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FINA 2009 World Championships Swimming - Day 3 Morning Session

David Davies took five seconds off the 800m Freestyle British record as the British Gas swimming team secured one final and three semi-final places after strong performances through the heat session. Davies took to heat four alongside Italian Federico Colbertaldo and Robert Hurley (Australia) and was looking to post a quick time to reach the final next day.

The Olympic silver medallist dominated the first half of his race but as the race entered the final 400m Colbertaldo began to close in on the British Gas swimmer. Davies showed his strength in the final 100m as he touched in a time of 7:45.89 to knock five seconds off his own British record time and qualified in fourth place for the final.

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British Swimming joins forces with Alliance & Leicester

British Swimming and Alliance & Leicester are to begin working in partnership as part of a new British Olympic Association (BOA) initiative. The bank will provide support and advice to British Swimming, the sportís national governing body - which is based in Loughborough, Leicestershire - as it continues its development into a world class organisation.

The overall initiative is endorsed by FTSE, the global Index Company, is known as the FTSE-BOA initiative, and is matching 33 major British companies with the 33 National Governing Bodies of Olympic Sports. The aim is to transfer skills and knowledge from businesses to enhance the organisational development and governance structures of each sportís governing body.

David Bennett, Group Chief Executive of Alliance & Leicester said: ďAs a FTSE 100 company with its Head Office in Leicestershire, it was a natural decision to support British Swimming who are also based in the county. To achieve success in any organisation, a wealth of knowledge and expertise is required. We are delighted to partner British Swimming as part of the Initiative and look forward to sharing with them over 150 years of business knowledge and experience which will help to increase their profile in world class competitionsĒ

Get Safe 4 Summer - Media and Photo Call

The Littledown Centre operated by Bournemouth Borough Council has been selected as one of two leisure facilities in the South West to host the regional Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Get Safe for Summer Campaign event.

The main aim in the ASA Get Safe for Summer campaign is to raise the awareness in our communities that swimming in open waters such as lakes, rivers, ponds and the sea is very different to swimming in a swimming pool. To ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer, youngsters need to be aware of the potential dangers that can lie in our local open waters.

BSCTA (West) Coaching Awards 2006

The 2006 BSCTA (West) Coaching Awards were presented at Milllfield during the ASA South West Age Championships. The Awards reflected some excellent work in the West of England during the 2004-2005 season and were presented by the Chairman of BSCTA (West), Laurie Dormer: