David Robinson – a sad loss to the swimming community

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing away of one of our members. David Robinson.

Having joined Mildenhall and District Swimming Club in 1979 when his two children started lessons there, David dedicated a large proportion of the last 41 years to the sport. Despite never being a competitive swimmer himself, he held various voluntary roles at club, county and regional level and as a Referee, he was often seen poolside at many many competitions. He was a member of the Suffolk County ASA for 35 years and a founding member of the East Region board when it was formed in 2005. Roles he held at club and county level include team manager, secretary, chairman and president. He was the East Region President in 2011 and has also been masters manager and records officer for the East Region, secretary and treasurer of the Fenland Swimming League and he was vice-president of Mildenhall and District Swimming Club adding to that his work as a national referee and also trainer of officials. David was also honoured with the Swim England Alfred H Turner Award back in 2020.

David will be sorely missed by all in the swimming community and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. Details of his funeral can be found here

Seeking a New Regional Manager

Swim England East Region is currently seeking an ambitious and self-motivated individual to take on the role of Regional Manager to join the team on a permanent basis. The successful applicant will be responsible for leading the development and governance within the region, providing support and guidance for East Region clubs and their members.  This role is key in driving and increasing the talent pool by ensuring effective, self-sustaining clubs are at the heart of the region’s development.

This role will be managing East Region staff to deliver an effective development programme. The role is seeking someone who is self-driven, flexible in their approach, and can prioritise the requirements of the region. To succeed in this role, the applicant will need to demonstrate strong leadership qualities, ideally have management experience, and have a results-driven perspective. A strong knowledge of the sector is essential.

Further information can be found here ; https://careers.swimming.org/vacancies/144/regional-manager–swim-england-east-region.html


World Mental Health Day

10th of October is World Mental Health Day in order to help raise awareness and break the stigma around the topic. Even though we are busy people, lets take some time to give our mental health the focus it deserves.

– Allocate ‘me time’- Rather than waiting for some ‘free time’ which never tends to happen, try creating some space in your diary and schedule in a walk, or reading a book, or even just doing some breathing exercises.

– Eat properly- With busy schedules, breakfast often gets missed, or dinner gets eaten on the go. Try to make sure you are eating healthy meals and plan in advance so you are not reaching for last minute snacks on the go.

– Communicate- Be open with your friends and family with how you are feeling and things that are on your mind. They will also appreciate someone that reaches out to them to ask how they are doing.

One in four people experience mental health issues during their lifetime, yet it is often not given the attention it deserves. This October, let’s take some time to think about what we can all do to make some changes.

East Region Bursary for Athletes Now Available!

Swim England East Region is announcing a new bursary scheme to help our east region athletes that have been selected to be part of British Swimming or England Talent teams from an east region club (all disciplines). The region appreciates we are all going through challenging times at the moment, and with increasing costs it is important we try to assist our members to be able to take advantage of such selections and opportunties.

For more information please visit our bursaries and funding webpage.

Swim England mourns the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Swim England has expressed its heartfelt sympathies to the Royal Family following the death of Her Majesty The Queen at the age of 96.

Her Majesty was the patron of the national governing body – then known as the Amateur Swimming Association – for 63 years from 1953 until handing over the role to The Duke of Cambridge in December 2016.

Jane Nickerson, Swim England chief executive, said: “Her Majesty was an iconic figure and an inspiration – and she will be sorely missed. She touched the lives of so many across the world and it was an honour to have her as our patron for so long.

On behalf of Swim England, I’d like to pass on our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sympathies to all members of the Royal Family at this extremely sad time.”

Gerry Metcalf heads to Peru!

Gerry Metcalf is heading to Lima, Peru shortly to officiate as a Starter at the FINA World Junior Championships from 30th August to 4th September. This comes shortly after her Starter role at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham a few weeks ago where many of you will have spotted her as the Starter in the televised coverage of the Games. Hopefully FINA’s YouTube channel will  be showing the competition.

We wish Gerry safe travels to Peru!


East Region Athletes Medalling on the International Stage!

East Region swimmers and divers were amongst those celebrating a medal win at some of the recent international competitions taking place.

At the European Junior Championships 2022, held in Romania during July, Erin Little of Chelmsford SC (formally Maldon Sharks SC) won a silver medal in the 4 x 100m Mixed Medley event as well as a Bronze in the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay.

Skye Carter from Basildon & Phoenix SC won an outstanding 4 medals at the European Youth Olympic Festival 2022 that took place in Slovakia at the end of July. These were Silver in the 50m Freestyle, Bronze in the 100m Freestyle, Bronze in the 4 x 100 Medley Relay event, and Silver in the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay team event.

At the European Championships 2022, held in Rome, Laura Stephens from Colchester SC and Basildon & Phoenix SC, (formally a member of Harwich, Dovercourt and Parkeston SC, and Stanway SC) narrowly missed out on a medal in the 200m Butterfly final.

In the diving events at the European Championships, Ben Cutmore, a member of Luton Diving, and a former member of Cambridge Dive Team, won the Gold medal in the 10m Platform Synchronised event. Ben also won the Bronze in the 10m Platform Individual event.

Amy Rollinson from Luton Diving, finished fourth by 0.30 points in the synchro 3m Springboard event.

Well done to the swimmers and divers, and the support team around them- parents, coaches, and volunteers that are involved in getting these athletes to the top!

Director Recruitment

Swim England East Region currently has two vacancies for Directors.   These are key posts to the operation of the region and The Articles of Association for the region can be read here for your reference.  In addition, the Role Description can be read here.

If you are a member of a Swim England East Region club and have relevant experience, we would love to hear from you.  The Board of Directors meet once a month, all meetings are on-line and arranged at times to suit the members.

If you would like to apply, please complete the nomination form or want to find out more, please contact the Regional Chairman, Ian Cotton at chairman@eastswimming.org before 12th September 2022.


Commonwealth Games success for East Region athletes!

As the Commonwealth Games aquatic events have come to an end at the Sandwell Aquatic Centre, the region would like to congratulate all swimmers and divers that took part.

The country made second in the swimming medal table, totalling 32 medals. Six of these medals were won by swimmers from East Region clubs, or began their journey at clubs in the region. Martyn Walton of Hatfield SC (formally a swimmer at Stevenage SC) also contributed to the Scottish medal count with a bronze in the 4  x 100m Men’s Medley Relay.

In the women’s 200m freestyle S14 event, East region swimmers dominated the medal podium with Jessica-Jane Applegate, City of Norwich SC (formally a swimmer at Team Waveney SC) taking Silver, and Louise Fiddes, Hatfield SC (formally a swimmer at Welwyn Garden SC) taking Bronze.

Grace Harvey, Hoddesdon SC (formally a swimmer at Team Luton SC) took Silver in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB6.

Laura Stephens not only took home the Silver medal in the Women’s 200m Butterfly, but also took home a Bronze medal in the Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay. Laura is a member of Colchester SC and Basildon & Phoenix SC, (formally a member of Harwich, Dovercourt and Parkeston SC, and Stanway SC).

Luke Turley, Hatfield SC (formally a swimmer with Stevenage SC) won Bronze in the Men’s 1500m Freestyle event.

James Hollis, a former East Region swimmer, won a Bronze medal in the S10 100m Butterfly event. James was a former member at Epping Forest SC, Bishops Stortford SC, and Harlow Penguins SC.

Next came the success on the diving boards. Divers from around the world took to the stage, including Amy Rollinson from Luton Diving club. Amy’s great performance resulted in her winning Bronze in the 1m Springboard final. Amy also narrowly missed out on another bronze medal, coming 4th in the Women’s Synchronised 3m Springboard final. Amy’s father, Ian Rollinson, an active regional volunteer, saw her success from close range, as he was the Diving Secretariat for the Games.

Thank you to all the volunteers that contributed at the Games, they could not take place without your support.