The Only Way Is Essex! Print

P1000745"On Saturday 12 May 2012, 6 OTS swimmers, Lizzie B, Martin B, David DM, Ming Y, Rob J and Lucille T, headed off to the Essex County masters competition supported by Martin S, Lizzie’s mum, dad, nan and uncle!

We had a fabulous day at a  very relaxed event. The highlights (as well as in Ming’s hair) were: David DM doing amazing PB’s every time he swum but the 7 second reduction in his 400 free was outstanding (nothing to do with his new fast skin 3 jammers!). Rob J winning his first medals at only his 2nd competition ever, rounded up with Lizzie and Ming winning gold every time they raced! The rest of us cleaned up too with a medals haul in total of  11 golds, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals.

Our supporters didn’t just sit around either Martin S took himself off for an hour and half run and Lizzie’s mum plying us with lovely muffins she’d baked.

We all chatted afterwards about how important it is to compete, because even if you feel good in swim sessions, putting it all to the test at a competition can really highlight what work you do or don’t have to do!. It also helps motivate and refocus each of us to keep training and keep working on our skills so we can keep improving."


Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2012 13:23
The Great London Swim Print

The Great London SwimEntries for the Great London Swim close next Monday so here's a final reminder to all OTS swimmers that you still have some time to enter this event: all abilities can join in and this is a great opportunity for first time open water swimmers.

This year the Great London Swim will take place on the 26th May in the Royal Victoria Dock, covering a 1 mile course from the far beach entry up alongside the Excel center. This is an amazing first time open water swim, and over 20 Out To Swim members took part last year. Swimmers are this year swimming in a variety of waves with the most popular being 11.30.

To sign up for this event click here.

To find out who else is swimming either post in the OTS Facebook group or just get in touch with us.


Last Updated on Sunday, 03 June 2012 11:00
We're going to make a splash in June! Print
Pool Party Poster

Out To Swim brings you London's biggest LGBT pool party! Tickets will go on sale on 1st May 2012 for £15 (advance sales only).
Enjoy swimming, music, food, drinks from 17:00 to 22:00 on 10th June... Good times!

To get your ticket, please go to http://www.eventelephant.com/OTSsummerpoolparty2012
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Last Updated on Monday, 21 May 2012 20:15
OTS Swimmer ranked 2nd in the world Print

Lizzie BellingerWe have recently been informed that Out To Swim swimmer Lizzie Bellinger is ranked 2nd in the world for her age group for long course fly. This amazing achievement was recorded whilst competing with OTS at Cardiff last year, an improvement on an already very good 3rd position the year before.

"This is an amazing achievement, Lizzie's determination and hard work has paid off with this 2nd place world ranking. She is an inspiration to us all both as swimmers and coaches", was the comment of OTS head coach Michelle Weltman.

Lizzie scored a time of 1.06.23 at Cardiff International pool on 7th May 2011. Her time was also a new British Masters record for the 30-34 age group. At the same event, Out To Swim did very well too, winning top visiting club.

In the 2010 top 10 rankings in the world Lizzie was 3rd with a time of 1.06.50, set again at Cardiff a year earlier.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:44
Wellbeing - we've all got a role to play Print

IMG_0339One of the key items discussed at our club's recent AGM was how can we build on the great work we already do around creating a safe and supportive environment for our members.

Under the broad banner of "Wellbeing", a small group of volunteers has come together to discuss how we can continue to support all members and raise awareness of the many great community services that are available should anyone be going through a tough time or need a bit of extra help.

The group are still at the early stages of discussion, but already there looks like a number of things we can do in terms of adding additional information on our website, continuing to build our programme of social events, and review the way that we welcome and orientate new members to the club.

This is going to be an ongoing conversation for us as a club throughout the year and beyond, so we'll share thoughts and proposals as things move forward.

If you've got any suggestions or would like to get involved then get in touch!


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