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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.

Backwell SC
Bath Dolphin SC
Bristol Masters SC
Bristol North SC
Bristol Penguin Olympic SC
Bristol South Swim Club
Chard & District
City of Bristol SC
Clevedon SC
Frome SC
Keynsham SC
Street & District SC
Taunton Deane SC
University of Bath SC
Wellington
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

10 November 2018 (9.30-4pm approx) at SportPark,Loughborough. Please save the date! Further details will follow.

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.


Competitions

Recommendations have been made to again hold the annual Somerset ASA Masters Championships with Gloucester ASA, at Horfield Pool in Bristol during September. This is a good meet for those wishing to see how they are swimming in preparation for the Short Course Nationals in October 2018 in Sheffield. We will update if it can be held this year. Unfortunately in 2017 the postponed gala at GL1 on 10 December at GL1, Gloucester had to be cancelled for safety reasons due to inclement weather conditions.

County trophies numbered 84 and 85 will be awarded for Somerset swimmer performances.

We thank Heather Pullinger for putting together a Masters team to represent Somerset in the South West round of the Swim England Inter County Masters Team Championships at Millfield on 19 November 2017. View results of the south west round which placed us 24th nationally.

Competition is held nationwide on a Regional basis and in the south west rotates around the six counties each year. The 2018 event will take place at Millfield on 18 November. A training session is being planned before the Inter County Masters gala to try and encourage Somerset masters to attend. Swim England South West Masters’ Meet (25m) will take place on 30 September 2018 at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, Weston Super Mare. View details.

The Swim England Masters National Championships 2018 Championships (25m) will take place from 26 to 28 October 2018 at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Sport Centre.

We have recommended 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 2018 British Masters Championships (50m) from 8 to 10 June 2018 were held at Plymouth Life Centre, Plymouth.;

Masters swimmers from Wincanton and Bridgwater competed in the European Masters Swimming Championships in Kranj, Slovenia (2 to 7 Sep 2018).

The Swim England T-30 Challenge  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 the T-30 Challenge. It’s open to everyone living in Great Britain between 18 and 108 years old.  View details of how you / your team can enter.

Records

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.

Swim England SW are looking for a volunteer to take over the maintenance of their Masters Records – if you are interested 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. 

Development

Within Somerset ASA's 2018/19 Development budget, a funding pot of £2,000 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 May 2018 at Bath University. 

The Masters training day on 11 June 2017 at Mount Kelly pool, Tavistock was open only to members of South West clubs. 27 Masters Swimmers took part on a first come first served basis. The programme included two 90 minute swim sessions, a presentation by sports psychologist Dr Karen Howells PhD CPsychol ('Using Psychological Skills to Build Confidence') and a Land Training session led by Nye Levett of NL Wellness which was organised to offer graded exercises for the spectrum of ages and abilities of those attending.  . 

The first swim session taken by Greg King in the new 50m 'Olympic Legacy' pool concentrated on drills and stroke technique. The second swim of the day was led by Steve Carder. The day ended with a question and answer session with Nye and Steve on many aspects of nutrition and training techniques, both on land and in the water.  Feedback on the day and in the follow up evaluation sheets was extremely positive. 

 

Resources

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.