Warwickshire ASA – What we are about

  • To promote the teaching of and involvement in swimming for everyone
  • To promote swimming by working with the clubs in the county and involvement in Regional and National organisations
  • Run county Championships and organize the teams that take part in inter-county events
  • Further information is provided in this web site


Swimmer of the Year 2015

Tully Kearney was presented with the Swimmer of the Year trophy for the second time at the 2016 Age Group Championships on the 27th of February.  She is the second Para Swimmer to be awarded the trophy, the first being Ellie Simmons.  For the citation see Swimmer of the Year.

Volunteer of the Year

Shirley Wigley was presented with the Volunteer of the Year 2016 at the 2016 Age Group Championships on the 27th of February.  For the citation see Volunteer of the Year.


Inter-County Masters 2015

Warwickshire came second in the National Inter-County event on the 15th of November – full report in the Masters section.


Ian Carden receives the 2015 West Midlands Region Award for ‘Services to Aquatics’

Ian Carden award picture

Congratulations Ian


Ian Carden was born and bred in Leamington Spa and has been  Warwickshire Technical Swimming Secretary for over a decade and like many people became active in the swimming world through supporting his children.

Ian’s swimming life first began in the 1970’s when he played Water polo for Leamington Swimming Club.  In the 1980’s his young daughters Lisa and Nicola joined Leamington following in their fathers’ footsteps.  As the girls progressed through the Learn to Swim section it was not long before he was spotted, and dragged from the balcony.

In 1985 he qualified to teach swimming and progressed through the ranks quickly to become a coach, official, Committee member with Leamington SC, ASA Warwickshire Swimming Technical Secretary, served a years term as Coventry and District Chairman – the post rotates between the member clubs, Team Manager for the County Team, and was the President of the Warwickshire ASA in 2012.

Ian became Warwickshire Swimming Technical Secretary in 2000, a post he held until his resignation in 2015. His main roles were to lead the management team for the County Championships and organize the County Swimming Team.  The high-spot for Ian in the latter role was when WC team were Division 2 winners in 2013 at the National Inter-County Championships.


Ian is also involved in swimming as Secretary for the West Midlands Arena League and as with any organizing officials his behind the scenes work goes largely unnoticed.


Ian is also a very experienced Referee and can frequently be found on poolside at many Leamington SC galas, many open meets around the West Midlands and at Regional Meets. Ian’s enthusiasm for swimming has rubbed off on his wife.  We are told that Ian’s first date with his now wife Suzanna was at the Junior league Gala in Cheslyn Hay with Leamington SC.


Ian deserves to have his immense contribution to swimming recognized as he steps down after 16 years on the WASA Executive.  His tireless efforts to improve swimming and the events he has been organizing are a credit to him and Warwickshire Swimming.