Diss Otters have a smart new look to mark club’s 30th anniversary

Members of Diss Otters Swimming Club sporting their new poolside kit. Picture: Julie Munnings

Members of Diss Otters Swimming Club sporting their new poolside kit. Picture: Julie Munnings - Credit: Archant

Diss Otters are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year and to mark the notable milestone the club have a new poolside kit.

Although the club has part funded the new shirts it has been the parents of swimmer who have covered the majority of the cost.

The coaching team have also been supplied with new shirts, and the swimmers will get the opportunity to parade their new kit at several galas over the next few weeks.

More exciting events are in the pipeline to celebrate the 30-year milestone for later in the year.

Head coach Jamie Rush has also taken the opportunity to name new captains, with Matthew Tatum the new boys' captain assisted by Joel Clarke and Matthew Munnings as vice-captains, Lottie Gates is the new girls' captain with Ottilie Miller and Lauren Taylor as vice-captains.

A team of Diss Otters swimmers took part in a Sprint Gala at Wymondham hosted by Norwich Swan. They finished a creditable third, just being overhauled for second by Dereham.

Meanwhile three swimmers from Harleston Stingrays travelled to Thetford to take part in the Norfolk County Challenge competition for the first time and gave a good account of themselves.

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Nathan Birchenough was the star swimmer of the meet, coming away with two gold medals in the under 10 boys age group in the 50m frontcrawl and 50m breaststroke. Andre Dowe and Benjamin Blowers also performed well and came away with four new personal best times.

Laura Goodswen, Harleston Stingrays coach said: 'I was really impressed by the boys' attitude and how they conducted themselves throughout the competition, they have really stepped up and should be proud of their achievements.'

Harleston Stingrays are a voluntary run club, affiliated with Swim England, set up and supported by Water Lilies Swimming School.

The club offers competitive opportunities for older swimmers coming through Water Lilies Swimming School. It also offers and a more structured pathway for younger swimmers to continue in a sport they enjoy.

If you are interested in finding out more contact 01379 740489, e-mail: treacle@waterliliesswim.co.uk or message via Facebook @HarlestonStingrays www.waterliliesswim.co.uk