Yet Another Successful Training Camp!

To avoid a clash with the Masters European Championships this year, we decided that our annual La Santa training camp would take place earlier than usual. So on the weekend of 22nd - 24th June, over 30 Otters and their partners flew to Lanzarote from London as well as Zurich, Barcelona, Bristol and Manchester!

All the ingredients were there this year to make this an unforgettable experience. We celebrated three birthdays with Olivia, Deirdre’s husband Mike and Oliver’s wife Aisha. Olli put together a challenging quiz for the Monday night and made sure the questions were kept secret as even Aisha couldn’t get hold of them! Tuesday’s group activity was a private bounce class in the sun, organised by Gina. We shared this class with our friends from Mid Sussex Marlins and it proved a challenge for endurance as well as coordination. Bucketloads of sweat later, many Otters were happy to go back to the pool if only to cool down.  On Wednesday, we donned our Sparta costumes for the traditional night out in Puerto del Carmen. A sight to behold as many of us had done multiple ab-attack classes to look toned in the revealing outfits.  On Friday night Otters and Marlins got together again to do some fun relays and to enjoy a BBQ. For those wondering what the fun relays are, imagine swimming backstroke but feet forward (ask Emma how that works!) or swim in a Sparta helmet 

But of course, we were there not just to have fun but mainly to get fit. So there were two two hour swim sessions a day. Aeron returned for one week after saying goodbye to Otter earlier this year and she did a splendid job in making sure the sessions were both challenging and varied (who knew there was another warmup than 400/4x100/4x50?). Besides the pooltime, the stretch sessions as well as ab attack, HIIT and pilates/yoga proved popular not only with the swimmers, but also with HUBS and WAGS who joined in, trying their best to improve their fitness levels as well! 

For those who are thinking about joining the Otter camp next year, it’s a great week of fun and hard work. Come and talk to anyone who’s been before if you’re still in doubt!

Q3 Saturday Sessions

The following Saturday training sessions have been confirmed for this quarter:

  • 14th July: 11.00am-12.30pm @ Crystal Palace
  • 21st July: 11.00am-12.30pm @ London Aquatics Centre
  • 28th July: 11.00am-12.30pm @ Crystal Palace
  • 4th August: 11.00am-12.30pm @ London Aquatics Centre
  • 11th August: 111.00am-12.30pm @ Crystal Palace
  • 18th August: 11.00am-12.30pm London Aquatics Centre
  • 25th August: 11.00am-12.30pm @ Crystal Palace
  • 1st September: 11.00am-12.30pm @ London Aquatics Centre
  • 8th September: 11.00am-12.30pm @ Crystal Palace
  • 15th September: 11.00am-12.30pm @ London Aquatics Centre
  • 22nd September: 11.00am-12.30pm Crystal Palace
  • 29th September: 11.00am-12.30pm London Aquatics Centre

Otters Return from Plymouth with Trophies & Records

From Friday, 8th - Sunday 10th June, The Plymouth Life Centre welcomed swimmers for The British Masters Championships 2018.  

715 athletes from 202 clubs competed in the 3-day event, and 56 World/European/British records were broken. Otter proudly contributed 21 athletes to the mix, and also had their names carved into the record table as well.


Otter closed the championships with 314 FINA points, winning the Cupar Trophy Top Club Award.

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London rivals, Spencer Swim Team was second with 274, and Out to Swim was third with 160 points.

With hours left of the annual competition, team Otter also provided an exciting finale in producing not just one, but two British Record swims in the 400m Medley Relay!

The mens' 100-119 team fought off close competition from Exeter's team to break a 5-year old record by almost 7 seconds! (Backstroke: Wade Rimbach, Breastsroke: Craig Gillespie, Butterfly: Fraser Peh, Freestyle: Martin Sartorius)

This was followed by the womens' team of the same age category going on to break the 5-year old record by 15 seconds. (Backstroke: Sophie Clarke, Breaststroke: Hayley Davis, Butterfly: Abigail Hucker, Freestyle: Catherine Demont).

Enjoy the race report below:

Friday, 8th June 2018

After a long journey to the south-east, the meet kicked off with the 800m Freestyle. Enrique Ruiz took 2nd place with a season's best, and Pip Bennett took gold in his age category. This was followed by the Mixed 400m Medley Relay, where the 100-119 team (made up of Sophie Clarke, Craig Gillespie, Wade Rimbach & Catherine Demont) narrowly missed a British Record time.

There was strong representation in the infamous 200m Butterfly, with Catherine Demont & Abigail Hucker taking gold & silver medals in their age category respectively, with Derek Parr, Enrique Ruiz & Hayley Davis also achieving first place in theirs. Craig Gillespie won the 100m Breaststoke with a season's best time, as did Sophie Clarke in the 100m Backstroke. 

The first day came to a close with another gold medal for the Men's 280-319 400m Freestyle relay team, made up of Robert Thomas, Roger Lloyd-Mostyn, Derek Parr & Peter Rae.


Saturday, 9th June 2018 

An early start on Saturday morning saw Catherine Demont take first place in the 400m Freestyle, as well as Pip Bennett, who also achieved a master's best time. The afternoon saw Craig Gillespie, Matt Wai Kwong Wan & Can Bozkurt take medals in the hotly-contested 50m Breaststroke, and all 3x Otters who swam in the 100m Backstroke took medal-winning spots (Sophie Clarke, Martin Sartorius & Matt Wai Kwong Wan).

Senior Otters dominated the 50m Butterfly, with Derek Parr (70-74) & Roger Lloyd-Mostyn (75-79) both taking gold in their respective age categories. Peter Rae & Roger Lloyd-Mostyn both won their respective age catergories for the 100m freestyle, whilst silver medals were won by Jane McMenemy, Abigail Hucker & Hayley Davis in the 200 IM. On top of that, Fraser Peh acheived masters' best times in both events!

Saturday came to successful close, with both the Men's 100-119 (Wade Rimbach, Craig Gillespie, Fraser Peh  & Martin Sartorius) & 280-319 (Robert Thomas, Derek Parr, Roger Lloyd-Mostyn & Peter Rae) 200m Medley relay teams adding to the growing collection of gold medals.


Sunday, 10th June 2018

The final day of the meet began just a strong as the previous days, with Martin Sartorius swimming a personal best time in the 50m Backstroke, and all 4x Otters competing in the 400m IM achieving medal-winning positions (Derek Parr, Enrique Ruiz, Abigail Hucker & Hayley Davis)

Casper Stops Elizabeth Shaw swam season debuts of the 200m Freestyle, and Derek Parr, Hayley Davis Pip Bennett all won gold medals in the 1500m Freestyle in their respective categories.


Here's to many more years of success, and see you in Swansea for next year's champtionships!



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Otters kick-off Open Water Season...

Forgoing the Royal WEdding, and intrepid group of Otters travelled to Box End Water Park near Bedford for an open water season opener.

Under glorious sunshine the Otters were victorious and are looking forward to the varied challenges to come until European Champs in September.

 John Talbott, Maddie Parra, Hayley Davis, Pip Bennett

John Talbott, Maddie Parra, Hayley Davis, Pip Bennett


  • Mens 5km - 1st, Pip Bennett
  • Men 5km - 3rd, John Talbott
  • Womens 5km - 1st, Hayley Davis
  • Womens 5km - 1st, Maddie Parra

Q2 Saturday Sessions

The following Saturday training sessions have been confirmed for this quarter:

  • 31st March: 12.30pm-2.00pm @ Crystal Palace
  • 7th April: 11.00am-12.30pm @ London Aquatics Centre, LC competition pool
  • 14th April: 11.00am-12.30pm @ Oasis Sports Centre
  • 21st April: 10.00am-11.30am London Aquatics Centre, LC competition pool
  • 28th April: 11.00am-12:30pm @ Oasis Sports Centre
  • 5th May: 11.00am-12.30pm @ Crystal Palace
  • 12th May: 11.00am-12:30pm Oasis Sports Centre
  • 19th May: 11.00am-12.30pm @ London Aquatics Centre, LC competition pool
  • 26th May: 11.00am-12.30pm @ Crystal Palace
  • 2nd June: 11.00am-12.30pm @ London Aquatics Centre, LC competition pool
  • 16th June: 11.00am-12:30pm @ Oasis Sports Centre
  • 23rd June: 11.00am-12.30pm @ Crystal Palace
  • 30th June: 11.00am-12.30pm @ London Aquatics Centre, LC competition pool

Annual Dinner 2018

The Otter Annual Dinner will be held at Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT, on Friday 20 April from 7pm to 1am. Tickets are priced at £52 which includes formal three-course meal plus table wine followed by a disco with music from our own resident DJ Talbott!

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