Category: Swimming


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


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

Return to Competition

Following Swim England’s publication of the Return to Competition (Return to Competition Document) and guidance from the Regional Licencing officer the following information has been made available.

While is this information is correct at this time you should check the Swim England website for the most recent information and Guidance.

Delivery Timeline of return

12th April 2021 – Level X restarts

26th April 2021 – Licencing reopens for Single Club Level 4 Applications only

17th May 2021 – Single Club Level 4 starts

1st June 2021 – Applications for all Licence Levels open (New Forms to be used)

21st June 2021 – All Licence Levels applications open

22nd August – Level X ends

Meet Promoters should be aware that for the reminder of this year Licencing will be restricting the number of meets that Clubs can run to a maximum of 2 each. This restriction of 2 Licenced Meets will not apply to Level 4 meets. As in previous years there are some dates which are blacked out and no other Licenced Meets will be permitted on these dates.

Currently 24/25th July and 31st July/1st August are blacked out for the Regional Festival of Swimming.

No Licence will be issued for a Meet unless it has gone through the County Licence Officer first. The Licence application process is being updated with new forms and requirements. These new forms are yet to be published by Swim England but will be available shortly. In addition to the Meet pack there will also be a requirement to include information around COVID Risk Assessments. Fuller details can be found in the Return to Competition document.

Any application for a Licence using old Forms or missing COVID information will be rejected by the Regional Licencing Officer.

Further information and updates will be published when available.



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.

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.

Devon Open Water Championships 2020- CANCELLED

FW: Stronger Affiliation Update


Dear Club

Please see important information below regarding minimum Swim England affiliation requirements coming into effect.

What is Stronger Affiliation?

Swim England is bringing in new guidelines for its affiliated clubs in a bid to show they have the highest standards of safe and effective practice in place.

The Stronger Affiliation process is being introduced so new and existing members know clubs are well run and their personnel have the necessary safeguarding checks in place to ensure members’ safety. For further information please visit –

What will it mean for my club?

If your club is already SwimMark accredited, you just need to maintain your accreditation.

Clubs who have not completed SwimMark will have to provide six pieces of evidence to stay affiliated to Swim England on an annual basis. The six pieces of evidence are:

1.     Approved Club Constitution

2.     Risk Assessments

3.     Club Personnel Record (to include qualifications, valid DBS and approved Safeguarding training) – including information on the Coaching & Teaching Register

4.     Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Time to Listen certificates for the Club Welfare Officer.

5.     Welfare Officer compliance statement

6.     Club Chair compliance statement

If a club provides all of the above information, then they will be compliant for Swim England changes in 2021. Further guidance is included in the attached ‘Stronger Affiliation Matrix’ document.

Failure to meet this new minimum standard of compliance will result in a club being suspended temporarily or permanently at the beginning of 2021. 

What are the next steps for my club?

All clubs that are currently SwimMark accredited will not have to provide the six pieces of evidence as they have already met this standard as part of their SwimMark process. However, this is under the proviso that their SwimMark accreditation is maintained.

Clubs who do not have the SwimMark accreditation will need to complete the Stronger Affiliation process. The next online live webinar to demonstrate how clubs can complete the Stronger Affiliation process will be held on:

·        Monday 18th May, 7pm-8.30pm

To book your space, please email providing your name, club name and your position within the club. You will then be emailed a link to access the live webinar.

This is currently the last Stronger Affiliation webinar the South West region have scheduled however we will consider scheduling further webinars based on demand.

When is the deadline for completion?

All non SwimMark clubs will be able to submit evidence for Stronger Affiliation to an online from 1st June 2020 and all evidence will need to be uploaded by 16th November 2020 so this can be checked and approved by the region ahead of the national deadline 1st  December 2020.




Stacey Millett

South West Development Officer

T 01823 666792



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Devon County ASA – Covid 19 update






You do not need us to remind you that the current situation is having a devastating effect on every aspect of our lives.


The County Management Committee have agreed “that only decisions necessary for the compliance of the County” will be made at this time.


This will continue until clear indication from Government and S England is received that we can safely return to resuming affairs through our Committee structure.


We can advise you of the postponement/cancellation of the following events.


  1. County AGM
  2. County Development Galas and Sprint Gala
  3. County Masters Gala
  4. County Open Water event
  5. All County Water Polo


The County AGM will be arranged as soon as it practically possible, when restrictions have been lifted, and whilst we will look at re-arranging other events, we are sure that you will appreciate there are many factors involved with this, and it may not be possible.


S England are making available some FREE CPD opportunities, which may be appropriate for “up skilling” some of your members, please check them out, so as when we can return to some form of normality we will be stronger. Safeguarding Courses online are also being made available, please keep checking both the S England and Regional websites. 


The latest edition of “Wavepower” has been recently published, you may wish to look at the latest Safeguarding requirements.


It is hoped that you will try and stay in touch with your members through the various social media outlets that are available, one suggestion has been for Land Training, but please read the S England website for the criteria for this.


Please, please follow all the advice we are being given from Government and S England.


We wish everyone well, please stay safe, and we will see you at a pool near you as soon as we can.




Roger Bossom, President


for the Devon County ASA Management Committee



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