GKAISA News and Notes: March 25

Team Reps and Coaches,

We are in the process of updating the GKAISA website to include the latest contact information, schedules, and a payment and merchandise order portal so that we can streamline some of our processes.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a few things with you:

IMPORTANT DATES

Meet Scheduling Meeting- April 9, 2019, 6:00 P.M. @ AJCC

Meet Director’s Meeting- May 11, 2019, 9:00 A.M. @ UT SAC

Coaches’ Meeting- May 14, 2019, 6:00 P.M @ AJCC

Coaches’ Certifications Due- June 1, 2019

Certificates of Insurance Due- June 15, 2019

Smoky Mountain Invitational (SMI)- July 13-14, 2019 @ Springbrook Park in Alcoa

GKAISA City Meet Championships- July 25-27, 2019 @ Allan Jones Aquatic Center (UT)

Fall General Membership Meeting – October 22, 2019, 7:00 P.M. @ AJCC

IMPORTANT RULE CHANGE

At our Spring General Membership Meeting, the Membership voted to permit swimmers older than 18 to swim in the 15-18 age group under limited circumstances and with GKAISA Board Approval.

The new rule states:

Any person past the age of 18 (as of midnight, May 31) who has either graduated high school within the current year or who, because of disability, remains enrolled in high school past the age of 18 as approved by the State of Tennessee, may petition for a waiver to be allowed to participate in the 15-18 age division. Approval of the petition will be granted at the discretion of the Board.

A copy of the Petition for Waiver is attached. Please note that it must be submitted to the GKAISA Board at least FIVE DAYS PRIOR to the swimmer’s expected participation in a meet.

… AND FINALLY…

The Board received an email from Crawford Hovis, who has been a member of the Whittington Creek swim team for 12 years. He stated that their team does a fundraiser, “Dive-in for Diabetes,” to raise money for Type-1 diabetes research. His mom and brother both have Type-1 diabetes, so this cause is dear to him. He was wondering if other teams might be willing to join them in this worthy endeavor. If your team is interested, please contact Crawford at crawfordhovis@me.com.

I also have let him know that a number of our teams do various fundraisers for charity, as well as community service. Summer swim is so much more than swim meets. Our swimmers learn the value of friendship, team work, and how to give back, whether it be through charitable causes or whether it be by helping the younger swimmers.

If your team does something to give back, please send me a quick paragraph so that we can give your swimmers a “shout out” in an email and on the website.

Happy Swimming!

Angelia Nystrom

GKAISA President

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