Swim England East Region Open Water Championships

Regional Open Water Championships

Following extensive discussions regarding the ability to safely stage the 2021 East Region Open Water Swimming Championships, it has been reluctantly decided that we are unable to go ahead with the event this year.

In arriving at this decision, the East Open Water Swimming Leadership Group examined all current Government, Local Authority and venue COVID limitations and restrictions, plus the Swim England “Return to Competition” guidance, to explore what options were available that would allow us to proceed in compliance with these conditions.

The Group took into consideration the open-air environment the event is held in, the venue design including the internal and external space, the anticipated numbers of participants and their supporters, and discussed measures that could be employed to maintain adequate separation for all throughout the process of delivering the event. Unfortunately, the conclusion reached was that the potential restrictions meant that it would not be possible to deliver the event in a COVID safe manner under the guidance available to us.

The East Open Water Swimming Leadership Group realises that its decision will be disappointing to athletes, coaches and parents but looks forward to welcoming everyone back to our Regional Championships in July 2022, when hopefully the pandemic will be a distant memory.

Swim England’s clubs encouraged to complete ‘Return to Water’ survey

Swim England is reissuing its ‘Return to Water’ survey in an effort to better support clubs and help navigate them through their return to training following the easing of the third national lockdown.

The survey was sent via email to key club officers on Thursday 15 April, who will then be asked to answer questions relating to pool access, potential challenges they are facing and the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on their club.

Seeking a new Water Polo Manager

Water Polo Manager Needed

Following the resignation of our Water Polo Manager, Swim England East Region is currently looking for a new manager.  If you think you may be able to help with this voluntary role, please read the role description, and if you are still interested, contact the Regional Chairman at chairman@eastswimming.org

Please note that, as with all regional roles, the Manager must be a member of Swim England, and a Swim England East Region club.  The applications must reach the Chairman by noon on Monday 19th April 2021.

Swim England Club Guidance update sessions

In preparation for the re-opening of pools Swim England  will be delivering a number of Club guidance update sessions. The sessions are open to all club officers and Covid-19 Leads. Please use the survey monkey link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ClubGuidanceUpdates . to book into one of these sessions.

If you do have any queries please do not hesitate to contact clubguidance@swimming.org or check out the Swim England website FAQ’s https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/coronavirus-faqs-answered/

Swim England Swimming Leadership are keen to see events return soon.

The Swim England Swimming Leadership Group is ‘keen to see’ formal competition resume before the end of the season.

Following the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown announcement, the Swimming Leadership Group has been formulating plans for the safe return of licensed and unlicensed meets, open water, Masters, para-swimming and league competition.

Meanwhile, a second series of Level X Racing will run until 23 July when pools reopen from Monday 12 April.

Diving Level X Preparation Session

Join us on Friday 19th February at 1pm! This session is for divers who are taking part in Level X! We will go through the drills, practise each one and try to perfect them. If you are not sure whether to take part in this competition, why not come along and practise the drills with the coaches and see how you get on!

Diving Workouts *NEW*

Join us on Saturday 20th February for our first diving workout.

These sessions are focussed on diving specific drills and skills, divers can do from home. There will also be some fun and games! It is aimed at divers not competing in Level X, pre competitive or Category 1.

This is a trial session, with enough intake we will make this regular! Register on our website

Diving Virtual Athlete and Coach Training Workshop 27th & 28th February

Clubs have selected divers to attend the February Virtual Athlete and Coach Training Workshop and registrations are now open. The workshop will take place over Zoom on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February, with 3 exciting presenters! Sam Hydes from Sheffield diving will run two sessions, both focussing on diving specific skills. Divers and parents are invited to attend a session with mindfulness coach Jessica (sessions split by age). Finally, Amy Bryant will run a flexibility session, using techniques adopted from Artistic Swimming training.

Commonwealth Games 2022 Swimming Team announced

A total of 85 swimmers have been announced for the swim team for the Commonwealth Games in 2022. Congratulations to those from the East Region or those who started their journey in the East including:

Jessica Jane Applegate (City of Norwich)  Jordan Catchpole (Team Waveney)  Harry Constantine (Hatfield, Dunstable) Louise Fiddes (Hatfield, Welwyn Garden SC) Sophie Freeman (Colchester) Grace Harvey (Hoddesdon) Nathan Hughes (Hatfield, Luton, Biggleswade, Central Beds)  Laura Stephens (Harwich, Colchester) Luke Turley (Stevenage, Hatfield)