Bolton Metro Gala

This weekend is the first “Real” gala for ORCA in 18 months – and a welcome return to competitive swimming. Its just a shame we ended up with a number of rejections due to the change in entry criteria – and also that the spectator element of the gala has been stopped.

For those that are going – we wish you all of the best for smashing any previous Personal Best times !

For anyone new to swimming competitions, the older swimmers will help and advise and we have three experienced coaches to help you all find your way around – enjoy it.

For those that were rejected, we will work on something else for the whole club and news on this will come out soon.

Some guidance for those attending

Morning : Arrive between 7:30 to 7:40 (latest) and a member of the team will meet you outside. Warm up is at 7:50am for those in the morning session and the competition will run from 9:00 to about 12:30

Afternoon : They have not declared the warm up times for the afternoon , the session is due to start at 2:00 PM so would not expect warm up to start much later than 12:50. If you are in the afternoon session only I would suggest arriving no later than 12:30. The session should run no later than 6:00PM

For the swimmers, please take :

Your ORCA Hat : two if you have them.

Please wear an ORCA T shirt – so we can spot you more easily – if you have one otherwise a black T shirt if you can.

Goggles – of course – tip for the swimmers; if they dive in and the goggles come off – dont stop – just keep swimming!

Two (or even three) towels – one for drying off and one for wrapping around you whilst waiting – (three just in case one gets soaked ?)

Swimming gear – skins are allowed on events (if you have them) otherwise normal training gear. Possibly 2 sets so you can dry off for the afternoon session. Arrive “beach ready” to avoid masses of people in the changing rooms !

Face Mask – preferable one you wont worry about if you lose it.

Flat Shoes that slip on (Sliders / Flip Flops).

Food – healthy snacks – and of course plenty of drinks (suggest 2 of the sports bottles – one for each session)

The Gala is at : The Jason Kenny Centre, Bolton One, Moor Lane, Bolton, BL3 5BN

Parking at : NCP Car Park, BL3 5DX – its about 7 mins walk from there to the sport centre.

In a couple of days time – the results will be logged on the Swim England website, for those that are new – this can be found here :

The coaches will post on Facebook as often as they can to keep you up to date with progress.

Good luck to all those going – do your best and enjoy the gala.