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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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Updated ASA South West Competition dates for 2009 (as at 23 Feb 09):






Sat 4 Apr 2009

Noon - 4pm

Club Mixed 12&U

Born 1997 and later
Development Pre-academy


Sat 9 May 2009

2pm - 8pm

Club Boys 17&U

Born 1992 and later

Max age 17 in year of competition


Sat 27 Jun 2009

11am - 5pm

Club Mixed 14&U

Born 1995 and later

Max age 14 in year of competition


Sat 11 Jul 2009

3pm - 6pm

Inter County Girls Tournament

Born 1993 and later


Sun 13 Dec 2009

4pm - 9pm

Inter County Junior Tournament

Born 1991 and later

Max age 18 years

Millfield School

Sun 13 Dec 2009

4pm - 9pm

Inter County Mixed Academy

Born 1995 and later

Max age 14.

Millfield School

Prince William lends support to Water Polo

The Prince will be among the many avid supporters and spectators at next week’s LEN European Nations Trophy in Manchester when the British Women’s team go head-to-head with Slovakia. The Royal guest will also meet with individual players and key figures within the sport and business communities.

Prince William is passionate about the sport and while at St Andrew’s University was a keen member of the water polo team. In 2004 he was selected to represent Scotland Universities in an international tournament and while serving in the Army also played water polo.

FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final 2009


The following matches will be streamed live and free of charge on www.fina.org which has the match schedules:

The streaming times are as follows (in GMT) :
- 18/06/2009 – 1650-1815 (GMT) - Serbia vs. USA
- 20/06/2009 - 1650-1815 (GMT) – Winner (2A - 3B) vs. Winner (4A - 1B)
- 20/06/2009 - 1820-1945 (GMT) – Winner (3A - 2B) vs. Winner (1A - 4B)
- 21/06/2009 - 1620-1745 (GMT) - Match for 3rd place
- 21/06/2009 - 1750-1935 (GMT) - Match for 1st place

Click to view media player. Please note there are viewing restrictions in some countries.

British Gas Women’s Water Polo Team prepare for European challenge

7 to 12 July 2009 - Manchester Aquatics Centre

With less than a month to go until the LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy gets underway at the Manchester Aquatics Centre, the British Gas Women’s water polo team are training hard at their Manchester base.

The official 13-strong British Gas team may not be announced until later this month, but that hasn’t stopped all 16 women working on their ball skills to ensure their place on the team.

“Everyone is really looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd so we are all fighting for our place on the team,” said British Gas player Chloe Wilcox. “The training has definitely been stepped up and it’s a lot more intense now, we’re absolutely knackered! We’re working on some things now and waiting to peak at the right time, so hopefully we’ll be performing at our best for the European Nations Trophy,” she continued.

LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy 2009 Draw

The official draw for the LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy has taken place in Lugano, Switzerland, where the British Gas Water Polo team were handed a tough draw against Slovakia, Belarus and Portugal.

The LEN Women’s European Nations Trophy will be staged at the state-of-the-art Manchester Aquatics Centre from 7 to 12 July 2009 with eight of Europe’s top water polo nations going head-to-head for the prized trophy. Expectations for the British Gas Water Polo team will be high at the biennial event having reached the final at the 2007 LEN Championships in Prague and with recent victories against both Slovakia and Portugal.

Great Britain v Turkey

GB Senior Men's water polo team will be in Cardiff with the National Turkish team from 21-26 July 2009 and hoping to play an international on Sat 25 July 2009 (1pm to 3pm)

Paignton Swimming Club Festival of Mini Polo 2009

Sunday 20th September 2009 (1pm to 5pm) - Torbay Leisure Centre, Penwill Way, Paignton, TQ4 5JR.

For players born 1998 - 2001. Everybody had great time last year as eight teams of kids played a total of 32 matches, scored about 150 goals. Judging by the racket the parents seemed to enjoy themselves as well. The Festival can probably accomodate up to 12 teams. Some teams from last year have already expressed an interest in playing again this year, such as the RTC Dragons from Wales, last year's winners, who are hoping to enter two teams this year, so book now to avoid disappointment!

Entry Fee £25 per team.

Download poster and contact Doug Litt for further details and an Entry Form and a copy of the rules - doug.polo@hotmail.co.uk or 01803 404279.

Water Polo - Women´s FINA World League 2009

8 to 10 May 2009 - Lille, France and Athens, Greece

The 2009 edition of the Women´s FINA World League gets underway in Europe with two tournaments in Lille and Athens. The British Gas women’s Water Polo team will be in action in Greece and face Germany, Greece and Russia in the European Group.

The British Gas team will be looking to perform well and become one of the two teams from their group to progress to the Super Final of the FINA World League.

The Preliminary rounds are played in a tournament system with the top two countries progressing to the finals. The Super Final will see the top two teams from Asia-Oceania and Europe facing up to Canada and USA. The draw for the final will be made after the Preliminary rounds.

Dorset v Devon Inter County Water Polo Challenge Cup 2009

Saturday, 23 May 2009 (6pm to 8.30pm) - Dolphin Swimming Pool, Poole.

Download poster. For tickets and more information contact fred@fowler.gb.com

The event will give youngsters currently playing the sport in clubs and schools a great chance to see three top quality water polo matches – Juniors, Senior Ladies and Senior Men. The ticket only event is the first fixture of its kind to be held in Dorset for more than 40 years.

Tickets for the 216 seats will be available on a first come, first served basis from Fred Fowler, Dorset Water Polo Development Officer on 07917 105919 or email fred@fowler.gb.com. A souvenir programme will be available for £2 each.

Download poster for printing and posting on Club notice boards.

LEN Womens European Nations Trophy Water Polo Championships 2009

7 to 12 July 2009 - Manchester

There will be 8 countires competing at the prestigous event and they are Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine and Great Britain. The draw for the competition is set to take place in Lugano on the 30 May in conjunction with the Mens B event.

Tickets are now on sale. To purchase your tickets now please click here or call the ticket line on 0800 220292.

CSWPC Swimming and Water Polo Gala Day

Sun 17 May 2009 (5pm) - Leisure @ Cheltenham

Novice 1 width sprint
Cheltenham U16’s Vs. Bristol Harlequins
Displays from Cheltenham’s synchronised swimmers
Cheltenham 1st team Vs. Welsh Wanderers

Admission £2.50 (£3 on the door), (£1 for U11’s)

Download poster event for local clubs and schools to publicise event

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