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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Long Course Competition Opportunities Announced!

Swim Wales is delighted to announce additional long course opportunities for swimmers across Wales following the postponement of the Swim Wales National Championships 2023. After the unfortunate cancellation of the National Championships, Swim Wales has looked to create opportunities to allow swimmers to compete at a high level whilst giving them opportunities to qualify for […]

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SW NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2023: CHANGE OF FORMAT

Update as of 21:00 12/04/23 The Swim Wales National Championships 2023 will now be run Short Course after Swim Wales were informed of an issue with the facilities at Cardiff International Pool on Wednesday evening. We were faced with the difficult decision whether to cancel the event or change the format at 20:00 on Wednesday, […]

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Medi Harris will compete at Worlds.

Welsh trio set for Worlds

Matt Richards, Daniel Jervis and Medi Harris will fly the flag for Wales and Great Britain at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka this summer. The trio are a part of British Swimming’s 29-strong team that will take to the pool at the World Aquatics Championships in Japan this summer, one year out from the […]

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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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Rice Ready for Sheffield Return

Lily Rice decided it was her time to quit swimming the last time she competed at Pond’s Forge, but her career has come full circle as she returns a Commonwealth Games medallist six years later. Lily, alongside another eight Welsh para swimmers, will take on a stellar field at the Citi Para Swimming World Series […]

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Young stars shine in Canada

A group of seven future Welsh stars gained valuable experience in Canada last week as part of the British Swimming team at the Ontario Junior International Meet. The young swimmers returned with a haul of medals and one Welsh Junior Record thanks to some incredible performances. Tyler Melbourne-Smith had recently completed a clean sweep of […]

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Matt Richards stars in Scotland

Richards stars in Scotland

Matt Richards closed out the 2022 short course season in record-breaking style as his stunning form continued at the Scottish National Short Course Championships. The 19-year-old claimed a haul of four gold medals, a silver and a Welsh record to boot on another impressive weekend at Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool. On day one, the Olympic […]

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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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Swim Wales Coach 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! The Swim Wales Performance Coach of the Year celebrates a coach, or coaching team, who have enabled their athletes to thrive over the last 12 months. The Swim Wales Performance team nominated […]

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Swim Wales Young Performance Athlete 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! The Swim Wales Young Performance Athlete of the Year will raise the curtain on the Swim Wales National Club Awards 2022. This category will celebrate the achievements of a performance athlete under […]

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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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National Squads confirmed for 22/23 season

Swim Wales has confirmed the National Swimming and Para Swimming Squads for the 2022/23 season. A total of 116 Swimmers and Para Swimmers have been selected to the Swim Wales National Squad Programme across eight groups for the upcoming season. Athletes have been notified of their selections, with 58 gaining selection to the National Elite […]

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Jervis soaking in Birmingham atmosphere

Daniel Jervis and his Swim Wales teammates have been forced to overcome bumps in the road on their journey to the Commonwealth Games, but he is ready to soak in every second when he dives into action on day one. The Resolven distance specialist will be one of the first Welsh athletes to feature at […]

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Full Commonwealth Games Squad Announced

Swim Wales is proud to announce the 16 swimmers and three divers selected to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games, joining the four para swimmers who have already qualified. The 23-strong Welsh team will include Olympic and Commonwealth champions, and 18 debutants in an exciting blend of youth and experience. Tokyo gold medallist Matthew Richards […]

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Lewis on her journey from hydrotherapy to Birmingham

Rebecca Lewis has gone from hydrotherapy sessions to the Commonwealth Games swimming pool on an inspiring journey. The 20-year-old swimmer will compete in the SM10 200 Individual Medley event alongside teammate and friend Meghan Willis after sealing qualification. Hailing from Church Village, Lewis swims for the Rhondda Cynon Taf Performance Swim Squad. Rebecca, who has […]

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Rice’s rapid rise to Commonwealth Games

Lily Rice has already broken down barriers by backflipping her way into the history books, and now she is preparing to dive into her maiden Commonwealth Games. The Wheelchair Motor Cross World Champion, who became the first female in Europe to land a backflip in a wheelchair, has been starring on the ramps in recent […]

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