This year, Flitwick Dolphins Swimming Club has been busy with fundraising ventures. In the run-up to Easter, the club held a competition to guess the name of the Big Fluffy Bunny, which raised a fabulous £100 for the club. The name was pulled from a hat by Chairman and Acting Head Coach, Nigel Halford.  Congratulations to the lucky winner, Alexa Johnson, who had chosen the name ‘Tabby’.

One of the club’s swimmers, Emily Cullen, took part in this year’s Swimathon at Flitwick Leisure Centre for her 5th consecutive year. The Swimathon raises money for Marie Curie Cancer and Sport Relief.  Emily has gradually increased her distance from 1km five years ago to 3k this year, which she completed in just 55 minutes, taking only 3 more minutes than the 2.5k last year.  So far this year Emily has raised £450, which makes a total of almost £3000 raised over the last 5 years.

Two of the swimmers’ mums, Sue Hickmott and Clare Brown, will be walking the 26.2 mile London Moon Walk on the 14th May in aid of the Walk the Walk Breast Cancer Charity.  As well as training hard for their walk, they have also been busy knitting well over 300 chicks and bunnies, each one taking about 1 hour to make. They have had help from Clare’s mum, Evelyn Bailey, and Sue’s sister, Linda Tilburn, and mum Pat Neale, sewing the finishing touches and popping a Cadbury Cream Egg, kindly donated by Nisa and Bookers, into each of them. They have raised an eggmazing £700 by selling them at training sessions.

Once Sue’s fingers have recovered, she will be teaching a few of the other parents knitting skills so that they can make knitted Christmas tree decorations for sale during December 2016.
 
Mid-Beds Swim Squad held their 6th Open Meet at Saxon Pool, Biggleswade, on the 12th and 13th of March and were joined by swimmers from 20 clubs, including Flitwick Dolphins, who had 27 swimmers competing over the weekend.

It was a great weekend of swimming achievements, where an amazing 158 new personal best times were gained, 3 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze medals were won, and a new club record was achieved.

Gold medal winners were: Francesca Baber (10) and Kai Borromeo (14).  Silver medals went to: Autumn Handscombe (13), Eloisa Miller (11), Kiera Williams (14), Ruby Blackmore (10), Francesca Baber (10), Imogen Thompson (13), Emma Boost (14), Kai Borromeo (14), Tyler Watson (12), Jake Hickmott (11) and Isaac Moon (13).

Bronze medallists were George Maskell (12), Tyler Watson (12), Jake Hickmott (11), Felix Moon (11), Francesca Baber (10), Sophie Fowler (11), Imogen Thompson (13), Autumn Handscombe (13), Eloisa Miller (11), Ruby Blackmore (10) and Ryhanna Cummins (10).

Also congratulations to Francesca Baber for gaining a new club record for the 9 year-old girls’ 100m Butterfly.
Beds ASA will be holding two Open Water training sessions this season, the first in the pool at Luton Inspire on 23rd April, starting at either 5.30 or 6.00pm and lasting two hours, the second in the lake at Box End on a date to be confirmed. The application form is now available to download on our website here.

Another date for your diary is Sunday July 17th for the East Region Open Water Championships.  

Nigel Halford
Acting Head Coach
east region Weekend 1 – 30th April, 1st and 2nd May 2016 at Sportspark, UEA Norwich (1ER160820)
Weekend 2 – 28th, 29th and 30th May 2016 at Inspire: Luton Sports Village,Luton (1ER160821)
 
Any swimmers wishing to enter the East Swimming 2016 Long Course Championships, please read the entry conditions carefully. There are available at: http://www.eastswimming.org.uk/swim/index.php/swimming/swimentries1
Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of the events you wish to enter. I will check your entries are valid and email you back with details of the payment that needs to be made for the entry fees.

Club closing dates for entries are:
 
Weekend 1, Friday 25 March 2016
 
Weekend 2, Friday 22 April 2016
 
Entry deadlines are strictly enforced, so we are unable to accept entries after these dates