Diss Otters SC AGM 2023

Diss Otters Swimming Club AGM 2023

The Diss Otters AGM is on Sunday 26th November 2023.

You can find the agenda here

All DOSC members and parents are invited to attend the AGM from 2.30-4.30pm at Hope Church, Vinces Lane, Diss. There will be a fun session running at the pool with Emily and Shirley for your swimmers during this time. This is a great opportunity for you to find out what is happening/ get involved more in the club.

There are some challenges that are facing the club which we need your help with for example:

• Recently announced pool closure for refurbishment

• Lack of qualified officials making galas more tricky to run (you can do this!)

• Need for more support with the DOSC committee to help to run the club (you can also do this!)

Please come and help - it is your club and getting involved helps you or your swimmer's journey in this sport along with allowing it to help others in theirs

Many thanks,

The DOSC Committee

DOSC @ the British Masters Championships – June 2023

Whilst our junior and senior teams were competing at the UEA Sportspark in the Norfolk Inter Club Gala, two of our longstanding Masters swimmers were racing in Sheffield.

The British Masters Championships took place at Ponds Forge during the weekend of 2nd – 4th June.

Adam Lelean took home a bronze medal for his 400m individual medley event with his wife, Sally Lelean bringing home four bronze medals for her performances in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 100m and 200m backstroke.

Another superb set of results from our long standing Masters swimmers! Well Done!

DOSC Summer Splash Meet 10/Jun/2023

What an amazing evening our younger swimmers had at the Diss Summer Splash meet on Saturday 10th June, where we welcomed the North Norfolk Vikings team. The gala had a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, with team-mates cheering on the swimmers in the water.

There were some fabulous swims throughout the evening with lots of new PBs but most importantly a significant improvement of skills from the Springboard meet in March. Every swimmer took away a participation medal and certificate where they could record their times from the event. A massive thanks to our amazing team captains Ella, Connie, Nathan, and Pascal and other senior DOSC swimmers who supported and cheered the swimmers on the whole evening. There were lots of high-5s and encouraging words and Pascal took charge of waving the DOSC flag proudly.

Our squad consisted of 25 swimmers from the age of 8-16, competing in 107 individual swims. Head Coach Laura and Coach Jamie were both delighted with the performance of the team and how well they behaved and supported each other.

Huge congratulations to everyone who competed, and massive thanks to all the volunteer helpers (adults and juniors), coaching staff and our ever-supportive band of race officials, which saw the gala run smoothly. As always, we are extremely grateful to those individuals. If you would like to know more about opportunities to help the club in various roles, please do make yourself known.

The development meet is designed to help younger, less experienced swimmers develop their racing skills and techniques it also gives them the chance to get races and times under their belts away from bigger open galas which in the future they will progress to. Races took place across all strokes over 25m and 50m together with a 100m Individual Medley race.

Diss Otters starts with our Foundation Squad, with younger new members joining the club once they have achieved stage 7 of the Swim England Learn to Swim Scheme. For more information on Diss Otters please visit our website www.dissotters.co.uk

West Suffolk SC Masters Gala

West Suffolk Swimming Club Masters Gala 2023

On the same weekend as the younger swimmers were excelling at the Warwick Thompson Memorial Gala,  five of the Club’s Masters swimmers competed at the West Suffolk Swim Club Masters Meet. Paulus Maukonen, having never raced before, came first in the 35-39 age category in the men’s 400m freestyle beating his entry time by 20 seconds.
In the 18-24 age category, Nathan Hunt won himself gold medals in the 50m and 100m backstroke. He also secured 4th, 5th and 6th places in the 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle respectively.
Holly Gregson was awarded three gold medals in the 50m backstroke, for which she also achieved a DOSC Masters personal best, 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly (joint first). She also picked up two silver medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle and achieved faster than entry times across all events in the 35-39 age category.
Adam Lelean competed in the 60-64 age category and secured five silver medals in the 100m and 200m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 100m IM and 200m freestyle.
It was six golds for Sally Lelean in the 70-74 age category in 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m and 100m breaststroke and she achieved her best time since Covid in the 200m IM.

Well done Masters!

Warwick Thompson Memorial Gala 2023

Warwick Thompson Memorial Gala 2023 Report

Following the fantastic performances achieved by Diss Otters at the Norfolk County Swimming Championships at the UEA Sportspark last month, a team of 21 swimmers took to Thetford  on the weekend of 25-26th February for the Warwick Thompson Memorial Gala.
Personal best times were achieved by 19 of these swimmers in at least one of their events, which spanned distances from 50m to 200m and across all four strokes and the individual medley. A special mention goes to Ashleigh Fall, Connie Ellingham, Eleanor Godbold, Frances Guerin, Nia Jones, Olivia Brewer, Oscar Rush, Peter For and Sasha Spinks who hit new best times in every event they swam across the weekend including several improvements of 10 seconds or more. In total Diss achieved 69 new PBs from the 92 races swum.
Every meet the team enter is another stepping stone on their competitive swimming journey. These events give the swimmers the opportunity to put all their hard work in training to the test. We saw some superb development with our starts and turns and a real effort to hold form with their strokes as they sprinted each and every time they took to the pool.
The hard work resulted in all those new personal best times and furthermore Diss Otters picked up a total of 26 medals over the course of the weekend. We had bronze medals for Daisy Lewis, Jeanie Shurmer, Lily Ellis and Sophie Rochester, silver medals for Adam Lelean, Ashleigh Fall, Daisy Lewis, Eleanor Godbold, James Guerin and Liz Ferrier and gold medals for Adam Lelean, James Guerin, Liz Ferrier, Olivia Brewer and Oscar Rush.
Rebecca Fletcher showed resilience throughout the meet pulling off her best swim in the 50m backstroke with a 3 second PB whilst older sister Abigail Fletcher smashed 3 PBs in 4 races in quick succession in the morning session on the Sunday. Ananya Chaudhary also set 3 new best times with her a massive 12 second PB in the 100m front crawl. Strong swims for Ruby Welch saw her set big personal bests in the 200m individual medley and 50m backstroke, Seren Jones hit 4 new best times, shining in the 50m and 200m breaststroke and finally Sophie Rochester who hit 3 out of 4 events with new PBs only missing out by half a second in the 4th.
Jamie Rush, Coach at the event, said, “Undoubtedly this is a superb set of statistics. Everyone works so hard in training, and all the swimmers turned up prepared. We had some brilliant splits in 200m races showing great fitness, we smashed some big PBs in 100m events showing improvements in speed endurance and terrific racing in the 50s listening to race strategies and performing under pressure.”

Diss Otters Swimming Club once again holding their own in the County!

Diss Swimming Pool Christmas Opening Times

Please find below the pool opening times over the Christmas period 2022/2023.

NOTE: you can find in a printable format here.

Saturday       24th December – 08:00-14:00 (Christmas Eve)

Sunday         25th December – CLOSED (Christmas Day)

Monday        26th December – CLOSED (Bank Holiday)

Tuesday       27th December – CLOSED (Bank Holiday)

Wednesday  28th December – Normal Hours 06:30-22:00

Thursday      29th December - Normal Hours 06:30-22:00

Friday           30th December - Normal Hours 06:30-22:00

Saturday       31st  December - 08:00-14:00 – (New Year’s Eve)

Sunday         1st January – CLOSED

Monday        2nd January – 10:00-18:00 Bank Holiday

Tuesday       3rd January – Back to normal

Lexham Insurance, proud sponsors of Diss Otters!

Diss Otters are very pleased to announce that Lexham Insurance have very kindly provided sponsorship for the club.

Lexham Insurance Consultants Limited is a specialist insurance broker offering in excess of twenty different insurance products including exclusive schemes for Moped, Scooter and Motorcycle Insurance as well as bespoke products in both the Motor Trade and Commercial Market.

The CEO of Lexham is James Miller who many years ago was a club swimmer with Diss Otters. He was very competitive and won a fair few races in his time at the club. Doug who coaches the masters spent many training sessions at the pool while James was swimming. I am sure you agree that today being able to sponsor your home club is very generous and we are grateful that some of the sponsorship has paid for the trophies for the top swimmer in each age group male and female for 2022.

Please visit their website for any insurance requirements you may have.

DOSC AGM 20 th November 2.30pm @ The Bowls Club, Diss – fun session at Pool for Swimmers

The 2022 AGM will be held in Diss Bowls Club. You can find directions to the venue here.

Dear Parents: I came back to the committee earlier this year to help the club get back on its feet after 10 years away.
Ruth, Gemma and Rachel as Exec officers have done a super job in keeping the club running with not so much help. I
don’t have any children swimming anymore but am quite passionate about the town having a swimming club and I am
asking you to join the committee to help share the running of it.

In order for Diss Otters to continue successfully we
require parents to volunteer to help by filling the roles below. We have to adhere to Swim England’s Policy and each of
the roles below need to have a named person. Without volunteers we will have no Committee and without a
committee we cannot run a club. Training os offered and a hand over period is available so you learn as you go.

For more detail either speak to Vall or click on the link below:

Club Volunteer Roles

Club Chairperson - The club chairperson is the principal officer for the club and is elected by the club members.

Club Treasurer - The Treasurer of the club is responsible for producing and managing the club’s accounts and finances and will oversee all income and expenditure for the club.

Club Welfare Officer - This role is essential in providing a first point of contact for children, parents and adults within the club who have a child safeguarding or welfare concern.

Club Secretary - The Club Secretary is key to the smooth running of the club. They provide a main point of contact for administration, information and communication.

Club Membership Secretary - The Club Membership Secretary is the key link between the Club and the Swim England membership team. They look after the day to day registration of all club members with Swim England.

Club Volunteer Coordinator - A Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for overseeing all volunteers within a club, and most importantly, ensuring they have a meaningful and positive experience.

Vice Chairperson - The Vice Chairperson works closely with club chair supporting them to undertake the leadership and governance responsibilities of the club. Generally speaking, the Vice Chairperson will look to step into the role of Club Chairperson when the chairperson is unavailable.

Fundraising Officer - The Fundraising Officer provides a central point of contact for fundraising queries and takes the lead on developing opportunities for accessing grants and funding.

SwimMark Coordinator - The Fundraising Officer provides a central point of contact for fundraising queries and takes the lead on developing opportunities for accessing grants and funding.

Fixtures / competitions Secretary - The Club Fixtures/Competitions Secretary is responsible for the development and management the clubs’ competitions calendar.

Parent Liaison Officer - The Parent Liaison Officer is the key link between the club and the parents. They promote clear and effective club communication channels and ensure parents feel supported and have someone to go to should they have any questions or concerns.