Author: Sue Haigh

MASTERS

FROM JEROEN PETERS    

CHAIR,  MASTERS WORKING GROUP
I am very excited to announce that Swim England has now published the advert for the recruitment of new members to form the new, long-awaited Masters Working Group.
The opening is for 5 individuals who are willing to serve for a period 
of up to 4 years (please see the MWG TORs for details).
If you are a SE member, keen to get involved, and have experience, from a swimming or other background, in one or more of the areas listed on the advert, please reply by expressing your interest before the closing date on 23rd September.
This is your opportunity to help shape your sport going forward.

CALLING ALL MASTERS SWIMMERS

MESSAGE FROM JEROEN PETERS 
CHAIR OF MASTERS WORKING GROUP
When I started as Chair of SE Masters Working Group (MWG), I promised to 
be open and transparent. As part of that promise, I am pleased to 
announce the first Masters Town Hall meeting for English masters on 
Thursday 6th May.
The objective is to share what has happened in the past year and, more 
importantly, looking forward to the challenges and topics that are 
coming the Masters Working Group's way.
It is also an opportunity to hear about some initiatives for competition 
in times of Covid from Glen Isaacs (SE Region) and Suzy Hegg (Lincs).
I will be sharing the priorities and longer-term initiatives and how you 
can get involved in shaping Masters, having your say, and become part of 
a team that has to make, sometimes difficult, decisions.
I will also answer questions you may have but am asking for these to be 
submitted prior to the Town Hall meeting. I will do my best to address 
as many as I can within the time.
The meeting starts at 7pm and should not last more than 90 minutes. If 
you want to join, click on the link below to register. On the 
registration page is also the email address to send your questions to.
I look forward to seeing many of you on the night.
Sue Haigh
Devon Masters Rep

CALLING ALL MASTERS SWIMMERS

The Masters Working Group Chair, Jeroen Peters, has organised a 'Townhall Meeting' for Masters swimmers on 6 May starting at 7 pm

The meeting has a number of objectives:

* Informing masters of developments regarding the MWG and recruitment of 
MWG members

* Topics and agenda for the new MWG (call for candidates to consider/put 
themselves forward)

* Share information on return to competition

* Share information on different initiatives that are happening with 
Masters: ie “virtual” Inter County Competition (SE region) and Masters 
Internet League.


    * SE Master Championships in Sheffield

    * National Inter County Competition

    * Officiating standards at Masters events

    * Masters Coaching training/CPD

    * Club Development

    * Mentoring scheme

    * Membership (Cat 1/2)

Speakers presenting during the meeting will be Jeroen Peters, Glen Isaacs 
(SE region on Virtual Intercounty comp)) and Suzy Hegg (Lincs on 
Internet league).


To ensure the Q&A will be orderly and manageable, questions need to be 
submitted beforehand, as questions on the night will be limited to explanation 
and clarification on what is presented.

If you have questions for the meeting, please send them to:

The link for joining the meeting will be published shortly on this website. 
The link will also be advertised on the “Unofficially” British Masters Swimming Facebook page and it is hoped it will appear on the official SE Masters page as well. 


Sue Haigh

MASTERS SWIMMING

CALLING ALL MASTERS SWIMMERS



The Home Countries Masters Swimming Management Group want to know what you, the swimmers really want.


SO please complete this very short survey ………It asks some questions about how/if  Masters want to return to racing in 2021.



 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WM5GGQT



Also, for those of you who haven't already seen this, here is a link to the Masters Swimming League. 


This is a free, fun initiative for Masters swimmers. 


 https://www.facebook.com/Masters-Internet-Swim-League-2020-107752884441043.


New voluntary roles will have ‘positive impact’ on future of Masters swimming

Four key voluntary roles that will have a positive impact on the future of Masters swimming have been advertised by Swim England.

The Swim England Masters Working Group is searching for new competitions, communications, coaching and open water leads.

Jeroen Peters, the chairperson of the Swim England Masters Working Group, said: “This is an ideal opportunity for those looking to make a positive impact on the future of Masters swimming.

“You must have an appreciation of the needs of swimmers from all types of background.

“It would be beneficial if you are an experienced Masters swimmer or volunteer who has previously been involved in Masters groups or committees.”

Applications for each role close on Wednesday 17 June with shortlisted candidates being invited for a professional discussion week commencing Monday 29 June.

Competitions lead

Essential criteria

  • You must have an in-depth understanding and experience of managing swimming events and the specific issues this elicits.
  • You must have experience of writing effective meet conditions
  • You must have an understanding of the need for and of officials at Masters events
  • You must have an understanding of the needs of different types of Masters swimmers
  • To be an effective communicator

Desirable

  • To have involvement in the organisation of a national Masters event

Find out more details and apply for the role here.

Communications lead

Essential criteria

  • Must have good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be an effective communicator, have good listening skills and be able to hold discussions from a non-biased perspective.
  • Must be organised and able to plan own time
  • Must have experience in the organisation of Masters at some level and understand the specific needs of Masters when communicating to the community.
  • To be an effective communicator

Desirable

  • To have involvement in the organisation of Masters Events
  • Have experience of writing short articles/social media either in print and/or web based.

Find out more details and apply for the role here.

Coaching lead

Essential criteria

  • Must be qualified to a minimum of level 2/pool coach
  • Must understand the swimming education programme and be able to effectively lead the education programme for Masters coaches
  • Must be experienced coaching Masters Sswimmers from different levels
  • Must be able to work well as part of a voluntary group and understand the needs of voluntary coaches
  • To be an effective communicator

Desirable

  • Be qualified to a level 3/head coach or have experience at this level
  • Be a qualified open water coach

Find out more details and apply for the role here

Open water competition lead

Essential criteria

  • You must have experience of managing open water events and the specific issues this elicits.
  • You must have experience of writing effective open water meet conditions
  • You must have an understanding of the need for and of officials at open water Masters events
  • You must have an understanding of the needs of different types of open water Masters swimmers
  • To be an effective communicator

Desirable

  • To have involvement in the organisation of a national open water Masters event
  • To be an open water qualified official/referee

Find out more details and apply for the role here

NATIONAL MASTERS INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

The Regional round of the National Masters Inter County Championship took place at Millfield on Sunday. 
Teams from Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Devon all took part in a varied programme with swimmers ranging in age from 18 to 82.
 
 
The Devon Team, comprised:
 
Mark Ashton      Warren Barrett
Darren Beer       Katelyn Bergin
Emma Bickley Jane Bickley
Fin Bowden              Emma Challis
Matt Clarke          Graham Cridland
Tegan Drew           Tara Dudley
Sue Haigh              Matt Henry
Tom Hughes          Ann Humphris
Rebecca Jenkinson      Bill Letch           
   Nye Levett       Andy Matchett     
Alex McCrae     Fiona Mullin           
 Jamie Page      Shelagh Ratcliffe  
   Adam Reed     Danielle Scagell      
Charlie Smith      Ollie Taverner   
Katie Townsend       Nigel Travers Griffin    
 Simon Veale   Kalon Veale    
  Levin Veal    Sue Walker
Rob Will      Terry Windeatt
 
                            It was in every way a brilliant team effort, with each swimmer ‘pulling out all the stops’ to help Devon win by a convincing margin of over 90 points!!!!
 
                      My thanks go to Kalon Veale for his expert team selection and to Karen Adams and Mel Jeynes for supporting the team in their official capacity.
 
 
The final scores  :
 
Devon     355
 
Gloucestershire         264
 
Wiltshire  240
 
Dorset    230
 
Cornwall   230
 
Somerset    175
 
 
It will be interesting to learn how we have fared against other Regions in the National competition.
 
Sue Haigh
 
 

DEVON MASTERS TAKE 21 NATIONAL TITLES

Congratulations to the Masters swimmers from clubs all over Devon who took part in the National Championships  in Sheffield at the end of October.   By the end of the weekend,  Devon had produced  21 National Champions.

Pride of place must go to Totnes Swimming Club.
Simon Veale swam to victory in  seven events, the 100m and 200 IM, 200m, 400m, 800m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m fly.
 
Kalon Veale took the 50m 100m and 200m backstroke  titles along with the 200m IM; Margaret Bickley the 100m back and 200m breaststroke and Dan John the 1500 freestyle.
 
The newly formed club Exe Masters also had its share of gold medals.; Adele Parham in the 400 individual medley, Philippa O’Grady in the 200 individual medley and Sue Haigh in the 200 back with the Exe Masters 72+ mixed freestyle team  of Tara Dudley, Victoria Malcolm, Jim Capron, Adam Tapp winning gold ian exciting tussle with the team from Exeter Swimming Club.
Stephen Hurley of Exeter Swimming Club won the 1500m freestyle and Warren Barrett from the Exeter University alumni  team took the  50 butterfly title.
The Exeter University alumni  team of Warren Barrett, Ilya Skliarov , Nye Levett and Josep Massey also took  the 100+ 4 x 50m freestyle title
There were also many other great swims & podium positions that can be seen from the results below.