Author: Sue Haigh



After the Devon County team's great performance in retaining the Regional Shield on the 14th November at Millfield, their points were put forward for inclusion in the National Intercounty event.  When the national positions were revealed Devon placed a creditable 6th. 

It was an excellent team performance and there were many national podium positions secured by individual swimmers and team relays.

Simon Veale had an exceptionally successful meet. In the 65 yrs + age group he secured 3 national first places in  freestyle (28.76), backstroke (32.99) and butterfly (31.65).

Both in the freestyle and backstroke, he was close to breaking British records for his age group. Kalon Veale also gained a first  place in the 25 yrs + backstroke (26.13) and frustratingly, he was even closer to creating a new British record.

Those who gained second places in the national table were: 

Matt Henry, in the 25 yrs + freestyle (23.70)  and  Kalon Veale in the 18 yrs + backstroke, (26.42)

Devon also had five individual swimmers placing third nationally. 

These were,  Zoe Cawsey in the 18 yrs +  butterfly (28.64),  Kate Veale 55 yrs +  backstroke (36.98),   Neal Taylor 35 yrs + freestyle (25.23),  Matt Henry 18 yrs + breaststroke (29.36),  Hollie Steer 18 yrs + breaststroke (34.20) and Kalon Veale 18 yrs +  butterfly (25.67).

Rebecca Jenkinson and Warren Barrett were both unlucky to miss out on a third  place spot in their events with both swimmers gaining  two 4th places. 

Many other swimmers  gained top 10 places with their swims. 

They were …….. Pete Hayward, Christa Page, Rob Will, Zoe Cawsey, Mags Bickley, Nigel Travers -Griffin, Graham Cridland, Katie Yardley, John Holding, Tom Hughes, Charlie Smith, Dominic Garros, Kim Berry, John Paul Davies and Katie Townsend.

In the relay events, Devon also had several podium places:

Women 072+ years medley (Zoe Cawsey, Hollie Steer, Jess Bickley and Katie Townsend)      2nd

Men 072 yrs + medley    (Kalon Veale, Matt Henry, John Paul Davies and Michael Cuddihee)    2nd

Mens 100 yrs + medley team  (Kalon Veale, Tom Hughes, Matt Henry and Neal Taylor)   3rd

Womens 72 yrs + freestyle team (Hollie Steer, Jess Bickley, Zoe Cawsey and Katie Townsend)    3rd

Mens 72 yrs +  freestyle team  (Matt Henry, Kalon Veale, Neal Taylor and John Paul Davis)   3rd

Well done to all who took part.




On Sunday 14th November the Devon County Masters team were competing at Millfield in the regional round of the National Inter County Competition. 

The afternoon provided some very exciting racing and at one stage there was only one point dividing the two leading teams. 

 However, after the final event Devon had managed to creep ahead of Gloucestershire and in doing so, reclaim the regional shield.    

                                                       MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WHOLE TEAM.

The final scores were: 

Devon       283
Gloucestershire   277
 Somerset   209
Cornwall   151
 Wiltshire  121   

Our thanks go to our four officials  who travelled to support the team on the day. 
They were, on poolside, our Devon County President, Jane Brimacombe along with Caroline Paternotte Chilton. Robert Clarke was poolside coach and Martin Walters was running the meet programme, recording and collating the results.

It will be very interesting to see how Devon have fared in the national competition, the results of which should be released within the next few days.  

The Devon team consisted of the following swimmers.


Kim Berry
Mags Bickley
Jane Bickley 
Jess Bickley
Ali Browning
Zoe Cawsey
Rebecca Jenkinson
Sam Lake
Judith McGregor Harper
Christa Page
Shelagh Ratcliffe
Charlie Smith
Hollie Steer
Katie Townsend
 Kate Veale
Katie Yardley


Warren Barrett
Michael Cuddihee
Graham Cridland
Jon Paul Davis
Dominic Garros
Peter Hayward
Matt Henry
John Holding
Tom Hughes
Rob Macey
Jamie Page
Kalon Veale
Simon Veale
Paul Russell
Neal Taylor
Nigel Travers Griffin
Rob Will


Do you have anyone in your club willing to run the programme, using Hy-Tek, for the Masters Inter-County event on 14 November at Millfield. 
We are also on the look out for a pool side official.
Anyone who is available to help please contact Sue Haigh for more details:  


The South West Region is looking for a volunteer to run the programme for the regional round of the National Intercounty Masters event to be held at Millfield on 14th November. 

The event will be run using Sports Systems.  

   We are also looking for an announcer for this event.

Please contact Sue Haigh for more details.   



The regional round of the National Masters Inter County team event will take place at Millfield on 14th November. 

Each County has been asked to provide two qualified officials to help out on the day.

 If you are available to support the Devon team and officiate please contact Sue Haigh.    



There will be a coach taking the team to the venue with various pick up points on the way.

Warmup starts at 12 and the first event will be at 12:45     

 Sue Haigh



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.