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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