Introduction to the event

12th March 2014

The 2014 British Gas Swimming Championships took place in the newly-refurbished Tollcross International Swimming Centre, which will be host to the swimming competition during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The epitome of high performance swimming, the British Championships creates a platform for outstanding results including personal bests, new national records, and selection for Glasgow 2014. 

Nearly 600 competitors travelled from all corners of the UK to swim to win this prestigious event.

Races in both able-bodied and Para-Swimming took place over six days with heats sessions taking place in the morning and finals in the evening.

This event provides fast paced action and electrifying atmosphere for the sports fan. The British Gas Swimming Championships is a fantastic event to engage both the swimming community and sports enthusiast.

Here are few things you may not know about the British Gas Swimming Championships.


  • The 2014 British Championships was the first time the event has been held outside England.
  • Ponds Forge International Sports Centre has hosted the event the most times with 2013 the seventh staging in Sheffield. Manchester Aquatics Centre is second in that list, having hosted the British Champs five times.
  • Multi-classification Disability events were first integrated into the British Championships in 2003.
  • The last disability world record set at the event was Ellie Simmonds’s time of 3:08.14 in the MC 200m Individual Medley final at the 2012 Championships in London. It was an SM6 world record and the first world record to be set at London Aquatics Centre,
  • The last able-bodied world set at the event was Jo Jackson’s time of 4:00.66 in the 400m Freestyle final at the 2009 Championships in Sheffield.
  • Four senior AB British records were set at the 2013 British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield. These were Ben Proud in the 50m Butterfly, Adam Brown in the 50m Freestyle, Dan Sliwinski in the 50m Breaststroke and Jazz Carlin in the 1500m Freestyle.