End of Season News

by Helen Atton

So we have made it to the end of the season and hopefully everyone is feeling rested and refreshed ready for the start of the next season in September.  There will be a few move rounds of coaches in the next few weeks, the main one being the taking over of the Monday senior session by Neil Kirk who has recently become fully a fully qualified coach.  I also want to take this opportunity to thank John Sneesby for all of the gaps he has filled over the last season, and club stalwarts, Tony and Steve who have coached twice a week, every week.  The volunteers of the club are our real strength, and while I can’t mention every single one today, I hope everyone remembers the time our massive voluntary workforce gives for free every week.  A big thanks to all of them from Alison, Chris and I.

Speaking of Tony, he is planning a massive charity challenge in the near future, so more to follow on this next month.

Another big thank you needs to go to Steve Bird for organising the annual trip to Mablethorpe.  This was a great opportunity to hang out with other club members for a bit of rest and relaxation.  Steve said “everyone that went enjoyed it … a spitfire flew over and there were poppy day stall along the prom”.  If you have ideas for social activities, please see Steve.

A quick reminder that both Evington Pool and DMU Pool are closed on Monday for the bank holiday.  However, if you still need a training fix, speak to your coach about making up the sessions you have missed, (the same goes for swimmers that have missed DMU session last week due to the pool closure).  We can usually fit you in on another night but please let us know.

A second quick reminder, that we would like swimmers on the poolside, ready to swim, at least ten minutes before the start of the session.  Swimmers should be going through their dry-land warm-up routines and be ready for the water warm-up as soon as possible.  We would really appreciate your help in getting the warm-ups starting crisply.

Finally, on Saturday it is #iamteamgb day to celebrate the British Team’s success in the Olympic Games.  Sadly, I have been unable to arrange an open water training session as the lake isn’t open, so instead I would love it if you could join Heather, Jacquette and myself at Braunstone Park Run at 9:00am on Saturday for a 5K run.  The theme is to wear something red, white, or blue (so a Neptune t-shirt then!).  To get a time you will need to register and print out a bar code, and under 11s must be accompanied on the way round by an adult.  You don’t even need to run all of the way, but will get lots of encouragement.  More details here.