Category: Swimming

Regional Coaching Conference 2019 – Coaching Generation Z

Saturday 17th March 9am to 3:30pm

Holiday Inn Taunton

Cost:£10 coaches from SwimMark Clubs, £20 for coaches from Non SwimMark Clubs

In partnership with the Swim England Talent Team join is for this unmissable opportunity for any Level 1 and Level 2 coach wanting to develop their knowledge on how to coach the next generation of swimmers.

The day will include the following workshops:

  • Optimal Athlete Development Framework (OADF) – awareness of the British Swimming Framework. What is it, how does it work and what is our role. Delivered by Grant Robins, Head of Swim England Talent Team
  • Club Awards– How to implement the awards into a club programme. Delivered by Grant Robins.
  • Talent Across the Ages – exploring biological, psychological and social characteristics of athlete development and learning about the athlete’s journey. Delivered by Evan Jenkins, Zonal Lead S&C Coach for London & East
  • Growth and development of Age Group Swimmers with motor learning skills – motor learning and skill acquisition. Do you use a chronological or biological approach? Should you focus on number 1 stroke or not?
  • Planning considerations – targeting the benchmark meet – what and how. Delivered by Jo John, Exeter City Head Coach & former Talent Development Officer.

To book on please complete the booking form. Spaces will not be confirmed or reserved until the completed form and payment have been received.

Closing Date 25thFebruary 2019.

Devon Relay Information

I am attaching the information for the Devon County Relay Gala.

This will be run long course again this year with warm up starting at 5pm. Closing date 20th February 2019

Entry into this event will be £15 for each event entered.

The first two events on the programme will be the male and female school teams so please encourage your schools to take part.

Please read the relay conditions which can be found in the full Devon County Conditions.



Copy of Relay List 2019

Relay Gala Declaration 2019

Programme of events Relay 2019

Meet Events-Devon County ASA Relay Gala 2019-

Devon County Meeting

There will be a short information briefing taking place at the Plymouth Life Centre on 9th February at 12pm. (room to be announced)

This meeting is for a committee representative from each club to attend where I shall be giving information regarding the structure of County Swimming Competitions it is not intended for coaches or team managers.

Each Club representative will be expected to feed this information back to their committee.



Inter-Club information

I am attaching the information for the Devon County ASA 2019 Inter-Club including the Hy Tek file

Please make sure you read the Inter-Club conditions which can be found in the full set of Devon County conditions previously sent to you.

All forms returned to me by the date stated on each section.

Age as of 31/12/2019  Times achieved from 1st March 2018.

The competition will be run as last year.

Warm up will start at 2pm

Parade  2.50 pm your team captains at marshaling area by 2.45pm

Competition start time 3pm

Spectators seating will be free again with no reserved seating

No programmes will be on sale until 2pm.

Just a reminder payment of £60 for team entry into this competition must be paid by the closing date 23rd February 2019



Inter-club Changes to Team List 2019

Inter-Club Female Team list 2019

Meet Events-Devon County Inter-Club 2019-

Inter club relay declaration form 2019

Inter-Club programme of events 2019

Inter-Club Boys Team list 2019

Inter-Club Female Team list 2019

On Day replacement Swimmer Inter-Club 2019

Inter-Club Relay Gala List 2019

Leander’s Dunn smashes British records on his debut at National Para-Swimming Champs

PLYMOUTH Leander’s Reece Dunn enjoyed a tremendous debut at the National Para-Swimming Championships in Manchester at the weekend.

The 23-year-old, competing in the S14 class, won three gold medals, smashed two national records and beat an Paralympic silver medallist.

Dunn’s first success came in the 100m freestyle, where he destroyed the national record and all his rivals with a 52.01 second swim. Thomas Hamer, who was third in the race behind Dunn and Jordan Catchpole, was the previous British record holder with 53.53 seconds.

Dunn then did the same in the 100m butterfly, clocking 56.96 seconds and finishing more than four seconds ahead of previous record holder Catchpole.

The Leander swimmer then made it a hat-trick of not only category wins but also multi-class titles in the 200m freestyle where he beat Rio silver medallist and 2016 European champion Hamer to victory with a 1:59.29 swim.

Dunn will now be seen as a major contender for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.

A number of other local swimmers, who will have their eyes on Paris 2024 and beyond, also competed at Manchester at the weekend.

Mount Kelly’s Alexander Hobbs, Sebastian Williams and Benjamin Grainger and Devonport Royal’s Xander Harris and Abigail Daly all returned with medals.

Williams and Harris enjoyed some great battles against each other in the 14-17 year-old S6 category. The class was dominated by Bournemouth’s Leo McCrea, who claimed seven gold medals, but in nearly every event Williams and Harris were fighting for the silver and bronze medals.

All Saints Academy pupil Harris took second in the 100m freestyle (1:27.48), 50m freestyle (38.29) and 50m butterfly (45.73) and third in the 200m IM (3:57.63), 100m breaststroke (2:10.02) and 400m freestyle (7:18.75).

Williams was second in the 200m IM (3:47.24), 100m breaststroke (2:05.48) and 400m freestyle (6:50.74) and came third in the 100m freestyle (1:29.92), 50m freestyle (42.10), 100m backstroke (1:53.75) and 50m butterfly (51.71).

Mount Kelly’s Grainger was dominant in the 14-17 years’ S10 class. He won the 100m freestyle (1:02.11), 200m IM (2:40.18), 50m freestyle (28.55) and 100m breaststroke (1:19.05) in his class and also took second in the 400m freestyle (4:48.77), where he was also a multi-class medal winner.

Club team-mate Alexander Hobbs led the way in the 10-13 year-old boys’ S7 class. He clocked 1:40.25 for the 100m freestyle, 45.34 for the 50m freestyle, 1:37.24 for the 100m backstroke, where he was a multi-class medal winner, and 7:10.49 for the 400m freestyle.

Devonport’s Daly, who attends Longcause Community Special School, came third in the 10-13 girls’ S14 100m freestyle (1:16.68), 100m butterfly (1:36.42), 200m freestyle (2:47.04) and 100m backstroke (1:33.03). She also claimed two multi-class third places after recovering from two earlier disqualifications.

Devonport Royal’s Andrew Keeler also competed in Manchester in the men’s S14 category where he was up against Paralympic, World, European, Commonwealth and British champions. However, he put in some solid swims in the 100m breaststroke and 100m butterfly events.

SW Para Regional Training

Saturday 26th January 2019 from 13:00 until 15:00

The SW Disability Para Committee in conjunction with Swim England Para Swimming Team  have organised a regional training event incorporating a classification sign off along with a Talent Identification session at Plymouth Life Centre on Saturday 26th January 2019 from 1pm to 3pm.

This free event is open to any young person with a physical disability (including Cerebral Palsy, Amputees, spinal injuries, Dwarfism, Polio, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis or Arthrogryposis) and or visual impairment up to the age of 16 years who is either new to disability swimming or would like to do some more. 

Click here to enrol on the Talent Identification Session – NB Swimmers must be able to swim a minimum of 15m and be comfortable doing so in deep water. 

Click here to enrol on the Para Regional Training session – NB individuals must be registered with a para swimming team and the event is open to those who have a classification or are on the waiting list for one.