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Richards earns second sprint nomination

Matthew Richards stormed to a second Olympic nomination time and lowered his Welsh 50m Freestyle record on day five of the Speedo Aquatics GB Swimming Championships. The Tokyo relay gold medallist had already sealed his place in Paris with victory in the 100m Free, but now has the opportunity to clinch a sprint triple with […]

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Welsh swimmers set for 2024 British Swimming Championships

Welsh athletes will aim to book their place in Paris at the 2024 British Swimming Championships and Olympic & Paralympic trials this week. The iconic London Aquatics Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will play host to the first combined Championships from 2nd-7th April 2024. The new-look British Championships will see Olympic and Paralympic swimming […]

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Swim Wales National Championships 2024 Preview

The Swim Wales National Championships returns to Swansea for the 2024 edition this weekend (Friday22nd March – Monday 25th). An incredibly exciting year for Welsh aquatics is well underway. With the 2024 Olympics & Paralympics in Paris on the horizon and the first combined British Championships & Olympic & Paralympic trials two weeks away, our […]

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Competition Calendar Changes

Swim Wales can confirm some key updates to our Competition Calendar for 2024. These changes have been made by the Swim Wales team following feedback from our aquatics community to improve our competitive pathway. The National Development Meet (Long Course) will now take place on Sunday 14th July and the Swim Wales Summer Meet will be closed to Welsh swimmers […]

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Diolch! Swim Wales Annual Awards

Diolch yn fawr iawn to everyone who contributed to the Swim Wales Annual Awards 2024. Congratulations to all of our finalists and award winners, your efforts in 2023 have made a huge impact on Welsh Aquatics, and we were delighted to be able to celebrate with you at the Village Hotel, Cardiff.  Thank you to […]

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SW Winter Championships Report

Records tumbled as hundreds of swimmers battled it out across three days of action at the Swim Wales Winter Championships 2023. A total of six Welsh records were broken at Wales National Pool during the short course championships as Olympians and Commonwealth Games medallists took to the pool. Day 1 Day one in Swansea witnessed […]

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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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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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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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Harris defends title in style

Medi Harris defended her British crown in style on Wednesday night as she held off Lauren Cox and Kathleen Dawson to clinch 100m Backstroke gold. The Commonwealth bronze medallist had qualified third for the Ponds Forge final after competing in the 200m Freestyle final a day earlier. But Harris showed her class as she exploded […]

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British Summer Championships returns to Sheffield

The British Summer Championships are diving back into the Ponds Forge pool in 2023 – and the dates for the qualifying window have been confirmed ahead of the major summer meet.  The 2023 edition of the British Summer Championships will take place at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield from Saturday 22nd – […]

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Records tumble at Masters Short Course Championships

Records tumbled as the Masters community came together for the final time in 2022 at the Swim Wales Masters Short Course Championships. A new world record, a pair of British records and a haul of Welsh records were set at Newport’s International Sports Village on Saturday. Spencer SC’s Amanda Heath etched her name in the […]

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Welsh swimmers star at Swim England National Winter Championships

British and Welsh records fell in Sheffield as Welsh swimmers starred at the Swim England National Winter Championships. Matt Richards, Tyler Melbourne-Smith and Medi Harris were all amongst the medals at Ponds Forge International Pool. Richards continued his red-hot return to the form that saw him claim Olympic Relay gold last year, as he broke […]

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Young Volunteer of the Year Nominees

Join us live on our Facebook and YouTube channels on Thursday 1st December at 19:30 for the Swim Wales National Club Awards 2022! Our first Development Awards of the evening will celebrate the volunteers who give their invaluable time and effort to enable the aquatics community to thrive. The Young Volunteer of the Year Award […]

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Water Polo teams look to the future with new schedule

With British Water Polo preparing for what is set to be one of its busiest seasons, the GB Water Polo Leadership Group have published a report following their September meeting to outline their intentions for the sport going forward.  The GB Water Polo Leadership Group met last month before publishing the framework for the sport […]

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