Gala Information



COVID-19 Restrictions – Updated

Each swimmer’s own parents/guardians are responsible for the transportation of their children to and from swim galas, parents/guardians are obliged to have the swimmer present at galas at the correct time and must be available to collect them when the swimmer is finished their events. As a result of Covid-19 restrictions currently placed by facilities where swim galas are being run, team managers will take charge of the swimmers but during the sessions only. For breaks between sessions, the swimmers may be returned to the custody of the parents/guardians and there can be no expectation that the swimmer will be the responsibility of the team manager or coach during breaks. With respect to Covid-19 protocols in place by facilities, the team managers will be discouraging any mixing of swimmers with other clubs. All swimmers will be expected to wear facemasks at all times except while eating or drinking and competing. Masks must be worn as far as the starting blocks and replaced when the swimmer exits the pool.  

Although team managers will take charge of the swimmers during the sessions, as the spectators and teams are separated in accordance with current Covid-19 protocols, each child remains primarily the responsibility of the parents/guardians and the parents/guardians must remain present at all times in the facility while the swimmers are competing. If the parents/guardians cannot be present, they must appoint a responsible adult to take ultimate responsibility for their child during the event. Such a person must be known to the swimmer, have the parents’ contact numbers, and be aware of any specific ailment or medicine which the child might be on. No swimmer may be left without a guardian in the facility at any time however short. For lift sharing, parents/guardians should check they have adequate insurance and should not carry more than the permitted number of passengers in their car. All swimmers should wear a seatbelt. 

Parents/guardian’s must ensure that children have adequate food and drinks.  

Parents should note that they may be required to cover official duties more than once at a gala. Duties are allocated pro-rata as each club is expected to provide officials proportionate to the number of swimmers entered. Each parent of a swimmer is expected to make themselves available for duties at sessions where their child is competing. 

COMPLAINTS – Parents should note that only club representatives are permitted to make a complaint or approach the gala referee, the meet director or the gala recorder. If parents or swimmers have any complaint to make, they must discuss their grievance with the Curragh Swim Team Coach and it is the coach’s decision whether to further the complaint to the gala officials. This decision must be respected.  



Remember that you are representing your Club and that your behaviour should always reflect the Club’s good image and reputation.  You should always follow the Coach and Team Manager’s instructions and let the Team Manager know when you are leaving the main group.  You should always try your best in your events, be respectful to the other competitors and be encouraging to your team mates.

Damage to property, unacceptable behaviour, refusal to do as instructed, unauthorised absences from the group or other forms of insubordination may result in suspension for the remainder of the gala and other possible punishment before being allowed to training sessions.

Some things you should bring with you to galas:

  • Water in a reusable water bottle
  • Sufficient food for the length of the gala
  • Official Curragh Swim Team hat
  • Swimming togs and change of swimming togs
  • Flip flops/slides for poolside
  • Towel and spare t-shirt for poolside
  • Club hoodie and t-shirt
  • Towels
  • Spare goggles
  • Plastic bag for wet gear
  • Change of dry clothes