Since our swimmers returned to the water a month and a half ago it is becoming increasingly clear that there’s something missing – the element of competition.
Quite rightly our coaches set out with a plan to break the swimmers back in gently after six months out of the pool.
They’ve had to build back the muscles which never got quite the same sort of workout on land, and fix some bad stroke habits which crept back in, and there was nothing to gain by diving back in, going hell for leather, and ending up with an injury that would keep them out of the water all over again.
Although no one can say when galas as we know them will return, there’s no reason why we can’t pull out the stop watches and race virtually.
So, this Saturday the Youth and National squads will be taking part in a test event during their usual morning training session at Auchenharvie.
It’s going to be a limited programme with all swimmers competing in just 3 events: 200m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 100m freestyle.
To keep things Covid-safe there will only be 3 swimmers racing in each heat, leaving one lane clear between them.
Timing will be done on stopwatches by three coaches and the times will be collated by a recorder.
The diving blocks will be wiped down with disinfectant between each start and swimmers who are not racing will have to remain physically distanced from each other on poolside while waiting for their next event.
The times will be submitted to the West District’s ‘Speed Ladder’ and if all goes well it could be used as a template to allow some kind of Club Championship to take place in 2020 during the usual squad training sessions across a week.
Watch this space!