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RWS Swim Team British Championships success!

Eighteen RWS swimmers ventured up to Sheffield recently to compete in the 2023 British Swimming Championships. The swimmers get the privilege to compete during a qualifying window in March to May. The fastest 24 swimmers in each event go head to head.

RWS had some stunning success right across the week and in a wide range of events.

Day 1

Finn Drysdale and Sophie Busby competed in the 1500m recording best times by 3 & 5 seconds respectively. Finn finishing 7th, Sophie finishing 9th.

Day 2 Highlights

David Annis started an amazing week gaining silver in a new best time & Finn Drysdale also made the final finishing in 10th place, both in the 200 freestyle.

Lillie Grover made the first of many finals finishing 7th in the 400 freestyle. Sophie Busby also produced her fastest ever swim in the same event.

David Annis won another silver, breaking his own club record in the 50m backstroke.

Louise Jones came 8th in the 50m breaststroke final improving on her heat swim.

James Shevchenko Bronze and David Annis Gold 200m butterfly

Day 3 Highlights

Two medals were won in the 200m butterfly. David Annis winning his first National title and James Shevchenko gaining a superb bronze.

Lillie Grover came 6th in the 100m backstroke.

David Annis continued his medal surge with a bronze in the 100m backstroke.

Day 4 Highlights

David Annis produced his swim of the week winning and gaining his second gold in the 400 medley in a titanic battle. This was another club record by quite a distance. James Shevchenko narrowly missed a medal with a fantastic swim in the same event finishing 4th.

Lillie Grover came a creditable 7th in the 50 m freestyle.

Lillie Grover 200m freestyle Gold

Day 5 Highlights

The finals on day 5 started with a sensational gold in the 200m freestyle for Lillie Grover, executing the race plan to perfection and gaining her first national title.

Lewis Hickman produced an amazing last 50m to narrowly miss a medal in the 200m breaststroke finishing 5th, but broke the club record.

Harry Chandler produced an epic final swim to gain his first National medal with a bronze in the 100m butterfly. James Shevchenko finished 10th in the same event.

Lillie Grover continued her fantastic week finishing 5th in the 50m butterfly.


Day 6 Highlights

David Annis won his third gold of the week in another exciting 200 medley race, with a new club record. He followed this with a fantastic silver finishing strongly in the 200 backstroke. James Shevchenko finished 9th in his final with a strong final swim and best time.

Lillie Grover came as close as is possible without winning a medal in her 50m backstroke. She came joint 4th, 0.01 seconds behind joint second.

Aimee Monks came 10th in the 100 freestyle final

Louise Jones, Chloe Harris, Lily-May Marston and Aimee Monks 4×100 Medley team

Day 7 Highlights

The final day produced more great swims for David Annis with him narrowly missing another gold in an epic battle in the 400 freestyle finishing with a silver. Harry Chandler finished 10th in his final after a superb heat swim.

David then gained another silver in the 200 backstroke with a strong finish.

Two club records were broken in the medley relays for both the boys and girls. The girls doing a fantastic finals swim finishing 7th against a lot of University teams.  Teams were as follows;

Boys – David Annis, Andy Jones, James Shevchenko, Oliver Burns

Girls – Lily May Marston, Louise Jones, Chloe Harris, Aimee Monks.

All in all a fantastic week of racing by the whole team, I am so proud of how we came together and produced the club’s best ever individual medal haul.


18 Swimmers

58 swims

29 finals

48 best times

11 medals (4 Golds, 4 Silvers and 3 Bronzes)

6 club records


Full list of swimmers who qualified for the British Championships 2023: 

David Annis
Oliver Burns
Sophie Busby
Harry Chandler
Eamonn Djeridi 
Finn Drysdale
Lillie Grover
Chloe Harris
Lewis Hickman
Andy Jones
Louise Jones
Tiffany Latham
Lily-May Marston
Aimee Monks
Riley Perry
James Shevchenko
Brooke Totney
Amber Valletta 

New Coach Announcement

We are excited to announce that Ruth Hadley will joining the RWS coaching team as The National Development Squad lead coach from 1st December 2023.

Ruth brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the club following her swim career. After finishing her own swimming, Ruth started in swim teaching and then started her coaching at Droitwich SC before moving to Wyre Forest in 2019. Here she developed under the head coach before taking over the Head Coach role a year ago. Ruth has helped swimmers to win medals at regional level and reach Home Nations Summer Championships.

Keen to develop her coaching, Ruth has been selected on Worcester County coaching teams and shows a hunger to work in elite performance swimming.

Dave Painter, Head Coach says “I am excited to have appointed Ruth to the coaching team in this new era at RWS. She will bring a fresh perspective to the program and I know she is extremely excited to be joining us.  We were impressed by her attention to detail and desire to improve as a coach. Firstly, we wish her well as she will be having her first child before she joins us, so a busy few months ahead.”

This brings together an exciting new team, ready to develop as coaches and retain our level of excellence to develop the next generation of RWS swimmers.

David Painter appointed Head Performance Coach of Royal Wolverhampton Swimming Club

Dave Painter

The Royal Wolverhampton Swimming Club is delighted to announce the appointment of David Painter to the position of Head Performance Coach as from the 3rd June 2023. 

Dave has been integral to the programme for the past eight years working with regional, national, and international swimmers within our programme. He has worked tirelessly on his coaching development including his Level 3 Senior Coach and Level 3 Personal Trainer.  He has been Head Coach on England talent camps, English school championships and in recent cohort of Swim England Coach 28, Performance Coach programme.   

Lindsay Trimmings, Head of Coaching for Swim England “Dave is hugely excited by taking the club forward on the back of outstanding individual and team results in the very recent past working under Mark Spackman.” 

The future is exciting for the programme working in association with the Royal School, and we look forward to further successes at the highest level whilst at all times  focusing on the holistic needs of individual swimmers and members of the club.

Mr Mark Heywood


We’re hiring! Elite / National Development Squad Senior Coach

We have a vacancy for a professional and experienced Elite / National Development squads senior swimming coach.

This role will support the operation of the swim team and provide coaching for swimmers in the RWS Elite / National Development squads.

Employer: The Royal School Wolverhampton
Location: Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Contract type: Permanent, full-time, including evenings and weekends.
Closing date : Monday 22nd May (midday)
Salary Scale: Dependent upon experience and qualifications

For role description and candidate specification, please download the candidate pack

Applications will only be accepted on the application form (Form opens in a new window)

New role for head coach Marc Spackman

Photo of head coach Marc Spackman standing pool side

Congratulations to head coach Marc Spackman who will be taking up a new opportunity as head coach at leading Canadian club, ESwim Etobicoke this summer.

Marc leaves the RWS swim programme after nine years in charge. He has created a happy, disciplined, positive and nurturing environment in a thriving high performance club.

Marc’s programme which takes a holistic and long term view of athlete development has produced a succession of British champions, European Junior champions and junior International level swimmers, culminating with three former RWS swimmers at the last Tokyo Olympics. 

Matt Richards and Tully Kearney winning gold medals and Alice Dearing, becoming the first black swimmer to represent GB at an Olympics and becoming the face and voice of building swimming in the black community.

Marc has encouraged communication, self-determination and a great team ethos with our swimmers. People often comment on how we look like the most professional team on poolside, which in turn attracts new swimmers to the club.

The club is recognised as a beacon of coaching in the Midlands area. Marc has mentored and developed coaches at RWS. All our coaches are recognised outside of the club and on the Swim England Pathway for their achievements.

Marc himself has been Head Coach on several England teams, the GB team at the last European championships in Rome as well as with the New York Breakers ISL team.

Under Marc’s leadership and guidance, the club is well regarded within the swimming community and this reflects well on the school, both domestically and internationally when attracting talent to become part of the school community, either as a day student or boarder.

The club has started the recruiting process for a new head coach and we wish Marc all the best with his new role.

New assistant coach appointed

Head and shoulders photo of George

Head and shoulders photo of George

George Booth Rudd joined The Royal School Coaching Team in September 2022.

He is a former assistant junior coach at an Oxfordshire-based club and an outstanding swimmer himself.

George will fulfill an integral role in our proven and successful team, which has consistently placed medallists on the international stage such as Alice Dearing, Tom Derbyshire, and Olympic Champion, Matt Richards.

Head Coach Marc Spackman said,

“I am delighted to have appointed George as our Elite Squad Assistant Coach and Lead Academy Coach. George will bring a wealth of experience in swimming and fit into our system perfectly.”

George cannot wait to get started to help all swimmers achieve the highest levels possible in swimming and academic success.

This appointment provides consistency and excellence and continues from our previous coach, Tom Elgar who contributed to our outstanding success for the past 8 years. Tom arrived at the Royal as a swimmer/coach and now takes up his role as Head Coach at Maxwell Swim Club.