Halloween Gala

Last call on entry forms for the ORCA club gala entry forms this week.

If you have not entered, there will be no normal training on Saturday 30th October or 6th November as we run the gala over the normal training session.

if you can train that day, you should think about entering the gala!

Committee 2022

ORCA is run by a number of volunteers that give up a little of their time to help run the swimming club. As a “not for profit” organization, and to be able to run as a club through Swim England, we need a to have an effective committee in place for 2022.

The election of committee members is an annual event that happens in the Annual General Meeting in November each year. Along with new members volunteering to help the club we also have people stepping down in their roles after many years supporting the club.

If you have a little free time, we would welcome any help you could provide, either in general committee roles or as part of the core committee.

There is an Election of Committee form on the noticeboard in the viewing area. If you feel that you could help the club in supporting one of the roles, please could you add your name to the form – or ask one of the committee for help or details of what the role would entail.

Without a committee – we can not run the club effectively and some roles are essential for the club to function.

Please, if you could. consider help shaping the future of ORCA.

Christmas Party

ORCA are pleased to announce that we are having a Christmas Party and Presentation evening on Saturday 27th November at the Cartshaft club in Shaw.

Tickets will be available through committee members at the club. ADULTS £6.00 CHILDREN £3.00.

Food included in the ticket price.

DJ, games and prizes!

Presentation of certificates to swimmers for the Wakes Gala and for the upcoming Halloween Gala.

ProSwimwear Affiliation

ORCA are pleased to announce we now have an affiliate link to ProSwimwear.

Shopping at ProSwimwear through the link / image on the ProSwimwear page of our website will help raise funds for ORCA Swimming Club.

5% of the value of any orders taken by using the link below will be returned to the club, where the club can then use those funds for training, coaching and activities for the swimmers and members of the club.

There are no additional costs passed to you by shopping through this link – ProSwimwear will fund ORCA quarterly with 5% of any sales taken through using this link – so please pass on to others to use !

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 : https://www.swimmingresults.org/individualbest/

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.