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Adele Parham and Philippa O'Grady Masters Swimmers

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.

A.N.T Swimming
Backwell SC
Bath Dolphin SC
Bristol Masters SC
Bristol North SC
Bristol Penguin Olympic SC
Bristol South Swim Club
Chard & District
Cheddar Kingfishers SC
City of Bristol SC
Clevedon SC
Frome SC
Keynsham SC
Street & District SC
Taunton Deane SC
Team Bath AS
University of Bath SC
Weston-Super-Mare SC
Wincanton 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 (suehaigh11@gmail.com). Other regional and county contacts are listed here.

Jim Boucher (Guildford City) is the new Swim England Management Group Rep. If you have an issue you would like to discuss with Jim, you can contact him on jim.boucher@southeastswimming.org

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.


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 were offered the opportunity to time trial in empty lanes in 800m / 1500m events of Somerset ASA Age Group & Championships 2019 as there is little availability of these events elsewhere. 

The Inter-County Masters Team Championships 2019

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.

In preparation for the 2019 competition which will be held at Millfield on 10 November and to encourage Somerset masters swimmers to attend, we have arranged a free training session at Oxley Sports Centre, Sherborne, DT9 3QN on 13 October 2019 .

View report of the 2018 South West event at Millfield. The 2018 results placed us 22nd nationally, an improvement from 24th nationally in 2017. The Swim England South West Masters’ Meet (25m) will be held on 29 September 2019 at Hutton Moor LC, Weston-super-Mare. There were plenty of top 3 finishes in the 30 September 2018 event - view results.

The Swim England Masters National Championships 2019 Championships (25m) take place from 25 to 27 October 2019 at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Sport Centre, Sheffield.

We did recommend that the South West Region masters competition should be Long Course and held in May in preparation for the Long Course British Championships which are always held in June.

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. 

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.

Coaching Resources

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. 


Regional Development DayWithin 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.

We publicised a Regional Development Day organised by Swim England South West for 13 January 2019 at Bath University. 


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.