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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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Information on regional development activities, Swim 21, County Sports Partnerships and volunteering.

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Developing aquatics - creating excellence


  • Ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn to swim
  • Ensure everyone can achieve their personal goals
  • Ensure that everyone can enjoy swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle
  • Ensure that we achieve gold medal success

The region has produced a four year strategy, which will be published on approval) and a one year operational plan.

The work of the region is driven through the professional officers supported by a team of part time officers in county sports partnerships and the volunteers of the region.

ASA Everyday Swim website

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) has launched a brand new Everyday Swim website that celebrates its pioneering programmes and provides useful information for anyone interested in swimming.

Aimed at facility operators, local government and swimming professionals as well as members of the public that want to know more about taking up swimming or find out about different types of activities available, www.everydayswim.org provides a great swimming resource.

Swim Active

Kellogg’s Swim Active is a UK-wide programme to provide young people and their families with easier access to swimming facilities. It aims to break down the barriers which prevent people participating to ensure everybody has the opportunity to enjoy swimming as part of a healthy balanced lifestyle.


Information on County Sports Partnership activities in the south west.


News for volunteers and to their support recruitment, training and retention.

Training Course

Information on the 2008 competitive training course from 10 - 16 August 2008 at Bryanston School, Blandford. You can also read about the 2007 and 2006 courses and view group photos.