Wavepower: Swim England’s safeguarding policy and procedures updated

Wavepower is Swim England’s safeguarding policy and procedures document.

Its aim is to ensure everyone is able to enjoy our sports and aquatic activity in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment in line with current legislation, regulations and guidance.

All Swim England affiliated clubs and organisations must adopt Wavepower and the current version can be downloaded below.

At the beginning of 2024, an updated version of Wavepower was published.

This is part of Swim England’s commitment to create a culture in our sports and activities which makes everyone feel protected, included and welcomed – and that the safety, welfare and wellbeing of all participants is ingrained throughout our affiliated clubs and organisations.

The key changes introduced in 2024 are available here:

Richard Wadmore

It is with sadness that we have to inform you of the passing of Richard Wadmore who died peacefully at the age of 95 earlier this month.

Richard, a long time member of Beacon Swimming Club and was County President in 1991. He was also president of the Southern Counties ASA (the forerunner of the South East Region).

Alongside his late wife Patricia, who was herself County President in 1995, Richard was central to the organisation and management of county swimming competitions throughout the 1990’s.

Richard was also at the forefront of moving Sussex’s competition management from being entirely paper based with a card entry system to automating elements of our competitions through computer. This led the way for the systems we have today.

Our thoughts are with Richard’s family at this time.

Chris Hobbs recognised for her work in developing swimming officials.

Chris Hobbs, Sussex’s Officials Co-ordinator, has been recognised for her work in developing swimming officials in Sussex by Swim England South East Region.

She was presented with her award and certificate as the Region’s Technical Official of the Year at the Winter Competition.

The Region have also put Chris’ name forward for a Swim England National Award later in the year.

Hannah Capron breaks oldest county record

While representing Sussex at the National County Team Championships Hannah Capron (Brighton & Repton) broke the oldest county record.

The previous girls U6yrs 100m free record was set in 1986 by Olympian Karen Pickering and broadcaster with a time of  57.32. Hannah set the new standard of 57.05 whilst helping the Sussex team retain our place in Division 1.

Sussex members win South East Region Awards

Technical Official of the Year

Chris Hobbs – Eastbourne Swimming Club

What people said about Chris: Chris has gently encouraged many to become involved within the swimming officialdom and provided unbounded support to swimmers.

Chris has a talent for gently encouraging individuals to volunteer. Her un-pushy but quiet persuasive approach providing un-rushed guidance to many. Chris has taken many from observers to senior officials. She is completely dedicated to the sport and those within.”

Water Polo Coach of the Year

Lauren Hand – Mid Sussex Marlins

What people said about Lauren: Lauren started her coaching career at Mid Sussex Marlins where she still works with the junior program helping young players who are starting on the water polo pathway.  She is still an important member of the Marlins ladies team that plays in division 2 of the British Water Polo League and she is also one of the coaches that works with the squad in preparation for all of the matches.


See the full list of the 2023 South East Region Awards Programme winners.

Qualification window for 2023 British and National Summer Meets revealed

The 2023 British Summer Championships will take place at Ponds Forge International Pool in Sheffield from 22–28 July, ending just five days before the start of the National Summer Meet inside the same venue.

Following the successful return of the summer championships and summer meets in 2022, the competitions will provide a valuable opportunity for thousands of swimmers across the country to take part in the end of season events.

The qualification window for the Championships and the respective home nation meets will be open from Friday 10 March to Sunday 21 May.

Selection for the competitions are by invitation only with the top 24 top-ranked swimmers in each event in each age category invited to attend the British Summer Championships, except for the 800m and 1500m Freestyle contests, where the top 18 athletes will be invited.

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