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Inside February 2016 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.

News round-up

  • Two Welsh farmers and a 79-year-old swimming teacher from Hull were among the regional winners shortlisted for the Get Inspired Unsung Hero title at the BBC Sports Personality Awards.
  • Two short-course world records fell, a third was equalled and James Guy broke a British record as the US and European Allstars went head-to-head in the latest Duel in the Pool.
  • Ben Proud boosted Britain’s growing hopes of Olympic medal success in Rio with a quartet of record-breaking swims at the ASA National Winter Championships.

To read more news click here to buy the February 2016 issue of Swimming Times. 

Bright future  

Synchro’s ASA National Age Group Championships attracted a bumper entry and led to optimism about the sport’s future.

Olympian Olivia Federici has predicted a bright future for British synchronised swimming after seeing the young talent on show at December’s ASA National Age Group Championships in Gloucester.

Federici and her Great
 Britain team-mates Katie Clark, Genevieve Randall and Jodie Cowie were at the event to display the routines they hope can secure them an Olympic duet spot in March.

To read more click here to buy the February 2016 issue of Swimming Times.  

Toughest Sport

Anyone who’s tried it knows it’s not easy but is synchro the toughest of the aquatic sports?

When you witness a runner grimacing in pain to 
reach the finish line or a weightlifter straining every muscle to make a lift, it is easy to see how physically demanding that sport is. Yet when you watch synchronised swimming, all you tend to see is happy and smiling faces.

But those faces hide the truth. Speak to competitors in the sport and they will tell you they are pushing their bodies to the absolute limit – but they are not allowed to show the pain they are in if they want to be successful.

Find out what some of GB’s leading synchro stars say in February’s Swimming Times, click here to buy.

Road to Rio  

British synchro slipped into the doldrums after losing its Lottery funding in the wake of London 2012 but three years later, its future prospects are looking a great deal rosier.

British synchronised swimming lost its funding from UK Sport, but the coaches and athletes are determined to overcome that and try and follow the path of diving and gymnastics and become a powerful nation in a sport where previously they struggled to be competitive on the world stage.

Olivia Federici and Katie Clark, who have both come out of retirement, and teenagers Jodie Cowie and Genevieve Randall will be trying to secure GB an Olympic spot at a test event in Rio in March. ‘It’s going to be a real challenge but we are very motivated and we want to qualify for Rio because the prospects that gives our sport in the future are just fantastic,’ said Federici.

Read more in February’s Swimming Times click here to buy a copy.

Numbers Game 

ASA Director of Participation Nick Caplin explains the five-year strategy that aims to reverse the decline in swimming participation across England.

The ASA has launched an ambitious five-year strategy designed to reverse the long-term decline in swimming participation figures across England. The strategy aims to change public perceptions of swimming, make the sport more visible and relevant to people and enhance the swimming experience from arrival at the reception desk to a visit to the cafeteria afterwards.

To read more click here to get the February's Swimming Times. 

Moore than a swimmer 

Champion masters swimmer Bill Moore has been named as the UK’s most active person over the age of 65

There must be something in the water in the East Leeds area. Last year, we featured Kirsten Cameron and her amazing swimming exploits; several others from the East Leeds masters club are doing great things in the pool, and now Bill Moore, from the very same club, has been announced as the UK’s most active person over the age of 65 in a national competition sponsored by Ateronon, the natural supplements company.

The great-grandad from Wakefield is 78 years old and, although he did not start masters swimming until he was in his late 40s, he holds a British record in the 70-74yrs 50m breaststroke and has won 40 national masters titles.

Hear more from Bill in the February 2016 issue of Swimming Times, click here to buy a copy.

Finding funding 

Competition is tough but it’s still possible to secure external financial support for your swimming club, event or project.

Perhaps you’re starting to think about planning an event or gala. Or maybe you’d like to purchase a piece of much needed equipment for your club. But you’ve got that sinking feeling that it’s only ever other people that seem to get monetary support.

Understandably, if you’ve ever spent a long time writing a funding bid to a local, national or even international funder and then been turned down, it can feel like a real body blow. A lot of research, time and emotion is invested in such an activity, so when rejection comes, it can feel personal. But it isn’t. A whole range of factors could have scuppered your endeavours – some of which can be worked upon to improve your next application.

For practical tips on finding funding read the February issue of Swimming Times, click here to buy a copy.

Honesty Box

Liam Barnett, the gold-winning men’s captain of Britain’s World Transplant Games team describes the emotional rollercoaster surrounding the operation that gave him a second chance at life.

If I could bring about change I would…secure the future of the NHS in Britain. It means life or death to me and many people in my life. It is simply humanitarian to have access to free health care but it is taken for granted by many Britons.

My heart was broken by... the many wonderful people I have known and lost while being part of the international transplant community.

In particular, the passing of a very special friend, Janet Coleman, broke my heart. Janet was the kindest, most joyous and funniest person you could ever meet. From Belfast, Janet was the Great Britain and Northern Ireland transplant swimming team manager. We worked closely to enhance the professionalism of the swimming team and raise the profile of organ donation through our swimming.

Read more from Liam in February’s Swimming Times, click here to buy yours. 

Making Waves     

Olympic water polo players Craig Figes, the former GB captain, and Francesca Clayton share their views on the state of the sport in Britain and its future.

Craig Figes:

Water polo is a hobby for most people and we have to turn it into a sport. If we can change that culture it gives most talented an opportunity to get better.

Francesca Clayton:

We could get back to the Olympics as long as everything goes to plan as far as the new strategy is concerned and we get backing from our governing body in the way that we need. We could get there but not immediately.

You can read more from Craig and Francesca in the February 2016 issue of Swimming Times, click here to get yours. 

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