In 2019 Otter wanted to celebrate its 150th anniversary in style and so joined together with Swim England, which was also celebrating 150 years of the swimming governing body, and planned a unique swimming and water polo festival. We wanted to put on an event which was a bit different to the normal open meets. Something that brought together masters swimmers from across the country to celebrate all the best bits of masters swimming: the camaraderie, friendship, occasional athleticism, and perhaps a little competition. The programme paid homage to Otter and swimming’s history, resurrecting the plunge and some old English backstroke for the day, alongside more recognisable events.
2019 marks the 150th anniversaries of both Otter Swimming Club and Swim England and on Sunday 14 July, Masters swimmers and water polo players from across the UK will join Otters at the London Aquatic Centre to celebrate.
For the first weekend of March, 7 Otters made the long journey out to the Welsh National Pool in Swansea, the venue for this year’s British Masters Championships in June, to compete in the Swim Wales Open Masters 2019. After a grey and rainy, but very successful, 2 days, the small team brought a total of 20 medals back to London.
A gathering of “Mature” (i.e. older) Otters, and guests took place on February 1st for their annual post-Christmas dinner. For this sesquicentennial year it was upgraded to a black tie event at the Lansdowne Club, Mayfair.