Sussex girls win South East Region Inter County Championships

Our girls U16yrs team took top spot in the South East Region Inter County Championships held at Whitgift School on 28th November.

For many in the Sussex squad, this was the first real taste of competitive water polo, so it was understandable that the girls got off to a nervy start.

After four excellent wins from four matches the team picked up the title.

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Sussex win London/South East Region Under 16 (mixed) water polo tournament.

The Sussex team were without Henry Broadhurst, Indy Nash, Luke Heaton & first choice goalkeeper Felix Monaghan and Becky Smith and Lillie Standen were only able to play in the last game of the tournament having been in action earlier in the day for Mid Sussex Marlins in the ladies’ national league.

As a result all of the squad had to make significant contributions and we were delighted to secure the win after a very exciting match against Surrey in the final game of the tournament.

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100IM Champions from Winter Meet

From the Winter Competition held last weekend we have four new Champions.

In the Junior event we have 


  1. Ella Thornburg, Littlehampton, 1.09.53
  2. Milla Clench, East Grinstead, 1.09.90
  3. Lottie Evershed, Hailsham, 1.11.88


  1. Alexander Davis, East Grinstead, 1.02.01
  2. Leon Taylor, Shiverers, 1.02.16
  3. Robert Taylor, East Grinstead, 1.05.22

Trophies and medals for the Junior events will be presented in club environments as soon as possible (the trophies need to be engraved first)

In the Senior event we have 


  1. Hannah Poulter, Brighton, 1.07.06
  2. Amber Ranson, Atlantis, 1.08.34
  3. Isabella Hayes Atlantis, 1:08.72


  1. Mackenzie Cannon, Mid Sussex Marlins, 58.86
  2. Joseph O’Neill, East Grinstead, 59.75
  3. Louis Charon Hastings Seagull, 1.00.32

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Will Philpot from Crawley Swim Team, receives Royal seal of approval for lockdown work

Three swimming coaches have been hailed as ‘lockdown heroes’ for their innovative ideas and achievements to keep people active throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

They were among 25 coaches nationwide honoured at the UK Coaching Hero Awards Ceremony in Leeds.

Will Philpot, Crawley Swim Team, Richard Smith, Marlborough Penguins, and Craig Prime, Wrexham Swimming Club, all received a memento from HRH The Princess Royal to mark the accolade bestowed on them.

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Lisa Mickel nominated for the Swim England Inspirational Volunteer Award

Lisa Mickel (Crawley Swimming Club) has been heavily involved in aquatic sports since the age of 12 when she first joined Crawley SC.

She is a masters swimmer herself and now has two children in the club where she also coaches the post-graduate squad.

She encouraged communication during the pandemic by setting up a WhatsApp group and has worked extremely hard to ensure that members never lost motivation when they couldn’t be in the water.

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Extra £5m for Active Together crowdfunding partnership

Since May 2020, Sport England have been running a successful crowdfunding initiative called Active Together, helping sports clubs and other organisations to set up and run their own crowdfunding campaigns to help sustain themselves through the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

Initially with a £1 million budget from the National Lottery, Active Together was designed to help with the immediate financial impact of coronavirus and in the longer-term, the return to play.

To date, the Sport England has supported campaigns with a financial pledge towards their target fundraising amount, but in addition to this, we’ve been providing:

  • free 1-2-1 coaching by experts
  • advice and guidance on campaign improvements
  • access to free online courses
  • free 30-minute webinars, monthly.

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Swim England warns almost 2,000 pools could be lost forever by end of decade

Almost 2,000 swimming pools could be lost forever by the end of the decade unless the Government and local authorities ‘act now’ to replace or refurbish ageing facilities.

Swim England has warned in its new A Decade of Decline: The Future of Swimming Pools in England report that there will be a huge reduction in the amount of water space available by 2030, which could threaten the future of aquatic sports in some areas and leave millions shut out of the activities they love.

The looming shortage is based on pools which were constructed in the 1960s and 1970s and are coming to the end of their lifespan – while not enough new facilities are being built to replace them.

While the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the issue, it is not a direct cause for the dire prediction.

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Deadline to complete Judge 1 training course reinstated

Poolside practical sessions of the Swimming Officials Judge 1 training are being resumed after being put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The move has been described as an ‘important step forward’ for volunteers who are working towards the qualification.

Since the beginning of 2020, the training has included an online theory session followed by practical poolside elements – which trainees had 11 months to complete.

However, the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent pool closures due to the national lockdowns obviously prevented trainees from completing the poolside element.

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Winter Competition returns to K2 in October

This competition will not be like previous competitions because this year has not been like previous years.

Swimmers have not been able to train normally or to compete as they normally would. Because of this we have really focussed on the needs of swimmers and provided the best possible racing environment so that our athletes can gain the times they need to qualify for higher competitions or for our County Championships in February.

We are aiming to license this gala at Level 2 because it will help swimmers. The programme has been streamlined by removing all the competitions that normally run alongside our galas, including club and age group points. This means that swimmers can focus on achieving the best times they can in the events they are most likely to need in the months ahead.

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Swim England confirms dates for national events as part of Virtual Series

Swim England has confirmed the dates when the national artistic swimming events which make up the Virtual Series will take place.

Four competitions will be held for all age groups throughout September, October, November and December.

However, instead of each event being held at one venue, clubs and individuals will perform routines in their own pools during a certain time period and submit video footage which will be scored by qualified judges.

The top routines will then be shown during a Facebook live stream and the winners announced. 

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