As we are now, as a club, embarking upon an exciting new era including training at a new pool and, in a bid to keep up the efficient running of the club, we have decided that now is a good opportunity to have a full review of all contact information, including all emergency contacts as well as any Medical Declarations in respect of each of our members.

Some member may have completed contact and information forms a number of years ago and so possibly by now contact information may have changed and there may also be changes in medical information as well as new telephone numbers, emails, home addresses etc. If you have recently joined the club this is unlikely to be the case so there will be no need to send in any updates at this time.

Please ensure that any changes in contact details, medical declarations etc., are notified to the club immediately that they occur.  This is your responsibility.   You can notify the club either by email to the club secretary or by hand delivering any information to me as Club Secretary, but please do not hand deliver to anyone else at the club as they have enough to deal with coaching, competition entries and other duties. Ideally you would email secretary at the following email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The ASA "Medication and doping control” form is available for you to complete, if necessary, and can be located on the club website on the download section , just  go to downloads and look for and click on :-
 
Medication and Doping Control              Policies       Injuries         British Swimming Medical Declaration Form
 
The system that we use to communicate with members is Swim Club Manager. If any contact details are incorrect especially email addresses, you will not receive important club notifications.    We are able to enter the information to this system on your behalf. Alternatively with every new membership our Membership Secretary, Ian Murray does send this message out (see below) and therefore if you wish to take up this option please email Ian Murray via SCM on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and put into the subject box the reference "Update Personal Data – FAO Club Membership Secretary”   so that Ian can recognise that the email is for his attention.

Personal Data

We use an internet-based service to manage our membership records which also allows you to update your own contact details. To check your or your child’s details you will need a password to log into the system at https://swimclubmanager.co.uk, if you have not already been provided with a password please email me and I’ll forward the details to enable you to log on. It is important that these details are kept up to date so that the club can contact people as quickly and as efficiently as possible. You can now also check and update your details on the ASA On-line Membership System at https://www.swimmingmembers.org
So please ensure that the club does have up-to-date information and send in any updated information at the earliest opportunity.  Our ability to contact you either in the event of an emergency or even if just to keep you informed of changes in training times, activities or events is only as good as the information that you provide to us.
We also feel that it would be a very good idea for your swimmer to have within their bags of swim kit etc,  emergency contact information. This can be in the form of a luggage tag tucked inside the bag (so it is not seen by anyone and information is not visible), or any other water poof format (kit can be soggy and ruin bits of paper) and/or tucked inside a spare pocket of the bag. We will leave it to you to decide upon how you will store this information inside  your swimmers bag. A typed up laminated card is one option and these will simply be a back up option for ease of speed.

Many thanks
With kind regards
Sandra
Club Secretary 
Flitwick Dolphins swimmer Autumn Handscombe competed in the ISA National Swimming Championships on the 23rd January. The Independent School Association event took place at the London Olympic Pool with over 2000 people watching!

The selection process meant that Autumn's personal best times were entered by her school into the London North Region which her school comes under and they then selected the fastest swimmers for each year group. There are 7 regions across the country taking part in this event and Autumn was selected to swim Breaststroke and Freestyle.

After some brilliant swimming by Autumn , she was very pleased to come away a new personal best time and the Bronze medal in the Breaststroke . As well as achieving a new PB and a medal , Autumn also put in a great Freestyle swim, and got a further PB! A really great achievement by one of the clubs dedicated swimmers while representing her school.

Congratulations to Autumn for not only gaining two new PBs but bringing home the bronze and continuing her successes in the swimming pool . All the coaches at Flitwick Dolphins are tremendously proud of Autumn .
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Flitwick Dolphins swimmers and their families gathered at Parkside Hall, Ampthill, on the 9th of January to celebrate the winners and medalists from the 2015 club championships and some of the club’s other outstanding achievers of 2015. Both the girls’ and boys’ competition had seen dominant performances, by Gemma Trott (16) for the girls and James McFarland (14) for the boys. Gemma picked up nine of the fastest swimmer in each event awards, while James went one better with ten. The other fastest girls were Molly Bow (14) in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke and Georgie Curtis (15) in the 200m butterfly and 200m Individual Medley, while Chris Murphy (19) was the fastest boy in the 100m butterfly, freestyle and individual medley events.

Next came the awards for the most improved swimmers and two of the youngest winners of the evening, Francesca Baber (9) and Jake Hickmott (10), were on stage to take the awards for most improved sprint freestyle. Olivia Fowler (13) and Sam Dennis (13) won the awards for most improved long distance freestyle and they were followed by Autumn Handscombe (13) and Isaac Moon (12) for most improved backstroke.  Autumn also took the most improved breaststroke award, along with Billy Cutler (13). Most improved butterfly went to Katie Tompkins (15) and George Hart (14), and finally the most improved individual medley awards were won by Imogen Thompson (12) and Kai Borromeo (13).

The overall age group winners were honoured next and in the boys under 12 category Tyler Watson was first, George Maskell second and Finn Hague third. Kai Boromeo was the under 14 boys champion, with Sam Dennis second and Edward McFarland third, while James McFarland was the under 16 champion with Philip Cummins second and George Hart third. Lastly, Thomas Allen won the 16 and over category with Oliver Winder and Luke Ford joint second and Owen Jones third.

Francesca Baber was back on stage next to receive the award for under 10 girls age group winner, accompanied by Ruby Blackmore and Ruby Ryall in joint second and Lily Moore in third. Eloisa Miller was the under 12 girls champion, with Sophie Fowler second and Mari Cutler third, while Charlotte O’Dell was the under 14 champion with Rebecca Grogan second and Olivia Fowler third. Molly Bow won the under 16 category with Georgie Curtis second and Katie Tompkins third. Finally, Gemma Trott was the 16 and over champion with Claudia Grant-Dawson second and Demi Narang third.

The overall points competition was announced next, and as always it was a close result, with James McFarland edging out Gemma Trott and Charlotte O’Dell. James was soon back on stage to pick up a prize for swimming 100m freestyle in under a minute for the first time, and Georgie Curtis took a prize for the girls’ equivalent of a sub-64 second swim.  Two committee members, Ian Murray and Sandra Grant-Dawson, were then awarded the Members’ Cup for their voluntary work for the club, and the final award for the outstanding achievement of the year was accepted by James McFarland and Molly Bow in recognition of their fantastic, medal-winning performances at the National Championships in August.

Both the Chairman and the Head Coach were extremely pleased with the progress made by the swimmers in such a short space of time.
Hatim "Hatz" Morsy  the clubs head coach had this to say

"Many County Qualification times were achieved along with the many PBs and this has meant the team is in good spirits going into the County championships at the end of January.

We would like to encourage support at this event so please do pop by and support the Flitwick Team as they take on the other teams in the County for 2016"
We recently updated our website calendar to include all of the known galas and events for 2016, we have also made the programme available to download in our downloads section here

The pre-county camp at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in south London between 18th December and 21st December was put in place to give a chance to our County Championship Qualifiers to get some extra long course preparation away from Flitwick in the run up to counties. The aim was to give the swimmers a 2 days programme focusing on their technique but also with an emphasis on swimming in a long course pool similar to how the Counties would be run at the end of January.

The facilities were  exactly what we needed from a 2 day camp. The food was very good and varied. We encouraged all our swimmers to eat a balanced meal at each meal of the day.

The dry land facilities were a little cramped but the coaching team managed to work around this, with some great games played towards the end of the end of the weekend.

The pool was also very good. We were, surprisingly, the only club in the pool at any given time so it really did feel like a private pool solely for Flitwick Dolphins.

In the evenings, following dinner, the team got together in the conference room to watch some videos going over certain aspects covered in the swim session to affirm the teaching points they had been given by the coaches.

The most surprising thing of the weekend was the great weather we had. The 17C temperature and clear blue skies made what was a tough two days that little bit more easier as the swimmers were skipping to the pool from their accommodation each day.

We would like to thank the Crystal Palace staff for their hospitality and we look forwards to going back again for future camps.

Special thanks to Junior Performance coaches Ian Fowler and Judy Thompson for their invaluable support and enthusiasm during the camp playing a vital role in the success of the weekend.  

Hatz
Head Coach

The Crystal Palace swim camp was my first swim camp ever! I thought it was a fun time and learned a lot as well. I enjoyed the challenge of training in a 50 mtr pool for longer than I usually do. I was worried that I would struggle to keep up with everyone else - but found that I could. ☺ I will look forward to the next one - thank you to everyone that was involved. Jake Hickmott

The swim camp was brilliant and I can't wait to go again! Martin Bull (Senior Squad!)


It was really fun and I liked the breakfast after the training session. Mari Cutler


Really great trips and fun, loads of swimming. There were great facilities. Albeit only two days a mix of enjoyable activities. Ellen Faysse


The Crystal Palace trip was vey enjoyable. The training was hard and I won't deny it but as hard as it was there was a variety of what we did in and out of the pool. The accommodation was reasonable for our length of stay but there was a bit of dust and mud in the rooms. I liked the fact that we met up in the evenings to discuss what we had done that day and watched videos about ways to improve dives and turns. The food in the canteen was ok but there was quite a lot of meat in the meals and the vegetarian option didn't look very appetizing. I enjoyed having the chance to train at a 50 metre pool for a few sessions so I could understand how long all the different races would be, so my overall review is that it was a very enjoyable, challenging, hardworking and fun trip. Imogen Thompson

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The training sessions were challenging and really enjoyable on each of the days. During the last 15 minutes in the pool on the last day we got to have a fun session which was amazing. It was brilliant. Thank you to everyone involved. Billy Cutler

I thought that the swim camp was really hard but also a lot of fun. We did a lot of training and a lot of hard sessions and I think we all got a lot out of it. Sam Dennis

It was good to train in a 50m pool and it was good to be with my friends Ben Raynor


Wonderful time. Everything was brilliant . The food was great, the room was cosy. Just overall it was amazing . I would definitely go again. Eloisa Miller


It was amazing, great fun! I really enjoyed the land training sessions, the swim sets were hard but fun at the same time. I learnt loads about technique. I really enjoying the social side of the camp. Autmumn Handscombe


I had an excellent weekend at Crystal Palace. I enjoyed the swimming and the land training and cant wait to go on the next swim training camp :-) George Maskell