Pride 2013 Print

Pride 2013 - Out to Swim group photoAnother year .. another pride.  The weather, unusually, held out and we marched in sunshine.  Somehow Out to Swim found itself at the back of the parade but that didn't stop us from having a great time.

More photos can be found here.

OTS Golds at Plymouth Print

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3 OTS-ers Lizzie B., David D.M. and Martin S. went to the British Gas Masters and Senior Age Group Long Course Championships 2013 in Plymouth.


Lizzie was a double gold medalist, winning both the 50m butterfly (30.20) and 100m butterfly (1:07.75). She was amazing, only missing the 35/39 British Record by 7/100ths of a second in the 50m fly. In fact her 50m butterfly was one of the best races of the championships: Lizzie was put under immense pressure by the formidable Gina H. of Otter Swimming Club and won only by the narrowest of margins... she said afterwards that she thought Gina was ahead at 25m and so she stuck her head down and didn't breathe in desperation to get the win - she did it! Out to Swim can be very proud of her achievements.


David won gold in the men's 35/39 1500m freestyle (20:37.75) and silver in the men's 35/39 800m freestyle (10:32.55): he was a little disappointed with his times but they were good swims as he comes back from injury.  Martin was pleased with his 400m and 800m swims.  Well done all

Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 10:03
Competition Time Print

your country needs you


Here is the brand new OTS Mission Statement:

To be the best aquatics Masters club in the UK.  LGBT people will be able to access all five aquatics disciplines from beginners to elite levels, receive the highest quality coaching and be enabled to achieve their potential.  We will offer a supportive and sociable environment to our members, and will also run activities to reach out to under-represented sections of our community.  We will do all this with style and flair.

Now we need YOU to come up with a short, snappy Vision Statement that encapsulates what we do in even fewer words.  Submit your entries to the Chair by the end of June.  All entries will be voted on by the whole membership.

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 June 2013 20:21
ASA Volunteer Week - Philip Collins Print

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Having been a committee member for 16 of the last 18 years, and having served as the club’s treasurer for over 10 years, Philip has been a constant backbone of Out to Swim (OTS). One of the first members of the club, he has served as Club Chair, Chair of the Middlesex ASA Masters committee, Chair of the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA). He is also a qualified ASA Starter and Judge and has officiated at County events as well as refereeing at OTS’s own GLLAM competitions. He has been a key team member in OTS’s representations at local, national and overseas Masters tournaments in breaststroke and individual medley events. 

Since joining the club in 1992 after seeing an advert in a gay newspaper, Philip has played a fundamental role in developing OTS into the largest masters swimming club in the UK. During his tenure as treasurer Philip has not only been the “steady hand on the tiller” and ensured the financial stability of the club, but has been a key figure in developing the club and making it what it is today. His enthusiasm for swimming and LGBT sport and his meticulous effectiveness in managing the club’s finances has ensured that new projects, from an OTS stall at Pride to substantial increases in coaching and pool time, have been successful. The expansion of the club to include diving, water polo, synchronised and open water swimming is a credit to the astuteness and strategic thinking that Philip brings to the committee and OTS more generally. He advocates the club as a fantastic resource for LBGT people, providing health and fitness and a sense of community that is as important now as it was in 1992 when HIV was impacting on many LGBT lives.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 09:23
London 2018 makes final shortlist! Print

Congratulations to our very own Alex Davies and all at Sport London for securing a place on the final shortlist in their bid to bring the Gay Games to London in 2018.

Alex has worked tirelessly of late in her role as Bid Chair and getting shortlisted is an incredible achievement. Ever since swimming in the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, when the possibility of London as a location was first considered Alex has worked within a team to turn this vision into a reality; including taking on the role of Chair of Sport London, a network of sports clubs including Out To Swim, in 2012. It has been, Alex said, like having a second fulltime job. And yet her energy, commitment and her enthusiasm for London holding this extraordinary event remains solid.

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Speaking to Alex I got a real sense of what this means to her as both a swimmer and as a member of our LGBT community. The Gay Games is more than just a celebration of sport, although that in itself is an exciting prospect, is also a shared experience, an affirmation and an opportunity to form friendships with other LGBT athletes around the world. Alex cited a Russian athlete who spoke to her recently on what the games meant to him; a chance to compete within a sporting environment in which being gay is not only accepted but celebrated. Indeed, since its conception in 1980 the Gay Games was always intended to be a vehicle for a change and there is still much change needed around the world. So this is now London’s chance to contribute and to welcome over 12,000 participants from over 70 nations, under the same banner of “Inclusion, participation and personal best.

Yet there is still much to be done. Indeed your support is needed more than ever now to make our bid successful; whether this is registering your name as a volunteer, offering a skill that could support the bid or considering how you could raise £100 as part of the 100-out giving initiative. This is very much a community event, our community, and we all need to consider how we can support Alex and her team through this final stage and to ensure that the baton is now passed on to London. If you want to find out more please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and let’s invite the world to London in 2018!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 09:17
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