Finlay selected for Swim England National Development Programme 2021/2022

Finlay Neve of Diss Otters Swimming Club has been selected for the Swim England National Development Programme 2021/2022.

There were only 100 male and 100 female 13- and 14-year-olds selected in England, this is an amazing achievement for Finlay and a great reflection of his hard work and dedication.

Swim England’s talent pathway will identify, support and enhance the development of athletes for the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games of the future.

If you are interested in learning more about Diss Otters please get in touch with headcoach@dissotters.co.uk

British Swimming Festival of Swimming 2021

Encouraging the swimming Olympians of the future! 

Whilst Britain’s top swimmers were preparing to bring home their Olympic medals From Tokyo 2020, the next generation were taking part in the British Swimming Festival of Swimming at the London Aquatics Centre this weekend.

This prestigious event was hosted partly at the UEA Sportspark the weekend before. Helping to nurture the medal winners of the future, due to Covid 19 restrictions this event was live streamed.   

Diss Otters entered a team of four; Forbes Irvine, Finlay Neve, Elliot Barkway and Matthew Tatum. The team produced six Personal Bests, no less than five of them going to Finlay Neve in the 12 years group. They had 3 tops 10 swims out of 11 events.  

Diss Otters continue to strive for excellence but like many other clubs, are always ready to welcome new swimmers so if you are interested in joining this friendly swimming club please contact headcoach@dissotters.co.uk 

Future Champions Meet – Basildon

Watch the Olympics but keep your eye on Diss Otters!

A great start after a long delay because of COVID restrictions, Diss Otters finally rediscovered their talents. Limited access to practice and training sessions meant the team were encouraged to do their best after making the journey to Basildon for the regional level event Swim England - Future Champions Meet 24th and 25th July.

It resulted in several Personal Bests showing great promise for the future.

Outstanding were 11yo Ella Goodswen with no less than 4 PBs while 10yo Freya Reed excelled at the 100 backstroke and 11yo Donald Perrin achieved a PB in the 50 breaststroke. Also making good times was 10yo Benjamin Eastwood in the 50 Freestyle.

Like many clubs up and down the country the last 18 months have proved challenging but Diss Otters are proving that the way forward is looking brighter. 

Mid-Summer Madness Report

A squad of 17 swimmers took part in the Midsummer Madness Gala at the UEA Long Course pool 10th & 11th July. Grace Cook, Eleanor Godbold, Amber Daly, Olly Shadbolt, Ella Goodswen, Ella Townsend, Thea Irvine, Portia Bloomfield, Elliot Barkway, Laurie Shearer, Noah Blair, Fin Neve, Gus Betts, Forbes Irvine, Callum Blair, Damian Lemke and Jon Barber. 

This was the first away competition since February 2020 and whilst there were no spectators inside the venue the event was live streamed by the promotors.  

A total of 85 individual swims by the team. 46 tops 8 swims were achieved and from that the swimmers brought home 13 medals Noah Blair 1G, 1S & 4B, Fin Neve 2G & 3S, Forbes Irvine 2B and Jon Barber 1B. Not to mention 43 PBs.  

The Otters are next in action when our team of under 11s head off to the Swim England East Region’s Future Champions Meet 24th & 25th July.