Thank you to all the swimmers who took part in our 2015 Club Championships and a big thank you to all the officials and helpers.

The results can be found on our Club Championships Results Page
Club swimmer Chloe Ford set up her stall at the Flitwick Leisure Centre to raise funds for Children in Need . Chloe was selling sweets as well as running a "Guess the baby " competition and a "Guess how many sweets in the jar" competition.

The swimmers coming to and from training were very happy to take part in Chloe's event and a great deal of sweets were brought and consumed !

The "Guess the baby " competition was a huge success with a great deal of varying guesses and pondering as to who the baby grew up to be .

Some of the swimming Coaches and some swimmers provided their baby photos as part of the competition and it was a real conundrum as to who the babies were .

Well done Chloe for such a great endeavour to help raise funds for Pudsey Bear. Chloe will also be running a cake stall to raise further funds and no doubt our very generous swimmers and parents will continue to support her with her initiative.

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Flitwick Dolphins Swimming Club held its fifth annual Open Meet in October, welcoming over 300 swimmers from Bicester Bluefins, Biggleswade, Corby, Daventry Dolphins, Dunstable, Harpenden, Hitchin, Modernian, Northampton, Putteridge and Wellingborough for a fantastic weekend of high-level competitive swimming at Saxon Pool, Biggleswade. It was the first open meet under new Head Coach Hatim (Hatz) Morsy and, despite the strong field, the home swimmers performed terrifically well, with gold medals going to George Hart (14), James McFarland (14), Georgie Curtis (15), Gemma Trott (16), Rebecca Grogan (13), Claudia Grant-Dawson (17), Kai Boromeo (13) and Charlotte O’Dell (12). There were also medals for girls’ captain, Helena Milton-Jones (15), Imogen Thompson (12), Edward McFarland (12), Molly Bow (14), Ellidy Dickman (14), Katie Tompkins (15), Sam Dennis (13), Tyler Watson (11), Sophie Fowler (10), Finn Hague (10), Francesca Baber (9) and George Maskell (10).

Georgie Curtis, who was outstanding throughout the weekend, set new club records in the 100m individual medley, 50m breaststroke and 50m and 100m butterfly. The 50m breaststroke record had stood since 1997 and the others since 2000, so this was a great achievement. There were also new records for Molly Bow in the 200m breaststroke, James McFarland in the 50m butterfly and Gemma Trott in the 100m individual medley. In all the swimmers achieved 24 gold, 23 silver and 22 bronze medals, and set 167 new personal best times as well as the seven new club records.  Congratulations are also due to Biggleswade Swimming Club, who took the Top Visiting Club trophy for the third year running.

The club owes a huge debt of gratitude to the officials and other volunteers who generously gave their time to support the meet, and to every swimmer who took part and provided such a superb weekend of competitive sport.
Flitwick Dolphins are proud to announce that  the clubs swimmer and flippers coach, Claudia Grant-Dawson, has been selected by The ASA to take part in the
Youth Sport Trust 2015 National Talent Camp taking place at Loughborough University in December 2015. The National Talent Camp is a unique four day residential experience which brings together 350 of the most talented young athletes, coaches and officials from across England.

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Claudia will be one of the 350 aspiring young athletes, coaches and officials from across the country that will have the chance to take part in an inspiring four-day residential experience. Selection of each participant is based on demonstrating talent as a coach and having shown a commitment to both the sport you are involved in and the will to push yourself further in your chosen sport.  The club’s Head Coach “Hatz” recommended  Claudia for this camp as an ideal candidate and not only suggested she apply but supported her application.  Claudia is one of the club’s senior swimmers and is the current ladies open champion, she is also a qualified ASA level One teacher and Flippers Coach as well as having a National Pool Life Guard qualification and working towards her British Swimming Judge Level One qualification.  Hatz was delighted that Claudia’s application was successful and he will continue to be involved in her progress after the camp and throughout the year that the initiative continues for.

The camp will see 125 athletes, 125 coaches and 100 officials come together to participate in a unique multi-sport, multi-role, three dimensional camp, to increase individual aspiration and ambition, and develop empathy. Through the camp, young people are stretched and challenged to be ambitious and achieve their sporting best.


Working with National Governing Bodies of Sport, sports coach UK and Sports Officials UK, the camp, which is funded by Sport England, and presented by Loughborough University, offers our most promising young coaches, athletes and officials the opportunity to learn and share valuable experiences in their pursuit of sporting success.
Throughout the camp, young people are actively encouraged to dream and be ambitious on where their talent can take them, develop a holistic view of their own performance and understand how they will deliver when they are back in the environment of their own sport.

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"The National Talent Camp brings together three types of people from the world of sport; athletes, officials and coaches. It's a great initiative that aims to facilitate learning and support development. I urge everyone attending to make the most of the experience as it will be four inspirational days that you won't forget!" - Maggie Alphonsi, Youth Sport Trust Athlete Mentor Manager, and Women's Rugby World Cup winner

"The National Talent Camp is a fantastic opportunity to learn with a group of like minded people. It provides a real insight into coaching as a whole rather than football focused which really enhanced my skill set and development. It was a prime opportunity to share ideas, and try new things without pressure and fear of failure." - Lauren Asquith, Former young coach, and now National Talent Camp Young Coach Mentor


For more information visit the Youth Sport Trust Website


The extent of the talent in the club when it comes to baking cakes is really brilliant!! Thank you to everyone who brought in homemade cakes and goodies and other treats too. All the pictures taken by Amanda will soon be on the website where you will be able to see the wonderful cakes as well as the swimmers in their Halloween costumes and fancy dress . It was really lovely to see how much effort had gone into the costumes as well as the cakes !!

Well done to everyone who took part tonight. It was really great to see everyone having so much fun (including the coaches) who also dressed up . The cakes were totally yummy and everyone had an enjoyable evening. Well done to Luke and Helena , Club Captains for arranging the event and for awarding the prizes for best costumes and handing out the cakes! (Which was not an easy task)

Here they are presenting the prizes to the coaches Ronnie, Helen and Hatz for their costumes and fancy dress .

Enjoy the rest of half term




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