Swimming club celebrates 50 years

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NEARLY 200 past and present members were welcomed by the current club president Lesley Sharp to the Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club 50th anniversary party at the Daventry Working Men’s Club earlier this month.

Daventry mayor Ron Fox and wife Janet were among the distinguished VIP guests who included the clubs past presidents, Zoe Meacock, Shirley Carwardine, Rose Sutherland and Alan Colsey.

The East Midlands Amateur Swimming association was represented by president Mr Terry Bream and his wife Sue and the Northamptonshire ASA were represented by NASA County President Jean Thomas and her daughter Paula.

Head Coach Rob Sharp made a speech giving thanks to all the present and past coaching and backroom staff and to the current talented crop of swimmers and highlighted that while the club is relatively small it has achieved great things over the past 50 years helping to produce regional and national age group champions and swimmers who have gone on to earn international recognition.

Earlier in the year, the Club held a design a commemorative hat competition which was independently judged by past president Rose Sutherland. The club then commissioned the hats to be printed which have been presented to the swimming members of the club. Rose presented the winner Keely Saville aged 10 with a framed hat.

The VIPs were presented with anniversary mementoes and floral baskets by the younger members of the club.

The club received an award of £330 from the Daventry Town Council community grant fund which was used to help fund a projector and associated software, screen and stand to use to display old and new photographic images depicting memorable moments of the club.

On the night, there was a fundraising raffle, cup cake sale and a donation from the professional photographer meaning that the Club was able to donate £150 to the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.