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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]

British Swimming
Founded1869
LocationSportPark, Loughborough University, Loughborough
ChairmanMaurice Watkins[1]
CEOJack Buckner (from October 2017)
CoachPerformance Directors: Chris Spice - Swimming, Para-Swimming - Chris Furber, Alexei Evangulov - Diving, Synchro - Karen Thorpe
ReplacedAmateur Swimming Federation of Great Britain (ASFGB)
Official website
www.britishswimming.org
United Kingdom

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]

HistoryEdit

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]

ChampionshipsEdit

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

SwimmingEdit

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

Year Dates Venue
2001 9–12 August Norwich
2002 12–15 September Cambridge
2003 14–17 August Grand Central Pools, Stockport
2004 26–29 August Aquatics Centre, Manchester

Water poloEdit

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
Year Men's champions Women's champions
1996[6] Bristol N/A
1997[6] Bristol N/A
1998[6] Bristol N/A
1999[7] Lancaster N/A
2000[6] Lancaster N/A
2001[6] Bristol N/A
2002[6] Penguin N/A
2003[6] Lancaster N/A
2004[6] Lancaster N/A
2005[6] Lancaster Sheffield
2006[8] Lancaster City of Sheffield
2007[6] Lancaster ?
2008[9] Rotherham Manchester
2009[10] Lancaster Manchester

Masters swimmingEdit

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.

Year Dates Venue
1987 9–11 October Afan Lido Pool, Aberavon
1988 4–5 November Dundee
1989 3–5 November Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre, Coventry
1990 November Wales Empire Pool, Cardiff
1991 July Leeds International Pool, Leeds
1992 5–7 June Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, London
1993 4–6 June Wales Empire Pool, Cardiff
1994 3–5 June Leeds International Pool, Leeds
1995 2–4 June Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, London
1996 26–28 April Ponds Forge, Sheffield
1997 6–8 June Wales Empire Pool, Cardiff
1998 29–31 May Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow
1999 4–6 June Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre, Coventry
2000 2–4 June Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, London
2001 1–3 June Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow
2002 31 May–2 June Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, London
2003 6–8 June Welsh National Pool, Swansea
2004 23–25 April Aquatics Centre, Manchester
2005 3–5 June Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow
2006 16–18 June Aquatics Centre, Manchester
2007 15–17 June Aquatics Centre, Manchester
2008 20–22 June Aquatics Centre, Manchester
2009 19 June Cardiff International Pool, Cardiff
2010 18–20 June Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow[11]
2011 17–19 June John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds[12]
2012 4–6 May Ponds Forge, Sheffield[13]
2013 14–16 June Plymouth Life Centre, Plymouth[14]
2014 13–15 June Welsh National Pool, Swansea[15]
2015 12-14 June Aquatics Centre, Manchester[16]

Open water swimmingEdit

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

DivingEdit

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

Year Dates Venue
2004 13–14 December 2003 Ponds Forge, Sheffield
2005 11–13 February Ponds Forge, Sheffield
2006 16–18 December 2005 Aquatics Centre, Manchester
2007 15–17 December 2006 Aquatics Centre, Manchester
2008 4–6 January Aquatics Centre, Manchester
2009 5–7 February Ponds Forge, Sheffield
2010 25–27 June Ponds Forge, Sheffield
2011 10–12 June John Charles Aquatics Centre, Leeds
2012 8–10 June Ponds Forge, Sheffield
2013 8–10 February Life Centre, Plymouth
2014 6–8 June Ponds Forge, Sheffield
2015 20-22 February Life Centre, Plymouth[17]

Synchronised swimmingEdit

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

Year Dates Venue
2004 6–7 November Gala Baths, Walsall
2005 5–6 November Braunstone LC, Leicester
2006 2–3 December Gloucester LC, Gloucester
2007 1–2 December Gloucester LC, Gloucester
2008 6–7 December Gloucester LC, Gloucester
2009 5–6 December Gloucester LC, Gloucester
2010 3–5 December Gloucester LC, Gloucester
2011 2–4 December Gloucester LC, Gloucester

SponsorshipEdit

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 readingEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "British Swimming name Maurice Watkins as their new Chairman". BBC. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b About British Swimming page of the British Swimming website (www.swimming.org/britishswimming); retrieved 2010-07-13.
  3. ^ ASA LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATE FOR TEACHING WATER POLO
  4. ^ "The difference between British Swimming and the Amateur Swimming Association" (PDF). British Swimming. 30 November 2005. Retrieved 31 July 2008.
  5. ^ "Historical Timeline" (PDF). Swim England.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "NWPL Results Archive". Retrieved 27 October 2008.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club". Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2008.
  8. ^ "GB Water Polo Championships 2006" (PDF). Retrieved 29 October 2008.
  9. ^ "British Water Polo Championships 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 29 October 2008.
  10. ^ "City of Manchester and Lancaster take British water polo titles". 22 February 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2009.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "British Gas Swimming Championships 2010". British Swimming via SportSystems. British Swimming/SportSystems. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  12. ^ "British Gas Masters Championships 2011". British Swimming via SportSystems. British Swimming/SportSystems. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  13. ^ "British Gas Masters and Senior Age Group Champs Moves To Sheffield". British Swimming. British Swimming. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  14. ^ "British Gas Masters and Senior Age Group Championships 2013". The ASA. The ASA. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  15. ^ "British Gas Masters and Senior Age Group Championships 2014". British Swimming. British Swimming. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  16. ^ "British Masters and Senior Age Group Championships 2015". The ASA. British Swimming. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  17. ^ "British Gas Diving Championships 2015". The ASA. British Swimming. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  18. ^ Parsons, Russell (13 March 2009). "British Gas signs 15m swimming sponsorship". Marketing Week. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  19. ^ "Campaign:Pools 4 Schools" (PDF). ESA website. ESA. Retrieved 24 April 2014.[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ http://www.sportcentric.com/vsite/vcontent/content/news/0,10869,5157-183729-200947-40069-294738-news-item,00.html[dead link]
  21. ^ Salter, Jessica (1 July 2009). "British Swimming boosted by £3m Kellogg's deal". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  22. ^ Long, Michael (11 March 2009). "Speedo makes a splash with British Swimming". SportsPro. Retrieved 24 April 2014.

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