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Sunday Session at Marshall St Print

We would like to clarify the objectives of our newly introduced Sunday session at Marshall Street from 18:45 to 19:45.

The session is for our improver swimmers.

In other words, Marshall Street is for any one who swims in the bottom lanes on a Tuesday or Saturday, as well as for those that both Martin and Chris feel are now good enough to be moved up from the development lane of our Wednesday session.

If you are an improver who used to go to Queen Mother on a Sunday, you should now go to Marshall Street instead on Sundays.

 
OTS rocks ASA Masters in Sheffield Print
Big thanks to Lizzie Bellinger and David Forrest for organising one of our biggest ever squads to compete in the ASA Masters (held in Sheffield over the weekend).
 
Representing OTS were 25 swimmers, 2 coaches, and 3 volunteers - with representatives from both the London and Brighton branches of OTS.
 
What was really pleasing was the range of swimmers competing, all ages and all levels, with lots of Personal Bests being swum.
 
Competitions such as this are also a great bonding experience - the obligatory night out at one of Sheffield’s leading gay bars is definitely an experience not to be missed.
 
Our next big competition is going to the World Outgames in Antwerp - put it in your diary now, it’s going to be all we’re going to be talking about for the next few months.
 
Sundays just got bigger! Print
Our Sunday training sessions have been bursting at the seams at Queen Mother, so from Sunday 4th November we have introduced some additional capacity, with a new training session at Marshall Street. We’ll have lanes there on Sundays from 18:45 to 19:45.
 
This new session is meant for our Improver Swimmers - if you’re not sure which session is right for you, just speak to a member of our coaching team.
Last Updated on Sunday, 11 November 2012 12:09
 
Barcelona gets wet! Print

The Catalan capital was doused in sun, swimmers and sports for the annual Panteres Grogues (Yellow Panthers) gay sports festival and fiesta. At a perfectly pitched 3 hour swim meet in Piscina San Jordi, OTS was represented by the lithe forms of three orcas, Rich "The Boy" Hackney, Nico "Frenchie" Bardon - both first time racers in swimming - and Iarla "How do you say it?" Kilbane-Dawe.

After spending the preceding night diligently rehydrating, practicing rhythmic gymnastics and stretching 'til 5am in local underground buttery Metro, there were PBs for all in the 50m freestyle and good placings in 50m butterfly and breaststroke. Sadly the team won no medals... in the water.

Thereafter the party resumed and OTS/Orcas famous international sightseeing and diplomatic skills were brought into play and many local attractions were visited and international negotiations concluded.

Tentative agreement was made with Panteres Grogues to help them establish a water polo squad. Though there's a lot of work to be done before this will be viable, there's a good group who are keen to do this so there's a good chance of success.

Finally, the most stunning local attraction visited was the newly opened Sagrada Familia Basilica - if you are going to Barcelona the inside of the church is a must see. Truly it is an enchanted forest.

 
OTS Channel Relay Check Presentation Print
As a Central London swim club we are grateful for the 24 hours every day that Central London Samaritans provides for confidential emotional support for anyone experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
 

The OTS 'Out To Sea' Channel relay team raised £2,133 which is being used to refurbish the bedrooms used by volunteers after a long night shift supporting callers. The money will pay for redecorating the rooms and buy new beds, sheets and towels which really make it possible for volunteers to spend most of the night on the phones and get a bit of sleep before getting back to work in the morning. With so many people at their most desperate in the middle of the night, we feel proud that our donation will help make sure there is an alert SAM ready to listen 24 hours a day.  More information on the important work that the Samaritans do can be found online at:  http://www.cls.org.uk/

 

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Members of the OTS Channel Relay Team (Guy, Lee, Chris and Mike [absent Chiara and Roberto]), present representatives of Samaritans with a check in the amount of £2,133 outside of their central London offices.

 
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