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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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Wesport School Sport Competition Manager

West of England Sport Trust (Wesport) in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust and supported by the University of the West of England (UWE) is seeking to appoint a Competition Manager.

Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: £24,403 Ė £26,666
Contract: full time until March 2011
Managed by: Senior Competition Manager
Responsible for: No line management responsibilities
Location: Frenchay Campus, UWE.

For an informal discussion regarding these posts, please contact Beth Mayman, Senior Competition Manager on 0117 328 6255 / 07919 211729 or email beth.mayman@uwe.ac.uk

For an application pack please telephone the University West of England Personnel Services 24 hour answerphone service on 0117 32 82890 to request documents by post. or visit www.uwe.ac.uk/vacancies

Completed application forms to be returned to: Personnel Services, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, BRISTOL, BS16 1QY. Please state clearly which post you are applying for.

  • Closing Date for applicants: Friday 24 July 09
  • Acknowledgement for interview by: Friday 31 July 09
  • Interview date: August/early Sept - tbc

Download advert with further details

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UK School Games 2009 - Swimming squads announced

The UK School Games will be held from 3 to 6 September 2009 - Swimming events take place at Wales National Pool in Swansea

The list comprises the highest performing competitors of school age, representing England Central, England North, England East, England South, Ireland, Scotland North and West, Scotland South and East, and Wales.

The UK School Games is the pinnacle sports event of for young people competing in the UK. As a major multi-sport event it showcases elite athletes across a range of sport genres. The UK School Games is designed to create a legacy whereby young people of all ages and abilities can aspire to compete in sport, become leaders, volunteers and technical officials.

Volunteer for the UK School Games 2009

Do you enjoy a challenge? Do you want to be part of a fun and engaging atmosphere? Would you like to make new friends and be involved in what is fast becoming a major event within the UKís sporting calendar?

Would you like to be a volunteer at the UK School Games?

If you answered YES to any of these questions then you may be right to be a volunteer for the UK School Games. To apply, please download and complete the Volunteer Application form (English) and e-mail to volunteers@ukschoolgames.com.

Get your tickets for the UK School Games 2009

3 to 6 September 2009 - Cardiff, Newport and (for swimming) Swansea

Do you fancy watching future Olympic and Commonwealth stars compete across 10 sports in six venues? Spectator tickets are on sale to the biggest multi sport event to be held in Wales for 50 years.

Tickets start from £3.50 per session but two days and multi venue tickets can also be purchased from £5.50 and £6 respectively.

Click to buy your tickets or call 0844 847 1658.

UK School Games worth £2.4m in 2008

Swimmers and their families were among participants in nine sports that helped the UK School Games to bring £2.4m to the local economy in and around Bath and Bristol last summer according to figures on behalf of the organisers.

The third UK School Games, which was opened by double gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, was staged at four venues over five days at the end of August. The swimming events were held at the Millfield Swimming pool over two days.

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.

A behind the scenes look at the UK School Games

Dorset County ASA President Ray Honeynun and his wife, Nadine share with us their pleasure at being recommended by their County to attend the UK School Games 2008 as privileged VIP guests.

Ray comments: "It was an excellent experience with the opportunity to meet many of the athletes, previous Olympians and Commonwealth Games medallists and many UK Sports and schools Directors and Executives. At the Opening ceremony evening we were fortunate to meet Rebecca Addlington who kindly agreed to have her photograph taken with us and, later at the VIP reception, we managed to spend some time talking to her. At this reception we heard speeches from UK Sport and the English schools representatives on their aims on building the sports to the 2012 Olympics in London.

School Swimming Competitions to be redeveloped

The English School Swimming Association (ESSA) has agreed to work with the asa to develop a new programme to motivate more secondary school children to swim more often and have more fun in the pool.

The two organisations will examine how they can remodel some of the ESSAís competitions for children in Key Stage 3 and 4 (ages 11-16) and increase participation.

This will involve building on their joint experiences, in particular the 60 years of ESSA working in this area and the work with the Youth Sport Trust, which includes running Festivals of Swimming for children aged 7-11.

UK School Games 2008 highlights

Channel 4 have announced minor amendments to the timings of their programmes of highlights of the UK School Games. The first episode will be aired on Sunday 21 September at 7.30amand will feature highlights of the first day of the swimming meet, along with shots from the Opening Ceremony, where double Olympic Gold medallist Rebecca Adlington addressed the athletes. There will also be coverage of hockey, badminton, fencing, field athletics and girlís gymnastics in the first programme.

The second episode will be aired the following week, on Sunday 28 September at 7.25am and will also feature swimming, along with track athletics, judo, table tennis, volleyball and boyís gymnastics.

Chris Luke, Producer/Director for the UK School Games 2008 for Channel 4, said: "We have tried to include a well-rounded taste of all nine sports and we think the level of ability amongst the athletes has made for some great action. We hope that the athletes enjoy the programmes - donít forget to set your video recorders!"

The shows will feature commentary from Stuart Storey and Simon Golding and the two programmes are expected to focus on the Menís and Women's 50m Freestyle, Menís 50m MD Freestyle, Men's 100m Backstroke, Women's 100m Butterfly, Men's and Womenís 4x100m Freestyle relay, Women's 800m Freestyle and the Men's 1500 Freestyle, which saw Alfie Howes and Martin Cremin touch together in a new UKSG record time of 16.29.06.

Rebecca Adlington opens UK School Games

ASA South West Region Swim 21 Clubs given opportunities to secure tickets for the 2008 UK School Games have cause to be even more delighted to hear that Rebecca Adlington, the double Olympic gold medallist, opened the event for 1500 elite athletes in Bath. The success of Team GB in Beijing and the presence of Adlington will no doubt further inspire performances and the morale of PE staff and teachers.

The ceremony, which was held at Bath Rugby Football Club, welcomed 15,00 elite athletes from across nine sporting disciplines. Alongside the 2008 athletes, who paraded with their home teams were twelve Olympic and Paralympic athletes including Olympic swimming gold medallist Duncan Goodhew, Paralympic swimmer Giles Long and Olympic judo medallist Kate Howley.

Double gold medallist Adlington then took to the stage to declare the event officially open, with an accompanying firework display to finish.