What is Brophy?
Brophy is an inter-district teams event. In 2006 there will be at least 9 and possibly 10 districts taking part in the meet. Events are 50m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly for both girls and boys with ages ranging from 8 and under through to 16 and over. Each team can have up to two competitors in an event. And there are relays to finish off the meet, generally with a great deal of excitement.
Districts compete for the James Brophy Memorial Shield and the Peter Love Trophy.
Swimmers come from far and wide to compete in the meet, some travelling in excess of 10 hours to attend.
The 2006 Brophy Meet will be held on Sunday March 26 at CISAC.
How are teams selected?
Each district will have their own method of selection however there are some rules that apply to who can compete and what they can swim.
Swimmers who are members of elite squads such as the AIS or National or State Squads cannot be included in a team.
Swimmers who have qualified to compete in either a 50m, 100m, or 200m Australian Age or Australian Open Championship event, at the conclusion of the the 2006 NSW State Age 13-18 Years championships (or equivalent) over distances of 50m, 100, or 200m may not compete in either an individual or team relay event in that particular stroke.
Swimmers who won a medal in their current age group at the current summer season NSW Age Championship or the NSW State Open championships (or equivalent) over distances of 50m, 100, or 200m may not compete in either an individual or team relay event in that particular stroke.
How is the ACT Team selected?
Eligible swimmers will be selected on the basis their of 50m swims recorded over the summer season i.e. since 1 October, 2005.
Selected swimmers will be notified of their selection well ahead of the meet.
Brophy is a Team event
ACT took out both the Brophy Shield (handicap) and the Peter Love Trophy (overall pointscore) in 2005. It would be great to do the same again in 2006. To have a chance at repeating the 2005 performance we will need a strong team and this means having the very best of our swimmers as part of the team. Every swimmer in the team contributes to the outcome. So, if you are in the running to be part of the team make sure that you will be available on Sunday March 26 to do Brophy!
The cost? There is a flat fee charged for swimmers which includes entry into the pool.
And it is not only the swimmers who are needed ...
A meet like Brophy requires a fairly large crew of people to run. Not only are there the usual official positions to fill but ACT does the catering for all the officials and the managers from the visiting teams. In order to keep the costs down team members are expected to contribute to the meet out of the pool as well as in by "bringing a helper" as well as catering supplies whether sandwich fillings, fruit, cakes, biscuits, savouries, drinks, plates, cups or whatever.