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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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Masters Competitions

Information on Masters swimming competitions

The following events are OPEN but preference will be given to asa South West Region members, if excessive entries are received.

asa South West Region 2009 WCASA Masters
Sunday 26 April 2009 Millfield 50m pool. Entries close 6 April.
12am Warm-up & 12.40am Start
50m & 100m events. Relays.

Saturday 27 June 2009 Gloucester 25m pool. Entries close 8 June.
5.30pm Warm-up & 6.00pm Start.
1500m Free

Sunday 27 September 2009 - Hutton Moor 25m pool. Entries close 7 September
10.00am Warm-up & 10.40am Start.
400m Free and 200m events (see entry form for details)

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British Gas Masters and Senior Age Group Championships (50m) 2009 - swimwear and registration

19-21 June

Swimmers at the British Gas Masters and Senior Age Group Championships (50m) are being reminded they are permitted to wear any swimsuit they have worn previously – but they must only wear one suit. FINA has confirmed to British Swimming that the recent amendments to swimwear (Law GR 5.3, under the Dubai Charter) do not apply to all Age Group, Masters and Senior events.

The British Gas Masters are instead being held under British Swimming Conditions and Rules, British Swimming Disciplinary Code and FINA Technical Rules of Masters Swimming. However, FINA has stated that, in Rule GR 5.3 below, the singular use of the word swimsuit implies that only one swimsuit may be worn, which means that, for instance, trunks may not be worn under a bodysuit.

British Gas Masters and Senior Age Groups Championships 2009 (50m)

19 to 21 June 2009 - new Cardiff International pool.

Entries close on 13 May 09. This year British Swimming has arranged activities and events to compliment the competition in the pool in keeping with the Masters’ motto of ‘Fitness, Fun and Friendship’.

The popular Pasta party from the ASA Championships will be hosted on Saturday night and last year’s successful Timekeeper course will be repeated, allowing participants to timekeep at Masters events and to take the first step towards qualifying as an official. To try to provide some insight into the latest training methods a seminar on ‘How to design a swim session’ will be run, covering the essential ingredients of a Masters training session. This will be particularly useful to those who do not have the regular guidance of a qualified coach.

The British Gas Masters and Senior Age Groups Championships 2009 (50m)

19 to 21 June 2009 - Cardiff International pool.

In keeping with the Masters’ motto of ‘Fitness, Fun and Friendship’, British Swimming has arranged activities and events to compliment the competition in the pool.

The popular Pasta party from the ASA Championships will be hosted on Saturday night and last year’s successful Timekeeper course will be repeated, allowing participants to timekeep at Masters events and to take the first step towards qualifying as an official. To try to provide some insight into the latest training methods a seminar on ‘How to design a swim session’ will be run, covering the essential ingredients of a Masters training session. This will be particularly useful to those who do not have the regular guidance of a qualified coach.

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

the asa T-30 Challenge Postal Swim 2008

Can you swim for 30 minutes?

Formerly the Half Hour Masters Postal Swim, this event under ASA Laws & Technical Rules aims

  1. to encourage adult swimmers, whether ASA members or not, to participate in longer distance events at a time of year when longer training swims are desirable as well as
  2. to encourage "lap" and fitness swimmers to take part in an ASA event, and (3) to determine the individuals and club teams who can swim the greatest distance in 30 minutes.

Closing date for entries to be received by the asa National Events Office is Friday 6 February 2009. Download entry information.

asa South West Region 2009 WCASA Masters Entry Form

The following events are OPEN but preference will be given to asa South West Region members, if excessive entries are received.

Sunday 26 April 2009 Millfield 50m pool. Entries close 6 April.
12am Warm-up & 12.40am Start
50m & 100m events. Relays.

Saturday 27 June 2009 Gloucester 25m pool. Entries close 8 June.
5.30pm Warm-up & 6.00pm Start.
1500m Free

Sunday 27 September 2009 - Hutton Moor 25m pool. Entries close 7 September
10.00am Warm-up & 10.40am Start.
400m Free and 200m events

Download entry form for details

ASA SW Region Pool Bookings 2009

Download warm-up, start and pool booking times. Revised file uploaded 25 Feb 09 - please destroy any earlier version.

ASA SWR 5Km and 3Km Pool Challenge 2008

Sunday 27 April 2008 - Bath University 50m pool (under ASA Laws and ASA Technical Rules)

A 5Km pool swim is now part of the national programme and this will be the fifth time that the South West Region / Western Counties have held such an event. This year again we are also giving competitors the opportunity to swim the shorter 3Km distance. The aim is to give pool swimmers the opportunity to swim these distances under race conditions and to encourage them to consider entering Open Water events when the warmer summer weather arrives.

To enter swimmers must be registered with the ASA and be members of a club affiliated to ASA SW region. The entry fee is £6.50.
5Km warm-up will be at 10.00am. Start 5Km at 10.30am.
3Km warm-up approx 1.30pm. Start 3Km approx 2.00pm.

Minimum age is 12 years old on 31 December 2008.

Please note that swimmers can enter EITHER the 5Km OR the 3Km, not both events. There will be a 60-minute time limit for the 3Km event and a 90-minute time limit for the 5Km event. If necessary there will be two heats of 5Km and 3 heats of 3Km. The events will be mixed. In the event that more than 16 entries are received for each event the organisers reserve the right to swim two to a lane. Competitors will be informed before the event if this is to happen.

Download entry form

XII FINA World Masters Championships 2008

15-25 April 2008 - Challenge Stadium, Perth, Western Australia (which has already played host to two FINA World Championships)

Masters swimmers attending the competition can get deals on flights from both London and Manchester. Flights through the organiser cost only £525 plus taxes on Singapore Airlines. Click for
further information.

The stadium’s five pools will ensure swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo can be accommodated under one roof. Up to 10,000 participants and spectators are expected to attend the event at the sunniest city in Australia and the organising committee is planning to put on a show with live entertainment, shopping and food on offer at Challenge Stadium and a packed programme of events and activities for all spectators.

Swimming and the menopause

Chloe Mount, St George's Hospital, London is a member of a group currently researching the effects that the menopause has on women who participate in masters swimming. An online survey has been up that takes approximately 10 minutes to fill out which they are using to find out how menopausal symptoms affect women's performance.

Please make members in your Club aware if you think they might be interested in filling out the questionnaire and put a link on any websites where you think it might be appropriate.

Click to take the survey.