Chairman’s Chat Braintree & Bocking Swimming Club December 2017
It’s been a busy month both in and out of the pool.
Club Presentation Night What a cracker!
Whether you or your child was a budding slot car racer, rodeo king, loved playing the tables or danced the night away it was a night to be remembered and a time to relax with your swimming buddies rewarding yourself following a hard but successful year of training. Over 700 medals were handed out! Huge congratulations to Mick Bott for organizing a great evening. What does he have in store for us in 2018?
Lee Peterson was recently awarded Honorary Club Membership in recognition of the many years he has dedicated to swimming and particularly to BBSC. He wears the Club colours with pride at Masters events both in the UK and overseas. Congratulations.
Arena League Success
Despite a number of the swimmers who had helped in getting us to the finals of the Division 2 League being unavailable due to sickness, others stepped in and a great night of swimming was had. Initially we had tried to gatecrash the Division One finals with the team coach taking us to Becontree, but we arrived at Borehamwood with minutes to spare and stormed to a great 6th place. Huge congratulations to every swimmer, the coaches, the whips and officials.
Essex Age Championships 2018 Not quite made that county time? The Last Chance meet at Basildon is on 16th / 17th December. For those not already entered they will be taking on the day entries in all 50m events. Other events will be on a first come first served basis - space permitting. The entry desk opens 11.30 each day. So, turn up, enroll, pay your fee, swim well and get that qualifying time you deserve. Lastly make sure you have submitted all your entries on Club Organiser by 20th December.
Our assistant head coach, Charlie Stevens, is leaving us on 17th December to advance his career as Pool Manager at Harlow. We wish him all the best in the future. Our Level 1 coaches Ben Cox and Nicky Boden have accepted our invitation to take up increased coaching roles, so expect to see more of them poolside.
We have had a number of new volunteers helping out, and our thanks go to them. Our next batch of Timekeepers will be starting their course soon. If you would like to become more involved with the Club please do speak with any of the committee, we can buddy you up if you are a little unsure.
We currently have vacancies for: Home Meets Secretary; Welfare Officers; Fixtures Secretary.
Christmas Training Times
Last full training session Thursday 21st December – 25m timetrial night! Sat 23rd December 6.30am – 7.45 am Masters only Weds 27th December 6.00 am – 7.00am Masters only 4.00pm – 5.00pm County Juniors, County Age Group & Competition Dev. 5.00pm – 6.00pm County Youth, Regional Seniors, Senior Dev., Competition Youth Thurs 28th December 6.00 am – 7.00am Masters only 4.00pm – 5.00pm All Junior Squads. 5.00pm – 6.00pm All Senior Squads. Friday 29th December 4.00pm -5.00pm Regional Seniors, Regional Dev, County Youth and Seniors Sat 30th December 8.00 am – 9.15 am Masters Only Tuesday 2nd January 6.00am – 7.00am Masters Only; Back to normal sessions for the evening
I hope you all enjoy the festive break and I wish you a successful New Year.
Mark Henn - Club Secretary - April 7th @ 07.51 am
Thought of the day - (original author unknown)
One of my friends asked "Why do you pay so much money for your kids to Swim?"
- I pay for those moments when my kids become so tired they want to quit but don't.
- I pay for those days when my kids come home from school and are "too tired" to go the pool but go anyway.
- I pay for my kids to learn to be disciplined.
- I pay for my kids to learn to take care of their body.
- I pay for my kids to learn to work with others and to be good team mates.
- I pay for my kids to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don't get that place or PB they'd hoped for, but still have to work hard.
- I pay for my kids to learn to make and accomplish goals.
- I pay for my kids to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to create a champion, and that success does not happen overnight.
- I pay for the opportunity my kids have and will have to make life-long friendships.
- I pay so that my kids can be in the pool instead of in front of a screen...