Santa’s Splash & Dash Open Sprint Meet 12th December 2021

Diss Otters hosted our first December “Santa’s Splash and Dash” Open meet on Sunday 12th December at the UEA Sports Park, where we welcomed teams from West Norfolk, Thetford, Dereham, City of Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Norwich Swan, City of Ely, Norfolk Vikings, Team Ipswich and Wisbech competing across 18 events.

All of our Junior and performance squads were in action with ages ranging from 9 years old to 20 years old, with some swimmers competing away from our home pool for the very first and they certainly went home buzzing from the experience.

Our 25 strong team consisted of Damian Lemke, Matthew Tatum, Finlay Neve, Olivia Brewer, Tayla Goodswen, Ella Goodswen, Freya Reed, Eleanor Goldbold, Mya Sidwell, Olly Shadbolt, Abigail Fletcher, Elizabeth Ferrier, Jessica Freeman, Grace Cook, Kyla Dalliston, Jodi Brown, Portia Bloomfield, Pascal Van Enckevort, James Gurin, Benjamin Eastwood, Donald Perrin, Noah Blair, Jon Barber, Seren Jones and Sasha Spinks achieving 64 top 8 places. A total of 61 PBs were achieved across 111 swims and those all-important last minute county times were secured.

Medals going to Finlay Neve 200m Free (G), 50m Free (G), 100m Free (G), 50m Fly (G). Matthew Tatum 200m Free (G), 50m Free (G). Damian Lemke 100m Fly (B), 100m Breast (S). Benjamin Eastwood 50m Back (G), 50m Free (B), 50m Breast (S). Noah Blair 50m Back (S), 50m Free (G), 100m Back (S), 100m Free (S), 50m Fly (B). Jon Barber 50m Back (G), 50m Free (G), 100m Back (G), 50m Breast (S), 100m Free (G). Jessica Freeman 100m Free (B). Donald Perrin 100m Back (S), 50m Free (B), 50m Breast (B). Freya Reed 20m Fly (B), 50m Back (S). Grace Cook 50m Fly (S), 200m Free (G), 50m Free (S). Taylor Goodswen 50m Back (B). Ella Goodswen 100m Breast (B).

Noah Blair and Jon Barber brought home 5 medals a Piece. Grace Cook was exceptional leading from the start on the 200m freestyle, taking 13 seconds off her PB, winning the overall gold for her age group. Olivia Brewer was on fire taking a whopping 22 seconds off her 50m back to finish in the top 8 and Pascal Van Enckevort was on a mission when he swam the 100m back taking 21 seconds off to also finish in the top 8.

City of Norwich L3 Short Course open Gala 27th – 28th November 2021


We sent a small but mighty team of 13 swimmers to the City of Norwich L3 Short Course open Gala  on the weekend of the 27th - 28th November 2021 at the UEA Sports Park.We may have been one of the smallest teams there but we were certainly the loudest! It really is lovely to see all the swimmers getting behind each other and cheering our team on.Our squad consisted of Jon Barber, Grace Cook, Ella Goodswen, James Guerin, Forbes Irvine, Thea Irvine, Seren Jones, Finley Neve, Donald Perrin, Freya Reed, Mya Sidwell, Sasha Spinks and Matthew Tatum.

Participating in 62 individual swims with 25 top 8 finishes.

Seren Jones achieving Bronze in the 200m Breast, Freya Reed achieving Bronze in the 100m Back, Matthew Tatum achieving Gold in the 200m Back and Silver in the 100m Back.

Finley Neve was on fire, he achieved Gold in the 100m IM, Gold in the 200m Breast, Silver in the  200m Free, Silver in the 50m Free, Bronze in the 50m Breast, Bronze in the 100m Free and Bronze in the 100m Breast.

A total of 38 of the swims had an improved time against accepted entry times with Sasha Spinks taking a whopping 28 seconds off her 200m Breast, Mya Sidwell taking a huge 22 seconds off her 100M IM and Donald Perrin taking off over 25 seconds on his 200m Free.





Swim England East Region Short Course Regional Championships 2021

3 team members from our performance squad were in action at the Swim England East Region Short Course Regional Championships 2021 between 5th-7th November at Luton, competing in 9 events across the weekend.

Emily Rose competing in the 50m Freestyle. Thea Irvine competing in the 50m Freestyle and 200m Breaststroke. Matthew Tatum competing in the 200m IM, 100m backstroke, 200m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 100m IM and 200m backstroke.

Emily Rose was electric in her 50m Freestyle finishing in a time of 0:29.41, with 20 swimmers finishing within a tenth of a second of her time it really was a closely fought swim.

Matthew Tatum was in action in the 100m Backstroke, again a very close finish with 13 swimmers all within a second of each other at the wall. Matthew also achieved a massive PB in his 50m Backstroke with a 0:29.67 finish, very well done.

Thea Irvine put in a powerful performance in her 200m Breaststroke with a great finish in a tough age group at Regional level.


Swim England NATIONAL MASTERS Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield 29th to 31st October.

3 of our Master’s were in action at the Swim England NATIONAL MASTERS Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield between 29th and 31st October.

Competing in 11 events they secured 6 top 8 finishes.

Emily was on top form and achieved PBs in all her races. This was her debut at a Nationals event as a Master and one to remember!

Adam kindly remined me he and sally have been doing this for over 30 years so PBs are a little harder to find, his last PB being in 2008.

Adam Lelan – 100 Breastroke (11th), 400 Free (8th), 400IM (Silver), 800Free (5th)

Sally Lelan – 100 Breastroke (Bronze), 100 Back (GOLD), 200 Breastroke (Silver),

Emily Rose – 100 Free (25th), 100 Fly (17th), 50 Free (22nd), 50 Fly (31st)

Here they are pictured with the president of Swim England Mr Ian Mackenzie

If you are interested in joining our Master’s squad please do get in touch via

DOSC Open Meet – 17th October 2021

It truly was a wonderful “away day” at our DISS Open Meet on Sunday 17th at the UEA Sportspark where we welcomed teams from City of Norwich, Deben, Great Yarmouth, Leiston, Newmarket, Norfolk Vikings, Norwich swans, Rochford and St Felix with swimmers competing across 18 events.

All of our Junior and Performance squads were in action achieving a staggering 107 top 8 places. A total of 92 PBs were achieved across 188 swims.

Medals going to: Donald Perrin (3xS), (2xB), (1xG). Forbes Irvine (1xG), (2xB), (1xS). Damian Lemke (2xB). Finley Neve (1xS), (5xG). Jessica Freeman (1xG), (2xS). Amber Daly (1xB). Noah Blair (1xB). Callum Blair (1XS), (1xB). Nathan Hunt (1xS). Freya Reed (2xS), (1xB). Elliot Barkway (1xS). Faye Wilson (1xS). Thea Irvine (1xS).

Finley Neve and Forbes Irvine dominated the boys aged 13 100M Fly coming in First and Second respectively.

Whilst the 15/16 year old boys achieved a 1, 2, 3 finish in the 100M Freestyle. Callum Blair (G), Nathan Hunt (S) and Damian Lemke (B).

Thea Irvine also broke the girls aged 16 100M Breaststroke club record.


Swim England East Region MASTERS Championships at Newmarket 10.10.21

3 of our Master’s were in action at the Swim England East Region MASTERS Championships at Newmarket on Sunday 10th October.

This was their first away Master’s Gala since lockdown and they put in a sterling effort.

Competing in 15 events they came home with a staggering 15 medals!


Adam Lelan – 200IM (Silver), 200M Brst (Silver), 200M Back (Silver), 200M Fly (Gold), 200M Free (Silver), 400M Free (Silver).

Sally Lelan – 50M Back (Gold), 200M Brst (Gold), 50M Brst (Silver), 200M Back (Silver), 100M Brst (Gold), 100M Back (Silver).

Nora For-Szabo – 50M Free (Bronze), 100M IM (Bronze), 50M Fly (Silver)


If you are interested in joining our Master’s squad please do get in touch.


Club Champs 2021

It was wonderful to see so many swimmers taking part in our annual Club Champs this year. Some were competing for the very first time and it was lovely to see how they embraced the experience. Many of our masters were in on the action too proving age is no barrier.

We had a total of 60 Swimmers across all squads, completing over 480 individual swims which resulted in 270 PBs which is rather impressive.


17 Club records were broken over the championships:

Fin Neve (13): 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free

Thea Irvine (16): 800 Free, 100 Breaststroke

Matthew Tatum (19-24): 400 Free, 800 Free, 50 Back, 100 Back, 200 Back, 100IM, 200 IM,

Emily Rose (19-24): 50 Free, 200 Fly, 400IM

Fi Hawkins (25+) 400 Free.


We have a very full calendar now until the end of the year.

We have a team of 40 swimmers attending our Diss Open @ UEA Sports Park October 17th to represent our club.

We will be sending a team to the Winter regional Championships @ Luton Inspire 5th-7th November (to be announced).

We have a team of 23 swimmers attending the City of Norwich (CON)  Open @ UEA Sports Park November 27th – 28th

Followed by DOSC Santa's Splash & Dash @UEA Sports Park December 12th – entries to be released.

Norfolk  County Championships starting Jan 22nd 2022 @ UEA Sports Park 2022




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 

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.