ASA Speed Awards
This is an award scheme, which aims to encourage swimmers to achieve better times for each stroke. Cloth badges are awarded each time the ASA time is broken, a circular one for the level and a flash for the stroke. Once a swimmer has gained all 5 flashes for a level, they will be awarded a certificate for that level.
To gain a flash for a stroke, a swimmer only needs to achieve the qualifying time in one of the distances, e.g. they might not achieve the time for 25m but they might gain it for 50m. The time only counts if it has been gained in an individual event (not relays) and if it has been achieved under competitive conditions, e.g. house gala, league gala, time trials or Club Championships. Therefore, we would encourage all swimmers to take part in all strokes in all events posted on the notice board.
There is a charge of £2.50 for the bronze, silver, gold and platinum round badges but the flashes for the level the swimmers have achieved so far and for those they achieve in the future are FREE. If a swimmer would like to buy the flashes to “catch up”, e.g. if they already have a silver in a stroke, then they can buy the bronze at £1 per flash. When swimmers have achieved a higher award in a stroke, it will be posted on the notice board and the relevant badge available from Lesley Wiles on the club desk. Lesley will be the only committee member handing out the awards so please see her on a Monday (6-8pm) or Thursday (6-8pm) evening to get your badges.