Dolphins success in Counties

The top swimmers from Shirley Pool were racing on the opening weekend of the Hampshire Counties 2019 and came away with gold, five silvers and a bronze.

Read the full report here

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Christmas Pool Party 2018

The party has started. Everyday until the pool closes will be a party for the kids. Prizes for the best fancy dress.


Alice the snow girl

Picture gallery is here



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Christmas Offer – Free Toddler and baby lessons until February

Free Baby Lessons

We realise that most families are busy with Christmas so we have a really special offer to encourage you to start before the January rush.

At particular times you new  members can get free lessons for Parent & Child & Toddler lessons.

Free Toddler Lessons

With an immediate start available,  there will be no lesson fees until February 1st. Just a £5 joining fee that will give you a membership card and free access at all public swim times with your child.

Existing members can get a 50% discount on their month fees by introducing a new toddler or baby to the pool.

Take a look at the times available now. Spaces are limited.

Free parent & baby or Toddler  Lessons

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Waterlooville Open Meet success

Another good weekend at the Peter Bull Open Meet, Waterlooville with lots of new swimmers taking the plunge for the first time into competitive swimming. We had a total of 131 swims, recording 76 PB’s and38 County qualifying times.Dolphins came back with 20 Gold, 16 Silver and 9 Bronze medals.  there were only 7 disqualifications, which is a  result considering how many young and first time swimmers were competing.

Phoebe Field and Freya Latimore both won two great gold medals in the 200m Backstroke, recording outstanding County qualifying times each. Phoebe, recording a time of 2.56.91 in her first 200m Backstroke ever and Freya getting an amazing 5 second personal best. Maisie Latham, knocked a further 4 seconds off her 100m Breaststroke time.

Freya & Ellena at Waterlooville

Rhyseren Taylor finishing 2nd and Emily Lowther finishing 1st in the 100m Butterfly, both recording times well inside the county qualifying with Rhyseren slicing 3 seconds off her best time (1.15.99) and Emily a further second off hers (1.12.49).

Matthew Lowther, swam 3.07.28 in his 200m Individual Medley, five seconds faster since last year and a time that is a whole seconds inside the county qualifying time for his age group.

Well done swimmers!

Thank you to Paul and Matt for giving up their weekend so enthusiastically. Just one more weekend competition until Christmas to get those County Qualifying times.

It’s not too late for anyone to start competing and looking to join Dolphins.

We have great competition and opportunities in the new year for all swimmers interested in taking their swimming to the next level.

There is a competition next Saturday at Winchester aimed at Turtles, Dolphins 6 & 7.

Take a look at the post here

Well done Dolphins and keep it going.


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Winchester Novice Gala Saturday December 8th

Southampton Dolphins have been invited to take part in a Novice gala in Winchester at the River Park Leisure Centre. This event run by Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club and an opportunity for swimmers aged 7 to 11 years old to have some fun and experience a relaxed fun competition. It is aimed at swimmers who have never competed before or who may have thought about possibly competitive swimming, mixing traditional one length races with fun events involving woggles, floats and other equipment. It has both individual and team events. It is a great event, that only lasts a couple of hours and allows everyone involved to have a lot of fun.

If you are interested please, contact myself, Matt Boyd-Wallis with your name and date of birth and I would like to put a team together, so that we can all have a lot of fun before the Christmas break. Please email me on, before Wednesday 5th December at 1pm. I will then put a team together, email you and then post the team list with events on the Dolphins Board at Shirley on Wednesday Night.

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Dolphins at Bournemouth

Southampton Dolphins Swimming Club took another leap forward at the Winter Open Meet, at the Littledown Centre in Bournemouth.

The Shirley based Club recorded 70 Hampshire qualifying times, and skipped away with 12 Gold, 12 Silver and 10 Bronze medals.

Among the youngsters breaking through was Alana Maddock (10), who won 3 gold medals in the 400m and 200m Freestyle, recording times that take her up to 3rd in Hampshire across three disciplines. The young flyer also took silver in the 200m IM & 50m Breaststroke,

Isabel Turner (12) topped the podium in the 200m Backstroke and recorded a time that now ranks her 6th in the Country. Issy had to settle for silvers in a high class field 50m Butterfly & 100m Free.  The Dolphins showed their strength in depth with another 12 year old Ellena Lewis striking gold in a hard fought 50m backstroke. The resurgent Lewis  produced best ever times to secure silver medals 100m IM & 100m Back.

Also improving was Rhyseren Taylor who won Silver in 400m Freestyle which lifted her ranking to 4th in Hampshire, boosting her results from the previous weekend where she won Gold in the 800m Freestyle, recording the fastest time in Hampshire to date for this event.

Alana on her way to gold


Issy Turner

Rhyseren Taylor

Emily Lowther (12) came away with 6 Gold medals, ranking her 4th in the Country for her 100m Breaststroke, 5th for her 50m Breaststroke and 9th for her 200m Breaststroke. Emily is also now ranked 1st in Hampshire for 400m IM, 200 IM and 200m Fly.

Younger brother  Matthew (9) followed his sister by winning gold in the 100m Butterfly and recording a time that ranks him fastest in Hampshire.

To complete the  haul, Phoebe Fields took 100m Free & 50m Free, Freya Latimore 200m IM & 200 Free and Freya Manning the 200m Backstroke.

Oliver Cook, Nathan Lewis and Verity Telford all won Bronze medals and joined Freya Latimore, Ellena Lewis, Alana Maddock and Isabel Turner in recording Hampshire qualifying times for this season’s County Championships in January 2019.

The 62 personal best times recorded by the swimmers, enthused Head coach Matt Boyd-Wallis and assistant Coach Paul Dollery,


“These results confirm how well all the Dolphins Swimmers have been applying themselves and how they have taken on the new changes and training approaches set by the coaches. It is an amazing example of swimmers believing in themselves, their training and supporting each other. These results have really enthused and encouraged everyone at the club to work hard and look forward to the New Year, Hampshire County Championships and beyond”

“It was just an outstanding weekend from all, not just the swimmers, but volunteers who helped out on poolside, to the parents in the stands supporting every swim and swimmer.”

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Shirley Boys make the National Final

Four teenagers that learnt to swim at Shirley Pool made the finals of the  English National Schools Swimming Championships last weekend.

Tyler Ellis,Max Nugent, Filip Fraczek- Kryger and Kieran Beckett were representing their college, Barton Peveril, for the first time in the prestigious event at London’s Olympic Pool.

The team qualified by topping the Hampshire Schools event and then finishing fourth in the heats of the 4 x 50m freestyle in a time of 1.40.88 to make the finals. They trailed in fourth place on the first two legs of the final before storming past The Harrow School on the third leg to lead by more than a second. The final 50m extended the lead and secured a fabulous third place on the podium for the Southampton boys in a time of 1.38.97 .

Kieran Beckett (17) was learning to swim in the small pool at Shirley before he started school, progressing through the ranks into competition swimming with Dolphins.

Tyler Ellis (17) also spent 8 years learning his art at Shirley, starting as a toddler. Max Nugent (17) joined the swim club as a ten year old and peaked as National Champion in 100m butterfly as a 16 year old.

A young Keiran Beckett

Filip Fraczek-Kryger (16) began swimming with Shirley as a 4 year old and stayed with it until 2018, becoming the fastest swimmer over 50m in the Country for his age.

“I’m so happy making a podium finish in the relays.To beat specialist swimming schools just as a group of close mates was a great feeling and one I will never forget” said Kieran.

Filip starts with the Dolphins

Shirley Pool MD Dave Perry, “There’s no luck in that result. Thats year’s of hard work in the pool, some great coaches and a lot of dedication from the parents. Everyone that has been involved with these lads over their swimming career will tell you they are lovely to teach. We are very proud that Shirley pool has played their part in teaching them to swim and opening the door to success.”

Tyler (right) as a nine year old Dolphin

The other teams sharing the podium were Millfield School and Plymouth College, both colleges attract top swimmers from across the Country to train while studying.

National Champion Max

Echo press report:

Shirley Swimmers make National Final

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Dolphins in the News again

Southampton Dolphins, the competitive section of Shirley Swimming Pool, were in action last weekend and they made a big impression at the Hart Open Meet. Read the news report from the Daily Echo here..

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Dolphins on saturday

Just to confirm: These are the current times for Saturday: 0630-0830 gold, Silver and Bronze  1130-1230 Swim Squad, Dolphins 5,6 & 7. There is NO training 1230-1330.

NEW Training Schedule with Coaches 2018-19

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Flash Back 1987

Luke Myatt 1987, first lesson?

Small Pool Lesson 1987


Small Pool Lesson 1987
Armbands and Rings!


More Pictures and press reports from the archives

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