The Masters Working Group

Swim England 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. Swim England deals with issues that affect England.

Therefore, there are two voluntary groups which influence decisions in Masters; one for Swim England and one for British Swimming.

Masters Working Group

This group reports directly to the Swimming Management Group which in turn reports to the Swim England 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 Swim England regional and county Masters representatives.
  • Click here to search by month and year for Masters Committee meeting minutes (new window will open).
Verity Dobbie, Masters Technical Committee ChairVerity Dobbie

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 nine, 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 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.

Geoff Stokes, Masters SpecialistGeoff Stokes

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

He is a member of the South East Region board, a Masters coach for Rushmoor Royals SC and a member of Spencer Swim Team.

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

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 20 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).

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.

For a description of each role on the Masters Working Group please download the relevant documents below

Working Group Role Descriptions