Galas: Your First Time
Welcome to your first gala as a Member of PEA! We know you may be nervous, but remember everything your coach has taught you and try to enjoy the gala.
Every time that is recorded today will your personal best, so go out there and give your best! The entire PEA Club is rooting for you and we’re proud that you’re representing us, so swim in your new PEA colours with pride!
Important things to remember:
Report to your Coach before and after each race.
Report in time to the Competitor Steward for your race, at least 8 heats ahead. He/she will call your name and lane number. Check with the PEA Team Manager if you’re not sure.
At the blocks
The Referee blows 3 whistles
Don’t get onto the starting block yet. You must get ready to start. Check that your goggles and PEA swimming cap are in position.
Boys make sure your costume is tied tightly.
The Referee then blows one long whistle
Get onto the starting block and into a good position.
Wait for the Starter to say, “Take your marks.”
Focus on your lane and your strategy for the race.
NOTE: There will be an extra whistle for Backstroke.
The Starter announces, “Take your marks.”
DON’T look around, fiddle or move on the blocks at this stage. You will be disqualified.
Within a few seconds the sound of the horn begins the race and the stop-watch.