Congratulations to Skye Carter

Swim England East Region congratulates Skye Carter (Basildon & Phoenix SC) who on Thursday evening won bronze in the 50m Freestyle at the European Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Subject to ratification, her time of 25.24 is a new British Age Group Record (16 yrs).

We also send our congratulations to the chain of swimming teachers and coaches who have assisted Skye with her aquatic development.


Congratulations to Jasmine Carter

Swim England East Region sends its warmest congratulations to Jasmine Carter (Basildon & Phoenix SC), who on Wednesday evening won the silver medal in the 50m Breaststroke at the European Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Jasmine won the medal from Lane 8! Subject to ratification, her time of 31.39 is also a British Age Group Record (15 yrs).

Congratulations also to the chain of swimming teachers and coaches who have assisted with Jasmine’s aquatic development to this stage.


New Masters Manager

The region is delighted to announce that Bernie Buck is to take on the role of Masters Manager with the region’s Masters Leadership Group. We welcome him to the team.

2024 Open Water Championships – Entries Close on the 16th June

Entries for the 2024 Regional Open Water Championships taking place on 14th July at Whitlingham Lakes, will close on the 16th June 2024. Please make sure you have read the 2024 SE ER Open Water Conditions document prior to entering.

This year there are events for Para and SOGB athletes through a dedicated entry system,

All details can be found on the Open Water Competitions webpage.

The Region is also looking for volunteers and Technical Officials to help the event run smoothly. If you can assist on the day, we would appreciate you sign up using the forms on the Open Water Competitions webpage.

Help shape the future of the East Region!

The Region is looking for a new volunteers to head up the Region as Chairman, as well as the Masters Leadership Group and volunteers to join our Regional Operations Committee.

Regional Chairman

As Chairman you would join the current team as a company director and trustee of the company, Swim England East Region.

You would chair the Board meetings scheduled throughout the year as required. The Group consists of representatives from the six East Region counties and will be supported by a member of the Regional Operations committee and the region’s staff.

You would manage the disciplines by delegation to the discipline Leadership Groups. Each one is led by its volunteer manager.

Masters Manager

You would chair the group meetings scheduled throughout the year as required. The Group consists of representatives from each of the six East Region counties and will be supported by a member of the Regional Operations committee and the region’s staff.

You would manage the Group’s organisation of our Masters Championships, Masters Inter County Competitions and draft and monitor budget and development plans for the region assisted by the region’s staff. You would implement development plans and provide news articles for our website and social media ultimately reporting to the region’s Board of Directors.

Regional Operations Committee.

The Regional Operations Committee (ROC) is responsible for the day-to-day management of the implementation of the strategy and has the overall responsibility for the management and delivery of development for athletes, coaches and volunteers, and for the management and delivery of competition.

The ROC is very much the ‘sport’ committee, and oversees the work on the individual Leadership Groups.

For the role descriptions for the Chairman and the Masters Manager can be found here.

For the Terms of Reference for the Regional Operations Committee can be found here.

If you are keen to get involved, please complete a nomination form. The closing date for all is the 20th May 2024.

Welcome to our new East Region President

Dean Walker, of Chelmsford SC, has become the East Region President following our Annual General Meeting. We welcome Dean into the role and look forward to seeing him at regional and national events throughout the year.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Darren Peck for his time as Regional President, and for all his support and enthusiasm he has provided our athletes and volunteers at the many events he has attended during his time in post.

SEER Para-Swimming Development Day

Para-Swimming Development Day for athletes and coaches

Sunday 28th April

10:00am – 3:00pm

Newmarket leisure Centre, Exning Rd, Newmarket CB8 0EA

The East region is pleased to announce a Para-Swimming development day with development opportunities for athletes and coaches throughout the day.

Who is the day for?

Coaches with an interest in developing their knowledge and skills within Para-Swimming

Athletes, with a Para-Swimming or Hearing Impaired classification. It is also suitable for those wishing to compete and starting the classification process. (Please contact the regional office if you have any questions about attending).

What is happening on the day?

Coaches will benefit from a blend of theory and practical based workshops, exploring integration of para-swimmers, swim technique adaptations, as well as the use of self-checks in land work. Coaches are then encouraged to stay and put theory into practice at the para-swimming regional training session that follows but this is not compulsory to attend the workshops.

Athletes have a land based session with an awareness of ‘self-checks’ and explores how they can be incorporated into an RMAP pre-pool routine. This is then followed by a pool session with a theme of ‘efficiency for fast swimming’. If you want to improve your skills and efficiency this is the session for you!

Who will be delivering the sessions?

Carl Cooper National Talent Officer (Para-Swimming Talent Lead)

Carl has led and coached the National Para-Swimming Talent programme and coached on British teams and camps for many years. Carl will pass on his experience through workshops and by working with coaches and athletes in the pool session.

Carl is passionate that skills are essential for fast, efficient swimming and will be exploring that concept throughout the day.

Louise King – Regional Lead Para-Swimming Coach.

Swimmers will be familiar with Louise, our Regional Para-Swimming Lead Coach. She is also a highly experienced coach who has been selected as a skills coach for many para and non-para national talent camps. Louise will work with athletes across the day to pass on hints and tips.

For further details please visit the Region’s Disability Swimming Development webpage 

Booking your place.

Coaches and Team Managers to book your place via the Region Disability Swimming Development webpage and filling in the Coach and Team Manger registration form.

Athletes can also register via the Region Disability Swimming Development webpage and filling in the swimmer registration form. There is a £15 fee for athletes.

East Region Success at World Masters

The World Aquatics Masters Championships took place in Doha from 23 February to 3 March and we now have two world champions in the East Region.

Chris Ayers from South Beds Masters won 3 titles in the female 70-74 years age group: 50, 100 and 200 breast. She was also awarded silver medals in the 200 IM and 800 free. All five were East Region swimming records.

Lucy Ryan from Team Anglia Masters is the world champion in the female 50-54 years 200m breaststroke. She won silver medals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke. All three were swum in East Region record times.

Fabulous swimming ladies!


Open Water Development Day opportunity

Thank you to all who have expressed their interest for the Open Water Development Day. We are currently working though the expression of interest and will be in contact with all Swimmers at the start of April.

Swim England East Region is hosting a Development Camp for 11-17 year olds that are interested in developing their open water racing skills. The event is happening on 8th June 2024 at Stanborough Lakes. This year, we are inviting swimmers that would like to attend, to apply for a place, providing the criteria is met. The camp will include classroom theory sessions, lake sessions, and a race simulation event.

In addition to this, coaches are welcome to come along to observe the day, to gain more knowledge on techniques. For more information on the day, and the registration forms, please visit the Open Water Development webpage.

East Region Masters Inter-Counties

Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre was this year’s venue for the East Region Inter-Counties Competition. More than 70 swimmers from four Counties competed in 71 events in the hopes of gaining the most points and becoming this year’s champions.

From the start, both Essex and Bedfordshire fought head-to-head with some exciting racing leading to close finishes. The points stayed close between the two counties throughout the competition with Bedfordshire pulling ahead over the final few relays for their second consecutive win.

The East Region Inter-Counties trophy was presented by the East Region President, Darren Peck to Paul Clarke and Christine Ayres from Bedfordshire.

The final points score was: –

Bedfordshire                    209

Essex                                 188

Cambridgeshire               162

Hertfordshire                   152

When the results were combined with the results from the other Regions Bedfordshire came 14th,  Essex were 17th, Hertfordshire 24th and Cambridgeshire 25th.

Home Nations Coaching Conference


Home Nations Coaching Conference

24-25 November 2023

East Midlands

Swim England, Scottish Swimming and Swim Wales, supported by British Swimming, are planning to resume hosting their bi-annual coaching conference at the Leonardo Hotel (East Midland Airport) on 24-25 November.

Building around a theme of ‘Developing Excellence in Coaching’, the two-day event will showcase a range of presentations from some of the leading performance sport speakers and practitioners in the country, along with some of our most successful and highly respected coaches.

Who is it for?

All head and assistant coaches of clubs who are operating in the performance development world, or coaching athletes to British Championships and British Summer Meet level.

Who’s speaking at it?

The final speaker schedule is still being finalised but we have various leading speakers and topics lined up.  UK Coaching’s Tom Hartley will discuss ‘Play Their Way’.  British Swimming staff will consider what excellent coaching should look like and provide updates on the OADF and OCDF projects.  Scottish Swimming’s Paul Wilson will present on how clubs can easily and successfully fully integrate para-swimmers into their mainstream training routines.  Coaches involved in the careers of elite swimmers Tom Dean, Katie Shanahan and Maisie Summers-Newton will report on how they successfully navigated the athlete journey.  Biomechanics expert Olly Logan from British Swimming will share key learnings from some of the technical projects that have been taking place in recent years.  And much more.

Register Interest

Please complete the short form at this link in order to register your interest in the conference.  Note that this is just to help us establish indicative numbers and is not a formal booking.