An update on the 2020/2021 Season
Firstly, we hope you and your families are not suffering with any medical issues caused by Covid-19. If any are, we hope you or they make a full recovery.
The BLDSA Executive Committee met recently and discussed the closure of the 2020 season the rolling over of Memberships and Events and the way forward. At the time of writing this it looks like the virus and its required social distancing is going to be around for quite some time, perhaps into 2021.
We electronically contacted every member and “Open” event entrant for 2020. The vast majority although disappointed, understood the rationale and thinking behind the decision and they thanked the Executive for their actions. We thank the membership and “Open” entrants for their understanding of this issue and look forward to Covid-19 being behind us and we can get back together and in the water. To this end we will shortly be publishing the proposed dates for 2021, because of the difficulty of contacting the various event locations, the dates will not be set in concrete but we expect the dates will be acceptable and at least the provisional dates will allow you to get planning your 2021 season.
We have not opened swim recognition for 2020 in line with social distancing and travel restrictions. Should the situation regarding social distancing and travel restrictions be lifted and the government relaxes matters, it may be possible for swim recognition to be opened. The whole subject will be kept under constant review.
Regarding memberships and the opening of events for 2021, the annual memberships for the 2020 memberships have already been “rolled over”. If you were a 2020 member and did not request a refund your membership is now due to expire on the 31st December 2021. Once we know the 2021 season can go ahead the membership and event entry systems will be opened. This will be on or just after the 1st January 2021.
So until we can meet again please stay safe.
If you have any queries please send them to the Hon. Gen. Sec. using firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Bell, President & Vince Classen, Hon. Gen. Sec.