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Barrow win Diddy league for first time in 10 Years


Barrow ASC is a competitive swimming club based in Cumbria. They are one of 8 clubs in Cumbria competing in the ‘Diddy League’. Diddy League is a fantastic introduction to competitive swimming for younger children aged 9-11. The Diddy team is made up of teams of girls and boys in each age group (9, 10 & 11). In addition to team relays, we also have 50m events and a climax of ‘The Cannon’ which is made up of the fastest girl and boy from each age group.

The team is put together by our Level 1 and Level 2 Coaches Alison Sharpe and Mandy Steele.

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North West Swimmers Selected for Commonwealth Youth Games


The ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) has today announced the 12 swimmers who will make up the Commonwealth Games England Swimming Team heading to Samoa later this year.

Congratulations go to Lewis Clough (City of Salford) and Edward Baxter (Cockermouth) who have been selected for the England Team whilst the Isle of Man have selected Niamh Robinson (Pioneer 79); Brody Hewison (Isle of Man SC) and Alex Bregazzi (Douglas SC)

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North West Synchro Swimmer receives Blue Peter Badge


During a recent GB Synchronised Swimming Camp in Bristol - Talent Development Officer Karen Thorpe organised BBC Television to be attendance to watch the girls in action and for the Blue Peter presenters to “have a go” at synchronised swimming.

As the GB Senior squad are competing at the European Games in Baku it was the younger members of the GB squad who were tasked in getting the Blue Presenters “upto scratch”. 

Greta Hampson, one of the North West Region synchro swimmers was in attendance and was presented with a BLUE PETER BADGE.

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The ASA NORTH WEST REGION would like to congratulate Holly Hibbott, Southport/Stockport Metro on winning the GOLD MEDAL in the 800 metres Freestyle and Luke Greenbank, Cockermouth on winning the GOLD MEDAL in 100m Backstroke and 200m Backstroke breaking the Junior World Record at the European Games in Baku. 

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Club News

2015 Aquatic Awards Categories Now Open


The categories and criteria for the new ASA Aquatics Awards 2015 have now been finalised, with nominations opening on Wednesday 1 July.

For the first time in the ASA’s history, the celebration will recognise participants across the entire ASA pathway from youngsters learning to swim through to our elite athletes on the international stage, and all those whose continued dedication ensures the smooth running of the sport.

The ceremony, which will be held on 14 November 2015 in Leamington Spa, will see individuals, facilities and schools recognised across a number of categories. This will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all those from across the aquatics community.


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2015 Open Water Festival


The 2015 Open Water Festival took place at Salford Quays on Sunday 21st June 2015.

The entries for this competition had risen this year with over 160 swimmers taking part in what was the ASA North West Region; ASA North East Region; Cheshire County WPSA; Lancashire County WPSA; Northumberland & Durham SWPA Championships as well as the PSUK Championships (Police).

The weather was not the best for the swimmers but this did not deter them from swimming to their best.

The winners from the regional events will now be invited to take part in the ASA Open Water Nationals Championships at Rother Valley on 3rd August.

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Water Polo

GB girls land in Azerbaijan for Baku 2015 Games


Great Britain’s under-17 water polo girls touched down in Azerbaijan today ahead of the inaugural Baku 2015 European Games.

Head coach Nick Buller and his squad now have three full days of preparation before their opening Group A clash against reigning champions Greece on Friday.

While in the former Soviet State, the GB players and staff will stay in the purpose-built Athletes Village overlooking the 68,195-seater Olympic Stadium, which will host the athletics events and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

“The facilities here look fantastic and we can’t wait to start training fully tomorrow and working on our tactics,” said Buller. “We’re looking forward to the next two weeks and although we know we’re up against some very tough opposition, we’re ready to give our all in every game.”

The water polo tournament is scheduled for 12-21 June and will take place in one of six temporary venues being used for the Games.

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Water Polo

Brand New Water Polo Hub Launched


The ASA has launched a brand new Water Polo hub which is dedicated to providing the latest news and updates to the Water Polo community.

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Club News

ASA wins RNLI award for children’s Swim Safe programme

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) will receive the Partnerships Award at the RNLI’s Annual Presentation of Awards (APA) for their part in the joint delivery of an innovative free programme to equip children with the skills to swim safely in open water.

The Swim Safe programme is designed to deliver hands-on open water swimming and safety advice to children through lessons with ASA-qualified swimming teachers, as well as water safety sessions with RNLI lifeguards.

While swimming in a pool is a great way of building confidence and technique, open water swimming comes with its own challenges and dangers. These free sessions for children aged 7-14 will equip them with the techniques and confidence to stay safe in the sea, in lakes and in rivers.

Over 6,000 children have learnt about safe swimming in open water in the last two years of the campaign, and the 2015 programme is expected to reach over 12,500 young people.

Pip Hare, Community Safety Product Manager, said: ‘The ASA and the RNLI share the same vision that every child should have access to a scheme like Swim Safe. ASA and RNLI teachers, lifeguards and volunteers have effectively worked alongside each other over the last two summers to deliver a fantastic programme to keep children safe in and around open water.

‘It would not have been possible to deliver Swim Safe without our partnership with the ASA, they have been an exemplary partner at every stage of the Swim Safe planning and delivery.’

The ASA also sits on the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) and is working closely with the RNLI to help align water safety programmes and safety messaging across the UK which will help the RNLI to achieve their target of reducing coastal drownings by 50%.

Adam Paker, ASA Chief Executive, said: ‘We are immensely proud of our ongoing work with the RNLI, and to have received this Partnership Award today.

‘Swim Safe is an incredibly important campaign that each year teaches thousands of young people how to be safe in and around open water. Our work with the NWSF underlines our shared desire to prevent unnecessary deaths by stressing the importance of essential water safety awareness in young people and their parents. 

‘This Award is testament to the hard work and commitment of both organisations and we look forward to continuing our work together.’

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Club News

New Project to Support Dementia Friendly Swimming launched in Manchester

A new project that will see the rollout of dementia friendly swimming sessions across the City has been launched on (21st May) at East Manchester Leisure Centre.

Spearheaded by the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) in partnership with Manchester City Council and supported by GLL, the Dementia Friendly Swimming Project aims to create a network of pools that will enhance the swimming experience of those living with dementia and their carers.

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