Motherwell and Wishaw Swim Team

Gala Information

Types of Galas

Open Meets

As the name suggests these are open to all swimmers however, as there are usually limits on the numbers who can attend, it is only usually the fastest swimmers in each age group who get accepted for these galas.


Graded Meets

These are designed to stop the top swimmers in each age group from being the only people able to compete.

There are 2 time bands for each event; your time must be within the lower and upper limit. If you are faster than the lower limit or slower than the upper limit you are not allowed to enter. Again there is a limit to the number of swimmers who can attend and therefore, unfortunately, some swimmers may not be accepted to swim.


Mini League

Your first gala will probably be a Mini League Gala. These galas are short and only last around 2 hours. We compete between 6 and 8 times a year with other Clubs within the District.

There are 2 time bands for each event; your time must be within the lower and upper limit. If you are faster than the lower limit or slower than the upper limit you are not allowed to enter. All swimmers entered are guaranteed a swim.

* The entry cost for this type of gala is covered by the monthly training fee.


How do I know if I am swimming?

A list will be posted on the notice board/web page Gala News & Updates advising of the date, venue, time of the gala and all swimmers eligible to enter. The master entry form will be available at the club desk on Thursdays and Sundays for you to choose which events you wish to enter. Payment is also due now.

Remember, No Entry forms will be issued.
It is the swimmers responsibility to enter their selected swims at the club desk.
Failure to do so will result in not being entered.
The entry closing date is final, no exceptions will be made.

If an event is oversubscribed, not all swimmers will be accepted to swim. A notice of all successful swimmers will be posted on the notice board/web page. You should check each week for any updates.
Abbreviations used against the entry are as follows
Scr  = No swim -  Event is oversubscribed
Res =  Reserve swim - there are normally 2 reserves for each event.
              If any swimmer withdraws reserve swimmers take their place
No abbrevation against the time = accepted swim

If you are unable to meet your commitment to swim at a competition, please advise the club using the club contact Tel No. as soon as possible before the competition.
If you fail to attend a competition & do not notify the club, you are liable for a fine of £5.00.
You will then not be eligible to enter another gala until the fine is paid.


How do I get there?

It is up to each individual to make their own way to the gala. Speak to the committee, coach or other parents if you are not sure where you are going or how to get there. See also Swimming Pool Locations.

  • There is a warm up time and a start time. You should aim to arrive about 15 - 20 minutes before the warm up time.
  • If you are delayed for any reason please phone the coach on duty for the gala. If you do not and arrive late the coach may have withdrawn you from the gala.


What happens when I get there?

  • When you arrive at the gala there will be other swimmers from the club look out for them. We all sit together as a team.
  • Report to the coach to let them know you have arrived. If it is your first gala they will help you throughout the gala.
  • Get changed and make your way onto poolside before the warm-up session begins. Warm-up duration/make-up is gala specific.
  • Listen to your coach for instructions on warm up and race.
  • After you swim report back to the coach.


What do I need to bring?
Club T shirt & Swim Cap should be worn by ALL swimmers

  • Swimming trunks/swim suit, your club swim cap (plus a spare), at least 2 towels and 2 pairs of goggles (in case of mishap).
  • To keep warm between races a club polo/t-shirt, shorts/track bottoms and a towel.
  • Water bottle/soft drink. Water, squash or isotonic liquids are recommended.
    Glass bottles are not permitted
  • Lunch - for more than 1 session bring lunch, extra drinks and snacks.