1991 saw the formation of Flitwick Dolphins Swimming Club, which made its home and main training venue at the newly opened Flitwick Leisure Centre, Steppingly Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire.

25 years of swimming had begun and we saw the birth of what started and has continued to be a wonderful opportunity for children and adults of all ages to take part in the competitive sport of swimming.

The early days at the club saw a gradual build-up to a successful and vibrant competitive swimming club and some early successes included in 1995 the clubs County medallists who can be seen here in this picture. In less than 4 years the club already had a proven successful track record.

1997 saw the first club swimmer achieve a National Qualifying time. On the 24th May 1997, Rachel Mackie achieved this honour competing in the 100m Backstroke at Stantonbury Pool, Milton Keynes.         

In 1999 the club featured in the Times and Citizen Newspaper under the headline “Dolphins speed to first league title”.  The club became the West Midlands Division Three Champions at their very first attempt at the title!

Over the years the club has gone from strength to strength, producing swimmers at County, Regional and National level. Just some of the examples of the clubs successes since its formation include; at the 2005 Bedfordshire ASA County competition, Georgina Halford won the 9 year old age group and Sarah Haslett won the 13 year old age group, as well as 22 gold medal successes with 78 medals in total.

In 2006 the under 10 girls relay team won the medley relay at the Bedfordshire ASA County competition and with a total of 81 medals that year, 46 of which were gold, the club continued to be very successful.

Following on from those earlier Bedfordshire ASA County Competition successes came further age group winners, including Izzy Martin (age group 10 years), Charlotte Beck (age group 12 years) and Hayden Davies (age group 10 years). In 2008 Tom Winder became the boys 14 years age group winner, the boys won the under 15 Freestyle relay and overall the club achieved 75 medals, 26 of which were gold. That year also the club produced over 11 regional swimmers. There have been many individual successes and achievements and the list over the past 21 years is extensive. All the swimmers, in their own ways, have contributed to the clubs vibrancy and continued success.

As well as individual swimmer’s success, the club has major achievements and wins including Junior League Champions, Gareth Jeans Trophy winners, Chiltern League winners and great results at the Arena National League and many other competitions. The club also has a very strong Open Water team that has gone from strength to strength since interest was sparked by Georgina Halford’s successful crossing of the English Channel in a 6-swimmer relay on 22nd August 2008. The culmination of the effort and dedication of the Open Water swimmers saw the team take the title of East Region Open Water Team Champions in 2012.

August 5th 2014, in aid of Diabetics UK and at just 19 years old Georgina Halford went on to successfully swim the English Channel solo in 12 hours and 22 minutes, which was also televised on a BBC documentary –  ‘The Channel Swim’ and was aired on BBC4, July 2016.

The club has also embarked upon a number of swim camps that were held abroad including Cyprus in 2009, 2014 and 2015 plus a trip to Italy in 2011 then in 2015 and 2016 a weekend of intensive Counties training at the Crystal Palace Sports Village.

In 2015 Molly Bow qualified for the British and English Championships in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke, achieving Silver in the 100m Breaststroke and James McFarland achieved Bronze in the 200m Butterfly at the English Nationals.

With a brand new pool to use at the New Flitwick Leisure Centre for 2016, continuing success within the club is still very evident with the dedication of the clubs swimmers and their many achievements.

So far 2016 has been a fantastic swimming year, January and February saw a strong squad of Flitwick Dolphins swimmers competing at the Bedfordshire County Championships at Inspire, Luton Sports Village. The team achieved an amazing 17 gold, 21 silver and 24 bronze medals, showing resounding results in the team relays winning gold medals for the boys 14/15 years 4x50m Freestyle relay team of James McFarland (15), Kai Borromeo (14), Sam Dennis (14) and George Hart (15), and the boys 14/15 years 4x50m medley relay team of George Hart (15), Kai Borromeo (14), James McFarland (15) and Ben Rayner (14).
 
Silver went to the girls 10/11years 4x50m medley relay team of Holly Cahill (11), Eloisa Miller (11), Sophie Fowler (11) and Holly Smith (11).

And Bronze medals won by the boys 12/13 years 4x50m Freestyle relay team of Edward McFarland (13), George Maskell (12), Isaac Moon (13) and Tyler Watson (12), the women’s open 4x100m medley relay team of Gemma Trott (17), Molly Bow (15), Georgina Curtis (16) and Melissa Dolby (21), and the girls 10/11years 4x50m Freestyle relay team of Holly Cahill (11), Eloisa Miller (11), Sophie Fowler (11) and Holly Smith (11).  Also, the Junior Championships (under 16) were awarded to Molly Bow, with 1st place for the 50m Breaststroke and 2nd place in the 200m Breaststroke.  George Hart came 3rd for 200m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly, and James McFarland won 1st place for 50m and 100m Butterfly, 200m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley, plus 2nd place for 1500m Freestyle and 3rd place for 200m Freestyle. 
 
In the Senior Championships (all ages), Georgina Curtis was 3rd in the 100m Butterfly, 200m Individual Medley and 100m Breaststroke. Molly Bow received 1st place for 50m Breaststroke and 2nd place in the 200m Breaststroke, and James McFarland came 3rd in the 200m Butterfly.

Month of June saw Flitwick swimmers at the European Masters Championships, with Liz Woolner winning bronze medals in the 100m and 50m Butterfly, setting a new club record in the 50m Butterfly and narrowly missing the British record by 0.05 secs: a fantastic achievement.

Competing at Regional level in 2016 were: Kai Borromeo (14), who swam in the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke; Ben Rayner (14), who competed in the 50m Freestyle and gained a club long course record; and Autumn Handscome (13), who competed in the 50m Backstroke also achieved a club long course record – great swimming achievements from all three of them.

In July 2016 the club also did well at the East Region Open Water Championships in Norwich, with Emma Boost (14) winning the Junior County Championship in the 5km event with Georgie Halford taking silver in the Senior County Championships, and Tyler Watson (12) won County gold in the 1500m, with Philip Cummins (15) taking silver in his first open water competition.  The performances of Tyler Watson and Rhianydd Jones were good enough to qualify for the National Open Water Festival at Rother Park near Sheffield the following weekend. Rhianydd was unable to compete, but Tyler made the trip north for the Boys 12 year 1500m event, producing a really strong swim to finish 28th.

The 2016 Club Championships concluded in November, with huge success as this was the first time that they had hosted an inter house gala at the new Flitwick Leisure centre .   Over the five competition sessions congratulations must go to every Swimmer that competed as amazing achievements were gained with 519 Personal Best times, and County Times reached, and there were 152 Gold, 141 Silver & 113 Bronze Medals Won. Plus, an outstanding 24 Club Championships Records and 7 Short course Records A special mention to James McFarland for gaining 5 Club Champs and 2 Short Course records in the Boys U16 100m Freestyle, Boys U16 100m Butterfly, Boys U16 100m Individual Medley, Boys U16 200m Individual Medley, Boys U16 50m Butterfly plus a Short Course Record and the Boys U16 200m Butterfly and the Short Course Record.

And massive congratulations go to Georgina Curtis who achieved 8 Club Championship Records and 4 Short Course Records and is now officially the fastest girl swimmer by gaining the Girls 16&Over 50m Breaststroke, Girls 16&Over 100m Butterfly, Girls 16&Over 400m Individual Medley,  Girls 16&Over 50m Butterfly, Girls 16&Over 200m Butterfly and Girls 16&Over 100m Backstroke plus Short Course Record, Girls 16&Over 200m Breaststroke plus Short Course Record, Girls 16&Over 100m Breaststroke and Short Course Records and finally the Girls 16&Over 200m Individual Medley and Short Course Record, which is a truly outstanding achievement.

December 2016 saw Flitwick Dolphins compete at Bletchley Leisure Centre for the 3rd and final round of the National Arena league.  This was a very tense and exciting team gala as they had already won round 1 and round 2, and now they were not only competing but hosting the gala too, and with their amazing team spirit and fantastic swimming it paid off and winning round 3, confirming that they had come 1st in division 3 and will now be promoted to division 2 - a fantastic ending to 2016 and 25 years of the club.

Over the 25years that the club has been formed there has been an emphasis on “team spirit”. As well as nurturing individual successes for swimmers both at open meets and at county and regional swimming, the club fosters a strong support and encouragement network with the senior swimmers often encouraging and supporting the younger swimmers, especially at the younger swimmers’ first competitions. Senior swimmers, over the years, have gone on to take courses in teaching and coaching as well as becoming ASA qualified officials and this has greatly enriched the club and continued to make the club successful at all levels.

The club right from day one, has a contingent of dedicated parents, committee members and volunteers that ensure that the club benefits in every way, from organising the yearly End of Season Party and Presentation Evenings, has its own Club Photographer & Press Officer and provides other fund raising and social events throughout the year for the whole club to enjoy.