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The core of the club

Galas

Competing at galas is an important part of being a member of the club. There is a very important difference between swimming and many other sports.

From the outside, a swimming race looks very simple as there are 6-8 swimmers lined up to compete with each other to see who completes the distance legally first. But at a club level this is not the objective of a gala - of course it is brilliant if it happens, but that isn’t what it is about. Swimmers line up at the start as competitors, but not to compete with each other, but with themselves.

Galas present the opportunity to measure your skills and development against an accurate timing system and the framework of rules observed by trained officials poolside. They enable the swimmer to know where they were and how much they have improved since. Potentially that may result in a medal, or invitation to a bigger gala, but the focus is on continually being better than you were before.

Galas are the only way we can measure that improvement and plan for future steps forward.

Swimming Calendar

Upcoming Galas

Venues, dates and entry forms. Everything you need to know is right here.

Looking for the results of past Galas? Check here.

April/May 2024

North East Regional Age Group Championships

Note: All swimmers need to have achieved consideration times. See below.

Location: John Charles Aquatics Centre, Middleton Grove, Belle Isle,Leeds. LS11 5DJ
Date: 27 & 28th April, 11 & 12th May
Age Range: 11, 12, 13 & 14 years
Events: All
Entry Fee: £9 (per entered event)

Meet Conditions Schedule Consideration Times
2023 05-22

May 2024

North East Regional Youth/Open Championships

Note: All swimmers need to have achieved consideration times. See below.

Location: Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Stadium Park, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland SR5 1SU
Date: 04-06 May 2024
Age Range: 15, 16, Open
Events: All
Entry Fee: £9 (per entered event)

Meet Conditions Schedule Consideration Times
2023 05-22

Newcastle Swim Team Shrimp Meet

Level 4 Gala for swimmers aged 8-12 (as 18 May 2024)

Location: Tynemouth Pool, Preston Road North, North Shields, NE29 9PX
Date: 18 May 2024
Age Range: 8-12 years
Events: 50m all strokes, 100m Freestyle & Medley (8-10), 200m Freestyle & Medley (11-12)
Entry Fee: £6.50 per event. Payment to Dolphins using NSTSHRIMPNAME as reference

Entry FormMeet Conditions
2023 05-22

South Tyneside Spring Meet 2024

Level 3 Gala for Swimmers aged 9 & over.

Location: Haven Point, Pier Parade, South Shields, NE33 2JS
Date: 24-26 May 2024
Age Range: 9 years and over
Events: 50m, 100m & 200m all strokes, 100m & 200m IM, 400m ,800m & 1500m Freestyle
Entry Fee: £6 (per entered event). £9 for 800m & 1500m events.

Entry FormMeet Conditions
2023 05-22

June 2024

Tynemouth Summer Meet

Level 3 Gala for swimmers aged 9 and over as at 23rd June 24.

Location: Tynemouth Pool, Preston Road North, North Shields, NE29 9PX
Date: 21st - 23rd June 2024
Age Range: 9 years and over
Events: 50m, 100m, 200m all strokes, 100m, 200m, 400m Medley and 400m Freestyle.
Entry Fee: £7 per event. Payment to Dolphins using reference TYNESUMNAME

Entry FormMeet Conditions
2023 05-22

Past Galas

Results will be kept online for the calendar year. After that, they will be available upon request.

Sunderland National Qualifier 2024

Note: All swimmers need to have achieved consideration times. See below.

Location: Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Stadium Park, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland SR5 1SU
Date: 12-14 April 2024
Age Range: 10 years and over (as of 31 Dec 2024)
Events: 50m - 1500m Freestyle, 100&200m all other strokes, 200&400m Individual Medley
Entry Fee: £8 (per entered event), £12 for the 800m & 1500m

Meet Conditions
2023 05-22

TASC NER Qualifier

Location: Tynemouth Pool, Preston Road North, North Shields, NE29 9PX
Date: 22-24 March 2024
Age Range: 9 years and over (as of 24th March)
Events: All
Entry Fee: £7 (per entered event). £9 for 800m & 1500m events.

Meet Conditions
2023 05-22

Newcastle Swim Team Shrimp Gala

Gala for those swimmers new to the club and aged 8-12.

Location: Tynemouth Pool, Preston Road North, North Shields, NE29 9PX
Date: 09 March 2024
Age Range: Ages 8-12 (as of 9th March)
Events: 50m all strokes, 100m freestyle(8-10), 200m freestyle (11-12), 100 IM (8-10), 200m IM (11-12)
Entry Fee: £6.50 (per entered event)

Meet Conditions
2023 05-22

Northumberland & Durham Teams Day

County Teams Relay event participants selected by the Head Coach.

Location: Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Stadium Park, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland SR5 1SU
Date: 03 March 2024
Age Range: 11 years and over
Events: Freestyle & Medley Relays
Entry Fee: N/A

Meet Information
2023 05-22

Northumberland & Durham County Championships

Tickets available to purchase on the door. Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis. Ticket sales will open at 12 noon on Saturday 27th January 2024 for all 5 days of the Championships. Tickets are priced at £10 per day, save for the Friday night session (session 1) which will be £5. There are no concessions however children aged under 10 will be permitted free entry and do not need to purchase a ticket.

Purchase Tickets

Location: Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Stadium Park, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland SR5 1SU
Date: 02-04 February 2024, 17-18 February 2024
Age Range: 10 years and over
Events: All
Entry Fee: £9 before noon, Wednesday 24 January 2024. £18 thereafter

Meet Conditions Draft Programme Final Club Info (02-04 Feb)
2023 05-22

Tynemouth Junior Gala

This is the ideal gala for those younger swimmers starting out in competitive swimming.

Location: Tynemouth Pool, Preston Road North, North Shields, NE29 9PX
Date: 28 January 2024
Age Range: 8 to 12 years
Events: 50m and 100m (all strokes), 100m Individual Medley
Entry Fee: £6.50 (per entered event)

Meet Conditions Final Programme Final Results
2023 05-22

Sunderland New Year Meet 2024

Swimmers must have achieved qualifying times as per the meet conditions. To convert short course times to long course please click here.

National Ranking times can be found here.

Location: Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Stadium Park, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland SR5 1SU
Date: 19-21 January 2024
Age Range: 10 years and over (as of 31 December 2024)
Events: All
Entry Fee: £8 (per entered event). 800m & 1500m Freestyle are £12.

Meet Conditions Draft Programme Warmup
2023 05-22

Newcastle Swim Team County Qualifier

Swimmers must have achieved qualifying times as per the meet conditions. To convert short course times to long course please click here.

National Ranking times can be found here.

Location: Tynemouth Pool, Preston Road North, North Shields, NE29 9PX
Date: 13-14 January 2024
Age Range: 10 years and over (as of 31 December 2024)
Events: All
Entry Fee: £7 (per entered event)

Meet Conditions Accepted Entries
2023 05-22

Alnwick Dolphins Gala

Our very own Gala and a perfect opportunity for our own swimmers to experience a gala.

Location: Willowburn Leisure Centre
Date: 7 January 2024
Age Range: 8 years and over (as of 7th January 2024)
Events: All
Entry Fee: £6 (per entered event)

Event Schedule Results - Morning Session Results - Afternoon Session
2023 05-22