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A number of changes have occurred recently in how British Masters is governed, particularly in British Swimming, that has been implemented with the support of the Home Countries. It is important that these changes are communicated as widely as possible to Masters and the Swimming community.
The Home Country Swimming Associations (Swim Wales, Scottish Swimming and Swim England), in conjunction with British Swimming, agreed to establish a Home Country Masters Group (“the Group”) whose representatives have a deep knowledge of Masters Swimming from within their own Masters community.
As part of the Group it was fundamental to ensure that there is a clear and regular link with British Swimming. To ensure this linkage, one of the British Swimming Board members (Ray Gordon) has been appointed by the Board to act as the Board liaison with the Group.
The decision to adopt this new approach to Masters Swimming is designed to enable clear and open communication for all of the Group’s stakeholders. As part of the process, Verity Dobbie was selected to lead and Chair the Group. The new approach is widely viewed to be positive and appears to be working well with the initial outcomes from the new Masters structure proving highly successful through the Home Countries and particularly Scotland’s delivery of the recent British Masters event in Aberdeen.
In future, whilst the delivery of competitions will be managed by the Home Countries, British Swimming will continue to ensure that a British voice is represented in the International arena in both Europe (LEN) and at the World (FINA) level.