Photo: Somerset Masters swimmers Adele Parham and Philippa O'Grady
Many local clubs are positive and enthusiastic about Masters swimming and offer sessions which are open to swimmers aged 18 plus. View our Club Directory for contact details. Abbreviation SC below refers to Swimming Club.
|A.N.T SC of Somerset
Bath Dolphin SC
Bristol Masters SC
Bristol North SC
Bristol Penguin Olympic SC
Bristol South Swim Club
|Cheddar Kingfishers SC
City of Bristol SC
Street & District SC
Taunton Deane SC
|Team Bath AS
Trident SC of East Devon and South Somerset
University of Bath SC
Philippa O'Grady and Adele Parham share the County's Masters Secretarial post after Rosemary Johnson's many years of service. If you would like to support our Masters community by taking on a role such as helping organise our team for the annual inter-county competition, please get in touch.
The South West Masters representative is Sue Haigh (firstname.lastname@example.org). Other regional and county contacts are listed here.
Jim Boucher (Guildford City) is the Swim England Management Group Rep. If you have an issue you would like to discuss with Jim, you can contact him on email@example.com
Nominations are open for the 2020 Cherriman Award (presented by the Home countries Masters Swimming Management Group to ‘the person or organisation who or which has done the most to promote and foster the cause of Masters swimming in Great Britain.’
We publicised a Regional Development Day which Swim England South West had arranged for 26 Jan 2020 at Bath University but unfortunately it was cancelled due to low numbers.
The County provided two opportunities for Masters swimmers to train in Covid-19 secure sessions at Milfield in Oct 2020. View feedback.
We do encourage you to share with Philippa and Adele which types of Development activity for Masters you feel you would benefit from and be willing to support.
Within Somerset ASA's 2019/20 Development budget, a funding pot of £2,500 will focus on encouraging more participation in the disciplines of Open Water, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming and Masters.
The Swim England Masters Conference 2018
We publicised the conference at SportPark, Loughborough on 10 November 2018 which featured plenty of lively discussion and debate on all of the issues currenty affecting the Masters community. View report and presentations.
We also promoted the Masters Synchro Conference held on 5 November 2017 at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, Rugby – the day after the Swim England Synchro National Masters Championships at the same venue. View report.
Video via 1st Element Endurance: Clevedon Masters competing at Hutton Moor in Sep 2018.
The annual Gloucester and Somerset Masters Meet (25m) for both Masters over 25 and ex age-groupers (now over 18) took place at Horfield Pool in Bristol on Sat 18 May 2019. It also catered for swimmers who had never done this type of event before. View results.
County trophies numbered 84 and 85 will be awarded for Somerset swimmer performances.
Swimmers are offered the opportunity to time trial in empty lanes in 800m (25 Jan) / 1500m (9 Feb) events of Somerset ASA Age Group & Championships 2020 at Millfield as there is little availability of these events elsewhere. View details of the entry process for Masters.
The Inter-County Masters Team Championships
Competition is held nationwide on a Regional basis each year. Philippa O'Grady and Adele Parham select the Masters team to represent Somerset in the South West round.
The 2020 competition has been cancelled due to Covid-19.
In preparation for the 2019 competition held at Millfield on 10 November and to encourage Somerset masters swimmers to attend, we arranged a free training session at Oxley Sports Centre, Sherborne, DT9 3QN on 13 October 2019 .
View report of the 2019 South West event at Millfield. The 2019 national results placed us 20th an improvement from 22nd in 2018 and 24th in 2017.
Well done and thank you to all the masters who swam today for @SomersetASA Great effort from everyone. Hopefully the results will be out soon to share with you all.— Philippa O'Grady (@pogswims) November 18, 2018
Lots of recruiting needed to build the team for next year pic.twitter.com/x0X5tXYCSI
The Swim England South West Masters’ Meet (25m) was held on 29 September 2019 at Hutton Moor LC, Weston-super-Mare. View report.
The Swim England Masters National Championships 2020 (25m) , the highlight of the national Masters short course calendar was due to take place at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Sports Centre from 23 – 25 October 2020 but has been cancelled due to Coronavirus. View report of the 2019 event over 25 to 27 October 2019 in Sheffield.
The Royal Navy Open Masters 2020 took place on 23 February at Millfield School, Butleigh Road, Street, Somerset BA16 0YD. View details.
The British Masters Championships (50m) 2020 organised and hosted by Swim England have been cancelled (originally scheduled for Ponds Forge, Sheffield from 24 – 26 April 2020) due to Covid-19 with fees and spectator tickets for all cancelled events refunded. Swim England has looked at the potential of rescheduling the events later in the year if that proved to be viable. More than 1,000 masters swimmers from across the country were expected to take part. Swim England hosts the Masters Championships every two years, with Scottish Swimming and Swim Wales alternating venues in the years between.
Masters swimmers are being asked to put forward their views on what format the British Masters Championship should take in 2021. View details.
Please note Masters swimmers need valid Qualifying Times in British rankings to enter national events. The 2019 British Masters Championships (50m) were held over 14 - 16 June 2019 at Wales National Pool, Swansea.;
Masters swimmers from Somerset competed in the European Masters Swimming Championships in Kranj, Slovenia (2 to 7 Sep 2018) and the 18th FINA World Masters Championships 2019 (5 to 18 August) in Gwangju, South Korea.
The 17th LEN European Masters Championships 2020 due to take place in May/June 2020 at Népfürdő u. 36, Budapest, Hungary 1138 have been postponed due to Covid-19. The proposed new dates are 17-30 August though this might be confirmed only in late May or in early June. All Masters registrations and entries are automatically transferred to the later dates. Should an athlete decide not to participate on the new dates, he/she will have the option to request a full refund once the official EMC dates are confirmed.
Swim England's Just Swim Challenge 30 is a unique and simple event which determines just one thing – who can swim the furthest in 30 minutes! You don’t have to be a Swim England member to enter. It’s open to everyone living in Great Britain between 18 and 108 years old. View 2019's entry details.
Masters Swimming caters for everyone 25 and over, no matter what their ability, There are a number of keenly contested national and international competitions, where British swimmers excel. View the best British performances and links to European and World marks.
These records lists are maintained by David Chaney, the British Swimming Masters Records Administrator.
Record lists are also available for meet organizers in a format suitable for use with Hy-Tek's Meet Manager software - please email David for details.
For Swim England SW record applications, please contact the regional office.
Please follow this link for details of how to access Masters Coaching Resources which have now been rebranded as Swim England and can be shared with anyone who has an interest in Coaching Masters.
Check out the Club Toolkit for Masters Swimming and other useful documents in the Swim England Library.
Download Masters Handbook which answers common questions about Masters swimming.
Download FAQs for Masters swimmers about competing in open water events.
Thinking of joining a Masters Club? Masters swimming is fun! View Scottish Swimming film promoting the benefits of swimming with a club, whatever your age or ability.