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No matter the distance or stroke, the object of any swimming race is to finish first and set the fastest possible time.

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september, 2017

02sep(sep 2)10:00 am(sep 2)10:00 amSwimming - Day 1

03sep(sep 3)10:00 am(sep 3)10:00 amSwimming - Day 2


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Why should you watch this

There are four main competitive swimming strokes: backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle. The strokes are contested across a variety of distances: 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 4x100m and 4x200m relays.

There are 45 events in the jam-packed 2017 School Games timetable and this year all the action will take place over two days of competition from Saturday 2 September. Plus, with each race at the Games being swum as a final, it’s sure to be a fast and exciting day out!

Athletes will compete in both individual and team relay events for points. The number of points awarded to each athlete after a race contributes to the overall team total.

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Did you know…?

  • The pressure and resistance of the water makes your body work harder. 30 minutes of activity in the water is the equivalent to a 45 minutes workout on land of the same intensity.
  • Psychological studies have shown that swimmers report significantly less tension, depression, anger, confusion, and more vigour after exercising compared to before.
  • American swimmer Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 22 medals (18 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze).
  • Paralympic star Ellie Simmonds, a past competitor at the Sainsbury’s School Games, became the first person to set a world record at the London Aquatics Centre in the 200m Individual Medley. She then went on to break this record again on her way to victory at the London Paralympic Games in 2012.
  • Swimming is a sport that requires dedication and passion. There are over 150,000 people in England alone who are committed and involved in competitive swimming.

How it Works

Since the first UK School Games, British Swimming has positioned the School Games in the swimmer pathway, sitting just below the top level of swimmers, aged 15 years and under, that enter the European Youth Championships. For Para-swimming it sits just below the World Class programme.

British Swimming believe the event gives athletes the opportunity to take part in a multi-sport competition that will provide them with an invaluable educational and inspirational experience. Teams are selected on the basis of their performances in specific events throughout the calendar.

Teams compete in a varied programme consisting of both individual and team relay events. The number of points awarded to each athlete after their event contributes to the overall team total.

The 2017 event will take place in the Loughborough University pool, but due to the size of this event it means we will not be able to allow spectators into the pool, due to the limited capacity of the venue and needs of the competing athletes. The event recognises that family and friends will still want to travel to Loughborough to support competing athletes and therefore it is proposed to create a ‘Swimming Spectator Hub’ a short distance away in the Students union building Room 1.

The Spectator Hub will:

  • Allow family and friends to support their swimmer’s experience and participation in the School Games, watching the live streaming and celebration medal ceremonies on a 32ft cinema screen with HD projector.
  • Provide an entertaining programme for family and friend that is interactive by commentary through host compare, Dave Rogers, and swimming analysis from Josh Atkins including Q and A session each day.

Josh Atkins:

Currently Assistant Performance Coach at Wycombe District Swimming Club, this year the club has had a record 37 National Qualifiers, 3 swimmers representing Great Britain at European Juniors (Pool and Open Water) and 1 swimmer representing England at Youth Commonwealth Games.

Loughborough University Graduate in Sport and Exercise Science. Former Assistant Coach at Loughborough Swimming and former member of Loughborough Sport’s Coach and Volunteer Academy (CVA). Named Loughborough Sports CVA Coach of the Year 2014.

Eight teams compete in the School Games representing England NorthEngland CentralEngland EastEngland South, Scotland North & West, Scotland South & East, Ireland and Wales.

Find the full squad list for swimming here.

For full event conditions please click here.

For England’s selection policy please click here.

For Wales’ selection policy please click here.

For Ireland’s selection policy please click here.

For Scotland’s selection policy please click here.

Designated Athlete Mentor – Liz Johnson. Please click here for more information, or read Liz’s interview here.