Star Swimmers

Three six year old superstars swam a mile on our February Crash Course. Pictured is little Lucas Worthington, who talked all week about swimming 1000m and then said he wanted to swim as far as his Dad. He kept going for the mile, 64 lengths. The lovely Lucas had only swum 100m before.See all the  Crash Course pictures below:

Star Swimmers


To find out more about the next Crash Course at Easter

Crash Courses

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Dolphins Swimmers take gold again

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Champion Swimmers

The Dolphin swimmers from Shirley Pool turned in their best ever performance in the 2018 Hampshire County Championships, a fitting farewell to Head Coach Chris White:

Southampton Dolphins entered the 2018 Championships in record numbers, 29 swimmers qualified in over 220 events.

The junior girls dominated the relays, winning gold in 4 events, (Gold -16yrs Medley and Freestyle, 14yrs Medley and 12yrs Medley, followed up by Silver in the 14yrs Freestyle and Bronze in the 12yrs Freestyle).

Kate Baxter (14) was the standout female swimmer of the Championships amassing an amazing 17 medals, 9 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze. Kate demonstrated she is the best all round female swimmer in the County winning the 400m and 200m IM alongside the 200m FS, 200m BK, 100m FS, 100m BK and 50m BK. Kate began swimming as a toddler at the Shirley Pool and training with her coach since the age of 7,

“Her phenomenal success is down to her work ethic, desire and passion for the sport“ said Head Coach Chris White, speaking on an emotional final gala with the Dolphins “I am just so impressed with the kids, they really did swim out of their skins. It is sad to leave, but sometimes I guess you just have to move on and see where it can take you”

Filip Fraczek-Krygier (15) was the top male performer winning 8 medals, 6 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze. Filip, a powered his way to gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle, 50m & 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 200mindividual medley. After a long layoff last year due to injury ,the former National Champion is back on track for success this year with an eye on the British Summer Championships.

In the age group Championships, 11 year old Shirley schoolgirl, Isabel Tuner, produced some of the best swimming results in her age group in Great Britain, amassing 14 medals, 7 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze. Turner won events from 800m freestyle to 50m backstroke, demonstrating her all round ability and currently tops the Great Britain rankings for all the backstroke events (33.78 50m BK, 1.09.65 100m BK and 2.30.24 200m BK) . Twin sister, Evie Turner, competing in her first County Championships rose to the occasion, qualifying for her first ever final in the 100m Butterfly alongside sister Isabel , Emily Lowther and Rhyseren Taylor, Southampton Dolphins swimmers making up half of the finalists.

Emily Lowther (12) produced outstanding displays in the breaststroke events, powering her way to a new Hampshire County record in the 50m breaststroke in a time of 36.58. Emily also claimed gold in the 100m and 200m breaststroke and the gruelling 400m Individual Medley, all with times in the top 20 of the GB rankings, a total of eleven medals for the championships.

The strength in depth of the twelve year olds at Shirley pool reflect the success of the development pathway at the club. Rhyseren Taylor took silver in the 800m FS, Bronze in the 400m FS and 200m BF; Verity Telford followed close behind, narrowly missed out on a medal coming 4th in the 800m Freestyle; Ellena Lewis and Freya Manning both secured their first County medals with Ellena racing to Silver in the 50m Backstroke, Bronze in the 100m BK and Bronze in the 50m Freestyle. Freya put in an outstanding display in the 100m Freestyle to secure the Silver medal in 1.05.99.

Debutant 10 year olds Pheobe Field and Freya Latimore, performed personal bests to secure final places in the 50m and 100m Backstroke events together. Pheobe also qualified for the 50m Butterfly final and Freya for the 50m Freestyle final, a promising start for both girls to competitive swimming.

Another debutant was James Cummings-Candal, winning three silver medals despite having only taken up competitive swimming 11 months ago. King Edward schoolboy James put in some outstanding performances to take silver in the 400m Freestyle, 400m Individual Medley and 200m Backstroke, narrowly missed out on medals in a number of races finishing 4th on three occasions. James was joined by Ethan Grundy (12) also making his County debut. Ethan qualified for the 50m butterfly final finishing 5th in an excellent 33.88.

Nathan Lewis (10) secured his first County medal, silver, in the 400m Freestyle, and made multiple finals in all four strokes showing his potential as an all rounder.

As the youngest qualifying boy of the championships, Matthew Lowther (9) competed in the 10/11 year old age group. He took on the 400 Freestyle in the first weekend smashing his long course PB by over 13 seconds.At the second weekend Matthew competed in the 100 Fly, securing fourth in the final with a time of 1:25.91,3rd fastest in the UK rankings for his own age group and 5th in the GB rankings on the 400m Freestyle.

Freddie Sadler put in personal best performances in the 50m (35.29 ) and 100m (1.21.33) to make the final in the 100m event. Freddie secured his first regional time in the 50m butterfly and is 0.03 off the 100m qualifying time. Pocket rocket Ollie Cook (13) competing in his 4th County Championships secured personal best times in the 50m Butterfly 32.81 and 50m Backstroke 33.66.

13 year old Sophie Hawkes put in some dogged displays to secure Silver medals in the 400m individual medley, 200m and 100m Butterfly. Sophie also secured the Bronze in the 50m Butterfly in a very close finish. Sophie’s times now rank her with the best in the Region and qualifying for Nationals this year is a real possibility.

Victoria Butler (13) swam multiple personal best making huge improvements this season, qualifying for the 100m Freestyle in 1.03.24 . Victoria narrowly missed out on a medal in the 800m Freestyle finishing 4th and had numerous top 8 placing’s. Sadie Pratt-Filker (13), made her county debut securing times in all the Breaststroke events as well as 800m Freestyle. Sadie rose to the occasion and secured top 6 placing’s in all the Breaststroke events, narrowly missing out on a medal in the 50m event finishing 4th after taking the lead in the early stages of the race.

Isabella Fraser-Corbridge (15) made a dramatic come back to competitive swimming after a life threatening brain haemorrhage in 2017. Isabella, a former British Championship performer, was determined to race again and put in some outstanding swims to take Silver in the 200m butterfly and Bronze in the 100m butterfly. Isabella was also a key member in the 16yrs 4 X 50m Freestyle and Medley teams who took Gold in both events, alongside Kate Baxter, Madeline Rowden and Fae Thompson.

Madeline Rowden and Fae Thompson both made multiple finals in the 16yrs age group Madeline has made remarkable progress in the last 6 months and she won her first county medal taking Bronze in the 50m Freestyle and narrowly missed out on a medal in the 100m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke finishing 4th in both events. Thompson also made successive final appearances finishing 5th in the 50m Breaststroke, 6th in the 50m Freestyle and 6th in the 50m Backstroke.

Long standing Shirley Dolphins Ella Anderson (16) and Jodie Yates (17) both made multiple ladies open finals. Ella, a backstroke specialist, finished 6th in the 100m and 200m events and 7th in the 50m. Jodie narrowly missed out on a medal finishing 4th in the 200m Butterfly and made finals in the 100m Butterfly and 50m and 100m Breaststroke events.

Zak Lanham (14) and Seb Southon (16) both made backstroke finals, Zak qualified for the 50m Backstroke and produced a life time best of 32.47 in his first County final to finish 7th. Seb qualified for both the 50m and 100m backstroke finals finishing 8th and 7th respectively.

The Southampton Dolphins produced record breaking results for an 8th consecutive year; amassing 63 medals (29 Gold, 21 Silver and 13 Bronze), and the highest swimmer to medal ratio of any of the 25 competing clubs for a second consecutive year. Swimmers qualified for an impressive 70 individual finals

Of the twenty seven swimmers, 25 swimmers qualified for individual finals and all swimmers were involved in top 8 placings. . To date the Dolphins have 18 South East Regional qualifiers.

The unprecedented success in team events from a small swim school, with multiple top 20 GB ranked swimmers has not gone unnoticed in the higher levels of British Swimming with Head Coach Chris White encouraged to take up the reins of major London club, Staines and sure to be fast tracked after ten years of success at the Shirley Pool.

Southampton Dolphins expect to announce the appointment of their new Head Coach at the weekend.




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Record Breakers

The young swimmers from Shirley Pool continued to dominate in the second weekend of the Hampshire County Swimming Championships in Waterlooville.

Emily Lowther (12) finished the session as it had started, with gold, included a record breaking 36.58 seconds in the 50m breaststroke. The Hampshire record had stood unscathed for ten years until the weekend. Another podium first followed in the 100m breaststroke (1.21.34) and the Hythe schoolgirl was nearly half a length ahead of the field in the 200m breaststroke (2.51.15) and six seconds clear of her nearest rival in the 200m butterfly (2.44.27). An impressive haul of 7 gold, silver and one bronze for the championships.

Record breaker Emily

More medals followed with the 100m butterfly, where the Southampton Dolphins had 4 swimmers in the final, including twins Evie and Issy Turner.

Shirley’s Issy Turner (11) struck triple gold in the 50m, (33.78) 100m (1.09.65) and 200m backstroke (2.30.24) with an impressive display, making her number one ranked backstroker for her age in the UK. Second in the 100m free (1.05.99) and third in four other events, Issy secured another ten personal best times across the strokes showing her range of ability and potential as well as a hatful of medals.

There were further rewards for the hard working Dolphins, Sophie Hawkes (14) securing silver in the 100m butterfly and bronze in the 50m (31.25); Freya Manning silver in the 100m free (1.05.99 ) and Ellena Lewis was second in 33.36 50m back .Ellena also grabbed bronze in the 13 years 100m backstroke (1.12.19) and the 50m freestyle final (30.23). Brother Nathan was unluckly not to come away with more from his six finals while Freya Latimore, Verity Telford, Victoria Butler, James Cummings-Candal, Sadie Pratt Filker, Phoebe Field, Ethan Grundy, Freddie Sadler all had personal best performances that contributed to the overall success as a club for Southampton Dolphins.


In his final Counties tournament before a move to a major London club, Dolphins head Coach Chris White was over the moon with his protégés,

“I am just so impressed with the kids, they really did swim out of their skins. It is sad to leave but sometimes I guess you just have to move on and see where it can take you”

The new Dolphins coach is expected to be announced over the coming weekend.

With one weekend to go the top ten Hampshire Club rankings are as follows:


Rushmoor Royals               923

Tigers (Jersey)              735

Winchester City Penguins     726

Portsmouth Northsea           499

Southampton Dolphins         422

Basingstoke Bluefins         261

Fareham Nomads               230

City of Southampton           185

Hart                         153

Alton and District           127

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Medals Galore for Shirley Swimmers at Hampshire Counties

Hampshire County Swimming Championships

Under 14 County Champions 

Southampton Dolphin swimmers completed a smash and grab raid on the first weekend of the Hampshire Swimming Championships in Portsmouth, achieving 14 podium positions and a fistful of gold.

Emily Lowther (12) kicked off in style in the 400 Individual Medley, finishing 8 seconds ahead of her nearest rival after a huge surge ahead in the breaststroke leg.

She then joined Rhyseren Taylor (10), Evie Turner (10) and Isabel Turner (12) to be crowned County Champions in the (10-12 years) 200m Medley Relay. The girls added a bronze to the haul in the freestyle version of the 200m relay.

It was a remarkable start for the Shirley based swim team, racing to seven medal positions in the first nine events.

Under 14 Dolphin girls were nearly 2 seconds ahead of the chasing teams when Victoria Butler touched for gold in the 200m Medley Relay, crowning a dominant performance by Ellena Lewis (Back) Sophie Hawkes (Fly) and Emily Lowther (breaststroke). The girls narrowly missed the clean sweep, touched out to silver in a thrilling 200m freestyle finale.

Individual star of the weekend was Isabel Turner who won gold in the 400m (5.02.22) and 800m Freestyle (10.15.22) to add to her relay rewards.

Rhyseren Taylor kept her company, tucking in for bronze and silver in the same events to take her medal haul to four for the first session while yet another Dolphin girl, Verity Telford, narrowly missed out on making it a  Southampton 1,2,3 in the 800m.

Sophie Hawkes (14) flew off the blocks in the 400m IM, leading out the two Jersey Tiger girls in the butterfly leg only to be overhauled in the backstroke. Fighting back in the breaststroke leg, Sophie made up a 2 second gap to claim an impressive silver medal.

County debutant James Cummings-Candal (14) led out the boys with silver in the 400m freestyle and a personal best fifth in the 1500m while Nathan Lewis was delighted with his silver medal in the 10/11 400m freestyle.

Kate Baxter (14) put up a great fight in the 800m free, according to Head Coach, Chris White,

” Kate is a power swimmer, so she did well to pick up a medal against these taller girls. Its not her best event, she will have her moment in the coming weekends. ”

Delighted with his young team’s performance, White was particularly pleased to see one of his protégés swim,

” Isabella (Fraser-Corbridge) had a life threatening brain haemorrhage last year, so it’s great to see her back in the pool racing again. I think the whole team is inspired by her bravery coming back to training”

Other Southampton Dolphin personal best performances and first County swims came from

Girls:Isabel Perez-Araujo, Phoebe Field, Freya Latimore, Zoey Yates, Amy Williams, Freya Manning, Ella Anderson, Jodie Yates, Madeline Rowden, Fae Thompson and Victoria Butler.


Boys: Ethan Grundy, Isaac Maddock, Oliver Cook, Freddie Sadler, Mathew Lowther and Jacob Matthew,


Results for Southampton Dolphins First weekend 2018

Medals Galore! An incredible 14 podium places. Five golds, six silvers, three bronze . Well done Chris and all the swimmers. Full results below:

Event 101C: Girls Age 12 400m Individual Medley

Place Name YoB Club Time
1 Emily Lowther 06 Southampton Dolphins 5:50.61
5 Rhyseren Taylor 06 Southampton Dolphins 6:14.58

Event 101E: Girls Age 14 400m Individual Medley

Place Name YoB Club Time
2 Sophie Hawkes 04 Southampton Dolphins 5:39.84

Event 102B: Boys Age 10/11 400m Freestyle

Place Name YoB Club Time
2 Nathan Lewis 07 Southampton Dolphins 5:31.83
5 Matthew Lowther 08 Southampton Dolphins 5:53.59

Event 102D: Boys Age 13 400m Freestyle

Place Name YoB Club Time
2 James Cummings-Candal 05 Southampton Dolphins 4:50.72

Event 103: Girls Age 10-12 200m Freestyle Relay

Place Name Time
3 Southampton Dolphins A 2:08.30
Rhyseren Taylor
Emily Lowther
Verity Telford
Isabel Turner
14 Southampton Dolphins B 2:20.29
Evie Turner
Isabel Perez-Araujo
Phoebe Field
Freya Latimore

Event 104: Boys 14/Under 200m Freestyle Relay

Place Name Time
13 Southampton Dolphins A 2:06.05
Ethan Grundy
James Cummings-Candal
Isaac Maddock
Oliver Cook

Event 105: Girls Age 10-12 200m Medley Relay

Place Name Time
1 Southampton Dolphins A 2:22.51
Evie Turner
Emily Lowther
Rhyseren Taylor
Isabel Turner
12 Southampton Dolphins B 2:43.77
Isabel Perez-Araujo
Verity Telford
Phoebe Field
Freya Latimore

Event 106: Boys 14/Under 200m Medley Relay

Place Name Time
11 Southampton Dolphins A 2:24.53
Oliver Cook
Ethan Grundy
James Cummings-Candal
Isaac Maddock


Event 152C: Girls Age 12 800m Freestyle

Place Name YoB Club Time
1 Isabel Turner 06 Southampton Dolphins 10:15.22
2 Rhyseren Taylor 06 Southampton Dolphins 10:48.08
4 Verity Telford 06 Southampton Dolphins 11:05.92

Event 152D: Girls Age 13 800m Freestyle

Place Name YoB Club Time
9 Ellena Lewis 05 Southampton Dolphins 11:02.26
11 Freya Manning 05 Southampton Dolphins 11:04.10

Event 152E: Girls Age 14 800m Freestyle

Place Name YoB Club Time
4 Victoria Butler 04 Southampton Dolphins 10:04.31
11 Sadie Pratt-Filker 04 Southampton Dolphins 10:40.00

Event 152F: Girls Age 15 800m Freestyle

Place Name YoB Club Time
3 Kate Baxter 03 Southampton Dolphins 9:35.96

Event 152H: Girls 17/Over 800m Freestyle

Place Name YoB Club Time
5 Jodie Yates 00 Southampton Dolphins 10:12.24


Event 201D: Boys Age 13 400m Individual Medley

Place Name YoB Club Time
2 James Cummings-Candal 05 Southampton Dolphins 5:31.74

Event 202C: Girls Age 12 400m Freestyle

Place Name YoB Club Time
1 Isabel Turner 06 Southampton Dolphins 5:02.22
3 Rhyseren Taylor 06 Southampton Dolphins 5:15.64
8 Verity Telford 06 Southampton Dolphins 5:26.25

Event 202D: Girls Age 13 400m Freestyle

Place Name YoB Club Time
7 Ellena Lewis 05 Southampton Dolphins 5:18.76

Event 203: Boys Age 10-12 200m Freestyle Relay

Place Name Time
9 Southampton Dolphins A 2:18.78
Freddie Sadler
Matthew Lowther
Jacob Matthew
Nathan Lewis

Event 204: Girls 14/Under 200m Freestyle Relay

Place Name Time
2 Southampton Dolphins A 2:00.52
Victoria Butler
Sophie Hawkes
Ellena Lewis
Isabel Turner
16 Southampton Dolphins B 2:09.16
Freya Manning
Zoey Yates
Emily Lowther
Amy Williams

Event 205: Boys Age 10-12 200m Medley Relay

Place Name Time
8 Southampton Dolphins A 2:39.06
Matthew Lowther
Nathan Lewis
Freddie Sadler
Jacob Matthew

Event 206: Girls 14/Under 200m Medley Relay

Place Name Time
1 Southampton Dolphins A 2:13.68
Ellena Lewis
Emily Lowther
Sophie Hawkes
Victoria Butler
10 Southampton Dolphins B 2:22.33
Freya Manning
Sadie Pratt-Filker
Isabel Turner
Amy Williams


Event 251: Girls Open 800m Freestyle Relay

Place Name Time
4 Southampton Dolphins A 9:07.89
Isabella Fraser-Corbridge
Victoria Butler
Ella Anderson
Kate Baxter
7 Southampton Dolphins B 9:35.42
Jodie Yates
Madeline Rowden
Fae Thompson
Isabel Turner

Event 252D: Boys Age 13 1500m Freestyle

Place Name YoB Club Time
5 James Cummings-Candal 05 Southampton Dolphins 19:54.81
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Dolphins News

Southampton Dolphins Swimming Club (SDOS)

Parents Meeting

Friday 22nd December 2017

Venue: Scout Hut Kentish Road


David Perry (DP) , Viv Perry

Sally Lloyd (SL), Tracy Yates, Michelle Manning, Lorna Tilley, Ed Tilley, Linda Field (LF), Mark Telford (MT), Charlotte Williams, Polly Saddler, Deborah Latham, Rachel Thorpe, Vicki Payne, Peter Takacs, Scott Grundy (SG), Cathy Hawkes, Nick Nugent, Paul Rutherford, Claire Corbridge, Julia Maddock (JM), Kevin Butler, Elisabeth Butler (EB), Sarah Cook (SC), Sofia Araujo-Betanwr, Christiane Fernandes, Vicki Lewis (VL), Steve Lewis, Dave Lowther (DL), Sally Lowther (SL).

Apologies:  Gale Taylor, Sarah Pratt, Clare Turner

For Information: Post to website.


  1. Introduction and overview
  2. Financial review
  3. Coaches and training times
  4. Gala’s and 2018 calendar
  5. Appointment of club officials
  6. Club championships 2018
  7. Future planning
  8. AOB

Introduction and overview

  • DP welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked them for coming. He said that this was the first meeting of its kind for Southampton Dolphins Swimming Club (SDOS) in more than 10 years.
  • DP supplied minutes of the recent coaches meeting, he gave an overview of the agenda and confirmation of Chris White’s (CW) leaving date of first week of February 2018 after the County Championships have finished. (See attached document) 

Financial Overview

  • DP gave an overview of the club structure and finances. (See attached document)

Coaches and Training Times

  • DP confirmed that there are no plans to change the current swim hours and time table, he recognised the importance of water time and DL stated that one of the reasons they joined SDOS is because the club has the best water time in the County. 

    Pool Training times

    Monday 0530-0730

    Monday 1900-2000

    Tuesday 1900-2000

    Wednesday 0530-0730

    Thursday 0530-0730

    Thursday 1900-2000

    Friday 0530-0730

    Friday 1800-2000

    Saturday 0700-0830

    Saturday 1630-1830

    Sunday 1530-1630

    Land Training

    Monday 1730-1845

  • DP stressed that it is not going to be possible to replace CW like for like, you will not find another coach like him. At present it is not planned for SDOS to have one designated Head Coach, there will be a ‘Director of Coaching’ who will oversee a number of coaches and plan the training sets, open meets, give technical advice and oversee the direction of the club ensuring that the plans meet the needs of all swimmers from the bottom to the top.
  • Coaches

    Matt Heathcock

    An ASA Level 3 Great Britain Coach with extensive experience coaching age group and junior swimmers to the highest levels. Currently acting in an advisory role as Director Of Coaching and coaching on a Saturday morning or evening as available.

    Clodagh Dear

    An ASA Level Two coach, employed for 18 months as assistant to Head Coach at Shirley. Currently coaching seven hours a week. Previously employed with Swim Bournemouth.

    Paul Dollery  (In discussion)

    An ASA Level Two Coach with extensive experience as an age group coach, most recently at Winchester Penguins SC. Currently in training to take over a number of sessions.

    Rob Young

    An ASA Level Two Teacher and ex competitive swimmer. In training for Level One Coach Award and working as cover coach.

    Ben Gardner

    An ASA level one teacher and ex Dolphin, helps with cover teaching when home from University.

    Freya Wilks

    An ASA level one teacher and ex Dolphin, helps with cover teaching when home from University.

    Amanda Jane Harnett

    An ASA level Two teacher and ex Dolphin, helps with cover teaching when needed.

    All coaches are paid employees’, DRB checked, insured and qualified to at least STA RTFT standard.

    Collette Nugent

    An ASA Level Two teacher helps Chris with Monday 7-8 training and at Open Meets

    Matt Heathcock (MH) will fulfil the role of Director of Coaching, he will not be taking over the role that CW held and will not attend open meets in a coaching capacity, because he wishes to fulfil his commitment as Head Coach of swim Bournemouth.

  • The position of coach has been offered to Paul Dollery (PD), who has previously coached at Hamble and Winchester swimming clubs, but as yet he has not accepted. The role offered to PD is purely poolside and would not involve the level of admin duties that CW currently undertakes. There will be a requirement for Parents to assist in these duties and as team managers at open meets. EB explained the role of a Team Manager and DP confirmed that the team manager will not replace the presence of a coach at open meets.
  • DP has asked CW for a profile of each swimmer to assist the new coaches to get to know the swimmers.
  • DP confirmed that MH has stressed that land training is an important part of swimmers development and additional land training sessions will be arranged but at present the management team are still looking for an appropriately qualified coach to lead these sessions. DP stated that the land training sessions need to be brought back closer to the pool to fulfil child protection requirements.

Galas and 2018 Calendar

  • DP listed the current open meets that SDOS has attended, DL asked if this was open to change? DP responded by saying that MH is very knowledgeable with regard to local open meets. DL has agreed in principle to take on the role of Licenced Open Meet secretary.
  • The question was asked as to whether any additional coaches would be added to the team, DP responded by saying that the advert is still open on the British swimming site.
  • SL stated that she could not find the advert on this site. DP agreed to look into this.
  • (Ad placed 2nd January)
  • MT asked if PD has formally been offered the role and DP confirmed that he has been offered the coaching sessions that CW currently does but has not at this time accepted.
  • LF asked, how does the role of Director of Coaching work? Is there a conflict of interests because he cannot be head coach at two clubs. DP reiterated that MH’s role will be to direct the coaches of SDOS giving technical support, swim sets, open meet calendar etc, so there will be no conflict of interest.
  • Question: Would PD be free to structure his own training sessions. DP stated that he would but as yet he has not accepted the job so this is unknown.
  • Feedback from various parents is that PD is a very good, and well respected coach with good technical knowledge of all strokes, he would be an asset to the club.
  • Several parents asked about MH plans for the Club section of SDOS and below? DP stated that he felt that there is a current deficit in the development of the Club swimmers and that there is a significant gap between the Club and Performance squads. There are not enough galas in the Club section to bridge this gap, especially as the Club section and below generates the bulk of the revenue for SDOS and supplies the future Performance swimmers. DP stressed the importance of nurturing the Club and young swimmers for the future success of the club.
  • DP stated that SDOS has withdrawn from the novice league for 2018 due to the amount of resources required but stressed that both he and MH have lots of plans for other competitive opportunities for the club swimmers for example Junior League and local inter club galas.
  • DP stated that they are currently still advertising for a triathlon coach for the pool because he would like to diversify and increase the competitive opportunities for all club members. SC stated that she was aware of a triathlon coach and will speak with them

Club Championships 2018:

  • DP explained how important the Club Championship is to the revenue of SDOS, as a promotion for Shirley Pool and a show case of the Dolphin swimmers to encourage new generations. DP asked for support from the parents to organise the 2018 club championship.
  • JM will be the main lead for the club championships but will require a considerable team of helpers.

Appointment of club officials:

  • DL has agreed in principle to be Open Meet secretary for licenced ASA open meets.
  • It was confirmed that Sharon Southon and Linda Field (LF) are the current club welfare officers.
  • VL raised the question of whether the club should have an elected Treasurer and Chairman, but DP advised that current set up will remain. The question of swift access to funds for payment of meet entries was raised and DP confirmed that SDOS has a functioning bank account that should be used and he will be able to BACS transfer any funds required for open meets.
  • Clothing and equipment: Waiting for a volunteer
  • Membership secretary: Waiting for a volunteer
  • Social secretary: Waiting for a volunteer
  • There is a requirement for the club to have more qualified judges and time keepers. KB has agreed to be the official coordinator for this.

Future planning:

  • DP confirmed that there are no plans to shut Shirley Pool. He is aware that the pool is in need of repair and is in discussion with the council regarding ways to achieve a repair without closing the pool for significant periods of time which would be unsustainable.
  • DP confirmed that he is committed to the future of both Shirley Pool and SDOS.


  • The new Southampton Dolphins logo design was discussed: Multiple parents expressed their dislike for the new logo in its current form.
  • DP stated that he wants the wording Shirley Pool included in the logo and SG agreed with this stating that people often assume that SDOS swim out of the Quays being the only pool in Southampton.
  • It was agreed that Shirley Pool should be included in a new logo but that the wording of Southampton Dolphins needs to be more prominent and the logo simplified.
  • DP agreed to review the logo and have some new design proposals ready for the next parents meeting to review.
  • DP confirmed that periodic 50m pool training will continue as it currently does.
  • CW will be responsible to ensure the 2018 ASA registrations are completed on time.
  • It was requested that MH should attend the next parents meeting if possible and PD if he accepts the coaching role. DP will try to arrange this.
  • Communication was raised: DP requested that all parents ensure that reception at the pool have up to date email addresses and said that he may also set up a Dolphins Facebook page to share information.

Date of next meeting:

Monday 22nd January – Time to be confirmed.

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Dolphins Parents Meeting

Friday 22nd December 2017

6.15pm in the Kentish Road Scout Hut

An informal meeting to discuss future plans for the club and recruit volunteers. All welcome.


Financial Review

Income, expenditure and member numbers

Coaches & Training times

Attendance records, interviews & probable shifts

Galas & 2018 calendar  

Appointment of club officials

Fixture Secretary, membership secretary, child protection officer, Clothing & Equipment , Social.

Club Championships 2018

Sub committee, dates & planning

Future planning 

50m pool. ASA Membership for all swimmers

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Christmas Closure

The last day of opening in 2017 will be Friday December 22nd when the pool will close at 10pm.

The pools reopen for lessons and all swimming activities on Tuesday January 2nd 2018.

Any lessons missed in this period can be used as a  “make up”.

Thank you for your valued custom during 2017. Have a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year.


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Water Polo Tournament

The Eliminators and The Tigersharks were the top two teams to emerge from the group stages to compete in the final of the 2017 water Polo Tournament last Saturday.

Twenty swimmers from a variety of squads were mixed into random teams and played a series of ten minute games in the shallow water with large floats as goals. In the early rounds, every player had to touch the ball before a shot on target was allowed, which took a little getting used to. The teams quickly adapted their strategies and were soon scoring freely.

The final was played out in deep water, similar to adult Water Polo, with the Tigersharks running out winners. All swimmers were treated to fresh pizza and ice cream from the Big Red Bus and went home happy.

Eliminators: Ian Cacdac, Toby Baverstock, Armand Vigne-Flett, Harrie Tattersall,, AJ Erturk

Barracudas:Olivia Dancer, Corrie Wooley, Sarp Lake, Alex Williams

Stingrays: Olivia Tanner, Jack White,Max Osman,Emma Lambert, JJ Lambert, Amy Van Williams

Tigersharks: Cameron Sharpe, Lewis Tear, James Cummings-Candal, Lexu Maunders-Webb

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Christmas Party Week

Starting on Saturday December 16th 8am and running until  Friday December 22nd 6pm 2017,

a week of fancy dress swimming lessons. The children can wear any clothes they like, the fancier the better. On the spot prizes for the best outfits, balloons in the pool,music in the air and the huge inflatable to play on. Why not use your Christmas make up lessons and have an hour of fun?

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