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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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Swimming Development Plans

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David Davies demonstrating skills

ASA Regional Talent Programme for 2009-2010

The English Programmes in conjunction with the Region will be responsible for the joint delivery of the regions Level 1 Age Group, Level Youth and Open Water Development Camps for the 2009-10 swimming season. The camps are for age group and youth swimmers and will primarily be selected from the 2009 National Age Group / Youth Championships in July / August 2009. If places are still available then times will be considered from the 2009 regional championships.

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Ron Philpot to head Crystal Palace Beacon Programme

International swimming coach Ron Philpot has been appointed as the first Head of Aquatics for the new Crystal Palace Beacon Programme, which is set to transform aquatic sports in south London.

Philpot, currently Head Coach of Leatherhead Swimming Club, will be employed by leisure operators GLL to lead a programme that embraces swimming, diving and water polo and links in to other sports such as biathlon and triathlon.

He expects to begin work in June and the programme is expected to be fully operational by September 2009.

Development Clubs set the standard for excellence

British Swimming has unveiled a select group of Development Clubs as part of its provision of a world-class daily training environment for athletes in Britain.

Five clubs earned Development status by right following analysis of club performances at the British Gas Swimming Championships last month in Sheffield.

The successful clubs are Plymouth Leander, Millfield School (Somerset), City of Newcastle, City of Leeds and City of Cardiff.

Successful clubs received the accolade based on highest totals for sliding scale points awarded to top 16 results for athletes of European Junior Championship age or younger.

Suspensions from Membership

The following clubs have been suspended from membership of the ASA due to non payment of the 2009 membership fee. Members whose fee paying club is suspended for non-payment of fees will not be eligible to compete in events under the jurisdiction of the ASA which Includes Regional, County and open events. Furthermore the members are not covered by the ASA insurance policy.

If you are an Officer of the club listed and believe that the listing is incorrect please contact the ASA Membership department on 01509 618727.

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National Squad heads to Cyprus for first camp

The British Swimming National Squad will come together for their first camp in May when they travel to Cyprus for an intense week of training.

A team of up to 45 swimmers will be staying at the Coral Bay Beach Resort in Paphos following the Preparation Meet at University of Bath on 8th to 9th May.

Coral Bay was notably the venue of the swimming squadís preparation camp ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens where British Swimmers went on to claim two bronze medals. If you would like to learn more about visiting Cyprus, follow the Visit Cyprus link www.visitcyprus.com

British Aquatic Stars wake up to light therapy from Lumie

British Swimming has teamed up with light therapy expert, Lumie, to provide athletes on the national team a brighter and more invigorating start to each day that will enhance performance and also help them feel refreshed, energised and ready to compete.

Lumie recognises that waking up to a dark room and sudden sound of a shrieking alarm clock isnít the best way to start each day; it plays havoc with the internal body clock, known as the circadian rhythm, and also puts people in the wrong frame of mind. As an official supplier to British Swimming, Lumie will initially offer podium level funded athletes across all disciplines of the sport (thatís swimming, diving, synchro, disability swimming, open water and water polo) light therapy treatments, such as dawn simulation. In 2010 support will be extended to athletes on development level funding.

Total Swimming announces 2009 All Star programme

After the success of the 2008 All Star events Total Swimming has now released the dates for the 2009 programmes as they allow young athletes to learn from the best in the business.

The two-day All Star events are unique training days helping young swimmers (10 - 15 year olds) understand a new approach to training and racing. The All Star team is made up of athletes who are on the top of their game including Olympic Medallists and World Record holders.

British Swimming ITC Programme - Bath

Want to know more about British Swimming's ITC Programme at Bath? Download information on

  • Performance Environment and ITC Facilities
  • University of Bath and its Academic Programmes
  • Accommodation
  • Scholarships
  • Bath
  • Visits to the ITC

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Rebecca Adlington interview on Swimming

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Dorset County ASA Age Group Talent ID 2008/9

David Davies leading skills session

2 Jan 09 - University of Bath

Dorset County ASA selected 35 age group swimmers to attend a long-course training day at the University of Bath.

This season's programme is being led by Emma Hirst and Sam Woodward.

The swimmers were given the opportunity to train for 2 hours alongside their peers from other clubs, take part in a core stability session run by the University of Bath's strength and conditioning coach as well as meet David Davies, Olympic silver medallist and 2008's male swimmer of the year.

David Davies ran a skills session in the water with the swimmers in the afternoon. The swimmers were able to watch David both swim and demonstrate specific drills that he uses to improve technique.