The weekend of the 13th and 14th of May proved to be a very busy time for the club across all the squads.

Liz Woolner of the Masters squad, on Saturday the 13th, competed at the Norfolk Masters Long Course Championships in Norwich and on Sunday the 14th she competed again at the Midland Masters Short Course Championships in Nuneaton. The result of Liz's extremely busy weekend is 6 gold medals, 3 PBs (50 free LC and 100 back & 50 breast SC), 3 East Region records (50 fly & free LC and 100 back SC), 4 Bedfordshire records (East Region + 50 breast SC).

Liz narrowly missed the British record in the 50 fly LC by 0.04s .

The next stop for Liz is Aberdeen in 5 weeks time for the British Masters Championships.

Many sincere congratulations once again to Liz for some awesome swimming!!

More news from the weekend is the Tom Williams cup Saturday night at Dunstable with a lot of novice , first time swimmers  gaining personal-best times and much valued competition experience, at this enjoyable charity fundraising gala hosted by Dunstable Swimming Club. The charity that Dunstable swimming club support is CHUMS and more information on this charity can be found at http://www.chums.uk.com .

Luton Inspire Pool was the venue for the Team Luton long course meet over the 13th and 14th May. Competing at this two day event were swimmers Eloisa Miller, James McFarland, Autumn Handscombe and Rebecca Grogan producing some excellent swimming all round.

Finally,  Sunday the 14th of May at the Leighton Buzzard Open Meet held at the Bletchley Leisure Centre , Flitwick Dolphins swimmers excelled and obtained personal best times and medals.

Full details of the results from these swimming competition will be notified in due course.

Well done to all our swimmers that competed at the competitions that took place over this busy weekend.

Thank you  must go to all the hard-working people who make the competitions possible , the coaches, the team managers, the qualified officials, non-technical volunteers and the brilliant parents who  get the swimmers to the venues and then cheer them on through their events.
Olivia Fowler , Katie Tompkins and Billy Cutler represented all the club's volunteers tonight at the Flitwick Town Councils community award presentation evening .  

The category of local club award for volunteering was presented by the Flitwick town Mayor Mr Phillip Thompson who  said that the club had stood out above all others in the community to receive this award.

Flitwick Dolphins has an amazing team of dedicated volunteers, parents, extended family members and swimmer volunteers and this award was accepted  by these three senior swimmers on behalf of all the clubs volunteers.

The club would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks to all our volunteers. There are many ways that you can help the club, non-technical roles are vital part of running events for the club as well as those who become ASA technical qualified officials.   

The Club website now has a page dedicated to our volunteers which will be being further updated.  If you'd like any information on how you can volunteer for the club please do not hesitate to email in on Swim club manager , there is bound to be a volunteering opportunity that is ideally suited to you.

Thank you to Olivia , Katie and Billy for giving up their time this evening to represent the club , they were exceptional.

The club's press officer , James Handler  will prepare further news with more pictures and these will be posted on the club website and mailed out to members .

The award will be put on display at the cabinet at the Flitwick Library where we are exhibiting for the next two weeks.  It will also be available to view at the club AGM.

The club is pleased to announce that we have a new PR and Press Officer, James Handler who is one of our senior swimmers.  

James will be pursuing a career in journalism so this is a great volunteering opportunity for him and a great benefit for the club. 

He will be keeping us all at the Club up-to-date on our news and activities, doing articles for the press and the website.

James Handler - Press Officer
A new chapter for the Amateur Swimming Association as they start to use their new name: SWIM ENGLAND
 
With the change of name comes a new, 4 year strategic plan. 
   
Swim England: Towards a Nation of Swimming.
 
In the coming weeks SWIM ENGLAND will roll out a new website and launch their refreshed resources and of course the new strategy.   The strategy reinforces and highlights how SWIM ENGLAND will continue to lead the swimming sector within sport and remain a governing body that is fit for the future.  
 
For more information please go to www.swimming.org/swimengland
 
The club will keep you posted of the re-branding, change of logos and other information as the month’s progress.  
 
We have much to look forward to as a club in the coming months and with a vibrant and flourishing club, we can continue to build on the successes of our swimmers with the brilliant support and encouragement from our coaches, volunteers,  parents and extended family members.

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On Wednesday, 22 March 2017 the Flitwick Dolphins swimming club set themselves a challenge!!

In July of this year some of the clubs swimmers will be taking part in an English channel relay swim endeavour. Not only will the swimmers be doing it for the sheer challenge of getting across the channel but they are raising sums for some very worthwhile charities .  

Charities that they are supporting are Great Ormand Street Hospital, Save The Children, Mind, World-vision and Vascultis.

In support of the swimmers taking part in the Channel swim challenge, the club organised a sponsored swim event to include all the club's swimmers and that took place within the usual training schedule on a Wednesday at the Flitwick leisure centre . The challenge that was set was for each of the squads to swim the distance of the channel but within the swimming pool.

The English Channel is 21 miles across which equates to 33,797 metres or put another way is 1352 lengths of a 25 metre swimming pool.

First to embark upon the challenge where the club's youngest squad consisting of the Flippers and the Fins. With the senior swimmers volunteering to lap count them , the swimming began at 7pm . Between them, the swimmers swam 38,950 metres which is an astonishing achievement for this young group.

Next up at 8 pm where swimmers from a B and C squad. Another amazing achievement with a collective swim of 37,200 metres.

At 9 o'clock in the evening it was then the turn of the A squad (within this squad includes the club's Sprint squad and members of CBSS squad, these are the clubs senior swimmers ) along with the Masters squad who are the clubs adult swimmers.

Collectively in the hour between 9 PM and 10 PM this group swam an amazing total of over 115,000 metres !!

Not to be out done by their swimmers, the parents were for the duration between 7 pm and 9 PM in the evening swimming their own lengths and amassed an incredible 40,150 metre of swimming.

The combined total of all the squads and parents meterage in the pool equated to in excess of 230,000 metres . That figure equates to approximately 144 miles which is actually just under seven times across the English Channel, or there and back just under three times!!

Flitwick Dolphins Swimming Club are very proud of all of the swimmers who took part in the club's sponsored swim event . If you would like more information on the challenge that some of the club swimmers will be embarking upon in July , or if you would like to donate towards the very worthy causes that the swimmers are supporting , please visit the clubs website www.flitwickdolphins.org.uk . Click on the tab marked "Swimming" and go to "Channel Relay Swim 2017".

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