With competitions still cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Swim England has invented a new way for swimmers to compete with others across the country from the comfort of their own club training sessions and they call it Level X. Up until Halloween, Bishop’s Stortford Swimming Club had planned to launch round one of Level X in November and December and Friday Nights were going to be Race Nights!
Unfortunately, Boris had other ideas, so the Tuesday evening before lockdown 2.0 started, over 100 Bishop’s Stortford Swimming Club members attended their final training sessions and got ready to race for one night only. BSSC officials dusted off their whites and added visors to their uniform, whilst swimmers wriggled into race costumes not used since mid-March. It was a fun evening as many of the usual competition rules were relaxed with boys and girls in same race, and breaststrokers and flyers going up against back and freestyle specialists for the battle of the strokes. Some swimmers now have an exciting wait whilst clubs across England upload their results to the National Level X database, as some of the swims put BSSC members first in the East Region and even England based on the current uploaded results! However, with lockdown now firmly in place and pools closed to hirers, the promised Level X Friday Night Race Nights will have to wait till 2021.