DOSC Open Session

INVITATION TO TRIAL AT DISS OTTERS SWIMMING CLUB
SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2020

If you’re working towards Swim England’s NPTS Stage 7 or above, and you’re interested in taking your swimming to the next level in a Covid-19 secure environment following Swim England guidelines, please do contact us to  arrange a free trial at your local swimming club.

We train at both Diss Leisure Centre and Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston. We are holding a Free Trial Session on Sunday 8th November at 3.30pm at Diss for one hour to see if you’re ready and you’d enjoy starting to swim on a more competitive basis.

We are a local swimming club at the heart of the community; providing opportunities for swimmers of all ages and abilities from junior novices to masters who compete internationally.

The junior squads train early evenings up to 4 days per week providing ample opportunity for all swimmers to train and receive necessary coaching at the levels required, as well as opportunities to enter a variety of competitive events.

To join us on Sunday 8th November, please contact our Chair, Juliet Grimes on
chair@dissotters.co.uk.

There’s lots more information about what we get up to on our website dissotters.co.uk.

Springboard Development Gala – CANCELLED

Following the Government’s announcement to implement increased social distancing, avoid crowds gathering and carrying out any unnecessary travel, Diss Otters has taken the hard decision to cancel this weekends Springboard Development Gala.

Entry fees will be refunded in full to your club. Ideally, we would like to rearrange this event and we will look into that but it may not prove to be possible which is why we are refunding all entry fees.

Otters Olympic Pool Bonanza

Diss Otters sent teams to two galas last weekend. A more experienced team of seventeen swimmers travelled for a weekend away in London to swim at the iconic London Aquatic Centre pool within the setting of the Olympic Park in Stratford. Meanwhile a team of ten development swimmers took to the water in a long course gala organised by City of Norwich swimming club at the UEA Sportspark.

Firstly to events in London which saw the Otters take on swimmers from twenty six different clubs from across London and the South East. An amazing return of 46 medals from just 105 swims consisting of 16 golds, 15 silvers and 15 bronzes. This together with 41 new personal best times sent the team back to Norfolk with heads held high.

London squad details were - Max Ashken (2G,4S,1B), Callum Blair, Noah Blair(1B), Harry Button(1B), Harrison Fall, Imogen Grimes(3G,1S,1B), Nathan Hunt(1S), Forbes Irvine, Thea Irvine(2G,2S,4B), Alex Jackson, Cassia Miller(3G,1S,1B), Ottilie Miller(1B), Matthew Munnings(1G,1B), Rosie Munnings(1G,2S,1B), Fin Neve(3S,1B), Ciaran Strike(1B), Matthew Tatum(4G,1S,1B).

In Norwich the ten swimmers who gained valuable long course pool experience over the weekend, took an incredible 38 new personal best times back to Diss from only 46 races swum - an 82% return. There was also the bonus of a silver medal for Donald Perrin in the 50m freestyle for 9 year olds.

Norwich squad members were Angus Betts, Portia Bloomfield, Jodi Brown, Tatim Brown, Abi Chisman, Grace Cook, Eleanor Godbold, Donald Perrin, Laurie Shearer and Mya Sidwell.

30 Medal Haul for Diss Otters

A squad of 22 swimmers from Diss Otters Swimming Club took part in this years Warwick Thompson Memorial Gala at Thetford's Waterworld pool last weekend.

A total of 116 individual swims by the Otters over the two day gala made sure that their supporters had plenty of action to watch and the results gave them plenty to cheer about.

82 top 8 swims were achieved, and from that the swimmers brought home a staggering 30 medals, consisting of 6 golds, 12 silvers and 12 bronzes.

The full Otters squad and medals won were as follows, Eleanor Godbold (1S), Alex Jackson (1B), Abigail Chisman (1B), Andrea Altadonna (1S), Ella Goodswen, Faye Wilson (1S,1B), Olivia Shadbolt (1G), Abigail Fletcher, Seren Jones, Molly Wilson (1S), Lily Ellis (2S,3B), David Cosgrove (1G,1S,2B), Finlay Neve (1G,1S), Ciaran Strike (1B), Jon Barber (1G,1S), Jacob Shadbolt (1B), Ella Townsend (2S,1B), Brandon Crisp (2G), Grace Cook (1S), Portia Bloomfield, Kyla Dalliston (1B) and Mya Sidwell. 

The Otters hit the water next when a squad of over 20 swimmers take part in a two day gala at the London Olympics Aquatic Centre on the 7th and 8th of March.

DOSC Masters @ Sudbury Valentines Meet

Diss Otters had 5 masters swimmers that tried to hide from the worst of storm Dennis by spending the day swimming in the Sudbury Valentines Meet.

Alison in a tough age group swimming against a British Record holder managed 3 silvers from 3 races in the 50 fly, 100 IM and 200 Free, all in just the final session of the day.

Simon spreading his 3 races throughout the day achieved silvers in 400 and 200 Free and a bronze in 50 Free.

Sally won 6 golds from 6 races in 50, 100 and 200 breast and 50, 100, and 200 back.

Adam won golds in 400 free, 100 back, 100 IM and 200 free, and silvers in 100 breast, 100 free, 200 IM and 100 Fly (yes for those paying attention I won a Gold in 100 back and no I wasn't the only swimmer)

Finally Emily the youngest member of the team entered 12 races and one golds in 400, 100 and 50 Free, 200 and 100 IM, 50 and 100 Fly, and silvers in 100 back, 50 breast and 200 Free. Emily also shared joint top lady

Diss Otters Make Waves at County Championships

County Gala 2020

Diss Otters had one of their most successful County Championship galas in recent years, when over the last three weekends a squad of 37 swimmers from the club took to the pool at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich.This gala is the biggest event most club swimmers take part in and qualification for its various events, from 50m to 1500m is the benchmark that swimmers look to achieve throughout the year.

Diss Otters competitors took part in 176 individual swims, converting 70 of those into finals reached or top 8 finishes. Out of those finals reached the club won 17 medals - 1 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze as well as achieving many new personal best times.

Highlights of the gala included Elliott Barkway being crowned 12 year old boys butterfly champion, Finley Neve (with 6 medals) finishing 3rd overall in the 12 year old boys category, and Rosie Munnings receiving her Norfolk County Colours for representing the county in galas on 3 occasions.

Diss Otters squad and medals as follows - Thea Irvine, Matthew Tatum (1S,1B), Callum Blair, Harry Daly (1B), Matthew Munnings, Grace Cook, Lily-Anne Jones, Rosie Munnings (2S,1B), Imogen Grimes, Charlotte Gates, Finley Neve (3S,3B), Forbes Irvine, Oslo Chapman, Brandon Crisp, Kathryn Wood, Olivia Chapman, Noah Blair (1S,1B), Lucas Blair (1B), Ciaran Strike, Blossom Day, Faye Wilson, Amber Daly, Portia Bloomfield, Cassia Miller, Otillie Miller, Ella Townsend, Alex Jackson, Laurie Shearer, Angus Betts, Elliott Barkway (1G,1B), Heidi Noakes, Donald Perrin, Kyla Dalliston, Emily Rose, Harry Button, Olivia Shadbolt and Nathan Hunt.

Diss also took part in the County relay gala with an inexperienced young squad, and although ultimately finishing in sixth position there were lots of positives to be taken from the event into future years.

County Gala 2020
County Gala 2020

The next action the Otters will see is an exciting opportunity, with a squad of around 20 heading to the London 2012 Olympics Aquatic centre in Stratford for a 2 day gala at the start of March.