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The Aims of the Asa

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THE AIMS OF THE ASA To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to learn to swim To support the pursuit of excellence, in all its disciplines and at all levels of the sport To provide the direction and effective management of the sport To provide a proactive communication service to its customers supported by a measured, efficient service in response to its customer enquiries To maximise the commercial opportunities available to the sport for the benefit of the sport To provide an effective programme for the training of teachers, coaches and tutors THE HISTORY OF THE AMATEUR SWIMMING ASSOCIATION The first recorded meeting of representatives of swimming clubs was held in the German Gymnasium, London, on 7th January 1869, when it was resolved that an Association composed of the London Swimming Clubs should be formed and have as its objects the promotion and encouragement of the art of swimming. Later that year the title of "Metropolitan Swimming Association" was assumed and a code of rules was drawn up in 1870 for the management of the Games of Football in the Water, proving that some sort of Water-Polo was then played. ...read more.


Its power grew steadily and with the increase of work, provincial business was often delayed. This caused agitation in the provinces and when the ASA tried to form Local Centres in England and Ireland and enforce its laws, with the consequent suspension of some Manchester swimmers, the delegates of the Northern Clubs declared their intention to form a separate association. An ASA meeting was held on the same night in London and telegrams were despatched from one meeting to the other, with the result that three ASA delegates went to Manchester to confer with the Northern swimmers. After long and bitter arguments it was finally agreed that the scheme proposed by the ASA for the "Better Management of Amateur Swimming" should be accepted. It was the casting vote of the Chairman, Mr C G Plumpton of Barnsley, which decided the matter. The scheme allowed the Northern Counties to have jurisdiction over all parts of the country north of 53 degrees and until a Midland Association was formed the ASA would control the remainder. The Midlands then made representation with the result that in 1889 it was agreed that the ASA should be divided into three Districts, Northern, Midland and Southern. ...read more.


The first Women's Championship, the 100 yards Freestyle, was instituted in 1901. Diving came under the control of the Association in 1935 when the Amateur Diving Association was wound up and the ASA Diving Committee formed. Junior Championships were instituted in 1947 at Hastings. 1948 saw the ASA again taking a leading role in the organisation of the Olympic Games held in Wembley. In 1952 Alice M Austin of Beckenham Ladies Swimming Club, became the first woman President of the ASA. 1956 saw Judy Grinham become Britain's first Olympic swimming Gold Medallist for 32 years when she won the 100 metres Backstroke in Melbourne. Anita Lonsbrough won the Olympic 200 metres Breaststroke Gold Medal in Rome 1960 in a world record time. 1974 saw the district element phased out and National Development officers being introduced covering all disciplines of the sport but these were gradually phased out for various reasons except for David Hicks at Crystal Palace and Eddie Gorton at The Wolverhampton School. When Dave Hicks retired in 1990 the post at Crystal Palace was changed to Director of Courses Crystal Palace and Norman Binstead was appointed. This post is now self supporting. Eddie Gorton left in 1984 signalling the end of National Development Officers. This system was resurrected in 1993 under the name of Regional Development Officers. ...read more.

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