British Swimming have now received official notification of the statement of the FINA TSC:
Related to the new FINA Rules about separated hands as mentioned in SW 7.6 (Breaststroke) and SW 8.4 (Butterfly) please note the statement of the FINA TSC as agreed at the FINA TSC at the Meeting in Bangkok (THA on 6 & 7 December 2013.
"Separated" means that the hands cannot be stacked one on top of the other. It is not necessary to see space between the hands. Incidental contact at the fingers is not a concern.
On February 22 2014 the North East Region is planning an assessment day for Water Polo coaches who feel that they meet the criteria for a level one or level two coach and need the qualification but do not have the time to attend a full course. If this is you, please complete an 'Expression of Interest' form on the Institute of Swimming(IOS) website as soon as possible so that numbers can be calculated. We are holding the event in YORK.
The Torch Trophy Trust are able to supply bursaries for volunteers who are looking to develop their skills. A number of National Governing Bodies (NGBs) have already had success with this fund and as volunteer / coach bursaries are regularly requested from NGB’s.
£100 - £1000 is available and support is required from the NGB (not necessarily financial), the fund can pay for up to 50% of the total project cost.
Congratulations go to the National Winners from the NE Region which were announced at the ASA Council Gala Dinner on 19 October 2013:-
Outstanding Contribution by a Young Volunteer, Amy Wilkinson (Blyth Lifeguard & SC)
Outstanding Contribution to Swimming in the Community, Ian Watson (City of Leeds Synchronised SC)
A Regional Water Polo Squad, for boys born in 1999 and later, is currently being assembled.
The training and selection process shall be tailored to give an opportunity to as many children as possible, with the ultimate aim of sending a representative squad to the National Water Polo Championship(date TBC). If your club is currently coaching children in this age group and you would be interested in further information then please provide your Coach/Team Manager details, together with number of children coached in this age group, to Leo Toomey at: