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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 Synchro National Coaches and Judges Clinic

18 to 20 September 2009 - Farnborough and Aldershot

The clinic focussing on Artistic Impression and presented by British Synchro National Performance Director Biz Price, will feature guest presenter Anna Tarres, Spanish Olympic Head Coach, and an international judge (TBC), and will look at creating and judging a balance of creative and technical elements to form a total routine. Information will also be shared on FINA updates and the new technical elements.

The cost of £40 per person also covers lunch and refreshments. Click for more information

British Referees selected for Water Polo events

Three British referees have been selected to work at a number of prestigious Water Polo events including the LEN European Nations Trophies and the Women’s European Under 20s Championships.

The trio are among six referees qualified within the LEN Water Polo referee list and they now feature alongside the 190 registered referees from throughout Europe.

The referees; Andrew Allen, Tad Detko, Chris Freebury, Michael Jukes, Brian Littlejohn and Damien Taylor, now have the opportunity to work at all levels of LEN Water Polo competitions. Click to see confirmed appointments for 2009.

Water Polo Referee and Table Officials Course - 6/7 June 09

Saturday, 6 June 2009 (Noon to 6pm) and Sunday, 7 June 2009 (11am to 4pm) - Bristol University, Clifton, Bristol

At the 2 day course organised by ASA South West Region, you will be able to take your exam on the Sunday to gain a referee or table officials ASA qualification. The course tutor is International Water Polo Referee, Andy Allen.

The cost of the course is £20.00, which will include the ASA cost of the exam. You will need to have a copy of the FINA rules of water polo which Mike Coles can supply in PDF form. Please fill in the application form if you wish to attend, and return it to Mike before 31 May 2009.

Mike G. Coles, ASA SWR Water Polo Development Co-ordinator, 22 Chantry Drive, Weston-super-Mare, BS22 7PP
01934 511456 or 07789 767269

Course Leader Training for Technical Officials

Would you like to be trained to deliver officiating courses for young people in your club? The ASA is offering free training with travel expenses paid for, to people who would like to be trained to deliver the Timekeeper and Judge 1 and 2 courses. The courses are being run in:

Central London – Saturday 9 May 2009
Bristol, UWE – Sunday 17 May 2009
Manchester, Leigh Sports Village – Saturday 30 May 2009
Central Peterborough, Ramada – Saturday 30 May 2009
Darlington, Dolphin Centre – Saturday 30 May 2009

British Swimming Officials Newsletter – February 2009

News ranging from important rule changes to opportunities to officiate at National Events

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British Swimming Disciplinary Code (June 2007) amended

British Swimming Disciplinary Code (June 2007) has been amended. These amendments will come into force as from 1 February 2009.

One of the amendments is to the name of the document. From the 1 February 2009, it is to be called the “British Swimming Judicial Code (February 2009)”.

Click to view an electronic copy of the British Swimming Judicial Code (February 2009).

Officials required for 2009 events

We require your help in providing officials for our events in 2009 which include the Championships, Age Groups and Masters as well as other events for which we are asked to provide officials. These events will give you experience and the opportunity to meet other officials in the region and share information. We particularly look forward to having the newly qualified officials on poolside and giving them a warm welcome.

All events that cover more than one session during the day provide refreshments between sessions and a contribution towards travel at an agreed rate provided that more than one session during the day is attended as an official. This year I have also included information on other expenses such as overnight stays for those who volunteer to work for a whole weekend together with a form to complete so that the Regional Office can book accommodation.

Please pass this request on to any other officials you know, and circulate within clubs. There are Time Trials for the 800/1500m on the 18 & 24 January , if anyone can help at these please advise Lynne Elliott separately as obviously this needs to be arranged very soon.

Clubs will need to provide officials at the events that they have swimmers attending – this does not necessarily mean the official they nominate has to belong to their club, but it does mean they must make sure they have someone representing them on poolside, for the larger clubs this will mean more than one official. So please make sure your club is organising this, and it does include the distance events in January.

We held a successful seminar in November, approximately 70 officials attended and their names have been forwarded to the ASA so that it is included on their CPD for those who are a Licensed Official. The rules will change next year for Licensed Events and it will mean more officials will need to be Licensed. This year we are considering holding seminars in different areas of the region – perhaps 3 venues so that it will be easier for people to attend.

Thank you for your help, please download and return the SW Region gala competition form to Lynne Elliott by 15 January 2009 and remember if you can help at the distance events, please phone.

Mrs Lynne Elliott, Sec. ASA SW Region SOC, 2 St Georges Road, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6EH
Tel: 01752 842119 E-mail: lynne.elliott@btopenworld.com

Young Official Development Officer

More young people will be encouraged to become timekeepers thanks to the appointment of a new Young Official Development Officer.

Mark Strachan has taken up the placement with the asa and will work on a voluntary basis for 10 months to train and support young people to take up roles as technical officials.

Strachan’s post is an extension to Youth Sport Trust’s successful Young Officials programme. He will continue until August 2009.

Strategy Overview and Feedback - 29 Nov 08

Following a consultation period, ASA South West are now finalising their strategy for developing our sport for the next four years. An overview of this and the chance to have your say, will be held on Saturday 29 November 2008 during the lunchtime break of the regional championships at Millfield School, Somerset.

Places are limited, so please download and return the attached form to reserve your place. This is your chance to understand how we plan to take forward our sport and have your input into the final direction. Please take this opportunity. We look forward to seeing you on 29 November.

RSVP to Leanne Douglas, asa South West Regional Finance Administrator, c/o Culture Learning & Leisure, Gloucester City Council, Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester City Council, GL1 2EQ leanne.douglas@swimming.org

Officials Seminar - 23 Nov 08

Sunday 23 November 2008 (10am to 4.00pm) - Bridgwater Sports & Social Club, Bath Rd, Bridgwater. TA6 4PA

Calling all Officials and anyone interested - with the new licensing requirements everyone needs to attend a course. We are including i the programme below one of the ASA modules for Aquatic Officials.

  • ASA Aquatic Officials Professional Development – Contemporary Issues.
  • Mentoring as part of the new qualification process.
  • Discussion Forum.
    with Glen Craig, Lynne Elliott

Lunch is provided – so another reason to attend! Please download, print off and forward to everyone in your network.