Welcome to the COMPETITIVE SWIMMING section of Newton Abbot Swimming Club.

Swimming contacts

  • Head Coach:                      Garry Mitchell
  • Team Managers:                Trina Gilderthorpe
  • Competition Secretary:     Becky Bellett
  • Open Meets Secretary:       Kathy Forward

For their email addresses please go to our CONTACTS page

Squad Training

Under the guidance of the Head Coach, our team of coaches provide training for the competitive squad swimmers with up to 9½ hrs water time available each week for the top group.


Swimmers have the opportunity to take part in different types and levels of competition. Details are displayed on the Club notice board at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre.

Team Competitions

  • Competition dates are included on the website calendar and club notice board as soon as they are fixed.
  • Teams are selected by the head coach and swimmers are notified in advance.
  • Team lists are displayed in advance of each gala.

> Inter Club Galas and local Leagues

These competitions are arranged by different Clubs and normally held at the home pool of the club arranging the gala. Most of those we compete in are held within our area of Devon. The team for this type of event is selected:

  • To give as many swimmers as possible the chance to compete for their Club.
  • To provide opportunities for swimmers to gain experience of competing in different strokes and events.
  • Where possible swimmers will be given both relay and individual swims
  • We take part in the:
  • East Devon Mini League
  • Williams Shield
  • Scott Ormsby

> National Arena Swimming League - Western

This is the major National Team Competition of the year, and consists of three Galas held in October, November and December. There is the opportunity for promotion to a higher division of the League. Galas may be held at home or as far away as Gloucester or Newport (South Wales). Team selection for this event is for our very best team on all occasions as we strive to achieve maximum points. This may mean some swimmers swim more events than others because the coaches have researched the best team format for each age group.

> National Arena Junior Swimming League

This is for swimmers aged between 9 and 12years, and is held locally in the summer months in our own pool or against other local clubs in their pools. There are 3 rounds, and again we select our best team. In 2023 our 3 locations were Paignton, Newton Abbot and Exeter. 

> Devon County ASA Inter Club and Devon County ASA Relay Competitions

These County Competitions are held annually, usually in February or March, when we can prove our worth against every other Devon based Swim Team. The competition is for swimmers aged 9 upward and team selection is on the same basis as National Swimming League.

Individual Competitions

Details are sent out to all eligible swimmers who are then invited to enter via email or link to Active Works.

> Devon County ASA Annual Championships

Swimmers must achieve the minimum qualifying times for their age. The competition is for swimmers aged 10 and upwards. All DCASA competitions are licensed for entry into the SESW regional competition.

> Devon County ASA Development Galas

This competition is open to swimmers 9 and upwards from all clubs in Devon, but excludes any swimmer reaching any final in the County Championships.

> SESW Region and SE National Championships

Swimmers who achieve SESW regional qualifying times may go on to compete at SESW Regional Championships. NASC members have represented their club at Regional and a few at National events over the years and our aspiration is for many more swimmers to follow them.

> Open Meets

Many clubs hold competitions which are open to members of other clubs. Our Head Coach will support those meets that fit in with the training plan or which will enable swimmers to obtain qualifying times for County or Regional events. Swimmers can enter any open meet but should first consult the Head Coach.

> Newton Abbot Swimming Club Championships

All squad swimmers are encouraged to enter our Club Championships. A full programme of events covering all distances in Breaststroke, Backstroke, Butterfly, Freestyle and Individual Medley and held over a number of days.

Trophy Presentation

Cups and medals won at the Club Championships are presented at our Annual Presentation evening which is followed by a Disco and social evening.

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