🏊♂️🏊♀️It’s almost time to kick off mini league 2019, and we couldn’t be more excited!🏊♀️🏊♂️
Aimed at swimmers aged 11 and under, mini league is one of the noisiest and most exciting competitions you will ever find. For the uninitiated, clubs compete in three rounds to try and earn a spot in the final in June. Swimmers compete in age groups in both individual and relay swims.
Last year we finished in a brilliant third place, behind the much bigger clubs of Ren 96 and City of Glasgow. The coaches will be hoping to match that success this year – but the first job is to secure our place in the final.
Our first round takes place this Sunday at Drumchapel against hosts Milngavie & Bearsden Swimming Club and Helensburgh Swimming Club. Round two will see us compete against South Ayrshire and Kilmarnock and our final round is against North Ayrshire and West Dumbarton. Qualifying for the final will be tough, and every point will count.
Being picked for the mini league squad is a big honour. For some, it will be their first competition outside of the club. Dedicated training has been ongoing since the start of the year to practice the key skills of dives, turns and relay takeovers. Our Saturday training sessions have been in Drumchapel pool, so we are very familiar with it!
Mini league is one of the few galas where we compete as a team and there’s no doubt it brings out the best in the youngsters. The atmosphere at a mini league tie is incredible – there really is nothing else like it. Everyone wants to do their best for the club and brings their A-game. Team spirit is already buzzing and that’s got a lot to do with our coaches. They always make sure training is fun and exciting, as well as hard work!
Our final training session is tonight, after which the clock is ticking for Sunday afternoon. Good luck to all our swimmers, coaches, officials and spectators: get plenty of rest before Sunday – you’re going to need it! Let’s get our T-shirts and our singing voices ready!
M&B and Helensburgh, we’ll see you Sunday – we’re looking forward to a fabulous afternoon of swimming!
(Our new team photo and kit will be revealed on Sunday, so here’s last year’s team after our third place finish).