It comes with great pleasure that we are able to announce that Flitwick Dolphins have been presented with the Swim England Club of the Year Award on the 11th of November 2017 at the National Awards Ceremony held at The Great Hall at Birmingham University. The award was accepted by the club chairman Ian Fowler, along with (head coach) Nigel Halford; (secretary) Sandra Grant; (coaches) Louise King & Ian Murray and (club fundraising & event’s organiser) Michelle Watson who all attended the prestigious event on behalf of the club.

There were over 30 nominations Nationally for this award, all of which were stringently examined by the Swim England awards panel and subjected to a thorough checking process, however, we should all be extremely proud to have “shone through as the most deserving of this honour” ~Sandra Grant.

This award highlights how all of our members, no matter what their role in the club, display passion, enthusiasm and energy. It is these qualities, along with the contributions from all of the exemplary volunteers and committee members that allows Flitwick Dolphins SC to continually develop and advocate a positive environment for all of our swimmers.

As described by Ian Fowler: “This award recognises a non-Swim England funded club that shows commitment and passion for aquatics, by providing a quality and enjoyable experience to their members - through developing innovative ways to grow and improve the club, not to mention by being part of a wider Club Network.”.

Flitwick Dolphins fulfilled all the requirements and further demonstrated the club’s passion, enthusiasm and energy towards continually working to develop the club, maintaining inclusivity, identifying talent and helping everyone work towards their swimming goals. The club were also able to demonstrate that they are committed to developing the talent of all its members through training and competition as well as promoting a love of swimming. This is continued through with parents, volunteers, extended family members, officials and coaches. Everyone involved at Flitwick Dolphins, no matter how large or small their contribution is to the running of the club and its many endeavours, is highly valued and appreciated.

Flitwick Dolphins members are proud to be a part of the club and it is a feeling that is visible across all of FDSC’s swimmers, their families and the coaching team and committee. The award will be placed within the club trophy cabinet situated at The Flitwick Leisure Centre, where it will sit in pride of place as a display of what a fantastic swimming club Flitwick Dolphins is.

Aside from this amazing news, on the afternoon of Armistice day the club also received another huge recognition. Liz Woolner (Masters swimmer) was one of the finalists in the Swim England award: ‘Senior Participant’. Once again, despite tough competition and a large number of nominations she shone through, did the club proud and won the award! This award recognises Liz as an individual who has accomplished many notable achievements in aquatics. She is the Masters champion, British Masters record holder, East region record holder, and bronze medal winner at European Masters. Alongside an array of medals, personal best times and records that Liz has developed over her career as a swimmer, this award was presented to someone who could not have been more deserving of it.

Please do visit the Trophy Cabinet in the Flitwick Leisure Centre to see the Swim England award, which will proudly be displayed for everyone to view. Sincere thanks must go to all the club’s coaches, volunteers, swimmers and committee members for contributing to such a positive atmosphere within the club. Without such a great team, both in and out of the swimming pool, the club would not have received such a prestigious accolade. We are very proud of the achievement which is a result of the combined contribution of everyone at the club, both past and present and is a wonderful recognition of all the hard work and time that is given by so many to running a successful swimming club.


James Handler ~ FDSC Press Officer.

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Swim England National Awards - November 2017
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Swim England National Awards - November 2017
splash night 2017
The clubs open meet, that was held in October, was a resounding success and this was down to the many volunteers who worked so hard.

Three volunteers, that the club like would like to recognise most especially, are actually three swimmers who were not competing at all of the sessions at the event but despite that, gave up their time to volunteer and got stuck into their roles, working extremely hard.

One of these volunteers had only been at the club for a matter of a few weeks but still chose to give up her time to help support the other swimmers, undertaking some very important tasks that helped with the running of the competition.

The other two swimmers, despite their young age, had a very mature approach to their tasks and were joy to see every time they walked around with their smiling faces and their containers of sweets that they were handing out to keep us all going!

The club is pleased to announce that the November swimmers of the month award goes to Lauren Young, Leah Boost and Freya Williams. These swimmers will be presented with their Swimmer of the month” swimming caps this week. Thank you so much for volunteering .
This year’s Arena League on the 14th October was another hugely memorable event for the whole of FDSC. An ecstatic atmosphere, combined with excellent swimming and the best team morale on the night are only a few of the qualities that all of our swimmers displayed.

Right from the start of the first event, it became clear that the Flitwick Dolphins swimmers were performing to the best of their abilities - with Georgie Curtis coming 1st in the Ladies 200M IM. To continue with this extremely high standard of swimming: a further 11 first places were achieved, 11 second places and 5 third places. These results show just how well all of our swimmers did in Round 1!

On a personal level, 13 PB times were achieved during the event at Pingles Leisure Centre. These swimmers should be extremely proud of themselves, as despite the p ressure to swim as part of a team, they still displayed an ability to improve their own times.

Club Captain James Handler awarded “swimmers of the event” to Tyler Watson and Georgie Curtis, who did an excellent job and were a pleasure to watch swim.

All of these fantastic achievements all contribute to the 1st place that Flitwick Dolphins SC was awarded at the end of the first round. Everyone who competed at this event should be extremely proud to have been a participant in such a successful event for the club!

The team consisted of Carl Halford, Melissa Dolby, Thomas Allen, Francesca Baber, Ruby Blackmore, Georgie Curtis, George Hart, Billy Cutler, Tyler Watson, Mari Cutler, Sophie Fowler, Olivia Fowler, Rebecca Grogan, Autumn Handscombe, Lauren Young, Mikolaj Leski, Adam Thompson, Joe Vesztrocy, Tom Malia, Giselle Martin, James McFarland, Eddy McFarland, Ben Rayner, Eloisa Miller, Jake Hickmott, Chris Murphy, Callum Runchman, Max Thomas, Imogen Thompson, Lilli Thompson, Paige Walker, Maddie Phillips. Adam Holmes, Isaac Moon with James Handler attending as Club Captain and assisting the team manager and coaches, Nigel, Judy and Louise.

Round Two of this year’s Arena League will take place on the 11th November, and will certainly be an event to look forward to.


James Handler
Press Officer

East Region Masters – Newmarket – September 2017

The clash with the club championships this year meant a smaller team and with most swimmers giving up swims in the final session in order to get back to Flitwick to help or swim at the club champs.

None the less the team of 6 including 2 rookies to Masters swimming (Hayden Davies and Lauren Murphy) as well as Claudia Grant-Dawson, Alistair Shaw, Ian Murray and Liz Woolner managed 1 team bronze, 6 Golds, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze achieving 4 County records and one East Region record .

Ian Murray gained first place in the 400 meter freestyle as well as first place in the 50 backstroke with the time of 5.24.30 and 38.72 respectively.

Alistair Shaw achieved Bedfordshire record for the 200 breaststroke gaining a silver medal with a time of 2.52.53 wit h a bronze medal for the 100 individual medley.

Liz Woolner had an amazing swim meet with three first-place gold medals and an East region time for the 100 individual medley of 1.17.15.

The other team members consisting of Lauren Murphy, Claudia Grant Dawson and Hayden Davies all achieved medals, Lauren gaining a bronze and a silver, Claudia achieving one gold and one bronze and Hayden winning bronze and silver.

The relay team consisting of Liz, Lauren, Alistair and Hayden swam to a bronze victory.

More Master News – October 2017

Two of the clubs masters swimmers Ian Murray and Liz Woolner spent 3 days competing in the Swim England Masters Swimming Championships in Sheffield held from the 27th, 28th and 29th October 2017.

Ian started the medal collection on Friday morning with a silver in the 1500 free in an East Region record time. He also finished it with a silver in the 800 free on Sunday afternoon in a Bedfordshire record.

In between Liz won 3 gold medals (50 & 100 fly and 50 free) and 3 silvers (100 free, 100 IM and 50 back - missing gold in this one by just 0.01s). With the exception of the 100 fly, these were all swum in East Region record times. Liz was frustrated to miss the 50 fly British record by 0.02s but very happy to go under 29s for 50 free for the first time ever in her life.

Congratulations to our brilliant Masters Squad as they continue to achieve personal best times, medals and county and regional records.

James Handler
Press Officer