Swimming is one of the highlights of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and is one of the most popular ways of keeping fit. Competitive events have been taking place in London’s pools for more than 150 years and these races are staged over different distances and using different strokes. More than 1,700 people take part in the London Youth Games swimming each year – it includes inclusive competition in both primary and secondary age categories.  


The oldest stroke is Breaststroke which is also the slowest stroke swum at the Olympics.



GET in touch to compete

To get involved in our competitions, you will need to contact the BTO or SGO in your borough or via the LYG App where you can register your interest.

Only a BTO or SGO or nominated Team Manager can enter a competition. A borough can enter any number of Borough/ Open/ Schools competitions with a maximum of 1 team per competition. 

A competitor is eligible to represent a borough if they are a resident or attend a school or college of further education in that borough. You cannot represent more than one borough in the same competition but competitors are allowed to compete for different boroughs in different competitions.