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Nominations for the 2022 Swim England Hall of Fame are open

Swim England is inviting suggestions for athletes, coaches and volunteers who could be inducted into its Hall of Fame.

Nominations are encouraged across all disciplines and can be submitted by individuals, clubs, counties, regions and wider organisations.

The Swim England Hall of Fame was set up as part of the national governing body’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

A total of 26 people were named in the inaugural induction and this is the first time since then that a new cohort will be included.

Each nomination submitted will be thoroughly evaluated against the published criteria and decisions will be based on the information included in the submission – so as much fact-based evidence as possible should be added.

A panel of representatives from all disciplines will review the submissions and determine those to be inducted during the Swim England National Awards, at the Great Hall, University of Birmingham, on Saturday 26 November.

They will be looking at how nominees have gone above and beyond in their contribution to swimming, para-swimming, artistic swimming, diving, open water and water polo.

The deadline for nominations to be submitted is 9am, Monday 5 September

The categories


Must have had success at the highest level (European, World, Commonwealth or Olympic) AND contributed to the development of the sport in England to bring around positive change.

The focus of the Swim England Hall of Fame is to recognise those athletes who have used success to positively contribute towards the development of the sport in a significant way over a period of time.

Athlete nominations will normally be considered after retirement from the highest level of their performance, except in exceptional circumstances.


Must provide evidence of having worked at the very highest level of performance and have achieved success in one or more of the following areas:

  • Enabling an athlete to break through to the very highest levels of attainment;
  • Coaching a team to break through to the very highest levels of attainment;
  • Coaching athletes to world class success (Olympic or World medallists).


Must illustrate having made an extraordinary impact to the sport. The nomination must demonstrate why there is something special about the achievements an individual has made and show where they have made a significant difference.

Long service is not part of the criteria. Although having achieved over a period of time is helpful, it is more about the outcomes and achievements. There must have been a demonstrable positive change brought about as a result of the individuals’ input.

The first inductees also included swimmers Sharron Davies, Duncan Goodhew and Steve Parry plus synchronised swimming stalwart Jenny Gray and lifelong volunteer Alan Donlan.

Out of the first 26 to be included in the Hall of Fame, 21 were pioneers from their receptive sports and posthumously inducted.

To submit a nomination, please click here and fill in the form including as much detail as possible.