IMG 0960On the 13th September, 14 swimmers took part in the regional NASCH gala. Of those taking part 10 Blackpool Polar Bears qualified for the national event to be held in November.

The national event took place on 7th November in Leamington Spa, and we are happy to report that Blackpool Polar Bears returned to base with:

  • 5 first places
  • 4 second places and
  • 2 third places

 The following are the trophies won by Blackpool Polar Bears

  • NASCH Girls' One Length - Megan
  • NASCH Girls' Four Length - Erin
  • Junior Relay (Wickham Trophy) - Megan, Tiagan & Erin
  • Overall Runners Up (Elaine Parker Trophy)


4th October - Club's 2nd 2015 Gala

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The theme of our second gala this year was "Cops and Robbers". In total, 75 members took part and a whopping 70 PBs (personal bests) were achieved.

We are very grateful to Lloyds Bank, who helped out on the day with time-keeping, record keeping and presenting medals to our members. Thanks also to Boots the Chemists for their donation of prizes for the tombola, which helped raise a total of £172 towards the running of the Club.calvert trust logo

9th-11th October - Calvert Trust Weekend

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15 members with their carers were able to spend a weekend at the Calvert Trust in the lake district in Keswick. Members took part in various activities, such as canoeing, biking, swimming, outback cooking, table tennis etc etc etc... Needless to say, a fun weekend was had by all with good food, excellent accomodation and good company.

18th October - Sposored Swim

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Many thanks to all those who took part in our sponsored swim on 18th October - raising a total of £1600 for the benefit of the Club. Many thanks also to Shelly Woods, the Paralympian medalist for showing her support and presenting certificates and trophies.


24th October - Haloween Party

Our haloween party was held at Marton Institute and a really frightening experience. 120 members were able to put on their scariest faces and had plenty of fun with haloween games and trick or treats!

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Team GB Success

The Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games were opened by President Obama and involved over 6,500 athletes from 165 countries. Team GB won a total of 68 gold, 69 silver and 42 bronze medals across all sports.Picture of Gold Medal Relay Team GB

Our very own Emma Inglis was Assistant Coach for the aquatics team, and she was over the moon with the success of the team. Every swimmer who was supported achieved their personal best swim and won a medal. The competition was topped off with the team winning gold in the 4x25m freestyle relay - the GB swimming team returned with 4 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals. Additionally, there was a 4th place and a 6th place ribbon too.


Could you help the club by volunteering to support our swimmers? The club will pay the training costs for you to become either a "Helper in the Water", or an ASA level 1 swimming teacher. If you're interested, please contact Lynda on 07948 208765 or Emma on 01253 751076

Dates for your Diary

For a full list of dates, have a look at the separate article with more details. Some imminent ones follow here:


6th September Swimming starts again!
11th September Presentation to volunteers and talk on the LA Special Olympics
Masonic Hall, Adelaide Street
18th October 2015 Sponsored swim at Moor Park Swimming Pool
24th Ocober Haloween Party
Marton Institute
13th December 2015 Christmas Party
Newton Hall Country Club

Do you want to be a swimming teacher?

swimming groupThere are training courses available which would enable you to be a qualified swimming teacher. Course last 4 days and successful trainees receive the level 1 Amateur  Swimming Association (ASA) qualification.

There is also a one day “Helper in the Water” course. Can you help? If you commit to providing some of your time after the  training the club will the pay the cost of the course. For more details contact Lynda on 07948208765.

Special Olympics World Games

Special olympics GBThe Special Olympics World Games being held in Los Angeles start on 25 th July. Team GB is being represented by athletes competing in 25 different events, including swimming. Our club coach Emma Inglis is the Assistant Swimming Coach to Team GB and is travelling to LA with the athletes. Not many people can say that they have participated in an Olympic Games so this is a really amazing achievement. Well done Emma and good luck Team GB.

Some of our swimmers have entered in to events which many enable them to participate in the Special Olympics national championships next year in Sheffield. If they perform well we may have a future Olympian!

Forthcoming events



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