Swim England and Otter celebrate 150 years

2019 is a year of celebration for both Otter Swimming Club and Swim England as they mark their 150th anniversaries.  One of the highlights of the year will be a unique team gala event at the London Aquatic Centre on Sunday 14 July which provides an opportunity for Masters swimmers all over the country to participate in these celebrations.

Otter has secured sole use of the main Olympic competition pool in London for a fun, informal gala which will include relay and individual swimming races. The teams will comprise many different Masters clubs including some of our traditional rivals (and friends!) such as Spencer, Barnet and Teddington.  It is a fantastic opportunity not only to race in the Olympic pool but to join in the fun and celebrate the camaraderie and longevity of masters swimming. Otter is putting together a programme to include a mixture of current and historic events which we hope will feature the plunge as well as some old English backstroke and novelty relays. 

Swim England is coordinating an “All Stars Team North” and “ All Stars Team South” so that masters swimmers from across the country can join us.  If you would like to be involved please contact:

Team South: Simon Veale (simon.veale@outlook.com)

Team North: Verity Dobbie and Nicola Latty (otter150.teamnorth@gmail.com

Any past and present Otter swimmers who would like to be involved should email us at otter150gala@gmail.com. Please save the date now!  

2019 represents a significant milestone for Otter and we would be delighted if you would celebrate with us by supporting this special event. 

Details:

Where: London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, London E20 2ZQ

When: Sunday 14 July 2019.  Warm-up at 10am with racing scheduled to finish at 2pm at the latest, with socialising to follow!

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