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Check Out PBS Video Watch local and national programs from anywhere at anytime. With the Junior and Diddy leagues just around the corner, the committee would like to remind all swimmers that they are expected to wear the official club kit at all events where you represent the club. The link is available on the Web Site. Named shirts are much easier to return to swimmers if lost!

It was also confirmed that if a swimmer is wearing a swimming hat, this must be a club hat in all competitions. Please feel free to wear whatever hat you wish in training, but in any competition where you are representing the Club, a club hat is compulsory. Personalised Club hats are available via the form on the notice Board at RSSC. Following on from Simon’s email yesterday, thank you so much to everyone who helped out at the Rugby Open over the weekend. I was amazed at how many people were prepared to give up their time and energy to make the event such a great success.

Any helpers who didn’t receive their thank you bottle of wine at the weekend, please give myself or Simon a shout at RSSC on Wednesday evening. I hope everyone who volunteered enjoyed it and may consider doing it again in the future. No experience needed – all volunteers welcome. If anyone is considering volunteering to be trained as an official, this is good opportunity to give time-keeping a try and to see what’s involved poolside. Thank you to all swimmers, coaches, officials, helpers and parents for supporting Rugby Open  2018. This is a first come, first served meet and takes place on the last weekend to obtain West Midlands Regional Qualifying times so it will be very popular.

Closing date for entries should therefore be no later than Friday 19th January. To avoid any confusion please could I urge you to pay via BACs at the same time. Also, to enable parents to plan, please find attached the updated 2018 Competition Calendar, which contains dates, location and squads for all scheduled competitions across the year. If you have any queries about any of the above please speak to your coach in the first instance.

We hope that 2018 is a happy, successful and, above all, healthy one for you and your families. District Long Course training on 6th and 7th Jan, and the rearranged Christmas party in the Main Sports Hall at QDJC at 6. 30pm on the evening of the 7th. The Presentation Evening starts at 7. 30pm on Friday 5th Jan at the Railway Club on Hillmorton Road. If you’ve not already done so please don’t forget to check the food list on the noticeboard at Rugby School Sports Centre and add your name to something you’d like to bring along.

All sessions for 11-13 year olds are completely full, with several reserves for some, so please let me know as soon as possible if anyone’s no longer able to attend, particularly the session on 7th January. With Rugby Swimming Club placed 4th from bottom entering the final round of the Arena league, the need for some extraordinary performances and a little luck were required to maintain our Premier Division status. Rugby still were targeting a 4th place on the night and really did make every effort to secure top three places in as many events as possible. Erin Lloyd and Matthew Seaton safely secured first place and maximum points for the team with Jack Dolly, Jessica Mackenzie and Erin Lloyd again securing individual second place points. All in all Rugby gave the best performance possible and were placed 5th against some very strong opponents. Sometimes you need a little luck and Rugby have had their fair share of disappointment in the past and celebrate the moment regardless of the circumstances. Well done to the whole team!

At the QDJC under slightly less pressure the Leicester League team were in the 3rd tier of 5 galas in the final round. Blessed with a home gala, and going in as second seeds, hopes were high for a rousing finish to the League season. The home crowd, boosted by the parents, and grandparents of some of the newer swimmers roared Rugby home to a resounding victory. The gala didn’t start well, as the first relay team were DQ’d for a faulty change-over, but this was in fact the only time Rugby did not lead the event. Winning 20 races, coming second in 13 and third in 6, Rugby only finished outside the top 3 in 10 events all evening. Rugby eventually ran out winners by 69 points, with 234, ahead of Braunstone 165, and Wellingborough 156. The party vibe was epitomised by the 8 x 1 cannon, where after a slow start, Rugby were victorious, as the slightly unusual site of 3 members of the same family swimming the final 3 legs.

At half way Rugby trailed Wellingborough by over half a length, but came through to snatch it at the finish, much to the enjoyment of the home crowd, well most of it. If you’re stuck inside today and doing a bit of online shopping, please consider signing up to Easyfundraising. This is an absolutely free and simple way to support our swim club and we currently only have 16 people signed up. Rugby Swimming Club or Rugby Synchro Swimming Club, enter your details and you’re ready to go.