Swim School Achieves SwiMark PlusThe Dolphins Swim School achieved swiMark plus on 27th April 2013. Two representatives from Scottish swimming, Mandy Church (National Business Manager) and Sarah Pryde-Smith (Regional Swimming Development Manager) visited the swim school to meet with Head Teacher Thomas Harkins.
Michael Harkins, Deputy Head Teacher said: "The swim school is the first to achieve swiMark plus! This is a great achievement for the swim school! This now sets us apart from other swim schools in West Lothian and Scotland, as one of the best! Just because we have achieved swiMark plus, does not mean we will stop there, we will continue to push ourselves to remain at the top of our game"Thomas Harkins remarked: "It is amazing to think of our progression; in 2011 we only registered as a swim school. In 2012 we gained swiMark, and now we have gained swiMark plus! It's fantastic news for the swim school and the club. What of next year? Hopefully we will continue to shine. We will continue to provide the best lessons we can. Through good management practices, it is much easier for everything else to fall into place"
The Development section of the club is aiming to have swiMark plus following the summer. If achieved the Dolphins will be the only club in Scotland to have both its Learn to Swim Programme and Development section swiMark plus accredited.
LDD 50s Charity Fundraising Gala 2013 - Sunday 23 JuneFollowing the success of our 50s gala last year we have decided to hold another event. The gala is open to all LDD/SASA registered swimmers as well as ex-LDD swimmers aged 16 and over.
It will be an accredited meet so it gives all swimmers the opportunity to update/or achieve their times for all 50m events. This is a fun event to round off the season and the club are looking forward to welcoming the swimmers and their families and friends.Details of the gala can be found on the MEET INFORMATION >>
The closing date for all entries is Saturday 1 June.
LDD would like to congratulate all our swimmers who took part in the Scottish Gas National Age Group Championships 2013. This competition brings together the best swimmers in Scottish swimming and was held from 10 - 14 April in Edinburgh's Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.
LDD swimmers who competed were:
We had swimmers in the finals in:
100 Freestyle + 100 Fly + 50 Free - Gulsum Onal
100 Back + 200 Back Fraser Spooner
100 Fly + 200 Fly (3rd Place) Sam Jones
200 Back - Sam Andrews
Well done to all.
Forth Valley Disability Sport Regional Schools
and Clubs Swimming Championship
On the 2nd March 2013, the Dolphins took part in the Forth Valley Disability Sport Regional Schools and Clubs Swimming Championship at Grangemouth Leisure Centre.7 swimmers took part in this event, for 4, it was their first time! The team managed to take away a haul of 9 Golds, 3 Silvers, and 2 Bronze. Massive well done to all!
Team consisted of: Stewart Farquhar (1 Gold), Conor Simpson (1 Bronze), Ethan Dunn, Amelia Syme (1 Gold), George Forbes (3 Gold's and 1 Silver), Connor Skivington (3 Gold's and 1 Bronze) and Beth Norris (1 Gold and 2 Silver's). Special mention also to Amy Erskine who was looking forward to taking part, however, unfortunately had to withdraw.
5 GOLDS for Robert
A busy weekend for LDD swimmer Robert Dalgleish who was part of the Scottish Team swimming at the DSE Junior and Youth Championships in Sheffied. Robert swam in 5 individual events (50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 200IM & 400 free) and won 5 gold medals. Robert equalled his Scottish record time in the 200IM. Robert also swam in 2 relay events winning 2 silver medals. Well done Robert.
Dolphins make a Splash!
Over the last year LDD have been competing in the Splash League along with teams from Fauldhouse Penguins, Aquanauts, Broxburn, Trojans and Bathgate. The events have been organised and run by Swim West Lothian.The fourth and final event was held on Friday 11 January in St Margaret's. Over the 4 events Big G selected a lot of swimmers to represent the club and their hard work and determination paid off. Going into Friday's event there were only 4 points separating LDD in first and Bathgate in second. After a nail biting night and some serious pacing from Big G - LDD triumphed to win the Splash League Shield.
A huge well done to all the swimmers who helped LDD win the SPLASH LEAGUE 2012
LDD Presentation Night
On Thursday 27 December we held our Annual Presentation Night where swimmers enjoyed pizza and danced the night away!All winners from the Club Championships were presented with their medals and trophies. With over 350 Medals awarded!
The winners in each of the competitions were:10 + under: Lara Torrance + Thomas Coates
11-12 years: Kirsty Templeton + Hamish Alsop
13-14 years: Gülsüm Onal + Alistair White
15+ years: Lydia Westwood + Fraser Spooner
A Squad: Kirsty Forsyth + Darren Lamb
B Squad: Megan Huddleston + James Dawson
C Squad: Megan Hughes + Gareth Aitken
D Squad: Penny Moffat + Lewis Allan
Overall improved swimmer: George Forbes, D SquadWell done to all our swimmers who took part in the gala your hard work in training is really paying off.
LDD Life Member Award
Craig Benson, our local Olympian joined us to celebrate the LDD Presentation night.Did you know that Craig started his swimming career at the Dolphins?
The picture below shows Gordon Somerville presenting Craig with the LDD Life Member award to celebrate his achievements. We wish Craig well for the future.
Congratulations to Abby Duncan and Ross Thomson for becoming this years Top Girl and Top Boy at the Dolphins Swim School Mini Olympics. Ross and Abby fought off stiff competition to become the Champions for their respective section.
They have both now joined the Development section of the club. The Swim School wishes them, and all those that progressed with them, all the best with their swimming. And maybe one day, we will see one of them at the Olympics...
China Triumph at Swim School Mini Olympics
China Triumph at Swim School Mini Olympics - after a day of fun filled swimming China topped the medal table at the Mini Olympics.
Thanks to all the swimmers for making it such a great day and fun event and to all parents for their vocal support.
Thanks also to all the officials, timekeepers, coaches, poolside helpers and other volunteers for their help on the day.