Good evening everyone please see the responses from David Sparkes and Simon Rothwell, below. It is the intention of the disbanded British Masters Committee (myself (ASA), Eddie Riach (SASA), Geoff Stokes (ASA), Terry John (WASA)) to take this discussion further and I will keep you posted as to developments. This will not be an overnight project. I do not intend to publish all of the correspondence in future but have done so on this occasion just so you know that I wasn’t ignored and both Simon and David have responded.
Masters need to stand together on this and we need to deal with the “governing” bodies in a measured and considered way. I am surprised by the level of support I have received (clearly it isn’t just me) not just in the UK either I may have touched a nerve with colleagues across Europe (clearly it isn’t just us).
I have also been impressed by the level of thoughtfulness in your comments. Please can we conduct this debate in a measured, reasonable and mature manner, it makes our message more powerful.
From: David Sparkes
Sent: 31 May 2016 16:43
To: Verity Dobbie
Cc: Simon Rothwell
Verity I have noted your letter, I don’t propose to respond in detail as it would serve no purpose. However I will say that to date I have received numerous positive comments from Masters Swimmers who participated in London from around Europe and expressing how appreciative they are with the opportunity to swim in London in the Aquatic Centre. We all agree there were challenges and we all also agree that the Organising Committee did a great job. There are of course lessons to learn as there are from every major event and both LEN and British Swimming will take these on board in due course.
Regarding your closing remarks on the formation of a separate Masters Federation, this is of course not something I can in my role in British Swimming help with. I suggest if this is the direction you and your colleagues wish to go you need to take this up with the HC Federation who together are the sole members of British Swimming. British Swimming in turn then is the sole member of FINA and LEN, as you are I am sure aware.
I have passed your letter on to Simon Rothwell also as he may want to consider your views both as a member of the BS Board from the ASA and the LEN Masters Chairman.
From: Verity Dobbie
Date: Tuesday, 31 May 2016 at 18:11
To: David Sparkes
Thank you David as I acknowledge in the letter the event improved over the course of the week and was successful and by and large hugely enjoyable as an experience, I am by nature a glass half full person and my report for the Swimming Times will reflect the positives, I do feel disappointed and embarrassed by the problems which were created here. I am not at this stage advocating for an independent Masters federation I think that we can peacefully coexist and there are mutual benefits to us doing so but we need to be able to make our own decisions.
Date: Tuesday, 31 May 2016 at 21:35
To: David Sparkes