This month’s Swimming Times
Swimming Times is the official magazine of the ASA and British Swimming. Read about the latest issue below. Click on the buttons to reveal the story.
- Fresh and ‘forward thinking’ approach results in successful ASA Club Conference: good interaction with ASA staff on swim21, talent development and learn-to-swim, all with the aim of making aquatics clubs fit for the future
- The red rose bloomed once again at Ponds Forge when Lancashire were crowned inter-county champions for the 12th year running
- Nine world records fell at the national masters: strictly by the numbers, the 2014 British Gas ASA Senior Age Groups and Masters Championships were the biggest yet
- Double Olympic medallist David Davies and several Paralympic swimmers were on hand to welcome the Princess Royal as she helped the Wales National Pool, Swansea (WNPS) to celebrate its 10th anniversary
Ellie Simmonds - Life since London 2012 has been a whirlwind of activity for the four-times Paralympic gold medallist
“Doing the Comic Relief Great British Bake Off was definitely a highlight. I’m a big fan of the show and love baking so to take part for such a good cause was brilliant
"It’s difficult to try to put the last year into words as so many good and exciting things have happened, all of which in themselves have been great. I took a low-key approach to my swimming through till Christmas so I could enjoy the opportunities
"I decided to leave school and be home-tutored to continue with my history A-level, as I was missing so much time it was difficult to keep up."
Josie Grange - The former ASA president reveals how her dream of a 50-metre pool in her home city is about to come true – and why the former Wimbledon champion Arthur Ashe is her hero.
"I can remember one night when I was working for the ASA, sitting at the computer in the membership department in Harold Fern House at about 6.30pm, and thinking how lucky I was to be doing a job that I really enjoyed.
"I went to see 10cc at Nottingham Concert Hall. I love Graham Gouldman as a songwriter as well as a singer. I also recently went to see ‘Jersey Boys’ in London – amazing!
"I really admire Arthur Ashe, former Wimbledon champion. He spent much of his life working against apartheid and generally trying to influence people on how they thought about life and how sport influenced life"
2012: The Legacy
More than a year on, has London 2012, lived up to the promise to ‘inspire a generation’?
We would be dazzled, moved and inspired, promised 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games chief Lord Coe as the Paralympics opened last summer. We’d already squinted at the array of polished metal won by Olympians, and hundreds of thousands of us, moved by British triumph in boats, on bikes, in running spikes and in the pool, spent desperate hours on the ticketing website, even if our only reward was a stroll around Olympic Park"There was a great atmosphere and I was pleased to see I wasn’t the only disabled swimmer taking part.
"Clubs are at the heart of what we do - ensuring they have a strong infrastructure and strong athlete pathway"
"Diving is expanding rapidly, partly due to the ITV reality show Splash! in which Tom Daley teaches celebrities to dive"
"Britain’s water polo men were asked to do in two years something that needed 20 or 30 years"
"The 2012 Games Makers gave volunteering street cred. Volunteering has become socially acceptable – it’s now a cool thing to do’"
"The plans have been shelved and Birmingham remains the biggest city in western Europe without a 50m pool"
"Swim Wales wants to boost club membership from 11,000 to 100,000, partly by incorporating water safety activities’ safety activities; and to increase the number of public swims from 4m to 6.5m by next year"
Against the oddsOne has fought back from a brain tumour, the other from a life-changing cancer – but both have turned adversity into opportunity as they set their respective sights on the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Six years ago, Jay Lelliott was undergoing his second operation to remove a brain tumour. Today he’s training alongside the best butterfly swimmers in Britains
"He has a very good training ethic and mindset and that helps. He has the attitude that nothing will hold him back"
After intensive chemotherapy and surgery for a form of cancer called osteosarcoma, keen swimmer Aaron Maddox was left with limited movement in his right arm. Three years on, the 16-year-old has eyes only for the positive – including Rio 2016
"I lost friends in hospital while I was having treatment and that has made me strive more towards my goals and push myself hard"
On top of the world
Great Britain and Northern Ireland swimmers were described as a ‘medal machine’ as they contributed 100 podium places to the tally of 243 as the team topped the medal table at the World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa
The World Transplant Games were held in Durban, South Africa, from July 28 to August 4. With over 55 countries represented from around the world, Team GB & NI topped the overall medal table with 114 gold, 74 silver and 55 bronze medals, which beat all other nations including USA, Australia and hosts South Africa.
The competition is open to anyone who has undergone a major organ transplant such as heart, lung, kidney, liver or bone marrow. Athletes took part in sports across all disciplines including athletics, swimming, badminton, tennis, squash, cycling and volleyball. The Games are open to all ages and aim to celebrate life and the possibilities of life after transplantation.
Paul Pester, chief executive of the newly launched TSB Bank, talks about his lifelong involvement in swimming – and his memories of training alongside Sharron Davies
"I grew up in Plymouth. My elder brother started swimming at a very young age and my dad became a coach at Plymouth Leander, which in those days was just a little, provincial club.
"In my late 20s and 30s, it became more difficult to swim. I found myself doing a lot more running and that led me into triathlon. I now do six or seven triathlons through the summer
"I remember [Sharron Davies] very well. We swam together a lot. Sharron was a fantastic role model for the younger swimmers coming through. She enabled people to realise what can be achieved at a young age."
Graham Bassi - he’s had many a stormy relationship with parents and club committees in the past but the former Lincoln Vulcans, Bournemouth Dolphins and Swansea ITC coach has a new approach to club swimming, which he outlined at the ASA Club Conference
"One thing the coach really can’t put in is the passion so I try to get the athlete to have their own desire to achieve rather than having a coach-driven passion.
"When I was asked to speak about myself and my achievements, I couldn’t accurately remember so I decided to google myself. It was interesting to read about all my confrontations, fallouts and battles. It was also very worrying to see how long I’ve been involved in this sport. On reading through all the comments, it became apparent to me how I have changed over the years and how experience has also changed my philosophy."
Mum’s stress levels hit new heights as she agrees to timekeep at one daughter’s swimming gala and attend another’s performance in a recital on the same day
This article is an appeal to all spectators to give thanks and support to officials overseeing long distance events.
Talk about stress! This weekend I volunteered to timekeep during a long distance meet – little did I know what I was in for. Apparently they were having trouble finding sufficient officials to enable the event to run – and I soon found out why people are not so keen to come forward.