Regional Squad Take on Olympic Champions in Luxembourg

This weekend a squad of 24 travelled to Luxembourg to compete against some of the worlds best swimmers at the Euro Meet. Our team raced well and the whole team learned a lot from the experience. Throughout the weekend, 8 B final places were contested and 3 swimmers achieved spots in A finals against extremely tough opposition.


Maisie Thornton, James Baxter, Sophie Shaw, Illizane Pinfold, Ella Dyson, Jemima Hall, Tegan Drew, Neil Redman, Eva Okaro.

Our Youth and Junior athletes had a great weekend between them securing 12 medals.


Ella Dyson – Gold – 1500m Freestlye

Illizane Pinfold – Silver 50m Breaststroke, Bronze 100m Breaststroke

Sammy Tucker – Silvers 200m Fly, 200m Freestyle and 100m Fly

Joshua Weston – Silver 1500m Freestyle, Bronze 800m Freestyle

Eva Okaro – Silvers 50m Fly, 100m Freestyle, 100m Fly and Gold 50m Freestyle.

Thank-you to our Coaches and Team Managers; Paul Lloyd, Stephen Murphy, Zichen Liu, Terry Norris and Louise Sansome.

Harold Fern and A H Turner Awards

The Regional Management Board welcomes nominations for the Harold Fern and A H Turner Awards. Any nomination should be accompanied by a supporting letter and CV for the nominee. The criteria is as follows:

The Award is given to the individual or organisation making the most outstanding contribution to aquatics at club, county, regional, national or international level.

In selecting the winner of the Award each year, the Sports Operations Committee will give consideration to the following:

  • outstanding achievement in advancing the sport through competition/coaching/officiating
  • outstanding achievement in the administration of the sport
  • outstanding achievement in advising the sport

Please send nominations by February 19th to

Adrian Moorhouse to Open the Regional Swimming Coaches Forum Conference

Regional Coaches Forum Conference

Sunday 8th September 2019

Reeds School, Cobham, Surrey

9.30am – 4.45pm

Cost: £10 Swim Mark Clubs/ £20 non Swim Mark Clubs

The content will be aimed at level 3 and experience level 2

  • The Evolution of Performance Swimming – Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic Champion 100m Breaststroke, 1988
  • My Journey – Tom Dean, 2018 European Champion and Paul Lloyd, Head Coach Maidenhead Marlins
  • Building Strength and Conditioning into your programme Amanda Booth – Head Coach, City of Oxford, Michael Peacock, Strength and Conditioning Coach and Swim England Zonal Lead
  • Pool Session – Integrating S&C into skill sessions within the pool and stroke development. Amanda Booth, Michael Peacock, Paul Lloyd with Tom Dean.
  • Coach Welfare and Resilience – Dr Karen Howells and Richard Garfield, Head Coach, Guildford City Swimming Club.

To book on line visit the swimming section;

Conferences and Workshops


Brian Harrison – funeral arrangements

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Brian Harrison.

Brian’s funeral is on:

Thursday 20th June at 2pm

Woodland Burial Ground

St Mary Bourne 

Andover SP11 6BG

His family have asked that no black is worn and that, if appropriate, swimming polos should be worn.

We are advised that theres very little parking available, please think about lift sharing.

(Apparently the venue is down a very narrow lane with little parking space at the bottom, although there may be an overflow field at the top of the lane)

Following Brian’s burial, the family will be going to the George pub for tea and biscuits. They are inviting all to join them.

Please do not donate flowers but instead consider making a donation to Swim for Cancer 2019 through Rory Huggins

Donations can be made at venue if you would prefer.

Brian will be sadly missed and we pass our sympathies to his family and friends at this difficult time.

Reading Royals win Redwood Trophy at Synchro Nationals

Reading Royals have won the Redwood Trophy for the first time in almost 20 years, after a dominant day at the 2019 Swim England National Synchronised Swimming Junior and Senior Championships.

With the coveted Redwood Trophy being awarded to the team with the highest combined score from the Tech Team and the Free Team, they headed into the final routine of the weekend with fate in their hands.

Read the full story of an extraordinary result.

Synchronised Swimming Coach Development Programme 2019 – Pilot

Swim England are piloting a Development Programme that is designed to support current Synchronised Swimming coaches within England who are wanting to increase their knowledge of athlete development. The programme will work with up to 6 coaches and support them to produce regional and national swimmers from grass roots programmes to club squads. It is a six month scheme that will provide access to key experts to support the knowledge and experience of club and squad coaches.


  • To select & develop coaches that have a direct influence on the success of their athletes
  • To impart the latest techniques and knowledge to selected coaches to raise standards of delivery
  • To develop coaches to link with key stakeholders to support Athlete Development


This programme is designed to attract Level 2 coaches who are currently running a club programme and wanting to gain more knowledge of how to develop an athlete to National level. The right coaches should be athlete focused, motivated to change the current image of the sport and be dedicated to the overall National vision for England Synchro.

The Programme:

The programme is designed to meet the varying needs of our coaches across the country and covers the key areas for achieving success:

  • Planning tools and models
  • Managing a club
  • Planning for support Services
  • Preparing for performance
  • Choreography
  • Lifts & Acrobatics
  • Land training

Each Key area will be delivered by trained experts who have been engaged in delivering at the elite level of the sport, have experience delivering a large synchro programme with a proven track record for success. Many of the modules will be remote and delivered over Webex meeting. This will be followed up with 1:1 skype meetings with individual coaches to support you in your development and implementation of your new skills and knowledge.

Full details and an application form please click here.

Deadline for submission of applications is Monday 22nd April 2019 (via email)

Regional Swimming Team Win 7 Medals At Flanders Cup