The English Schools Swimming Association ( ESSA
) Divisional Championships provided the perfect opportunity
for John Christal, Results Co-ordinator and Dave Joughin of DataCentre
to trial the " Online Results Service ", which has been
designed for this year's NatWest Island Games
450 competitors from all over England made the journey to the Island
for the annual championship, and all were impressed by the facilities
which the Isle of Man and the National Sports Centre has to offer
this kind of major sporting event.
The results trial was a great success, and Dave and John, with the
support of Graham Jones, Swimming Co-ordinator, are now in the process
of fine tuning the software for the swimming championships.
Similar trials are scheduled for a number of the events included
in this year's programme so that when we go live on the 8th July
2001, all will be operating at 100% efficiency.
One of the major concerns for the swimming competition
in this years Games was space ......... for both competitors and
Anyone who went to the championships in Gotland in 1999 will remember
the atmosphere which was created by the proximity of both swimmer
Well perhaps the English Schools Championship didn't have the music
between races, but they certainly created a buzz! you can see here
that the NSC pool was full to capacity on both sides of the pool
and in the spectator gallery.
Each of the 12 ESSA Divisions march into the NSC
Pool prior to the Official Opening of the Championships
a hard act to follow
Graham Jones, Swimming co-ordinator for both the ESSA
and Island Games Swimming Championships has advised me to warn all
swimmers who are coming to the Games next year to bring their dancing
shoes to the pool.
Anyone who went to the pool at Hemse in Gotland will know what I
Spectator Gallery full to capacity at the Opening