Club, County, Regional, Open

Competitions shown below are supported by the club and entries will be managed and submitted by the Competition Secretary, the email address of whom can be found on the CONTACTS page. Refer to the CALENDAR for further information.

Newton Abbot SC Club Championships

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Devon County ASA Competitions

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Swim England South West Competitions

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Open Meets

Open meets will be managed and submitted by the Open Meets Secretary, the email address of whom can be found on the CONTACTS page.

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Devonport Royal Summer Sizzler 16th - 17th July

Entries are now open for this Level 3 Short Course Summer Meet at Plymouth Life Centre on 16th and 17th July. Please enter through your Active Portals. 

Your portals will close on the 31st May at midnight to give our entries a chance to be accepted. This is a 'first come, first served' meet and will fill up quickly.


You were previously invited to a Bristol meet on the same weekend in July, but instead we are now supporting this one in Plymouth. Please enter as soon as you can.


Any queries, please contact the Open Meet Secretary.


Club Championships 2021

Long Distance (800m & 1500m) were swum at Paignton 17th & 24th November 2021

Results available.

All other events were spread over 4 sessions in Newton Abbot in November and December.

Results available.

2021 Arena League Round 3

An exciting third round was held at Chilton-Trinity pool in Bridgwater on Saturday 11th December between only 3 teams, Devonport having dropped out. Newton Abbot finished only 4 points behind Brixham in 3rd place, with Backwell being clear winners. Some brilliant swimming and close races. Thanks to Becky, Donna and Kathy for officiating, to Team Managers Ally and Trina and of course to Coach Garry. Well done swimmers!

1st  Backwell            267 points
2nd Brixham             244 points
3rd  Newton Abbot  240 points

Medley Skins 2022

The 2022 Medley Skins event was held on Friday 25th Feb. The selection for this event was based on the results of the 200m IM in the 2021 Club Championships. This year there were a total of 4 senior female and 4 senior male entrants; 6 junior male entrants and 5 female junior entrants. This event tests the swimmers' endurance and strategy!

Winners in the 4 categories were Rob Cacchione and Erin Throgmorton-Appleby (Senior) and Cody Cole and Gracie Stovin (Junior). All the competitiors swam extremely well and congratulations go to the winners!

Medley Skins - How it Works (Based on 6 swimmers starting)

  • There will be 6 girls and 6 boys and they will swim alternate 50m races.
  • The swimmers are usually spearheaded according to their 200mIM results
  • The stroke (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, front crawl) will be drawn out of a hat before each swim.
  • The 6 girls start their race in the selected stroke and the slowest swimmer is eliminated for the next round.
  • 90secs after the girls started, the 6 boys will start. Similarly the slowest is eliminated.
  • 90secs after the boys started, the 5 remaining girls will swim their second round and so on, eliminating 1 swimmer from each round. So we are 'peeling off' one swimmer each time (hence skins).
  • There are 3 minutes between each round for each group.
  • For the first girls' round and the first boys' round only, the swimmers get full starting whistles, 'Take your marks' and the start signal.
  • For the second and subsequent rounds they get only a 10 second warning bell (when they must get on the block for breaststroke, butterfly or front crawl or into the water for backstroke) and then the start signal.
  • The eliminated swimmer in each round draws the stroke for the next round out of a hat.
  • Swimmers stay in their original lanes except when there are 2 swimmers left, who will use lanes 3 and 4.
  • There is a monetary prize for the winning girl and winning boy and small prizes for each eliminated swimmer.
  • It is intended that we swim the Senior Girls and Boys Skins event first (alternating senior girls and senior boys).
  • The Junior Girls and Boys Skins events follow.
  • This year there were only 4 senior boys and 4 senior girls, so rounds had to be adapted accordingly.

Club Championships Best Times Updated December 2021

Due to COVID-19 there were no Championships held in 2020. Also, due the pandemic, our swimmers lost a lot of pool time during 2020 and early 2021. Even when we were allowed back in the pool, training sessions were reduced, and competitions were rare. We would therefore like to congratulate the swimmers who managed to set new best times in the 2021 Championships held in Nov/Dec.

In the Women's 16 years and over age group, new best times were set by Emmie Parsons in the 50m Backstroke and Erin Throgmorton-Appleby in the 1500m Freestyle.

In the Girls' 11 year age group Evie Evans set new best times in both the 100m Butterfly and 200m IM

In the Men's 1500m Freestyle, Jensen Healey set a new best time for 14-15 years.

Congratulations to Emmie, Erin, Evie and Jensen, and well done to all our swimmers who took part in the Championships!

See below for Club Championships Best Times since 2007.
NEW BEST TIMES set in 2021 are highlighted.

Simplified Rules of Swim Racing

The rules for swimming can seem very complicated and confusing when your children start to compete, so we have drafted some simple rules for them to follow. 

There are a few finer details of the rules which will need to be observed once swimmers compete at higher levels.


  • The stroke sequence must be one arm pull followed by one leg kick throughout.
  • The arm and leg movements must be simultaneous and symmetrical (mirror image).
  • The feet must be turned out at the backward kick (like a frog!)
  • The hands must not be brought back beyond the hips (apart from at the start or after each turn).
  • The touch must be with both hands simultaneously at the turn and at the finish.
  • The head must come up during each stroke - no underwater swimming except after start/turns (where one underwater arm pull and one leg kick is allowed!)


  • The swimmer must remain on the back throughout the race except to perform a turn (which must be completed in a continuous action).
  • The swimmer must touch the wall at each turn but leave the wall on the back
  • The swimmer must be on the back at the finish.
  • The swimmer must not be completely submerged, except for up to 15m after the start or turn.


  • The arms must be brought forward together over the water
  • The arms must be brought backward under the water simultaneously
  • The legs must be kicked together in an up and down movement (no alternating kick allowed).
  • The touch must be with both hands simultaneously at the turn and at the finish.


  • Freestyle means any stroke, except when it is the Freestyle part of Medley races (where it is usually Front Crawl)


  • In Backstroke, Butterfly and Freestyle some part of the body must be above the water at all times from 15 metres after the start and each turn.
  • Swimmers must not walk on the bottom of the pool.
  • Swimmers must touch the wall at each turn and at the finish.
  • Swimmers must not pull on lane ropes.

Individual Medley (IM)

  • Individual Medley means equal distances of Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle.
  • The strokes must be swum in the order listed above and rules must be followed for those strokes, including the finish of each stroke.
  • Freestyle must not be Butterfly, Backstroke or Breaststroke (it will usually be Front Crawl).

The Start

  • The start is signalled by short blasts of a whistle (get ready!) followed by one long blast of the whistle.
  • At this point the swimmer takes up the starting position on the block, pool edge or in the water if this is backstroke. For backstroke there is a second long blast of the whistle (hold the starting grips with both hands, facing the wall with feet on the wall).
  • The starter says ‘Take your Marks’ (take up starting position and keep still). When everyone is still the starter then sounds the starting signal. The swimmer must not move or start the race before the starting signal.
  • Swimmers not yet competent in forward-facing racing starts from the starting block or poolside may start in the water. They must enter the water on the long blast of the whistle and stay in contact with the side, rail or block with at least one hand until the start signal.

2019 Swim England South West

Swim England South West Competitions

SESW Regional Summer Championships
Results in Swimming > Competition Results > Details results

SESW Fast 5 Competition
This was held at GL1 pool in Gloucester on Sunday 7th July 2019

SESW Regional Relays Competition
This will be held on at Millfield School, Somerset on Sunday 22nd September 2019

SESW Winter Short Course Championships
These will be held on at Millfield School from Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd November 2019


  • Leagues

    Newton Abbot compete in the National Arena League in Western Division 1

    Newton Abbot also compete in a number of local leagues:

    • Cornwall and Devon Summer Swimming League
    • East Devon Mini League


  • Club Championships

    Newton Abbot Club Championships are open to all swimming squad members.

    There is no separate charge for entry.

    They take place annually in the Autumn at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre.



  • Regional

    Swim England South West Region includes Cornwall, Devon, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset and Gloucestershire counties.

    Swimmers qualify for these regional competitions through Licensed Meets of level 3 and above in the year prior to the start of the competition.

    The Summer Championships are held Long Course whilst the Winter Championships are held Short Course.


  • Open Meets


    Supported Meets

    Here are upcoming Open Meets which have the support of the club and for which entries will usually be managed by the Open Meet Secretary, the email contact for whom may be found in the CONTACTS page. Other meets (e.g. Masters and Open Water) may be displayed with specific entry information managed by the event organisers. 


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