Gala Officials Explained

To be able to run a licensed meet, which allows the swimmers times to be recorded on the Swim England best times, there need to be Swim England qualified officials. The Swim England run strict criteria as to the number of officials depending on the level of the meet.

Amersham SC rely on parents volunteering to become qualified, to enable us to host our own licensed meets (eg Club Champs) and enter our swimmers into other gala's.  Becoming an official is very rewarding and allows you to feel more involved with the club. The roles you can qualify for are listed below. As experienced people leave the club, we need a regular supply of newly qualified officials in order to run our meets.

The first step on the ladder as an official is to become a timekeeper. If you are not sure, you can have a trial go at timekeeping at any of our Novice Galas or the Club Championships.

For more information on how to apply for training as an official, see the Officials Training page at the Swim England website. Download the application form and pass it to Nina Bagot, our officials coordinator who will arrange the training for you. She can be contacted via email at Course fees are paid by the club. 

For information on the duties involved in these roles, see Section 2 of the Swimming Rules FINA Handbook.

The following club members are qualified Swim England officials: 

Role Description of Role Names
Referee Has overall responsibility for the meet and manages all the other officials.
Judge Level 2S - Starter (J2S) Starter Responsible for officiating the starts. Must have 20 hours post qualification experience as Judge Level 2.

Peter Roycroft​
Charlie Bagot

Judge Level 2 (J2) Encompasses the role and duties in relation to all aspects of judging and the theoretical role and duties of Starter.
Judge Level 1 (J1) Encompasses the role and duties of a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns.

Bob Odell
​Emma Restall
Ian Everett
Jo West
Nicola Bellamy
Sarah Jones
Simon Dolan
Sue Hollingsworth
Tracy Lock
Adeline Walters

Judge Level 1 - In Training

Qualified timekeeper in training to become a Judge Level 1.

Brenda Byrne
Liz Ashby
Paul Schiavi
Troy Bennetts

Timekeeper Responsible for timing the swimmers.

If you would like more information please contact Nina Bagot via email at