John Davies wins Alfred H Turner Award

John Davies, Past President of the South East Region in 2009, was the recipient of one of Swim England’s highest honours when he was awarded the Harold H Turner Award at the National Awards ceremony in Birmingham on Saturday 18th November.

The Award recognises John’s tremendous energy and commitment to our sport that stretches back over 40 years.

He held role swimming teacher, technical official, club administrator and board member across his clubs, county and the region, where has left a lasting impact on the organisations he’s been involved with until his retirement in 2022.

John’s Award follows that of his wife Jane who received the Harold Fern Award in 2015. We don’t know of another couple who have had such a significant and long term impact on our sport.

Congratulations John.

Hampshire win south east round of Masters inter-county championships

The Hampshire Masters team top the scoreboard at the south east round of inter-county championships at the LAC on Sunday 12 November.

With 407 points Hampshire topped the table for the second year with a gap of 71.5 points between them and second placed Surrey on 335.5 points and Middlesex in third with 311 points. Berks and South Bucks finished fourth on 280 points, Sussex, who came in fifth with 260.5 points just pushing Kent into sixth place with 260 points and Oxford and North Bucks ending in seventh.

Swimming Off Shore Camp Team 2024

Following the regional winter championships, we are pleased to confirm the selection of the following athletes to represent the South East region at the Luxembourg euro meet in January 2024.

Aran BissettRTW Monson
Archie HawkinsThanet
Ben DinsdaleWinchester
Can TugcetinAbingdon Vale
Chris FinchUniversity of Surrey
Christian DuetoftGuildford City
Denys MialkovskyiRTW Monson
George PearsonWycombe
Harry Wynne-JonesCity of Milton Keynes
Matin BalsiniGuildford City
Max MorganReeds School
Oliver PopeThanet


Amalie SmithRTW Monson
Charlotte CopeGuildford City
Darcy RevittGuildford City
Ellen BagleyAbingdon Vale
Emilia OliverRTW Monson
Grace CummingsThanet
Hazel-Anne CarterWycombe
Imogen MylesSevenoaks
Jessica GableRTW Monson
Katherine WilliamsWycombe
Mia ColyerBlack Lion
Rosie RichardsRushmoor Royals

The team will be supported by;

Adam Naylor (Head Coach)

Stuart McCrea (Assistant Head Coach)

Jordan Honor (Coach)

Tom Company (S and C Coach)

Lynne Harrison (Lead Team Manger)

Paul Baybutt (Team Manager)

Winners of South East Region Awards announced

After much deliberation the awards committee are delighted to announce the winners of the 2023 South East Region Awards.

From more than 130 nominations across all categories nominated by their clubs and colleagues the committee were able to identify people who represent the spirit of our sport from every discipline.

The 2023 category winners are:

•     Artistic Coach:  Maisie Wright (Aquaoaks Artistic SC)
•     Diving Coach:  Matt Roberts (Southampton Diving Academy)
•     Swimming Coach:  Jo King (Sevenoaks SC)
•     Water Polo Coach:  Lauren Hand (Mid Sussex Marlins)
•     Technical Official:  Chris Hobbs (Eastbourne SC)
•     Volunteer:  Tracy Miller (Sevenoaks SC)
•     Artistic Club:  Aquaoaks Artistic SC
•     Diving Club:  Southampton Diving Acadamy
•     Swimming Club:  RTW Monson

•     Water Polo Club:  Winchester Water Polo Club

Arrangements are being made to present winners their trophy’s. All winners from the South East region will be invited to attend the National Awards ceremony later in the year.

Congratulations to to everyone who was nominated.
See more information about our winners.

Inspire Coach Mentoring Programme 2023-2024

Swim England’s Inspire Coach Mentoring programme for 2023-2024 provides a unique coach development opportunity for coaches who are predominantly working with age-group and early youth level athletes within the Swim England Talent Pathways Swimming, Para Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Artistic Swimming.

Each coach will be assigned a mentor from our Swim England National and Regional Coach Developer team who will work with the coach to provide bespoke, in situ support guided by the creation of an Individual Development plan.

The programme will run for a 12-month period from September 2023 until August 2024 and will provide an opportunity for mentored coaches to receive bespoke support relative to their Individual Development plan, take part in small group communities of practice, and enjoy programme visits both from and to your Coach Developer.

Mentoring will be delivered through both online and face to face interactions, and our experienced Coach Developers will facilitate coach development in both technical and non-technical areas.

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Water Polo Development Meeting

Swim England launches 10year strategy

Swim England has unveiled its strategic vision for the next decade as it aims to champion a healthy and successful nation through swimming.

Access Aquatics sets out the national governing body’s key priorities to remove the barriers to participation and ensure its sports and activities are ‘accessible, inclusive and safe for everyone’

It recognises the ‘chronic challenges’ facing the sector which is threatening one of the ‘nation’s greatest assets’ and how it plans to work with partners to tackle inequalities and ensure Access to Aquatics for all.

The strategy focuses Swim England’s work up until 2033 under three areas – capability, people and water.

Capability’s guiding objectives aims to see a rise in the number of children leaving primary school able to swim and a reduction in the current inequalities in attainment levels, increase the total of Water Wellbeing accredited sites, grow the number of Swim England members and guarantee there is a network of financially-robust clubs with the structure and partnerships in place to support their long-term future.

Learn more

National Para-Swimming Engagement Day – 30th May 2023

Tuesday 30th May
Athletes: 6pm-7.45pm (Coaches are welcome to observe)
Coaches: 7pm-8pm

Join the England Para – Swimming Talent Team for a FREE, fun workshop, designed to help athletes, coaches and parents / guardians, gain valuable information about the development of Para-athletes. Bookings close 23rd May.

Full details and booking information can be found on the following link: May 23 National Pathway PS Engagement Day Flyer

GB’s Fukuoka team includes South East swimmers

British Swimming have selected a 29-strong team that will take to the pool at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan this summer, one year out from the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

With Paris on the horizon, the team bound for Marine Messe Fukuoka Hall A for the eight-day swimming programme – which runs from 23rd-30th July – includes a blend of world-class arena experience with up-and-coming talent.

Six Olympic champions, including Maidenhead’s Tom Dean, Freya Anderson, Anna Hopkin, James Guy, Matt Richards and Duncan Scott – will take to the blocks alongside previous World Championship gold medallists James Wilby and Ben Proud, the latter having claimed a stunning world titlein the Men’s 50m Freestyle in Budapest last year.

Also included in the team is Wycombe swimmer Cameron Brooker, currently training at the Bath Performance Centre with Tom. This is the first ever international selection from Cameron after an amazing performance at the British Championships. Cameron has been a swimmer at Wycombe since 2009 as a 7 year old and moved on to the Bath National Center 2 years ago.

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Kevin Brooks joins Swimming Leadership Group

Kevin Brooks (Wycombe District SC) has been appointed to Swim England’s Swimming Leadership Group (SLG) to support the delivery of coaching within the sport. He is joined in this new role by Millfield Head Coach Euan Dale.

Both Euan and Kevin have a wealth of experience in the coaching world and are both lifelong supporters of the sport.

Kevin has been coaching for more than 20 years and has produced a number of International swimmers and medallists across his career.

On being appointed to the group, Kevin said: “Having been involved with the Regional and National Coaching Technical panels in a voluntary role since the mid 2000’s, I’m looking forward to representing the voice and views of coaches at the ‘top table’ of Swimming in England – The SLG.

“Between Euan and myself, I believe we can both support Swim England constructively; to ensure that their events meet the needs of the swimmers and coaches.

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Swimming squad excel in Luxembourg

A Team of 26 swimmers travelled to Luxembourg to compete for the region in the Euro Meet. This is always a competitive event and is supported by a number of international swimmers such as Ben Proud and Chad le Clos.

The team did themselves proud with many making A and B finals throughout the weekend, achieving best times and gaining huge experience along the way.

The team bought back 29 medals. Junior swimmers Lucy Fox and Eva Okaro not only made the A finals for the ladies open 100 and 200 fly events but came back with a bronze medal each. In the junior age group the team scooped 16 medals through Ollie Pope, Lucy Fox, Albert Branch, Dominic Morgan, Harry Wynne-Jones, Eva Okaro, Aaliyah Richards and Ruby Stephenson.

In the Youth category, Tegan Matthews and Aran Bissett secured a massive 10 medals between them.

Well done to all. A big thank you must go to head coach, Paul Lloyd, coaches, Adam Naylor, Stuart McCrea, Jordan Niblock and our team managers, Lynne Harrison and Kim Weetman.

National Para-Swimming Engagement Day – 30th January 2023

Monday 30th Jan 2023
Athletes: 6pm-8pm (Coaches are welcome to observe)
Coaches: 7pm-8pm

Join the England Para – Swimming Talent Team for a FREE, fun workshop, designed to help athletes, coaches and parents / guardians, gain valuable information about the development of Para-athletes. Bookings close 25th January.

Full details and booking information can be found on the following link PS Jan 23 National Pathway Engagement Workshop Flyer