Nifty Fifty Gala Thetford 9th September 2018

As the name suggested just 50m races of Fly, Free, Breast and Back with a 100m IM thrown in for good measure.

Space at this very popular gala is going quickly so please return your entry form to Julie Munnings poolside by Sunday 22nd July. £4.50 per race or all 5 races for £20.

Date: 9th September 2018
Closing Date: 22nd July 2018
Venue: Waterworld, Croxton Road Thetford
Age: 9,10,11,12,13,14, 15 and Over
Cost: £4.50 per event + £5 coaching Fee
Full Details and Entry Form: here

Diss Otters Sweep Aside Fenland Opposition!

A busy weekend of swimming for Diss Otters saw the club take part in numerous events across the region.

Saturday saw two squads roll into Norwich and Newmarket respectively. The squad at Norwich took part in the Midsummer Madness Gala at the UEA Sportspark. Fifty two individual swims resulted in thirty one new personal best times and twelve county qualifying times for 2019.

The evening saw a Fenland League gala take place at Newmarket Leisure Centre with teams from Diss, Bottisham, First Strokes and St Neots competing.

Diss led the gala from start to finish with some tremendous swimming across the team, resulting in twenty nine race wins from forty seven events, including in the traditional finale, the cannon relay which always sees the swimmers and supporters raise the roof and Saturday was no exception with team Diss storming to victory cheered home by the crowd.

Final scores at Newmarket were Diss 182, Bottisham 161, First Strokes 154 and St Neots 124.
The Otters now progress to the second round on September 29th and will be one of the favourites to lift the trophy.

Sunday saw two more events with a team going to Crown Pools in Ipswich for the July Surprize Gala which saw forty six individual swims produce twenty six new personal best marks and another host of County Championship qualification times.

Finally also on Sunday, Otters Callum Blair, Adam Lelean and Sally Lelean took part in the Cambridge Mill to Mill open water event with Callum finishing 2nd in his category clocking a hugely respectable 43 minutes for the 2.5km course.


Head Coach Vacancy

Head Coach Vacancy – Swim England Level 2

Job Type: Permanent
Working Hours: Part time approximately 8 hours poolside/week and paid planning hours
Location: Diss Leisure Centre

Diss Otters Swimming Club, based in Norfolk, is a small, local club which has achieved much success over the last 30 years.  We are nowseeking a dynamic, proactive and intrinsically motivated individual, to join our team of coaches as Head Coach. 

Purpose of the role:
• To develop, organise, implement and co-ordinate the entire club’s coaching programme to ensure all swimmers are given the opportunity to maximise their full potential.

• To develop the club within Swim Mark guidelines to ensure improved success as a competitive swimming club at all levels and to ensure continued introduction of competitive swimmers from learn to swim programmes.

• To effectively lead and develop a team of coaches and poolside assistants so as to ensure they are effective and kept up to date with developments in swimming. Ensure consistency in coaching approach throughout the club.

• To support the team as Head Coach at home/away galas when necessary, assisting with gala selections as well as attend when possible county and regional championships.

How to apply
Please send a covering letter and your CV to Juliet Grimes, Chair of DOSC Committee, to  Applications close on Friday 6thJuly 2018.

Diss Otters Gold Rush!

Nine swimmers from Diss Otters took part in the Great Yarmouth Swimming Club Development gala held at UEA Sportspark on Saturday.

In an event designed to give novice swimmers the chance to get experience of competitive racing, it turned into a gold rush with the Diss team bringing home 13 gold, 4 silver and 9 bronze medals.
The Otters squad members were Angus Betts, Freya Button, Grace Cook, Harrison Fall, Alex Jackson, Darcie Martin, Finlay Neve, Emma Neve and Heidi Noakes.
Also the club recently had two swimmers qualify for races at the ASA Eastern Regional Championships with Matthew Munnings competing in the 50m and 100m butterfly events and the 50m freestyle at the Norwich gala held over the May Day holiday weekend and then Daniel Bachu competed in the 50m butterfly at the Luton event held last weekend.
Congratulations to both boys for qualifying for such a prestigious event and for representing the club at Regional level.


Seventeen swimmers from Diss Otters took to the pool at Bury St Edmunds Leisure centre at the weekend for West Suffolk Swimming Clubs A”May”Zing Spring Gala.

The club sent a mixed squad of novice swimmers (including Blossom Day who was swimming in her first ever Open gala) and experienced competitors who helped mentor some of the younger team members.

From 85 individual swims the Otters had 41 top six finishes which included 11 gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze medals.

The swimmers also set 56 new personal best times based on their entry times.

To cap the weekend at the conclusion of the action Rosie Munnings was presented with the “Top Girl” trophy for accruing the most points throughout the weekends racing.

The Diss squad members were Callum Blair, Freya Button, Harry Button, Olivia Chapman, Oslo Chapman, Amber Daly, Harry Daly, Blossom Day, Lily Ellis, Imogen Grimes, Alex Jackson, Darcie Martin, Matthew Munnings, Rosie Munnings, Emma Neve, Finlay Neve and Ciaran Strike.

Diss Otters Championships 2018 9th – 27th September

Age groups 8 and under, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15-16 and 17 years and over. Age as at 31st December 2018. Awards given for Top 6 in each age group and Bagcats top swimmer trophy.

Entry fee is £1.50 per event and all events held on training nights indicated on entry form.

Swimmers may enter with no time, but please indicate a time if known on entry form.

Entry Forms now on Notice Board and can be downloaded here (word or PDF)

Minimum entry expectations are indicated on entry form.

Any questions regarding events please see Julie Munnings or member of coaching team.

Closing date Friday 27th July but early entries will be appreciated. Entries to Julie.

All officials please can you let James Button know your availability.

Can all other parents let James know if you are able to assist with Timekeeping or marshalling.

Busy time for Diss Otters!

Diss Otters have had squads of swimmers take part in three competitions in the last fortnight. A team of sixteen juniors and one masters swimmer took to the UEA Sportspark pool for the Norwich Swan Open meet on the 21st and 22nd of April.

With the team swimming in a total of 91 races they finished top six in 48 of those with 22 podium positions consisting of 4 golds, 7 silvers and 11 bronzes. The team also hit many new personal bests which the coaching team are always pleased to see.

A special mention to Jacob Shadbolt and Nathan Hunt who were both swimming in their first open gala. The Diss medal winners were Ciaran Strike (2G, 2S,4B), Rosie Munnings (1G,1S,4B), Lily-Anne Jones (1S), Matthew Munnings (1S,1B), Ottilie Miller (2B), Sophia Pickering (1G) and Oslo Chapman (2S).

Sixteen Otters (pictured) travelled to Dereham last Saturday for the Norfolk Junior League B final for the Christine Clarke Cup and finished a very creditable second to host team Dereham Otters. Diss laid second throughout the evening without quite being able to catch the leaders.

On the night Diss won 13 out of a total of 45 races which were individual and relay events with a team consisting a mix of experienced and novice swimmers, so a very satisfactory result.

Also on Saturday seven swimmers took part in the Beccles Development gala.
These galas are a great stepping stone towards more competitive competitions and the Diss swimmers came home with medals and personal bests aplenty.

The Otters competing at Beccles were Freya Button, Lily Ellis, Eleanor Godbold, Darcie Martin, Ella Townsend, Toby Townsend and Molly Wilson.

The prestigious Eastern Regional Championships take place over the two May Bank Holiday weekends with Matthew Munnings having qualified for the senior (14-16yrs) weekend in Norwich and Daniel Bachu for the junior (11-13yrs)weekend in Luton.


County Challenge Gala 23-24 June

23-24 June at Breckland Leisure Centre and Waterworld in Thetford

This gala is organised by ASA Norfolk for those swimmers who had qualifying times for counties in January but didn’t achieve regional times (approximately didn’t come in the top 3). Its worth checking your PBs to see if your times have improved since December.

All entry forms need to be submitted to Julie Munnings by Sunday 20th May.

Entry Form: Norfolk County Challenge Entry Form