P1020877croppedBlackpool Polar Bears are very proud to have not only been nominated for the “Disability Sports Award”, but to have been “highly commended at a ceremony on 3rd April at Blackpool Football Club.

The “Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool Community Sports Awards” (formerly Community Sports Award) is held annually to honour individuals and teams that contribute to the thriving local sports scene.

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On Saturday, 26th April, a team from Blackpool Polar Bears attended the Special Olympic Regional Gala at Picton Aquatic Centre, Liverpool.P1020895cropped

A fun time was had by all (which is the most important thing), but the 15 members that attended came back with this haul:

  • 12 Gold medals
  • 16 Silver medals
  • 8 Bronze medals
  • 3 5th place medals
  • 3 7th place medals
  • 2 “*th” medals and
  • 2 “speeding tickets” (i.e. not ranked as had improved so much that the class entered was no longer appropriate!)

A big “Thank You” to all who took part, to all who supported the team and, of course, a big CONTRATULATIONS to all who gave their best in the water!


Blackpool Polar Bears are on a roll.

nash2013-000In September Blackpool Polar Bears attended the N.A.S.C.H. Regional Qualifying gala in Warrington. 12 members of the club attended, where 10 of the squad qualified to attend the N.A.S.C.H. National in Royal Leamington Spa on the 2nd November 2013.

There were nine regions taking part in the final event fighting for the chance to win any of the 19 championship trophies.

All winning competitors were awarded point for the positions they won and added together to give the results. At the end and after 27 events the points were totalled up which resulted in the Blackpool Polar Bears North West Team winning:

  1. Wickham Trophy: Junior Relay Winners
  2. Ken Goad Junior Trophy: Junior Overall Winners
  3. N.A.S.C.H. Marlin Trophy: Men's Relay
  4. Derik Braham Trophy: Senior Winners Trophy
  5. Founders Trophy: Overall Winners

The theme for our Club Gala this October was "Superheroes", and all our swimmers were indeed superheroes in their own right.

In Gala 1, we had 60 personal best times from the 30 swimmers that took part, and a further 31 swimmers took part in Gala 2.

Everyone had a great time - thanks to all swimmers for taking part, thanks to all spectators who were there to cheer the swimmers on, and thanks to all who helped out on the day!