdraw your swimmer please email this address ASAP or contact the team managers on the day. Please also contact the team managers to advise if you are not going to be on time for the warm up. Failure to do this may result in your swimmer being withdrawn from the days events.