British Swimming

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British Swimming
British Swimming logo.svg
Category Sports governing body
Membership Swim England
Swim Wales
Scottish Swimming
Founded2014 (2014)
Affiliation FINA
LEN
British Olympic Association
British Paralympic Association
Headquarters SportPark
Location3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough,
Leicestershire, LE11 3QF
ChairmanMaurice Watkins [1]
CEO Jack Buckner
CoachSwimming
Chris Spice
Para-Swimming
Chris Furber
Diving
Alexei Evangulov
Synchro
Karen Thorpe
ReplacedAmateur Swimming Federation of Great Britain (ASFGB)
Official website
www.britishswimming.org
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg


British Swimming is the national governing body of swimming, water polo, synchronised swimming, diving and open water in Great Britain. [2] British Swimming is a federation of the national governing bodies of England (Swim England), Scotland (Scottish Swimming), and Wales (Swim Wales). [2] These three are collectively known as the Home Country National Governing Bodies. [3]

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For international swimming purposes, competitive swimming in Northern Ireland falls under the Irish swimming federation, Swim Ireland, and as such British Swimming represents Great Britain, rather than the United Kingdom. For the Olympic Games, Northern Irish swimmers may opt to compete for British Swimming.

British Swimming is a member of FINA, LEN, the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association, and has responsibility for elite performance, doping control and international relationships and events for the sports within the Great Britain. The Home Country National Governing Bodies are affiliated to British Swimming and are responsible for all other management of the sports in their respective countries from the learn to swim programmes up to performance development. [4]

History

British Swimming became the primary organisation for Great British swimming in 2014, previously the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) had been responsible for elite swimming. [5]

Championships

British Swimming organises championships every year in each of the sporting disciplines.

Swimming

Long course
Short course

The British Swimming Short Course Championships were usually held in August or September each year, though the event has not been held since 2004

YearDatesVenue
20019–12 August Norwich
200212–15 September Cambridge
200314–17 AugustGrand Central Pools, Stockport
200426–29 August Aquatics Centre, Manchester

Water polo

Domestic water polo competition in the UK is centred on the National Water Polo League (NWPL) and National Women's Water Polo League (NWWPL), which operate through the autumn and winter. The British Championships organised by British Swimming are held in the Spring. Winners of the championships in recent years are listed below.

British Championships
YearMen's championsWomen's champions
1996 [6] BristolN/A
1997 [6] BristolN/A
1998 [6] BristolN/A
1999 [7] LancasterN/A
2000 [6] LancasterN/A
2001 [6] BristolN/A
2002 [6] PenguinN/A
2003 [6] LancasterN/A
2004 [6] LancasterN/A
2005 [6] LancasterSheffield
2006 [8] LancasterCity of Sheffield
2007 [6] Lancaster?
2008 [9] RotherhamManchester
2009 [10] LancasterManchester

Masters swimming

An annual championships for Masters swimmers is organised in rotation by the Home Countries, usually in June, for senior (18–24 yrs) and masters (25 yrs+). The championships are held in a long course (50 m) pool. The championships are held in a long course (50 m) pool.

YearDatesVenue
19879–11 October Afan Lido Pool, Aberavon
19884–5 November Dundee
19893–5 NovemberCoventry Sports and Leisure Centre, Coventry
1990November Wales Empire Pool, Cardiff
1991July Leeds International Pool, Leeds
19925–7 June Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, London
19934–6 June Wales Empire Pool, Cardiff
19943–5 June Leeds International Pool, Leeds
19952–4 June Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, London
199626–28 April Ponds Forge, Sheffield
19976–8 June Wales Empire Pool, Cardiff
199829–31 May Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow
19994–6 JuneCoventry Sports and Leisure Centre, Coventry
20002–4 June Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, London
20011–3 June Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow
200231 May–2 June Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, London
20036–8 June Welsh National Pool, Swansea
200423–25 April Aquatics Centre, Manchester
20053–5 June Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow
200616–18 June Aquatics Centre, Manchester
200715–17 June Aquatics Centre, Manchester
200820–22 June Aquatics Centre, Manchester
200919 June Cardiff International Pool, Cardiff
201018–20 June Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow [11]
201117–19 June John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds [12]
20124–6 May Ponds Forge, Sheffield [13]
201314–16 June Plymouth Life Centre, Plymouth [14]
201413–15 June Welsh National Pool, Swansea [15]
201512-14 June Aquatics Centre, Manchester [16]

Open water swimming

Alongside the Open Water Grand Prix series, British Swimming also arranges national championship events over 5 km and 10 km.

Diving

The British Diving Championships are held annually in the winter. Sometimes the annual championships are held in the December of the preceding calendar year.

YearDatesVenue
200413–14 December 2003 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200511–13 February Ponds Forge, Sheffield
200616–18 December 2005 Aquatics Centre, Manchester
200715–17 December 2006 Aquatics Centre, Manchester
20084–6 January Aquatics Centre, Manchester
20095–7 February Ponds Forge, Sheffield
201025–27 June Ponds Forge, Sheffield
201110–12 June John Charles Aquatics Centre, Leeds
20128–10 June Ponds Forge, Sheffield
20138–10 February Life Centre, Plymouth
20146–8 June Ponds Forge, Sheffield
201520-22 February Life Centre, Plymouth [17]

Synchronised swimming

The British Synchronised Swimming Championships are usually held in November or December each year.

YearDatesVenue
20046–7 NovemberGala Baths, Walsall
20055–6 NovemberBraunstone LC, Leicester
20062–3 DecemberGloucester LC, Gloucester
20071–2 DecemberGloucester LC, Gloucester
20086–7 DecemberGloucester LC, Gloucester
20095–6 DecemberGloucester LC, Gloucester
20103–5 DecemberGloucester LC, Gloucester
20112–4 DecemberGloucester LC, Gloucester

Sponsorship

In 2009, British Swimming announced a £15 million, 6 year sponsorship deal with British Gas. [18] [19] [20] It also announced sponsorship with Kellogg's [21] and Speedo [22] in 2009. In 2016, British Swimming announced a new sponsorship deal with TYR Sport, Inc..

Further reading

Keil, Ian/Wix, Don, In the Swim. The Amateur Swimming Association from 1869 to 1994, London 1996

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