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 sit

Swimmers from Warwickshire clubs make a big contribution to the success of the West Midlands Water Polo Inter-Regional competition

Full report is on the Swim England Web site http://www.swimming.org/waterpolo/?utm_campaign=GlobalHeader&utm_medium=WaterPolo&utm_source=GlobalNav

Warwickshire Masters come second in the National Inter-County competition

Up from one place last year Warwickshire Masters maintain their record of finishing in the top four for twelve years.  The full results are subject to ratification, but second place is secure.                            The event gets harder each year, evidence of this is that less than 100 points in 1,600 separating the top four teams.  Many thanks to Trevor Clark – Team Manager for his sterling work in persuading the best Masters swimmers in the county to compete.                                  Two of the team, Dan Moore in the 18-24 and Jackie Grace in the 55-59 years age groups both broke the Midlands record in their individual races then swam faster leading off relays than they did in their earlier individuals – unfortunately lead off legs in masters can’t be used for record purposes, but the individual times stand.

Big Ricks Swim Team Channel crossing relay team success

At the Brummies 2017 awards the team of:

Paul Bates,    Claire Thorn,     Charlie Wheadon,

Ross Emery, Stuart Fuller and Rob Small

were presented with the Birmingham Mail ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ award.  In addition their relay swim has been sent to the Guinness Book of Records for ratification – 19 hours  24 minutes. Unfortunately two of the team were not available on the night.

Full details of the award event are on:-


Congratulations to all members of the team which over the years

In Memoriam 

It is with very deep regret that the death of John Russell and Peter Washbourne, both past presidents of the Association has to be reported.

John Russell (Major retired)

John was Past President of the association (1992) and in recognition of his sterling work in the swimming world also Past President of the ASA.  He served in many roles with particular emphasis on Life saving.

He served on the executive of the county association for over thirty years and provided valuable council.  He was a highly respected Referee and assisted in the training of many of the swimming officials active today.

As an ASA ‘friend’ he supported many clubs that were having difficulties and helped them resolve their problems.  His wife Pat – also a Past President of the association pre-deceased him by some years.

His health had declined somewhat and he had not been active on the executive for some time, but still maintained a keen interest and was always available when his advice was sought.

The association extends condolences to his sons and their families.

Peter Washbourne

Peter was also a Past President (2002) and served on the executive for nearly thirty years as the Rules and Handbook Secretary for much of that time, making his last contribution to the 2017 handbook, in his usual meticulous manner, only a day or so before his death.  The succeeding Rules and Handbook secretary will have a hard act to follow.

Peter was always available and served in his own quiet unique way.

He will be sorely missed for his wise council, attention to detail and friendship.  The theme of the tributes sent in is that he was a gentleman.

The association extends their condolences to his wife Leila.


WASA Waterpolo Invitational – Saturday 9th September

WASA Waterpolo Invitational event to be held in Coventry on 9th September. For information please click the above link

County Pathway 2017

We congratulate all thirty-three swimmers who were selected on their performances across all strokes during the County Championships 2017. (click for full report)

John Hughes

John Hughes – Past President passed away on the 20th of November after a long illness.  He will be missed by his family and friends.  He was known for his quiet council and for the many years he was treasurer for City of Coventry SC and the Coventry & District Swimming Association as well as his work introducing and then managing the electronic timing system at Coventry.


Masters Inter-County 2016

The Masters team competed on the 12th of November at the midlands round of the annual inter-county competition.  Coming first as is now usual in the midlands event, their times were aggregated with that of other events to reveal that the top four teams were:

Hampshire          1524 points

Yorkshire            1500 points

Warwickshire  1456 points

Middlesex          1446 points

The event gets harder each year to maintain a place at or near the top.  As evidence of this, ten years ago in the ladies 65+ butterfly Warwickshire were likely to be the only team fielding a swimmer in the midlands.  This year most of the teams had competitors.  None the less the teams record is impressive, never out of the top three for over a decade.  The results are a testimony to team captain Trevor Clark’s efforts in selecting and leading the team and to the team in putting in a maximum effort year after year.

Swimmer of the Year 2016

Ellie Simmons was announced as Swimmer of the Year 2016 at the 2017 Age Group Championships, this is the second time she has won the award.

Volunteer of the Year

Richard Brough was presented with the Volunteer of the Year 2017 award on the 12th of February at the Age Group Championships.