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With SGC Sprint Championships just around the corner, and Self Marshalling being used at all SGC swim meets, don't forget to register on Positivecheckin.com and check In to your events prior to the start of warm up on the morning of the event.
Have you done your entries and ordered your shirt?

Swimming Gold Coast Sprint Championships is just around the corner and we have teamed up with Red Energy Promotions to bring you SGC Sprint Championship TShirts. As this is an inaugural event, the first of its kind, never happened before...…. you will want one of these on your favourites TShirt hanger. Please note the following:

- Shirts will be available for pre-order only.
- No shirts will be sold on the day of event.
- Orders close midday on Wednesday 22nd January.
- Collection of shirts will be on event day between 8am - 9.30am

https://shop.anypoint.com.au/swimminggcmerchstore/#!

Be Quick!!
Hi Swimming Parents, this weekend SGC will be first in Australia to implement Self Marshalling at club level events. Yeap, sounds scary right? It's different right? It will probably all go wrong, right? Wrong.....

We can all come together and do this as well as, if not better than, the other countries that have been doing it for years.

Three simple steps and we can 'ALL' make this a positive change. 

1: Ensure your swimmers are aware of the change and understand they need to "turn up" at the start end of the pool a few heats before their race. It would help the younger ones if you write their heats and lane numbers on their arm so they remember them. (and so the lane chiefs can spot it). Keep an eye and ear on which event is swimming in the pool. The same as you would listen to "Marshalling to event x" Announcements, listen for "in the pool" announcements.

2: Point your swimmers to their coaches. Coaches are across the process and the first ones to assist their squads. Your swimmer should be sitting with their team, and close to their coach. Your coach may need the help of a team manager, put your hand up and volunteer to assist all swimmers. Most important, talk with your clubs coaches and work together as a team to make sure your swimmers get the most from any meet.

3: Yeap, it can be scary when something changes, but it's usually us as parents that get worried, our kiddoes are very smart. Given the information in a positive and reassuring way, our kiddoes will make it happen. Just watch!  Reassure them and have them report to their coach for final instructions. 

Spare a thought for the clubs making this happen this weekend. They are volunteers just like all of us. Help them by volunteering where possible, by doing that time keeping role, by stepping up when asked. if you cant, work between your team members to figure out how you can help.

All Tech Officials on deck, as well as all volunteers in pink or orange vests, are there to help. Don't hesitate to ask any questions, don't hesitate to provide all positive input. Suggestions are fantastic, negativity helps no one. There are many digital and face to face opportunities to provide input to the process and help make this a fantastic transition for all swimming in Australia. If you want to know how this will tick, check out self marshalling under the resources tab on swimmingoldcoast.org.au

Cant wait to see you all at one of the two meets this weekend!
It looks like the girls had a great time swapping shirts with the Japanese swimmers
Congratulations to our own Michael Cox on being the 2019 recipient of the Technical Official prestigious John Keppie Award.
Hmm .... not sure who knows what? Who had the most fun today?  John Whale Warren Dopson Ronald McDonald? Is this clown alley?
Exciting news Gold Coast. Last club meet on the Gold Coast for 2019, and the last time we see a 50mtr marshalling area. SELF MARSHALLING coming to all Gold Coast club meets 2020!!
Saturday is McHappy Day and as a proud supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia Swimming Qld are putting on our silly socks and asking you to head to your nearest McDonald's restaurant and donate by purchasing a Big Mac or pair of silly socks. Money raised on #mchappyday goes towards providing a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families 👏
The qualifying times are in!
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Swimming Australia has today released the Bio Island Australian Junior Excellence program criteria and qualifying times for the 2019-2020 season.
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Based on standards set at this year’s World Junior Swimming Championships, each time has been comprehensively reviewed and assessed as part of the revamped Bio Island Australian JX program. As a result, this extensive process has taken longer than anticipated, so we apologise for the delay in unveiling the new season’s details later than previously advertised – we appreciate your patience!
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Check out all the info and new times here 👇http://ow.ly/QDpy50x0OSj
On what started off a dull overcast day has turned into a gorgeous  typical Gold Coast day and a large contingent of officials are ready to hit the pool deck. Having a great time at Bond uni pool
Thank you to our wonderful officials ..... 31 on pool deck today for regional championships! #thankful #officials #funtimes
Thank you to our wonderful officials ..... 31 on pool deck today for regional championships! #thankful #officials #funtimes
Our Swimming Gold Coast Team 2019 for the inaugural Inter Region Challenge
Check out this perspective of the Gold Coast Olympic Aquatic Centre. Captured by our very own Belinda Howell Photography. 
Image Link:  https://belindahowellphotography.pixieset.com/swimminggoldcoastwinterchamps/
Way too much fun  had by swimmers, officials and parents alike this weekend. A huge thankyou to Sienna our youngest recruit to the SGC officials team. Welcome.... We all loved your enthusiasm and hard work. You deserve a Gold Medal girl.
Two of our well deserving Age Champions at the SGC Short Course Champs today.
GOLD  for All Saints open medley relay team at the SGC Short Course champs today. Hey....... hang on a minute Coach Ken.... Medley Relay....... Really!, put those medals back.

For those of you that missed this race watch the replay over on the All Saints facebook page. Hilarious!!!  Just another indicator of how much fun was had this weekend.
Our Gold Coast Champs hosting club have lost one of their medals somewhere around the pool. If you can find this, along with the container it is sitting in (green), bring it to the control room, and tell the controllers  the answer to the following question, you will receive a voucher to Cafe Catalina. 

In the Swimming Gold Coast 1990 - 1991 Year and Fixture book the Mayor of Gold Coast is listed as a patron of Swimming Gold Coast. His name was Alderman ? ?
Medals aplenty at the Gold Coast Champions today!
Being a Swim Mum can be super stressful at times. Don't look so worried girls!
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