Swim England South West Regional Newsletter

 Swim England South West Regional Newsletter

Issue 21 - November 2018

Welcome to the South West Region Newsletter

Within this you will find news and information on an array of areas relating to aquatics in the South West.
We would like this newsletter to be useful and relevant to your club. If you have anything you would like in future issues please send to Stacey Millet
Notice to all - if you forward this newsletter onto other contacts could I please ask you to ask them to sign up to this email direct. This just ensures we have accurate information on who is receiving this newsletter in the Region. 

Option to sign up is on the homepage on our website


Volunteer of the Month

Name: Sarah Coleman
Club: Warminster SC
Role: Club Secretary

Sarah has been awarded the South West Volunteer of the Month Award for her continued volunteering with Warminster Swimming Club, where she plays a significant role in developing and running the club. 

See website to read more about Sarah's commitment to volunteering. 

Regional Updates  

  • Chair and Vice Chair Vacancies - We currently have vacancies for both the Regional Chair and the Regional Vice Chair roles. Full information on each of these roles is available on our website by clicking on the respective role below: 
  • Risk Assessment Template - Please find this on our website 
  • Use of the Regional Logo - please note there are guidelines to adhere to when using the Swim England South West Logo; for more information please email Stacey Millett for full information
  • Update your Contacts - please keep the Regional Office updated on any changes in committee roles to ensure we have to correct contacts for important information. You can do this by emailing Chris Vickery

News from Around the Region

Lizzie Simmonds Visits Durrington Otters

Lizzie Simmonds visited Durrington Otters Swimming club and gave a presentation on her life as a professional athlete and the lessons learned throughout that period of her life.

Following this she stayed and watched the swimmers participating in Club Championships and spoke to the swimmers before and after their races. This had all the swimmers buzzing and really pleased to be receiving tips and after race praise from herself. 

Plymouth Network Gala

Congratulations to all the Plymouth Network clubs that entered this year’s ‘Everyone Active  Development gala’.  200 plus swimmers (aged 9-12) took part in a number of events which included relays and individual events. For a majority of these participants, this event was the first ever gala they had taken part in.

The event engaged 15 new parent volunteers who volunteered to help on the day. These new volunteers were mentored on a one to one basis in set roles (stroke judges, timekeeping and place judges) by trained officials/judges from within the clubs. It is hoped they will now become licensed officials within their clubs.

SW Snapshot: Regional Award Winners

Congratulations to our Regional Winners! 
South West Coach of the Year

Barry Aldrick – Barry has been Head Coach at Poole SC for 4 years, and in the past 12 months he has coached Jacob Peters to Commonwealth Games selection and Silver Medal success at age 17, coached Jasmine McCrea to 2 appearances for Team GB at the European Junior Championships and numerous other swimmers to SW representation and more! He has been selected as coach to the GB Team at European Juniors and completed the Coach 2024 programme.
Barry is a technically highly proficient coach throwing himself into personal development courses and is able to impart that technical proficiency to young swimmers within the club, under his direction the swimmer have improved and continue to achieve great successes.
South West Services to Aquatics
Robin Brew – Robin has recently retired from coaching after 18 years at Mount Kelly (formerly Kelly College). He has been instrumental in developing MK to a position that challenges other clubs and swim schools resulting in beating Millfield at the ESSA Relay Championships.
Through Robin’s hard work MK have achieved gaining the Olympic Legacy Pool post 2012 games and the programme would not be where it is today without him. Robin has coached numerous Olympians in swimming, triathlon and para-Olympians over the years. He has also mentored numerous coaches into and through their coaching careers resulting in his successor to take over MK swimming.
South West Volunteer of the Year
Esther Rookes - Esther is a member of Tavistock SC and is a valuable volunteer member of the club. She contributes not only at club level but within Devon as well. Her main role is competition secretary however she engages far beyond this and is a qualified swim coach, competition judge, and starter and is currently training to become a referee.
Esther organises a very successful joint open meet with a neighbouring club and also schedules training sessions, organises volunteers and motivates and mentors others to develop their coaching and officiating skills including organising suitable training.
South West Young Volunteer of the Year
Lily Thorp – Lily is a member of Caradon SC and as well as being a competitive swimmer she also volunteers at events as an official and assistant on poolside for the past year. She works alongside the Team Managers at competitions by helping the lead warm up sessions. She has also assisted at meets to ensure the smooth running of the events by working with the meet coordinators and officials.
Lily contacted Cornwall ASA to find out ways in which she can gain further qualifications and how to help in a more formal capacity. As a result in this Lily qualified as a timekeeper in April 2018 and at the age of 13 she was the youngest official in Cornwall. She is hoping to continue with the journey after her 15th birthday when she can then undertake the formal process for accreditation.
South West Club of the Year
Plymouth Leander – The new Plymouth Leander committee have changed the outlook of the club in a significant and positive way and are aiming for a brighter future. The new board set a target to maintain the historical success of the club and also have set their sights on delivering beyond outstanding both in and out of the water. Notable positive outcome have included a re-writing of the club constitution and continuing to be an anchor club in the local aquatic network.
The club have delivered 5 successful meets and have taken on roles at National Events to be able to cascade best practice down into events at club level. Their greatest accolade to date is coming 1st in the National Arena League which they won for the first time in 5 years with a point’s score which has not been seen in more than a decade. Alongside this they have developed a strong partnership link with Plymouth College and Plymouth University and in addition to this they have developed two junior squads to bridge the gap between learn to swim and club swimming.

Courses and Training

IOS Website - visit the website for courses coming up in your area. 
IOS Courses - click here to be directed to our website and full list of courses. 
If you have a requirement for a particular course in your area please contact Yvonne Stead and she will be able to advise you further. 
Volunteer Training - click here to be directed to our up to date list of training opportunities.
  • If you are organising any volunteer courses such as Safeguarding or Team Manager training please inform the Regional Office of this so that we are aware of where events are already taking place to avoid duplication. 
  • Please email with the relevant course information. 
  • Also please note if you are struggling to fill courses please let us know and we can advertise those for you to our contacts in the Region. 
Courses to note: 
  • SCUK / Swim England - Safeguarding and Protecting Children - Filton Leisure Centre on 18th November 2018 - click here for more information and how to book.

Key Contacts

Yvonne Stead - 07970 017432
Jackie Hilleard - 07777 689410
Stacey Millett - 07814 763926
Chris Vickery - 01823 666792