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Sussex beaches get quality mark

Every beach in Sussex between West Wittering and Winchelsea has been given a clean bill of health by the Environment Agency in a report published on 15 April 2014.

Most of the beaches have received the highest award with the remainder meeting the minimum standard for cleanliness. The awards are made by the Marine Conservation Society who take regular water samples throughout the year.

The Good Beach Guide is used by almost half a million people every year. As well as providing information on bathing water quality there’s information on weather, travel, lifeguards, facilities and activities at over 1,000 UK beaches.

You can find the detail for favourite beach here

Presidents past and present

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The annual lunch for Past Presidents was held in Brighton on Saturday 10 April.

Left to right back row,: Glenise Buck, Margaret Simmonds, Chris Hobbs, Deedee Pickering, Ray Barber, Brian DeVal. Middle Row: Daphne Bryant, Nanette Morgan, David Rosen, Margaret Tuppen, Audrey Taylor, Peter, Peter McCallum. Seated: George Eley and current president Carol Barber.

You can find out about the history of Sussex ASA here.

County moves to long course championships in 2015

The County Championships and Age Group competition will be held long course for the first time in 2015 following a vote by Sussex clubs.

A majority of Sussex clubs have voted in favour of changing the Sussex County Championships and Age Group competition to a long course format in 2015.

The move follows a wide-ranging consultation in the summer of 2013 following moves by the ASA to exclude qualification for national competitions using short course times for all but Age Group championships. At the time there was significant support amongst clubs for changing to a long course Championships. The ASA subsequently reversed their proposals for entry qualifications. In response the Swimming Committee decided to ask all 18 competitive clubs in Sussex to vote again on the single question – did they support the introduction of the long course competition.

From the 16 clubs that responded, 10 voted in favour of the change.

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Championships spring board for future success.

Five new Championship records were set on the final weekend of the County Championships.

Tom Rooke (Crawley SC) set new open Championship and County records for 50m Breast in a time of 28.78. Tom also set new Championships and County records for 100m breaststroke with a time of 1.02.80.

Brighton SC U16 girls set a new Championship and County record for the 4x50m f/s in a time of 1.51.24.  A Brighton SC team also broke the girls 4x50m medley in a time of 2.03.28.

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