Para-Swimming in the East Midlands

Regional Para-Swimming Training Programme

The East Midlands has a proud history of helping disability swimmers reach the top of the sport, most recently Paralympic, Commonwealth, British, European and World swimming champion Oliver Hynd MBE and Paralympic and World swimming champion Charlotte Henshaw.

The Midlands Regional Para-Swimming Programme has been set up by the West Midlands, East Midlands and Swim England Para-Swimming to engage and support swimmers across the Midlands with an impairment that can be classified under the World Para-Swimming categories to develop their skills, experience and knowledge through their journey as a Para-Swimmer.

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The Regional Para-Swimming Programme Aims;

  • Introduce swimmers and coaches to the Para-Swimming Pathway.
  • Identify and develop talented swimmers to progress onto the Para-Swimming Pathway.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills of teachers and coaches to support the Para-Swimming Pathway.

Eligible athletes:

  • Member of a Swim England club
  • All with a classification or on the waiting list for classification, this includes S15
  • 9 years plus as of 31st December 2021
  • Must be able to swim 50m

Within the Regional Training Programme there are groups set up to cater to all abilities from our Regions clubs.

Should any of our athletes not yet be classified, the Development or Head Coach can carry out a swimmer assessment and provide the swimmer and their parent/guardian with more information and advice on how best to progress with their swimming.

To access Regional Para-Swimming Training sessions or have a swimmer assessment by the Development or Lead Coach all swimmers must meet the eligibility criteria for their medical impairment to be recognised for the competitive Para-Swimming pathway. The primary diagnosis must be stable and belong to one of the 10 eligible impairment types:

  • Hypertonia (high muscle tone)
  • Ataxia (involuntary movement)
  • Athetosis (involuntary contraction of muscles)
  • Limb deficiency
  • Impaired passive range of movement
  • Impaired muscle power
  • Leg length difference
  • Short stature
  • Visual
  • Intellectual

Information about Para Swimming in England 

Swim England Para Swimming hub

Becoming a Para Swimmer

Para Swimming – classification application form

Para-Swimming Talent Coach

Contact Tom McManus for more information and guidance.

Suggestions for Pre and Post Exercise routines.