Congratulations to Lindsay Lewis on her appointment as Aquatics Team Manager for Birmingham Commonwealth Games

on Friday, 02 October 2020.

Birmingham 2022

Congratulations to Lindsay Lewis on her well diserved appointment to lead the sport at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022, bringing over 20 years experience from her work as team manager for both Scottish and British Swimming.

Lindsay was team manager for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and said of her appointment,

“I am absolutely delighted to have been selected as Aquatics Team Manager for Team Scotland at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022.

“I was privileged to do the role on the Gold Coast back in 2018 and I learned so much working with other sports, Team Scotland personnel, while helping ensure the aquatics athletes and their coaches had the best possible experience to perform at their best during the Games.

“The Commonwealth Games are really special and I am looking forward to getting started.”

Welcoming Lindsay to Team Scotland, Elinor Middlemiss, Team Scotland Chef de Mission for Birmingham 2022 said: “The sport team managers for each sport on the Games programme play a vital role, working closely with Commonwealth Games Scotland professional staff to create the best possible environment for athletes and staff from each sport to excel at the Games, as well as bringing them all together as one Team Scotland.

“I’m delighted to have a team manager of Lindsay’s calibre on board so early and look forward to working with her.”

Also delighted with the appointment and looking ahead to a busy build-up before the Games open on 28 July 2022, Alan Lynn, National Coach at Scottish Swimming said,

“I’ve worked with Lindsay on several national team meets and camps including the Gold Coast. She is extremely well organised, has a great ‘can-do’ approach to everything and is held in high regard by both athletes and team staff. I’m delighted at her appointment and look forward to working with her as the team builds over the next 18 months.”

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on Wednesday, 30 September 2020.

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Ten pilot clubs chosen to test out Swim England’s Level X swimming competition

on Monday, 28 September 2020.

Swim England

Ten clubs have been selected to pilot Swim England’s brand new swimming competition ahead of its official launch next month.

Level X is an exciting event which will enable swimmers to compete against others from across the country within the comforts of their own club training sessions.

With competitions cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Swim England has been keen to ensure clubs swimmers of all ages are able to work towards competitive activity.

Level X will see swimmers submit times for freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke and individual medley races at varying distances – with leaderboards to be published by Swim England throughout the competition.

Guildford City, City of Coventry, Long Eaton, Basildon and Phoenix SC, City of Norwich, Flitwick Dolphins, Harrogate, Stocksbridge Pentaqua, Camden Swiss Cottage, Trafford Met and Taunton Deane have been chosen to try out all elements of Level X.

This will include timing the races, compiling the results in the correct format and uploading them to Swim England rankings.

Becky Walker, Swim England Club Growth and Programme Manager, said: “We’re excited to be testing Level X and ensuring the whole process runs smoothly ahead of the official launch.

“The pilot clubs were chosen based on those which had completed the return to the water survey to indicate they were back in training and include a mix of larger and smaller clubs, those with paid coaches and volunteer-run clubs.

“They also have access to Sports Systems and Hytek to test the process of entering the results to rankings.

“This is a brand new concept so we’re looking forward to seeing how the testing goes and can’t wait to officially open up Level X to all our clubs and members.”

Exciting for members and coaches

Lee Spindlow, the head coach of Guildford City Swimming Club, which is involved in the testing process, said Level X was exactly what is needed at this time.

He added: “Being part of this pilot is exciting for all our members.

“Our management team, coaches, swimmers and parents have come together and worked hard as a team to get the club back up and running and the introduction of competition is exactly what we need to keep the wave of enthusiasm going.

“During this challenging period, our swimmers have learned some valuable lessons in taking responsibility for their day-to-day actions, being adaptable in our training environment and taking ownership over their respective actions.

“To see them put this in to practice in a racing environment is actually really exciting for all our coaches.”