We are in the process of putting together an archive for the interest of Shiverers swimmers, past and present.

Our previous Head Coach, Ian Newell had been with Shiverers for over 30 years and in that time had kept a treasure trove of old programmes, Annual Reports and results sheets dating as far back as the 1970s. We will be publishing some of these here.

Ian left the club in 2018 and a celebration was held to mark his time with Shiverers and his many successes over the years.  Many of Ian's old swimmers returned to share their stories of Ian.

Sadly Ian passed away in March 2021 shortly after his sister Sue who was also a Shiverers coach.  A memorial page has been set up below with tributes and memories from swimmers, friends and collegues from the swimming world.



In Memory of Ian Newell

31/03/1947 – 20/03/2021

Ian started his career in 1969 as head coach at a small swimming club in Scotland, some years later one of the swimmers he had trained there went on to represent Scotland at the commonwealth games.

In the mid 70’s he moved to London to take a position as an assistant coach with Beckenham.  There he gained valuable experience with the club producing over 13 Olympic swimmers who competed at the 1976 and 1980 games.  Ian also worked alongside renowned coaches at other London clubs like Hounslow Borough SC with another 14 international swimmers in their squad.  

In 1982, due to his mother’s illness Ian made his move to Brighton to care for her.  He worked for Brighton council at Prince Regent swimming pool and almost immediately started to discover and encourage potential young swimmers.  He became head coach of Shiverers in 1986 and also held the post of Head of Swimming at Lancing College from 1988 to 2008.

Ian had many successes during his time as coach at Shiverers, almost too many to mention here but some of the highlights are:

1989 – Shiverers won Top Club in the London Speedo League, now known as the Arena League.

1992 – Shiverers swimmers won the national televised Hula Hoops swimming games.

2004 – Shiverers swimmers, whilst at training camp in Malta competed in 110th Maltese National    

              competition and came away with 240 medals between them. 

 2014 – Shiverers won Sussex ‘Club of the Year’

Shiverers maintained a top 3 presence at County Champs and achieved many recognitions like the most won Pier to Pier Team Trophy wins along with many other open meet trophies.

During this time there were many swimmers coached by Ian who obtained British records and international recognition at all the major games.  Some of these individual highlights are well documented by Karen Woolliscroft, a former Shiverers’ coach, in her personal tribute to Ian.

Ian never left Brighton and remained a very loyal Head Coach of shiverers for 32 years until 2018. 

Ian was a unique and kind man who had an innate ability to connect with his swimmers on many levels and say the right thing at the right time.  He would encourage swimmers to aim for the stars and remind them that they would pass the moon on the way.  

Ian touched so many people’s lives over the years and has left us all with a wealth of individual memories of what he meant to each and every one of us.  Below are some of the tributes that Ian’s former swimmers, friends and colleagues have written and wanted to share with everyone.


The last word has to go to Ian, MOOOOOOVE IT


The Cannon's - In Loving Memory of Ian

Emma Snowdon - My Memories of Ian

Louis Stewart - Memories of Ian

Karen Chan - Memories of Ian

Social Media - Messages Received

Pictures of Ian and Swimmers over the years - Ian Newell Photographs






So if you are an old Shiverers swimmer and want to remind yourself of some of the times you swam as a child, maybe to show your own children who are present swimmers, keep an eye on this page.

Or if you are one of our existing swimmers, perhaps you might want to compare your times with those of a young Karen Pickering or Stephen Akers, both of whom went on to represent their country.

Shiverers SC Annual Report 1974 – a round up of the year, including the Club Championships and Sussex Counties.

Shiverers SC Club Championships July 1978 – results

Newell Cup – 50 Yds Freestyle – 13th January 1981 – results

Shiverers SC Annual Report 1983 –  a round up of the year, including the Club Championships and Sussex Counties.

Shiverers SC Club Championships 1984 – results

Shiverers SC Junior Competitions 1984 – results

County Championships 1984 – results

Shiverers SC Junior Competitions Oct 1985 – results

Shiverers SC Club Championships & Counties 1986 – results

Shiverers SC Annual Report 1988 – a round up of the year, including the Club Championships and Sussex Counties

Southern Counties Age Groups 1989-90 – results