About the Masters Committee and Working Group

British Masters Swimming Championships 2014

The ASA and British Swimming are two separate organisations and have different roles to play in swimming.

British Swimming deals with any issues that relate to the whole of the United Kingdom i.e. England, Scotland and Wales. The ASA deals with issues that affect England.

Therefore, there are two voluntary groups which influence decisions in Masters; one for the ASA and one for British Swimming:

  • Click here to download a Word document of regional Masters contacts
  • Click here to search by month and year for Masters Committee meeting minutes (new window will open).

British Swimming Masters Technical Committee

This committee reports directly to British Swimming Board and comprises of volunteers from each country and a British Swimming Board liaison.

CHAIR

Verity Dobbie, Masters Technical Committee ChairVerity Dobbie

In real life, Verity is the managing partner of a small law practice in North West Durham where she specialises in family law. Married with a teenage daughter she has swum competitively since she was 9, and despite Orwell's dire predictions she couldn't wait for 1984 to turn 25 and start in Masters.

Her adventures as "the Binge Swimmer” can be followed in the Swimming Times and on her blog “Binge Swimming”. Verity also writes the Masterstroke's column in the Swimming Times; She currently chairs the ASA National Masters committee, is passionate about the sport and loves its inclusiveness and the fact that it is as satisfying for the complete novice as it is for the more seasoned competitor.

She says "after 45 years in swimming, I'm still not even sure if I can properly articulate my attraction to it, but I just love the sport, the training, the people, the competition, the camaraderie the challenge. I see swimming as a hugely positive pastime, it has given me some unique and unbelievable experiences and I am keen to share the opportunities for “fitness friendship and fun” with as wide an audience as possible.”

ASA

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.

RECORDS ADMINISTRATOR

David Chaney

SWIM WALES

Terry John, Swim WalesTerry John

Terry John is on the committee representing Swim Wales - a position he has held since 2009. Terry is an IT Developer in the 'real world' but has been involved in swimming all his life. He has been Head Coach of Cardiff Masters for 19 years.

Contact: terry@john97.fslife.co.uk

SCOTTISH ASA

Eddie Riach, Scottish ASAEddie Riach

Eddie was born in Inverness and is now living and working in Glasgow after a short period of education in Aberdeen where he qualified in Architecture. Eddie represented Scotland in swimming in the early 1970s and competed for Great Britain at the 1973 World Student Games in Moscow. After a brief but intense few years in Water Polo, he took up Masters Swimming in 1986 and still competes as well as doing an increased amount of Open Water swimming. Eddie is married with two children, all of whom have had or still have an involvement in the sport. He is Chair of Scottish Swimming Masters Committee.

Contact: eriach@aol.com

BRITISH SWIMMING BOARD LIAISON

Simon RothwellSimon Rothwell

Simon Rothwell has been involved in swimming since 1970 when he first began swimming competitively and later trained as a swimming instructor and qualified as a technical swimming official. After completing a university degree in French and German, Simon trained as a teacher and took up a teaching position in a Merseyside comprehensive school where he currently teaches French, German and Sociology. Simon has officiated at many national and international events in this country and in Europe and was selected to represent England at the XVI Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1998. Simon served on the Aquatics Committee for the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games at which he was Deputy Competition Manager for Aquatics and Technical Director for Swimming. In 2000, Simon was selected to represent the ASA as one of the English representatives on the British Swimming Management Board where he is concerned with the sport internationally and the issues relating to elite swimming. In 2003 he was elected to be a member of the LEN Masters Committee and has served as its Chairman since 2004 and was elected to the FINA Masters Committee in 2009.

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 Working Group

This group reports directly to the Swimming Management Group which in turn reports to the ASA Sports Governing Board. The group is comprised of three volunteers and liaises with the Masters Officer who can take issues to the Swimming Management Group.

  • Click here for contact details of ASA regional and county Masters representatives.

 

Verity Dobbie, Masters Technical Committee ChairVerity Dobbie

In real life, Verity is the managing partner of a small law practice in North West Durham where she specialises in family law. Married with a teenage daughter she has swum competitively since she was 9, and despite Orwell's dire predictions she couldn't wait for 1984 to turn 25 and start in Masters.

Read more about Verity in her profile from the British Swimming Masters Technical Committee at the top of this page.

Geoff Stokes, Masters SpecialistGeoff Stokes

Geoff holds a number of positions withing regional and national swimming administration.

Head to Geoff's profile from the British Swimming Masters Technical Committee at the top of this page for more details.

Shelley Robinson, ASA Masters Working GroupShelley Robinson

Shelley became involved with swimming through her children in the early 1980s. She qualified and ended up as head coach before becoming a Masters coach. She is also qualified as an official, has run her own swim school and training organisation. After learning to swim butterfly at 40, Shelley started to compete as a Masters swimmer. More than twenty years later, she is covering both ends of the age range in swimming as South East Region Welfare Officer and a Masters swimmer in her seventh decade!

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).

Read more about Sharon in her profile from the British Swimming Masters Technical Committee at the top of this page.

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