Welsh Success at European Ice Swimming Championships

Three Welsh swimmers achieved medal success, including gold, as part of the Great Britain team at the first IISA European Championships in Oradea, Romania. They were up against more than 300 of Europe’s most experienced ice swimmers competing in 4 degrees Celsius water in an outdoor 50m pool. Swimmers competed in distances from 50m to […]

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Wales National Pool secures LTSW Accreditation

Wales National Pool Swansea, the home of the Swim Wales High Performance Centre, has been awarded Swim Wales Learn to Swim Accreditation as they aim to inspire the next generation. As a Swim Wales Accredited Provider, Wales National Pool Swansea’s Learn to Swim programme has been recognised for providing excellence in their delivery, governance and […]

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Pardoe on the path to redemption

Hector Pardoe’s Olympic debut was brutally cut short by an eye injury, but now he has his sights set on redemption after clinching a dramatic World Championships bronze. The Welsh marathon swimmer charged to Britain’s first 10km marathon swimming World Championship medal for more than a decade on Sunday in Doha. Pardoe’s sensational finish in […]

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Swim Wales & BHF team up for Swim 60 Challenge

Swim Wales and British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru have joined forces to encourage people of all ages to take part in the Swim 60 Challenge this February for Heart Month.   The Swim 60 Challenge could be 60 minutes, 60 lengths or 60 miles – participants choose the time and distance according to personal fitness levels, […]

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Swim Wales Annual Awards

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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President’s Blog: Aquatics for Health

In her latest blog, Swim Wales President and Public Health Wales All Wales Diabetes Prevention Programme Manager Keri Hutchinson delves into the role aquatics can play in a person’s mental and physical health. As a health professional, I have extolled the virtues of swimming and aquatic activity to improve health and wellbeing to many who […]

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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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Swim Wales Chair Allen Bewley Retires

Allen Bewley has retired from his role as Swim Wales Chair following eight successful years. Allen has made a significant impact on Welsh aquatics during his time in post and will leave a lasting legacy as he steps away from the Board of Directors. Swim Wales Vice Chair Ian Jones will step into the role […]

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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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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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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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