Regional Off Shore Camp 2023

We are delighted to be once again planning a regional off shore camp for selected swimmers from our region. The team will travel to Luxembourg to compete in the Euro Meet from the 27th – 29th January 2023.

This exciting experience aims;

  1. To provide exposure and experience of overseas competition
  2. To provide a motivational opportunity for South East athletes

Due to the lack of opportunities over the last few years we will be taking a slightly larger team of athletes to be selected from the Regional Winter Short Course Championships. The full selection criteria can be found on the attachment Selection Criteria for the 2023 Swim England South East Region Off shore camp

To support this camp we are looking to recruit an experienced Assistant Team Manager. The successful applicant must hold a Swim England DBS, approved safeguarding training and Team Manager 1 and 2 modules. For further information please contact kristie.jarrett@southeastswimming.org  

 

Guildford City SC crowned 2022 National Arena Junior League champions

The second National Arena Junior League Grand Final was won by Guildford City Swimming Club in an exciting Grand Final on Saturday.

The event at the Alan Higgs Centre, Coventry featured 33 events for swimmers between the ages of 9-12 years old.

Swimmers raced in both individual and relay events on short course with Guildford coming out on top with a total of 192 points across the competition.

In a close contest, the Surrey based club finished just ahead of Camden Swiss (179), who were only 13 points behind, with Chelsea & Westminster finishing third with a total score of 159 points.

Guildford City also took home three of the day’s top swimmers awards with Olivia Hagberg voted the best girls 9/10 Years swimmer and Joseph Schmitt the top boys 11 Years swimmer.

Guildford’s Ella Humphries and Scarlett Sheppard were both recognised for their performances with the award for the leading Girls 12 Years swimmers.

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Nominations for the 2022 Swim England Hall of Fame are open

Swim England is inviting suggestions for athletes, coaches and volunteers who could be inducted into its Hall of Fame.

Nominations are encouraged across all disciplines and can be submitted by individuals, clubs, counties, regions and wider organisations.

The Swim England Hall of Fame was set up as part of the national governing body’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

A total of 26 people were named in the inaugural induction and this is the first time since then that a new cohort will be included.

Each nomination submitted will be thoroughly evaluated against the published criteria and decisions will be based on the information included in the submission – so as much fact-based evidence as possible should be added.

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Swim England announce changes to licensing criteria

For Licensing applications received on or after September 1st 2022:

  • All meets licensed at Levels 1 or 2 MUST provide a secondary strobe where it is requested by an athlete at the time of entry unless a secondary strobe cannot be provided at the meet for technical reasons.

In the case that a secondary strobe cannot be provided at the venue a full explanation of the issues preventing the provision must be provided with the licensing application and forwarded to the National Licensing Officer for recording purposes and to allow Swim England to investigate fully.

  • Meet conditions must advise athletes that “a secondary strobe will be provided where it is requested by the athlete at the time of entry”.

If this cannot be met, for technical reasons only, it should be stated in the Conditions and a full explanation be submitted with the licence application.

  • For licensing applications received on or after September 1st 2022, all meets Licensed at Level 1 or 2 MUST have a minimum depth at the starting end of 1.35 metres.
  • Applications for the subsequent calendar year would not be accepted until after September, with no more than 8 months in advance at other times.

Southampton and Guildford at the double at National Skills Finals

Southampton Diving Academy and Star Diving Club Guildford were the big winners on the second and final day of the 2022 Diving National Skills Finals.

Both Southampton’s and Guildford’s divers won two golds each to claim four of the six titles on offer at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds.

It was Guildford who had the bigger haul of the two clubs however in thanks to the one-two finish in the Group B+ Girls category.

The duo of Eva O’Reilly and Tegan Fookes dominated the rest of the field as the pair stormed clear of the chasing pack, finishing almost 40 points clear by the end of the event.

It left the two Guildford divers to duel it out between themselves for the top prize with O’Reilly just pipping her teammate by just over four points.

O’Reilly finished with a total score of 360.85 with Fookes just behind on 356.80.

Dacorum Diving Club’s Scarlett Hallam was best of the rest to take bronze with a well-respected total score of 320.85.

It was in the opening contest of the afternoon session when Guildford picked up their first gold medal of the competition however with a win in the C1 Boys event.

Leo Robinett was the diver who took that gold for them with a total score of 322.00 points for his twelve dives.

It was a controlled display from Robinett, who got himself into an early lead after back to back dives in round three and four that scored over 30 points apiece.

From then on he managed his lead expertly, doing enough to keep a comfortable gap to the divers behind as he took gold by 8.20 points.

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Southampton Diving Academy crowned top club at National Age Group Championships

Southampton Diving Academy were crowned the top club at the Swim England Diving National Age Group Championships.

They picked up 18 medals throughout the four-day competition – seven golds, three silver and eight bronze.

It ensured they beat Luton Diving Club to the Dawdon Shield Trophy, which is presented to the best performing club at the championships, by three points.

And it proved to be a late birthday present for Matthew Roberts, the diving development coach at Southampton Diving Academy, who turned 30 during the event.

He said: “It means a lot.

“We have not had a National Age Group Championships since before Covid so this is quite a new team.

“There are some experienced divers but also a lot of new ones coming through.

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A full report from the Regional Diving Group on the National Age Group Championships can be found here.

Applications open for the swimming coaches’ forum

Applications are requested from coaches within the Region to join the swimming coaches forum. The forum has adopted standard terms of reference which provides for the recruitment of four further coaches to join the Forum and serve for an initial period of three years.

 

The forum meets six times a year on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the day. The role, composition and appointment of coaches are contained in the TORs.  In particular there is a need for a spread of coaches from across the region and across the range of the development pathway. It is recognised that no one coach can fit all the criteria.

 

Applicants should complete the form below by Friday 22nd July and send it to;

Kristie.jarrett@southeastswimming.org

Coaches Forum Recruitment Form June 2022

Swimming Pathway Programme 2022

Congratulations to the following swimmers on their selection to the 2022 regional pathway programme. Camps will take place on the 11th September and 29th October at the ACS International School, Cobham, Surrey. Alex Vine, Maidenhead Marlins will be Head Coach on the programme this year with Lead Team Manager, Lynne Harrison. A full list of selected skills coaches will be posted here shortly.

Boys Girls
William Attwood Fareham Darcey Arnold Elmbridge
Charlie Cocks Thanet Tara Beard Maxwell
Quinn Coffey Fareham Matilda Biggs City of Southampton
Lanre Dada Maidstone Emily Collins Guildford City
Thomas Ellershaw Sevenoaks Olivia Dolan Hailsham
Damien Fraczek-Krygier Easteigh Harriet Griffiths RTW Monson
Michael Gannon City of Oxford Ruby Hall White Oak
Cameron Higgs Newport Pag Aoife Hendley Portsmouth
Harvey Kershaw Black Lion Ella Humphries Guildford City
Benjamin McDougall Wycombe Ami Jones Leatherhead
Lochlann Murray Chesham Isabella Jones RTW Monson
Patryk Przyczyna Eastbourne Ivy Manning CMK
Joseph Tsz Wai To City of Oxford Olivia Norley RTW Monson
Ryan Turner Woking Tallunlah -Mae Rautenbach Guernsey
Lucius Waite Hastings Scarlett Sheppard Guildford City
William West Thanet Ella Silano Haslemere
Henry Williams Littlehampton Darcey Smith Portsmouth
Alexander Young Leatherhead Lucy Wheeler Woking

 

South East team wins major medal at Inter Regional Competition

The Artistic Swimming South East Age Group Squad took part at the Regional Games on 3rd June at Hengrove Leisure Centre in Bristol.
It was a great day with lots of talented swimmers taking part in both a figure and relay competition.
The Region’s Age Group Squad exceptionally well finishing in 3rd position overall.
Congratulations go to the team of:
  • Freya and Olivia from Oxford and Witney.
  • Heidi, Eleanor and Kitty from Hythe Aqua:.
  • Cerys and Eva from Rushmoor.
  • Bea, Libby, Stella, Annaliese, Amy, Eloise and Summer from Reading Royals.
  • Chloe from Portsmouth Victoria.
All coaches by Emma Adams from Rushmoor Artistic Swimming Club.

 

Applications open for Swim England Senior Swimming Coach programme

Applications are now open for the 2022 Swim England Senior Swimming Coach programme.

The year-long course will enable Swim England Level 2 swimming coaches to apply the most current and innovative techniques to ‘create an environment in which athletes can thrive’.

Up to 30 spaces are available on the programme, which is aimed at coaches working with those competing at regional level or above.

Applications need to be submitted by midnight on Sunday 3 July with those successfully shortlisted being informed on or after Monday 11 July.

The course induction will then take place the following week with a mixture of four face-to-face workshops and online learning throughout the year. 

More information

A time to say thanks

Volunteers Week takes place 1-7 June every year. It’s a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you.

Volunteers’ Week is supported and celebrated by small grassroots organisations as well as larger, household-name charities, who together run hundreds of activities across the UK. These activities showcase and celebrate volunteers and the contribution volunteering makes in our communities.

Volunteers’ Week 2022 is a time to say thanks. It goes without saying that volunteers have played a key role in the pandemic response. During an exceptionally difficult couple of years, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and make a huge difference to their communities – just as they do every year. This is a time for us to come together and thank all volunteers for their invaluable contribution.

This 38th annual Volunteers’ Week is taking place during the #MonthOfCommunity. Running throughout June, #MonthOfCommunity brings together organisations with a range of events in order to encourage us all to think about and join in with activities happening in our local communities.

Each day follows a central theme to guide your plans for Volunteers’ Week 2022.

Learn more

South East Region Para-Swimming Training Day – Sunday10th July

We are pleased to invite Swimmers and Coaches from around the region to attend the next South East Region Para-Swimming Training Day.

This Para Swimming Training Day is intended to engage and support swimmers with an impairment to develop their skills, experience and knowledge through their journey as a Para Swimmer. The training day is aimed at all swimmers from development level to those selected for England Para Swimming Talent Programmes, a chance to have their skills developed. This should be seen as an additional training to their home club training.

For those swimmers who do not have a classification or are on the waiting list (S99) but believe they are eligible for classification we would like to invite you for the training day which will also include a skills observation. This will start your process of becoming a classified swimmer.

To gain a better understanding regarding classification please read the British Swimming guide on Classification

Who is Para Swimming Regional Training for?

  • Swimmers regularly training and can swim at least 100m or more across multiple strokes (where impairment allows).
  • Swim England Cat 2 members with a classification or on the classification waiting list (S99)
  • Swimmers with an eligible impairment, who wish to compete and requiring a skills. observation to begin the classification process. Those swimmers attending can be Cat 1 members, but must be Cat 2 members to be placed on a classification waiting list.
  • Ideal progression opportunity for those who have graduated from the Start Para-Swimming programme.
  • Swimmers with a Hearing Impaired Classification (S15) or wishing to begin the process of classification with GB Deaf Swimming Club.
  • All swimmers must be 9 years plus as of 31 December.
  • Aimed at those NOT on a World Class programme.

The Coaching Team will be led by Tom Baxter who is the Assistant Head Coach at Crawley Swimming Club. We would also like to also invite any coaches along to the training day to gain a better understand of how they can support their Para athletes in their club environment.

  • Date: Sunday 10th July
  • Location: ACS International School Cobham
  • Cost: £10 per swimmer, Coaches free

Timetable of the training day can be found below.

Arrive 13:00 – 13:15
Land Training 13:15 – 14:15
Swimming Pool Training 14:30 – 16:30
De-Brief 16:45 – 17:15

Any questions please contact Ben McDonald ben.mcdonald@southeastswimming.org