2024 Kent Swimming Championships – update for 10/11 February
6th February 2024
10/11 February – London Aquatics Centre Stratford
Timings (both days)
- 0730 Swimmer and Coaches Entry (Westfield Side)
- 0800 Spectator Entry (West Ham Side – Upper Level) (there is no access through the lower level reception area)
- 0815 Warm Up Sessions 3 and 5
- 0915 Racing start time Sessions 3 and 5
- 1230 Warm Up Sessions 4 and 6
- 1330 Racing start time Sessions 4 and 6
Swim down facilities
There will be limited swim down facilities during the morning until 1300. There are two lanes available for use in the Training Pool. This is subject to supervision by coaches and on account of the limited number of spaces swimmers will need to checked inand out. Details will be confirmed to the Club coaches at the weekend .
The diving pit is available for warm downs from 1330 on Saturday and 1430 on Sunday. Swim downs must be supervised by Clubs.
All withdrawals must be notified before the start of warm up for the session in question. Clubs please use the system communicated to you previously by Lynn Gates but there will be sign out sheets on poolside.
Presentations and Medals
The medals table will be on the balcony between the spectator and swimmer galleries. Trophies will also be presented on that balcony. This will allow parents the opportunity to take photographs of their swimmers with their medals etc. Because of time constraints there are unlikely to be formal presentations.
There will be live streaming of the racing - the link to access is https://www.youtube.com/@KentCountySwimming/playlists
We do have an official photographer this year. Photos can be viewed and purchases for downloads made at https://jasonshepherd.smugmug.com/Kent-County-Swimming-Championship-2024 You will need a password to access the photos and details have been sent to all Clubs of this. Details of how to view the photos will also be on the wall behind the spectator gallery with a QR code.
Spectator tickets for the LAC sessions are available for purchase at £6 a session at https://www.kentswimming.org/sspage-swimming-championships62-spectator_tickets.html The number is limited to 1,000 – once that number is reached no further tickets will be sold and anyone without a ticket will not be admitted. There are no cash sales on the door.
The ‘No Food’ policy at LAC preventing bringing in food from outside remains in force except for the swimmers who may bring in their own food. Bags will be checked at the entry point by security staff
The swim shop SwimPath will be at the LAC - they are taking orders now for Kent 2024 merchandise - the link to SwimPath to order and purchase merchandise can be found at https://www.kentswimming.org/article-county_championships_2024_swimpath_merchandise___pre_order_now_.html
We have been advised that at a recent Meet all areas of the Pool Building were extremely hot – we would therefore advise all parents to ensure that they bring for both themselves and their swimmers as much water as possible
Cafes at the Pool
There is a café by the reception area. Past experience has shown that queues can be long and slow moving especially during the break so please be patient. This is totally outside the control of the County. We have requested that the pod at the rear of the gallery is opened so please try and use this as much as possible.
The southbound Blackwall Tunnel will be closed throughout the weekend 10/11 February. Please plan your return journeys accordingly.
Please also note that West Ham are at home to Arsenal (1400 ko) on Sunday 11th February and to Burnley on Saturday 9th March (1500 ko). This will mean that access to Westfield Shopping Centre will be restricted and detours put in place.
WavePower 2024 has further restricted all mobile use and other devices as part of their changing rooms policy.
It prohibits all use of a mobile phone or device in a changing area'
- x Taking photos or videos
- x Texting
- x Making phone calls
- x Browsing the internet
Please remind your swimmers of this.
A great deal of work goes on behind the scenes to enable the championships to run smoothly - the county is always on the look out for new people to help with the technical support needed and whilst we have a dedicated technical support team who can pass on their skills and knowledge it is a small team and we need to increase the numbers - if you are technically minded then this may well be the volunteer role you are looking for in swimming.