South News

Round 1 Gala at Basingstoke Aquadrome

The Executive Committee of the NASLS have been informed of a problem which occurred at the Basingstoke Gala on Saturday evening. The pool operators have introduced a limit of 300 people in the pool hall since last season. Clearly, in terms of a League Gala where there are around 250 swimmers, officials, coaches and volunteers to run the gala this allows for very few spectators. A large number of spectators were therefore denied access to the pool hall and prevented from watching the gala. Understandably, the spectators were angry and frustrated but that unfortunately led to the volunteers on the door being subjected to a great deal of abuse.

The Executive Committee were not aware of the restriction before the gala and the League has successfully run galas at the Aquadrome for many years so we were not expecting any problems. We fully understand the frustration and disappointment resulting from the restrictions placed by the pool operators and we would like to apologise to all the teams and supporters who have been inconvenienced by this.

We would, however, ask you to remind the supporters that the League relies on the volunteers from the host clubs to run the galas and without that cooperation there would be no League. The host clubs do try to resolve problems on the night but occasionally, as on Saturday, it is beyond their control and it is important that the volunteers are treated politely at all time. Grievances should be raised by the club representative to the Executive Committee.
The limit of 300 people makes the Aquadrome a much less suitable venue for a League Gala and we will endeavour to use alternative venues. However, this cannot be guaranteed as we are limited with the pools which are suitable for a licensed gala.

We regret that the restriction placed by the pool operators spoiled the evening for so many people but we hope that the next round will be back to normal with lots of noise and excitement for everybody.

Fiona Laing
Hon Chair

Tough start for Promoted Newbury in the 2014 National Arena Swimming League

Saturday night saw Newbury District head off to the Crook Log Pool in Bexley for the first round gala of their 2014 National Arena Swimming League campaign.

Having achieved promotion at the end of last year to the Premier Division of the Southern league, they were competing against strong teams from Windsor, Beckenham, Bromley, Sevenoaks and Wycombe. The Newbury squad put in a spirited challenge throughout the evening, but finished in sixth place overall on 199 points with Beckenham SC running out the overall winners amassing 209 points.

There were a number of very good performances by Newbury swimmers, with Senior Club Captain James McFadzen (15) winning the Men’s Open 200m Individual Medley and taking second place in both 100m Backstroke and Butterfly in the 14/15 yrs age group. Senior Ladies Club Captain, Zara Ryan (16), took second place in the Ladies 100m Breaststroke and third in both the 200m Individual Medley and the 100m Butterfly.

12 year old Ellie Cowan came home first in the 12/13 yrs 100m Breaststroke and took third in the same event in the 14/15 yrs age group. She completed her hat-trick of placings with a second in the 12/13 yrs 100m Backstroke.
Also in the 12/13 yrs age group, Molly Dummett secured third place in both the100m Backstroke and Freestyle, while Millie Pope (13) took a good second place in the girls 100m Butterfly in the 14/15 yrs age group.

The girls 12/13 years team of Avani Gill, Ellie Cowan, Ruth Wyatt and Molly Dummett took second place in the Medley and third in the Freestyle relays.

In the 14/15 years boys Medley relay the team of Joe Seward, Ben Hutchins, Ryan Sitton and James McFadzen took third place.

The next round of the league will take place on Saturday 8th November.

South League 2014

Thank you for your help last year and for your continued support of the league this year.

The following documents are now available for download, they have also been sent to the competing clubs via email.

1.  The Annual Declaration.  This needs to be signed and back with me by 1st September 2014. Download here
2.  A copy of the updated Constitution and PCs.  The main changes agreed at the AGM are:

a)  Constitution - Point 8 - Teams that represent combined clubs shall not be accepted as members.
b)  Constitution - Point 14 - All swimmers must be ASA Cat 2.
c)  Promoter’s Conditions - Remove point 17 from the PC dated August 2013.  This means that the Round Three top galas in each division do not need to be swum in neutral pools.
d)  Promoter’s Conditions - Point 20 (b) which is now Point 19 (b) - Division One and Division Two will now swim the same programme as the Premier Division.  The first events will be 200m IM.
e)  Promoter’s Conditions - Point 25 which is now Point 24 - An electronic copy (in the required format) of the team list reflecting the swimmer(s) names, date of birth and ASA number will be given to the host club not later than ten minutes before the start of the warm up.

Download the Constitution and PCs here

The other change this year is that all galas are licensed to level 3 except for the Premier Division Final which will be licensed to level 1.  This will mean that we cannot use certain pools as they do not have AOE.  

3.  The draw for the first round 2014 can be viewed here

Kathy Hook
Hon. Secretary


South League 2014 AGM

The South League 2014 AGM takes place at 10.30am on 18th May 2014 at the St John Ambulance Building, Stocton Close, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1HA. Please ensure your club is represented it is your chance to have your say about the way the South League is run. The AGM agenda is available for download here

Fareham Nomads Round 3 2013

Fareham Nomads competed in the 3rd and final round of the Arena League on Saturday 14th December, knowing that to retain their position in Division 1 West, the whole team had to perform to their best.

Northsea “A” Secure Promotion to the Premier League

Portsmouth Northsea confirmed their place in the premier league next year when they secured back to back promotions at a thrilling gala in Guildford on Saturday night. The team went into the gala sitting in 3rd place in division one west knowing that only a top two finish would be good enough to secure a place in the top flight.
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