Regional Swimming Team win 26 medals at the Geneva International Challenge

Lucy Bean (Guildford)Lucy BeanKieran Bird (Bicester)
Hannah Burvill (Woking)HannahRory Burdin (Staines)
Constance Dean (Maidenhead)Connie DeanJoseph Clark (Guildford) James Clark
Isobel Jones (City of Milton Keynes)Isobel JonesThomas Flaherty (City of Milton Keynes)Thomas F
Millicent Routledge (Bracknell and Wokingham)MIlly RoutledgeJames McFadzen (Wycombe District)James McFazden
Nicole Ryan (Wycombe District) Nicole RyanDavid Murphy (Oxford)david_sheffield_1
Zara Ryan (Newbury)Zara RyanMax Murphy (City of Milton Keynes) Max Murphy
Imogen Smith (Rushmoor)Imogen head and shouldersDominic Polling (Brighton)Dominic
Alicia Wilson (Guildford)Sophie WilsonThomas Thornley (Bicester)Tom Thornley
Sophia Wilson (Guildford) Alicia WilsonFabien Whitbread (Oxford) Fabian
Team ManagersCoaches
John Rowley/ Liz RowleyAmanda Booth (Oxford), Vince Ayling (Woking)

South East Region sent a mixed team of 19 swimmers to compete at the Challenge International Meet in Geneva at the end of January.

The South East team, which was selected on the strength of performances in the SER Winter Championships, was drawn clubs from across the Region and ranged in ages from 14yrs to 23yrs.

The purpose of the trip was to provide talented athletes with the opportunity to compete in an offshore competition and provide much needed experience.

Returning with a medal haul of 6 golds, 10 silver and 10 bronze medals from 3 days of competition the team demonstrated that they were far from overawed by the experience.

The prestigious event is in its 50th year and attracted swimmers from across Europe and beyond including well-known swimming celebrities like Hungarian Laslo Cheh and American Katie Ziegler.

Live results can be found on this link ;

Day 1 in Geneva was full of success for the regional team. The first gold medal came from David Murphy in the junior 200m Breaststroke.

David Murphy - gold

Silver medals were won by;

Connie Dean (50m Breaststoke),  Rory Burdin (Junior 100m front crawl), Isobel Jones (200m Backstroke), Max Murphy (1500m front crawl),

Bronze medals were won by:

Hannah Burvill (400m frontcrawl), Kieran Bird (Junior 100m fly), Connie Dean (200m IM)

Day 2 in Geneva saw more fantastic swims with 11 medals being won by the team.

400m IM

Gold medals were won by:

Millicent Routledge (Junior 100m Free), Connie Dean (200m Breast), James McFadzen (Junior 200m IM), Isobel Jones (800m Free)

Silver medals were won by:

Dominic Polling (200m IM), Connie Dean (400 IM), James McFadzen (Junior 200m Back)

Bronze Medals were won by:

Max Murphy (400m Free), Hannah Burvill (100m Free and 50m fly), Sophia Wilson (400m IM)

Day 3 in Geneva saw the team win another 7 medals

Gold was won by Kieran Bird in the Junior 200m fly

Silvers medals were won by:

Millicent Routledge (Junior 200m free), Connie Dean (100m Breast), Sophia Wilson (Junior 200m Fly)

Bronze medals were won by:

Hannah Burvill (200m Free), Kieran Bird (Junior 200m Free), James McFadzen (Junior 200m Back)

David Murphy also won the top Junior boy award by achieving the highest Fina point score for his time in the 200m breaststroke.

Selection Criteria

  1. Winners of individual Olympic Events at the ASA South East Region Winter Championships 2015 will be selected:
    • 100, 200 backstroke;
    • 100, 200 breaststroke:
    • 100, 200 butterfly;
    • 200, 400 IM;
    • 50, 100, 200, 400, 800/1500 freestyle.
  2. Further selections, if required, will be made by the Coaches Forum.
  3. Swimmers placed below third will not be considered.
  4. Swimmers must be in full-time training with a club in the South East Region.

ASA/UKCC Level 3 Coaching Swimming Programme

The application stage for the Level 3 Coaching Swimming Qualification with the IoS is now open. Those who wish to apply for the programme should be aware of the following dates:

  • 11th December 2015 – 10th January 2016: Initial Application Stage (fee of £10 payable)
  • 11th January 2016 – 29th January 2016: Screening Stage (pre-requisites examined, suitability determined)
  • 1st February 2016 – 5th February 2016: Invites will be sent out to all those who have been successful
  • 8th February 2016 – 21st February 2016: Booking page open between this time for those successful applicants to pay the remaining fee.
  • The programme of learning will then officially commence on 28thFebruary 2016 and you should be aiming for completion around 28th November 2016 (9 month programme)

For more information on the programme or to apply please click here.

Bursaries of up to 75% are available for swim21 clubs. Please note, a copy of the invitation showing the Coach has been accepted on to the Level 3 Programme will be required before any bursary applications are considered. For more information on the Regional Bursary scheme please click here.


Jane Davies receives The Alfred H Turner Award

Jane Davies, Vice President of the ASA South East Region, has been awarded The Alfred H Turner Award at the ASA Annual Council Dinner.

Originally from Yorkshire, Jane first became involved in swimming when her daughter started school swimming lessons in 1977. The whole family later joined Gosport Dolphins SC in 1982 where Jane took on the role of Membership Secretary and Official.

Over the next 10 years, Jane was first appointed as Club Secretary of Fareham Nomads then Secretary of the Southern Junior League before becoming Swimming Secretary for Hampshire County ASA in 1993. As part of this role, she changed the structure of the age-group competition by introducing the full range of events for age-group swimmers. She also raised the standard of swimming at this level by bringing in tough qualification times, and by introducing the popular Development Meets to cater for those unable to qualify for the new standards.

Jane became a member of the Southern Counties Swimming Committee in 1998 and throughout her profession has undertaken roles such as Referee, Technical Director and Executive Director as well as being Team Manager for the Hampshire team that won the ASA inter-county event in 2000. in addition to being appointed as President of Hampshire County ASA in 2001. She has also officiated at both the Manchester 2002 and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Now the chair of the swim21 South East Region Panel and the President of Portsmouth Northsea SC, she was also appointed as the manager of the ASA Swimming Management Group, responsible for Speed Swimming, Masters, Para-swimming and Open Water.

Jane continues to provide vital help and support to clubs in her local area while also assisting the ASA, where her contribution to the sport is considered invaluable.


National Para-Swimming Championships 2015

Entries are now open for the National Para Swimming Championships, 12-13 December 2015 at Manchester Aquatics Centre. This event is coordinated by the English Federation of Disability Sport, in partnership with British Para Swimming.

This year’s Championships will be a long course event and will form part of British Para Swimming’s road to Rio.  Entries are open to all S1-S15 swimmers with a national or international classification.