Swim England Sport Science and Medicine Conference 2024

Swim England Sport Science and Medicine Conference, 2024.

Places can now be booked for the Swim England Sport Science and Medicine Conference 2024.

This year’s conference will take place on Sunday 17 March at the Nottingham Eastwood Park Hotel between 9am and 4pm.

Aimed at sports science and sports medicine practitioners and coaches, the conference features eight speakers delivering presentations on a range of topics.

These include coaching the female athlete, transition from junior to senior, the physiological difference in male and female athletes, REDs and female nutrition and managing periods.

There will also be a presentation on the psychology of the female athlete.

The cost for the day is £60.

Fantastic speakers

Diane Elliot, Swim England sport and science medicine manager said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the Sport Science and Medicine Conference once again.

“We have some fantastic speakers lined up who are experts in their field and will share their broad depth of knowledge across a wide range of varied subjects.

“It promises to be an excellent day which I’m sure will be extremely valuable to all the delegates attending.”

Places for the conference can be booked by clicking here.

Bookings will close on Sunday 10 March but those interested in attending are advised to secure their spot as soon as possible to avoid missing out on a place.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].


  • Date: Sunday 17 March 2024
  • Time: 9am-4pm
  • Location: Nottingham at Eastwood Park Hotel
  • Cost: £60


  • 9:15am-9.30am: Welcome and introduction
    Diane Elliot, Swim England sport and science medicine manager
  • 9.30am-10.15am: Coaching the female athlete – Ryan Livingstone
    Ryan has coached Olympic and world champions James Guy and Matt Richards and helped Emily Large move through the age group ranks to become a key member of the British team. He will explain his approach to coaching females and how this differs from coaching male athletes.
  • 10:15-11am: Transition from junior to senior (part one) – Dan Waddingham and Gemma Hathaway
    Daniel is the British Swimming strength and conditioning coach, based at the Para National Centre in Manchester. Previously, he was the lead athlete development coach at Millfield and worked part-time researching and exploring limiting factors to the transition from junior to senior swimming alongside Gemma. They will be presenting their findings and the framework they have developed at this conference. Gemma is the lead athlete development coach at Wycombe and District Swimming Club. She also works for Swim England and has developed the framework for the transition from junior to senior alongside Dan.
  • 11am-11:15am: Break
  • 11:15am-12pm: Physiological differences in male and female athletes – Craig Robertson
    Craig is currently completing his PhD in the hypoxic training effects in swimming. He is the lead physiologist at Swim England and currently leads the endurance programme, working alongside British Swimming. At the conference, he will be discussing differences in female to male physiology and how this applies to training.
  • 12pm-12:30pm: REDs and female nutrition – Josh Dyson
    Josh is the lead performance nutritionist at Swim England. He is delivering on specific female nutritional advice and how this differs to male requirements. He will cover the key points of relative energy deficiency in sports.
  • 12:30pm-1:15pm: Lunch
  • 1:15pm-2:15pm: Managing periods – Dr Natalie Brown
    Dr Brown is one of the leading physiologists and completed her PhD looking at the female menstrual cycle. She previously was the lead physiologist for Swim Wales prior to completing her PhD. She will deliver on the menstrual cycle in aquatic athletes at the conference.
  • 2:15pm-3:15pm: Transition from junior to senior (part two) – Dan Waddingham and Gemma Hathaway
  • 3:15pm-3:30pm: Break
  • 3:45pm-4pm: Psychology in the female athlete – Alex Stoyel
    Alex is Swim England’s lead performance psychologist and is currently working towards his PhD, studying the female performance and the psychological aspects that may limit their performance.
  • 4pm: Conference close