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Meet the Masters Committee

Find out who the Masters Committee are and what they do within the committee.

Meet the Masters Technical Committee

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE CHAIR

Verity Dobbie, Masters Technical Committee ChairVerity Dobbie

LONDON REGION REPRESENTATIVE

Christine Goodair, Masters London Regional RepresentativeChristine Goodair

Christine is a Masters Swimmer and Secretary of Kings Cormorants Masters Swimming Club. She is also a qualified swimming official and London Swimming Board member. Christine was a Games Maker (Aquatics) at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

WEST MIDLAND REGION REPRESENTATIVE

Tony Ward, Masters West Midland Region RepresentativeTony Ward

Tony has been in swimming for many years as an age group swimmer to a Masters Swimmer but rarely competes due to being involved in officiating or part of the Event Management Team. Tony specialises in two areas of swimming;

  • Masters where he can be seen being the interface between the swimmers and officials, trying to resolve issues at events, taking withdrawals, Team Declaration forms and record spotting. He is also the Event Manager of the Midland Masters Championships.
  • Disability Swimming where he officiates at the highest level. Referee at the Paralympic Games in Beijing and London, and Technical Delegate for the International Paralympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Tony also serves on Staffordshire ASA Executive, West Midland Masters Committee, Joint East and West Midland Masters Committee and ASA Masters Technical Committee.

EAST REGION REPRESENTATIVE

David Robinson, Masters East Region RepresentativeDavid Robinson

David has been a member of the ASA East Region Management Board since its inception in 2005. He joined the original East Region Masters Technical Committee at that time and in 2010 became its manager.  In 2005 he became the East Region Records Officer and established records for mainstream, masters and disability and continues to maintain them.

SOUTH EAST REGION REPRESENTATIVE

Anthony Gimson, Masters South East Region RepresentativeAnthony Gimson

Anthony joined Watford SC in 1949 but did not compete much being in the Merchant Navy until 1960.  He then played and refereed water polo.  He took on various club roles including President in 1973. Anthony moved to Haywards Heath in 1982 and was Chairman from 1983-86. First ASA Masters in 1983 and started a Club Masters Section which now has 200 members. Anthony was Sussex Masters Secretary from 1990-2010 and Southern District Masters Secretary from 1997-2002. He has been on the ASA Masters Committee since 2000 to date, is a Qualified Official (J2S) and currently Sussex President.

SPECIALIST

Geoff Stokes, Masters SpecialistGeoff Stokes

Geoff's current involvement in swimming is as follows:

  • Member of South East Region Board
  • Discipline manager for SER Masters
  • Promoter of SER Masters Competitions
  • Member of the ASA Masters Committee
  • Member of the British Swimming Masters Committee
  • Masters coach for Rushmoor Royals SC
  • Member of the Spencer Swim Team
  • Competitive Master swimmer, age group 75/79

He is also the liaison and adviser for the ASA and British Swimming Masters Championships representing the relevant Masters committees. As a swimming official, Judge 2, Geoff supports age group competitions throughout the year.

EAST MIDLANDS REGION REPRESENTATIVE

Jim Peto, Masters East Midland Region Representative Jim Peto

Jim has been an active Masters swimmer for nearly 40 years and continues to enjoy competition and has recently taken up Open Water swimming. He represents and furthers Masters interests sitting on several committees at county (Northamptonshire), regional (ASA East Midland) and national levels.

Jim has performed many roles in Wellingborough ASC over the past  28 years and is the coach of their Swim21 accredited Masters Squad. He is particularly gratified to see those he taught and coached as youngsters returning to take up Masters swimming. Jim is a firm proponent of Life Long Participation.

SOUTH WEST REGION REPRESENTATIVE

Rosemary Johnson, Masters South West Region Representative Rosemary Johnson

Rosemary started swimming at both Folkestone SC and Dover Life Guards at the age of 15. Her main interest at this time was life saving and over the years she has won many competitions. Her enthusiasm for swimming continued when she moved to Canada in 1963 and then on to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1965.

In 1977 Rosemary moved back to the UK, with her husband and three children. Her first Masters competition was in Weymouth in 1985 where her nerves got the better of her. In 1986 Rosemary was a member of a six women relay team that completed an English Channel swim and in 2005 she completed the Isle of Wight to Southsea swim. She attended her first European Masters in 1993 in Blackpool.

Having got the bug for international competition Rosemary has since competed in the World Masters in Canada and Sheffield and the World Masters Games in Australia. This year she is returning to Canada and in preparation for this she competes regularly in competitions in England, Wales, Guernsey and the Isle of Wight. Rosemary joined the Masters Technical Committee in 2010.

NORTH WEST REGION REPRESENTATIVE

Jeroen Peters, Masters North West Region RepresentativeJeroen Peters

Jeroen became a Masters Swimmer at Romiley Marina near Stockport in Cheshire in 1990, not long after he moved to the UK from his home country, The Netherlands. He also joined Glossop ASC, Jeroen's home town these days, and has been vice-chair there since stepping down as chair of RMSC after nearly 10 years. When not swimming you can find Jeroen being an ASA referee on a poolside all over the North West and East Midlands.

NORTH EAST REGION REPRESENTATIVE

David Dickenson, Masters North East Region RepresentativeDavid Dickenson

As a retired I.T. technician David came into swimming through his children joining Sheffield Oak Street Swimming Club (now City of Sheffield S.S.) over 35 years ago. He has been Yorkshire S.A. Championship Secretary for 23 years and has also held the post of Yorkshire President and ASANER President. David spends most of his spare time taking in entries and recording for County Age Group Championships and also County and Regional Masters. For the last 23 years he has been Chief Recorder for National and International Disability Swimming Events. David is also part of the I.T team for ASA and British Swimming events.

ASA MASTERS SWIMMING OFFICER

Sharon Lock, ASA Masters Swimming OfficerSharon Lock

Sharon was a swimmer in her youth and then re-started Masters at the age of 30. She has competed in all levels of Masters Competitions and has enjoyed limited success at Worlds & European (not top three but mainly in the top 10). She has been an enthusiastic promoter of Masters Swimmers and has been Leics County Rep for five years, helping to organise Regional Development Days & Team Managing Leics Team for inter-counties. Sharon is not part of the Technical Committee and has no voting rights but feeds into the meeting agenda and is allocated responsibilities via the Technical Committee.

ASA MASTERS ADMINISTRATOR

Lindsay Biro-Moore, ASA Masters AdministratorLindsay Biro-Moore

Lindsay has worked at the ASA for nearly 10 years. She started with Swim21 and progressed to Disability and Open Water, then it was onto Masters. In her spare time, Lindsay doesn't go near water, preferring to stick to terra firm and riding her horses. Lindsay is responsible for the administration of Technical Committee Meetings and she acts as a secretary, manages the minutes and agenda. She also has the responsibility for the administration of World records with FINA, and European records with LEN as GB Masters Swimmers claim them.

Have your say...

There are several ways you can do this:

  • Initially, please raise your issue with your County Representative. Have a look at the Masters Committee Pathway to see who is your area representative. You should be able to find contact details via your counties website. If this person cannot resolve the issue they will take it to the Regional Meeting. If it cannot be resolved at the Regional Meeting your Regional Representative will take it to the Technical Committee
  • Alternatively you may raise issues which you feel affect the whole of the Masters Community by emailing the ASA Masters Administrator at lindsay.biro-moore@swimming.org who will either pass the issue onto the appropriate person or add the issue to the Technical Committee meeting agenda.
  • Finally, if you feel you want to discuss any issues informally, or need help to take a problem further, you can email the ASA Masters Swimming Officer at sharon.lock@swimming.org who will be happy to help you.

Volunteer to be a representative

If you would like to become a County or Regional representative you can either email the ASA Masters Swimming Officer, or approach your current County/Regional Rep. If there is more than one person wanting to take on the role it will be put to the vote by the Masters in your area.

Other volunteering roles

Masters swimming could not take place without people in Masters helping out and we always need new people to volunteer. These roles could include Team Manager/Selector for the National Inter-counties meet; you could help run your county championship meet and volunteer to take on any of the roles associated with this. You could also volunteer to take on a specific role to help run Masters systems such as claiming records, rankings, running meet entry systems and databases or look on the volunteering section of the website here to find other roles you may be interested in. Please don’t be shy, if you’ve got some time or skills to offer let us know. We are happy to welcome anyone to the Masters Community.

Masters Committee Meeting Minutes

Click here to view the Masters Committee Meeting Minutes (you will need to select 'Masters' from the filter)

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