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Swim England: Events cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak

March 16, 2020   By

Swim England has cancelled a number of forthcoming events due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The decision has been taken following the Government’s announcement to implement increased social distancing, avoid crowds gathering and carrying out any unnecessary travel.

All competitions organised by the national governing body that are scheduled to be held between now and the end of May have been called off. That includes the preliminary and qualification rounds and finals for the Water Polo National Age Group Championships for U17s and U19s boys and girls and the Artistic Swimming National Championships. The British Masters Championships, which is organised and hosted by Swim England, will also not take place. Entry fees and spectator tickets for all cancelled events will be refunded. Swim England will look at the potential of rescheduling the events later in the year if that proves to be viable.

Jane Nickerson, Swim England chief executive, said: “Cancelling events is not a decision to take lightly but following the latest announcement by the Government, it’s only right and fair to our members and clubs that we made an announcement sooner rather than later. We hope this will allow people to cancel hotels and travel arrangements with the minimum of cost. We understand the frustration of those who have been training hard for our national competitions but the health and well-being of our athletes, coaches and volunteers is of paramount importance to us. Ideally, we would like to rearrange these events and we will look into that but it may not prove to be possible which is why we are refunding all entry fees and spectator tickets. We’d like to apologise to everyone for any inconvenience and disappointment these cancellations will cause but hope you understand this decision has been taken out of our hands due to the unprecedented situation we are facing.”

Currently the Swim England Diving National Age Group Championships is still scheduled to go ahead at the beginning of June but Swim England will continue to review national guidance. Jane added: “We will continue to review advice from Government agencies and liaise with the venue operators in relation to our events and competitions from June onwards. Sadly, this virus is impacting our sport at a key time for open meets and regional championships. Whilst Swim England cannot dictate to regions and clubs, we do strongly suggest that the advice of the Government is heeded. We understand the concerns around the qualifying window for the Swim England Summer Meet, which is impacted by the British Swimming Summer Championships. It has been agreed that the current window will be suspended and a technical meeting will take place this week to determine a process for issuing invitations for these meets.”

With reference to Swim England clubs, she continued: “At present the Government has not closed schools or restricted school activity and therefore we do not see any reason why clubs should not continue with their training programmes in their own environment within the guidelines of the facility. We do not recommend training camps take place with members from different clubs”, and concluded “I am really sorry we are in a position whereby events are cancelled and we are recommending a curtailment of activities. However, this will not last for ever and we all need to work together to protect ourselves and each other.”

Meanwhile, the organisers of Swimathon have also announced the Swimathon 2020 event weekend – scheduled to take place between 27-29 March – has been postponed until later in the year.

Issued 16 March 2020

Swim England: Advice to clubs on events and travel

March 14, 2020   By

Swim England is continuing to follow Government and Public Health England guidance over staging events in the light of the coronavirus outbreak – but will review the situation at a meeting next week.

A Swim England spokesperson said: “We have been receiving a number of calls regarding events taking place and we understand the concerns of our members and clubs. The current advice is that there is still no requirement to cancel sporting events, although we appreciate a number of other national governing bodies have taken the decision to so. We are continuing to evaluate what is an ongoing situation and we will be meeting with our colleagues at British Swimming on Monday to undertake another risk assessment for forthcoming events before deciding the next course of action.”

Among the events to be considered at Monday’s meeting are the FINA Diving World Series, which is scheduled to take place at the London Aquatics Centre between 27-29 March, and the British Masters Championships at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge due to be held from 24-26 April.

“Cancelling events is not a decision we would take lightly but the health and wellbeing of our athletes, volunteers and spectators will be at the forefront of our discussions,” added the spokesperson. In the meantime, we would encourage everyone taking part in all our aquatic sports over the weekend to enjoy the competitions but be mindful of the advice from the Government and Public Health England. The guidance we have received is that water and the chlorine within swimming pools will help to kill the virus. It’s important, however, to ensure that everyone visiting pools follows the latest hygiene advice to help reduce the risk of infection.

Travel advice for clubs

“Competitors should shower before and after entering the water, while spectators and volunteers should regularly wash their hands for 20 seconds using soap and water or a sanitiser gel. Most importantly, if you feel unwell, please do not attend events or training and seek appropriate medical advice.”

Meanwhile, Swim England and British Swimming are advising clubs to consider Government guidance regarding any planned overseas travel. The Swim England spokesperson said: “The Government has recently advised schools and colleges to cancel overseas trips for children under 18 until further notice. Swim England and British Swimming are advising clubs to consider this guidance in relation to any overseas trips that they may have planned. We also suggest clubs follow the advice regarding travel to domestic events. We will continue to review guidance from Government and issue further information accordingly.”

Swim England will continue to keep everyone updated on its latest position regarding the coronavirus outbreak via www.swimming.org and its social media channels – Twitter and Facebook.

Issued 13 March 2020

Swim England SWR Coaches Conference cancelled

March 13, 2020   By

The Swim England SWR Coaches Conference due to take place tomorrow, Saturday 14 March, in Taunton has been cancelled. UK Coaching has advised the Swim England Talent Team that they are unable to offer short/medium term support due to Covid-19, which means that UK Coaching deliver staff are no longer available to attend the conference. In light of speakers being unable to attend, the SWR Coaches Conference has been postponed. It is hoped to reschedule the event in late May/ mid-June.

Swim England: Advice and guidance regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 11, 2020   By

Swim England has issued the following advice regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The health and well-being of anyone who takes part in any aquatic activity is of paramount importance to everyone at Swim England. Swim England is currently following the latest guidance from the Government and Public Health England and is advising its members, clubs, learn to swim providers and volunteers to do the same. At this time, Swim England is continuing to plan for events as normal.

However, the national governing body will be following the latest information and assessing risk as appropriate. Specific guidance regarding forthcoming Swim England events will be issued as necessary to those who are due to attend.

Due to the ongoing spread of novel coronavirus, there have been a number of calls to Swim England about whether it is safe to still go swimming. The Pool Water Treatment and Advisory Group (PWTAG) has been in contact with Public Health England regarding novel coronavirus. A spokesperson for PWTAG said: “Public health opinion is that it is generally safe to go swimming at this time. “Water and the chlorine within swimming pools will help to kill the virus.  “However, visitors to swimming pools are reminded to shower before using the pool, to shower on leaving the pool and to follow the necessary hygiene precautions when visiting public places to help reduce the risk of infection.” These include washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. Most importantly, if you feel unwell, please avoid using the pool.

This announcement is not intended to panic anyone and Swim England is sharing the above information to ensure all possible precautions are taken.

Issued 10 March 2020

Dorset County Championships 2020

January 10, 2020   By

Dorset County Championships 2020  

County President: Les Jessop
Visiting President: Ian Mackenzie, Swim England (1 February 2020)

Visiting President: Mike Coles, Swim England South West Region (19 January 2020)

Visiting President: Roger Bossom, Devon County ASA (1 February 2020)


LITTLEDOWN on Saturday & Sunday 18-19 January 2020 [SW200143]
DORCHESTER on Sunday 26 January 2020 [SW200144]
LITTLEDOWN on Saturday & Sunday 1-2 February 20-20 [SW200145]
DORCHESTER on Sunday 9 February 2020 [SW200146]



Timetables & Programmes

Day 1: Saturday 18 January  Timetable 18 Jan  Programme 18 Jan

Day 2:  Sunday 19 January  Timetable 19 Jan  Programme 19 Jan

Day 3: Sunday 26 January    Timetable & Programme 26 Jan

Day 4: Saturday 1 February  Timetable 1 Feb  Programme 1 Feb

Day 5: Sunday 2 February  Timetable 2 Feb  Programme 2 Feb

Day 6: Sunday 9 February  Timetable & Programme 9 Feb

General Information

Championships CBTs  – Male Senior & Junior  – Female Senior & Junior  – Male Age Groups  – Female Age Groups

Awards & Presentations

Finals & Withdrawals

Held under Swim England Laws and Regulations and Swim England Technical Rules of Racing
This event is an integrated competition and licensed by Swim England for entry to National, Regional and County Championships and L1/L2 Meets