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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Weekend 1 – 29th, 30th April and 1st May 2017 at Inspire: Luton Sports Village, Luton (1ER170219)
Weekend 2 – 27th, 28th and 29th May 2017 at UEA Sportspark, Norwich (1ER170220)
 
Any swimmers wishing to enter, please see full entry conditions which can be found here:
 
http://www.eastswimming.org/index.php/swimming/swimentries1
 
Entry times for all individual events must be taken from the British Swimming rankings on or before the closing date and shall have been achieved in meets, licensed at Level 1, 2 or 3 by the ASA, from 1September 2016.
 
Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. detailing the events you wish to enter. There is no entry form to complete.
 
Your entry will be acknowledged and checked, and you will be advised of the fee payable.
 
Club closing date for receipt of entries:
 
Weekend 1 - Monday 27th March 2017
Weekend 2 - Monday 24th April 2017
 
Please submit your entries promptly as this deadline will not be extended under any circumstances.
 

Thanks,
Gary Murphy
It is with pleasure that the club can announce that the new Swimzi shop is now up and running. Details are on the website here. The club are also pleased to be able to offer you a 5% discount on the Swimzi items that you will obtain at the actual point of sale and direct with Swimzi .

The Swimzi kit is meant as an addition to the club kit and there is no obligation on the part of any club member to purchase anything from the Swimzi shop.

The original items of kit that the club sell i.e. the hoodies, polos and Wickability tops are still available to order direct from the club kit coordinator. All photographs and team pictures will be taken with the club's official polo tops etc (and not with Swimzi items).

Swimzi have very carefully and clearly set out in the narrative set out below the exact way in which orders will be processed and how the whole arrangement will work. The shop will be available online three times a year, all the items ordered by club members within the two week period the shop is open will be being delivered direct to our club kit coordinator who will bring them to FLC for distribution once they have arrived.

Swimzi are more than happy for you to contact them about sizing or with any queries whatsoever and the contact details are clearly set out.

The club kit coordinator does have a few items of clothing that you can try on to double check for sizing, however it must be pointed out that the club can take no responsibility, whatsoever, for any  information you provide to Swimzi in respect of sizing and that all contractual obligations are between the purchaser i.e. FDSC club member and Swimzi only. The only involvement of the club will be the administration of information on the club website in relation to kit and the bringing of the ordered items to FLC for distribution. All payments for the Swimzi kit will be dealt with direct with Swimzi.

Sandra
Club Secretary
Bedfordshire County Age Group & County Championships Long Course 28th / 29th January and 4th / 5th February 2017

Congratulations everyone that competed at the 2017 Bedfordshire ASA County Championships – a fantastic achievement for all those that qualified, gained new PB times, achieved Regional times, gained Long Course Club Records and won Medals – you should all be so proud to have represented Flitwick Dolphins.

This year a grand total of 14 Gold Medals, 18 Silver and 29 Bronze were won

Fabulous results for the Men’s 11/12 years 200m Medley Relay team, the Men’s 14/15 years Freestyle Relay team and the Woman’s Open 400m Medley Relay teams for all winning Bronze

We will be entering the City of Peterborough Regional Age Group Qualifier Open Meet, which takes place at the Peterborough Regional Pool, Bishop Road, Peterborough, PE1 5BW over the weekend of 7th - 9th April 2017.

The entry pack for this meet can be found here:

http://www.copsclub.co.uk/cops-open-meets/cops-last-change-age-group-qualifier-2017/entry-pack-cops-last-chance-regional-qualifier/view

Please read the entry conditions carefully before submitting your entry. You must have a time recorded on the club PB database to enter this meet. LC to SC time conversions are OK. Time trials, approximate times or 'NT' entries are not. 

Please print and complete the entry form, and return to your coach with a cheque for the entry fee which is £5.00 per event (don't pay the admin fee). Cheques should be made out to FDSC as we will be submitting one consolidated entry.

Closing date for receipt of entries is Wednesday 1st February, as the meet is 'first come , first served' and we need to get our entries in quickly.

Thanks,
Gary