Disability Development Plans

Information on plans to develop opportunities for people with a disability to particpate in and enjoy aquatic sport

View video interview with Paralympian Nyree Lewis (1m 44s flashplayer required to view).

Somerset Disability Swimming Development Day

4 February 2012 (4.30pm to 6.30pm) - Strode Swimming Pool in Street, Somerset.

With interest in disability sport higher than ever, Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership in partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association are hosting a Disability Swimming Open Day.

The Open Day is designed to get more people with a disability involved in swimming. The swimming session is open to any swimmer with a physical, sensory or learning disability. The session will be adapted to cater for all levels of ability. All swimmers will then be signposted into further swimming opportunities, including learn to swim schemes, local clubs, regional squads and teams and regional and even national competitions!

This is a great opportunity for children and young people with a disability to get involved in disability swimming in this exciting year for sport.

Download flyer below for full information and please pass this information on to anyone who may interested in attending. In order to attend the Open Day, swimmers must register by contacting Lyndsey Hollands, lyndsey.hollands@swimming.org or 07909 951896.

Dorset County Disability Swimming Training

Starting in January 2012, swimmers with a disability from Dorset will have the opportunity to attend additional training.

The County sessions, which will be held at Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre, will provide further specialist training for any swimmer with a disability, as well an opportunity to meet and train with other swimmers from across the County.It is hoped that enough swimmers will participate to create a Dorset County Team which will then be able to compete against other County Teams in future Regional Disability Swimming Competitions.

The sessions will be coached by Janet Hewitt, who has ample experience in working within disability swimming, and is committed to providing further opportunities for swimmers with a disability.

Hard training has started to pay off for Johnson

Liz Johnson knows that in the world of swimming, a lot can change in four years. Returning from Beijing as SB6 100m Breaststroke Paralympic champion, Johnson decided she needed a change of pace, upping sticks and moving from Swansea to Bath University to work under a new coach in Mark Skimming.


I moved to Bath and everything totally changed - I was doing 25% more volume of training than prior to Beijing.


And while the Welsh swimmer was continuing to progress in her first two seasons at Bath breaking the SB6 100m Breaststroke world record at the 2010 British Gas Swimming Championships she slipped off the top spot at the major international championships.

At the 2009 European Championships in Reykjavik, British teammate and friend Charlotte Henshaw pipped her to gold while a year later at the World Championships in Eindhoven, new American sensation Mallory Weggermann won gold with Henshaw taking silver and defending champion Johnson settling for bronze.

ASA South West Region Disability Swimming Talent Identification Day - 9 Oct 2011

Sunday 9 October 2011 - Pelhams Park Leisure Centre, Bournemouth, Dorset.

Have you got what it takes to be a Paralympic Swimmer? Talent Identification events are aimed at unearthing potentially talented athletes who can be signposted into high quality swimming provision and supported to develop and progress through the disability swimming pathway.

The ASA are looking for swimmers who:

  • Have a physical, sensory or learning disability
  • Can swim lengths
  • Are between the ages of 9-35
  • Have a competitive nature and would like to be involved in competitive disability swimming

This is a great opportunity not to be missed, so please download and unzip the file below for the flyer and registration tracker form and pass the information on to any swimmers who you know that would be interested. Please advertise and promote this as widely as possible.


Attendance is by pre arrangement only. Registrations must be received by Friday 23 September 2011.

Please return completed Tracker Forms to:
Lyndsey Hollands, ASA South West Regional Office, C/o Gloucester City Council, Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EQ

For more information please contact Lyndsey Hollands (lyndsey.hollands@swimming.org / 07909 951896)

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British Disability Swimming 2011/2012 World Class Programme Criteria

Download and unzip file for criteria for Talent, Development, Podium and TASS Programmes

CP Sport Swimming Development Day

23 May 2011 - Marjon University, Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BH

CP sport are hosting a Swimming Development Day which is open to children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities, all ages and all abilities.

Time: 1st Session 10.30am to 11.30am / 2nd Session 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Tutors: Jill Stidever and Anna Lavan
Teachers / TAs / Coaches are welcome in and out of water, traineee teachers welcome.

My Games Film of ASA SW Disability Swimming Championships 2011

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The film below has been nominated for an award. Please take a moment to show your support by voting today.

In January 2011, a team of young filmmakers from First Light attended the South West Regional Disability Swimming Championships at Horfield Leisure Centre to document the event from volunteers' perspectives. First Light have been following young mygames volunteers and creating a number of digital media productions that demonstrate the role of volunteer.

The mygames project is a national project designed to get more young disabled people volunteering in sports. In the South West region there are 6 young volunteers signed up to the programme. The young volunteers have the opportunity to attend workshops and seminars to improve and develop their knowledge, as well as attend local events to gain experience in a number of different roles.

The video that the First Light team created, which can be viewed above and by clicking this link has been nominated for an award!

Working with Disabled Volunteers

Download this Good Club Guideresource which will:

  • explain why involving disabled volunteers will benefit your club.
  • provide you with information and support on working with disabled volunteers.
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