Four swimmers on British World Class Programme

A quartet of Welsh para-swimmers have been invited on to British Para-Swimming’s 2023-2024 World Class Programme. Rhys Darbey, Lily Rice, Dylan Broom and Meghan Willis are part of the 41-strong group of swimmers selected on the back of impressive seasons, with the 2024 Paralympic Games less than a year away. Nofio Clwyd’s Darbey has been […]

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Swim Wales and Parkwood announce learn to swim accreditation.

Parkwood Leisure earn LTSW Accreditation

Parkwood Leisure, one of the United Kingdom’s leading leisure providers, has been awarded Swim Wales Learn to Swim Accreditation. As a Swim Wales Accredited Provider, Parkwood’s Learn to Swim Programme has been recognised for providing excellence in their delivery, governance and sustainability. More importantly, Parkwood have demonstrated that they are giving their learners the best […]

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Five swimmers on 2023/24 World Class Programme

A total of five Welsh swimmers have been invited on to British Swimming’s World Class Programme (WCP) for the 2023-2024 season, with just over nine months to go until the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. This season’s selections follow a spectacular summer in the pool, which saw eight medals – including two world titles – […]

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Matt Richards walking out to race.

Harris & Richards selected for European SC Squad

Medi Harris and Matt Richards will fly the flag for Wales as part of British Swimming’s 35-strong team for the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Bucharest, Romania next month (5th-10th December). The majority of the team for Bucharest were part of the group that earned eight medals at the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka […]

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Regional Championships kit – Order now!

Are you a competitor or supporter at the upcoming Swim Wales Regional Championships? Swim Wales can now reveal our range of official event merchandise supplied by Dragon Prints, which is available to pre-order now! Each region is listed below – just follow the link on the relevant document to order now, or use the simple […]

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Theresa Ogbekhiulu: The trainee swim teacher who shed her fear of water

Just 12 months ago, Theresa Ogbekhiulu could only splash around in the shallow end of the pool due to a fear of deeper waters, but now she is inspiring others on their learn to swim journeys. Theresa moved to Wales from Nigeria aged 16 and went on to study at Swansea University where alongside her […]

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National Squads Confirmed

Swim Wales has confirmed the National Swimming and Para Swimming Squads for the 2023/24 season. A total of 121 athletes have been selected across the performance pathway for the upcoming season, with 16 of these earning a place on the Swim Wales National Elite Squad, which comprises of the top-level Welsh athletes competing at senior […]

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Swim Wales strengthens Freedom Leisure Partnership

Swim Wales, the recognised National Governing Body for aquatics in Wales, has strengthened its relationship with with one of the UK’s leading not-for-profit leisure trusts, Freedom Leisure, after signing a new partnership agreement. Freedom Leisure operate over 100 leisure, cultural and entertainment venues across the UK with the mission of improving lives through leisure, and […]

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Swansea University and Swim Wales have announced a new partnerhip.

Swim Wales partners with Swansea University

Swim Wales, the National Governing Body for Aquatics in Wales, is thrilled to announce a landmark partnership with Swansea University. This new multi-year collaboration marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Swim Wales and Swansea University and reinforces our shared commitment to nurturing talent, driving innovation, and promoting aquatics at all levels. Together, […]

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Llanishen Reservoir S.A.F.E for swimmers

Open water swimmers can now enjoy the newly reopened Llanishen Reservoir after it was awarded S.A.F.E (Safe Aquatic Facility Endorsement) Cymru accreditation. Dwr Cymru opened the gates to Lisvane & Llanishen Reservoirs this summer following an extensive redevelopment that has breathed new life into the 19th century landmark. Located just a few miles from the […]

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Swim Wales Challenge Series 2023

Challenge Series set for grand finale

The Swim Wales Challenge Series 2023 is set for its grand finale at Llys Y Fran Reservoir on Saturday. Hundreds of swimmers are set to take part in the event, which blends the competitive Swim Wales Open Water and GB Masters Open Water Championships with open Challenge Series races, which give swimmers of all levels […]

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Swim Wales mourns death of Bronwen Poole

Swim Wales were deeply saddened by the news of Bronwen Poole’s recent passing. Bronwen passed away last month following a lifetime of service to her beloved Welshpool Sharks. Bronwen, who passed away peacefully aged 76, was a founding member of the club over 40 years ago and went on to dedicate her time and efforts […]

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Parkwood and Swim Wales have today announced a partnership.

Swim Wales partners with Parkwood Leisure

Swim Wales, the recognised National Governing Body for aquatics in Wales, has partnered with one of the UK’s leading leisure management companies, Parkwood Leisure, to deliver the Learn to Swim Wales framework in their facilities across the country. The collaboration aims to provide further opportunities for participants to learn how to swim and improve their […]

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About LTS Accreditation

SWSS Become First Gold Accredited Provider

South Whales Swim School have become the first provider to be recognised with the Swim Wales Learn to Swim Gold Accreditation. The Learn to Swim Gold Accreditation rewards excellence in governance, sustainability and effectiveness, all of which have been showcased by SWSS on their journey to Gold Accreditation. Based in Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf, […]

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Competition Pathway and Event Structure Improvements

Swim Wales has introduced several enhancements to the swimming and para-swimming competition pathway and event structure for the 2023/24 season. Following an extensive review of our Performance System conducted between September and December 2022, Swim Wales has conducted an in-depth Competition Pathway and Events Review, resulting in a series of recommendations for our events calendar […]

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Welsh Swimmers star at Commonwealth Youth Games

Welsh swimmers starred at the Commonwealth Youth Games, and gained invaluable experience as part of Team Wales in Trinidad & Tobago. The squad of 10 swimmers earned 10 individual and relay medals across four days of action at the Trinidad & Tobago National Aquatic Centre. Despite some serious challenges in the Caribbean, our athletes and […]

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Richards crowned World Champion

Matthew Richards made a late charge to clinch a historic gold medal at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka. The 20-year-old became the first Welsh individual world champion after a stunning final 25 metres in the 200m Freestyle final. Richards clocked a new lifetime best and Welsh record of 1:44.30 to edge out British Swimming […]

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Swim Wales Challenge Series 2023

Challenge Series Entries Open!

Entries are now open for the Swim Wales Challenge Series event on Saturday 16th September at Llys Y Fran! The Challenge series heads west following the success of the first event of the year at Llandegfedd Lake last month. The September event is open for all, and swimmers can take advantage of a 20% saving […]

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Martin Noble Tribute

Swim Wales is mourning the passing of Martin Noble, a pillar of our aquatics community in Wales. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Martin Noble, who served as a pillar of our Welsh aquatics community for the last 25 years. Martin died peacefully on the 7th of July, surrounded by […]

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Benefits of LTS Accreditation

Calon Tysul Awarded LTS Accreditation

Calon Tysul has become the latest provider awarded with Swim Wales Learn to Swim Accreditation. As a Swim Wales Accredited Provider, the Calon Tysul to Swim Programme has been recognised for providing excellence in their delivery, governance and sustainability. More importantly, Calon Tysul have demonstrated that they are giving their learners the best possible Learn […]

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Commonwealth Youth Games Squad Announced

Today, Swim Wales & Team Wales announce the athletes selected as part of the Swimming team for the Commonwealth Youth Games, which takes place in the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago from 4-11 August this summer. Swim Wales athletes will make up a quarter of the Team Wales squad for the Commonwealth Youth […]

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YMLAEN Strategy Launched!

Swim Wales, has today launched YMLAEN – Our new strategy for Aquatics in Wales. The recognised governing body for all aquatic sport and activity in Wales is proud and excited to unveil our new YMLAEN strategy to help drive Welsh aquatics forward over the next three years. YMLAEN (Welsh for forward or progress) sets a […]

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