Sport-by-sport - Swimming
|Chief Executive||David Sparkes|
|Performance Director||Michael Scott|
|Funding Award (2009-2013)||£25,144,600|
|London 2012 Performance||1 Silver, 2 Bronze|
|Athletes on World Class Performance Programme||65|
|Past Performances||Olympic Games 2008: Gold (2) - Rebecca Adlington (400m freestyle, 800m freestyle); Silver (2) - David Davies (10k Open Water), Keri-Anne Payne (10k Open Water); Bronze (2) - Cassie Patten (10k Open Water), Jo Jackson (400m freestyle)|
|Press Officer||David Richards|
|Press Officer tel||01509 640 237 and 01509 640 238|
|National governing body||British Swimming|
“The support of The National Lottery and its players has been very important and has allowed me to compete and win against the best in the world. With the help of this funding I have access to world class coaching, training and medical support. Beyond that it allows me to concentrate full time on reaching the top of my sport. If I had a message for those that the play the Lottery, it would be thank you."
World and Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington
Swimming received the third highest UK Sport investment of any Olympic or Paralympic sport for the London cycle (2009-13), with this investment having been increased by more than £4million from the Beijing cycle.
The large squad of athletes, which includes world and Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington and world champion Keri-Anne Payne, have benefitted directly from this £25million investment, as well as through a range of UK Sport support services, aimed at giving athletes the edge at London 2012.
Developed by the UK Sport Research & Innovation Team and Sheffield Hallam University, Swimtrack is a portable start and turn analysis system that features multiple cameras above and below water, autonmated digitisation and tagging to provide immediate feedback to swimmers and coaches within the daily training environment.
The Nemo race analysis software also developed by Sheffield Hallam University provides a detailed analysis of athlete performance in competition. It operates from hand-held cameras and provides micro-second analysis of every phase of a swimmer’s race. British Swimming will use this software at the Games to enable coaches to get feedback via their iPads on their swimmers in between heat and final swims.
Open Water Warfare is a student research project which won UK Sport’s Ideas4Innovation competition in 2009. Four computer games design students created the software, built around three dimensional graphics of the Serpentine and the surrounding geography, which will help British swimmers competing in the 10km open-water races in Hyde Park’s Serpentine at London 2012. The aim is to give GB athletes the best possible insight and understanding of the Olympic course.
British Swimming and UK Sport also initiated the SwimSIM project with the University of Southampton. The team at Southampton used its knowledge of Marine Engineering science and their expertise of maritime fluid dynamics including ship resistance and propulsion, maritime instrumentation, performance simulation and biomechanics to provide pool-side insight.
Since 2007 UK Sport has invested over £1million of National Lottery funding in Aquatics events, including the 2008 FINA World Short Course World Championships in Manchester, which have given British athletes vital experience of competing in front of a home crowd ahead of the London Olympics.
Coaches Rob Greenwood and Mark Rose were selected for and completed UK Sport’s Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme in 2011, while fellow coaches Nathan Hilton, Melanie Marshall and Richard Blackshaw are all currently on the development programme.
Did You Know?
Open Water Warfare, a unique project helping Britain’s open water swimmers prepare for London 2012, was designed by four students who won UK Sport’s Ideas4Innovation
Next major event
LEN European Swimming Championships 2016
- 1 May 2016
- Funding: Up to £1,218,000