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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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 2016 School Games timetable and this year all the action will take place over one day of competition on Saturday 3 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.
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.
Eight teams compete in the School Games representing England North, England Central, England East, England South, Scotland North & West, Scotland South & East, Ireland and Wales.
For full event conditions please click here.
For England’s selection please click here.
For Wales’ selection 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.