After 24 weeks away from Mercer Hall we finally returned on Wednesday 10th April
As most people will now be aware Mercer Hall has had to close due to a burst pipe. Thankfully Joyce has been able to secure pool time at other venues.
Top Group & Higher 1st Group
Monday 8.30-9.30pm Accrington Academy
Thursday & Friday 8.00-9.00pm Hyndburn Sports Centre
Saturday 2.00-3.00pm Hyndburn Sports Centre
Cubs & Lower 1st Group
Thursday & Friday 7.00-8.00pm Hyndburn Sports Centre
Saturday 1.00-2.00pm Hyndburn Sports Centre
7.00-7.30pm & 7.30-8.00pm Hyndburn Sports Centre
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Well done to all swimmers who competed in our first gala of 2016. Age groups 6,7,8,9 & 10 each swam 4, 1 length races & the 11+years swam 4, 2 length races. The times for the 4 races are then added together & trophies presented to the fastest 3 swimmers in each age group.There was a good turn out which makes it much easier for Derrick to make his team selection for the Friendly League galas & also provides times for those wanting to compete in external galas.
Our first Friendly league gala is against Darwen at home Monday 14th March 7.30pm warm up. Team sheet is on the noticeboard.
Saturday 23rd January saw the Great Harwood Otters presentation disco held at Great Harwood Cricket Club. The sell out event was held to share the swimmers achievements over the previous year with their coaches, families & friends.
Local business’s kindly donated prizes for the raffle.
At the Otters annual gala held in November Sienna Davies & Logan Hindle were victorious in their races & were presented with the Allan & Ann Maddoc Novice Shields.
Other awards were presented for achievement & performance in training the F.J. Neale Trophy for Endeavour was awarded to Merle Walmsley & Etienne Ward.
The coaches award was given to 1st group swimmers Molly Johns & Ronnie Calverley-Sumner.
Merit awards Cubs Nicholas Ward, 1st group Cameron King & Top group Emily Robertson.
Top girl cub 2015 Alice Hindle & Top boy cub Jacob Hacking.
A special annual award in honour of Milly Walmsley donated by her family was awarded to Ella Grimshaw as most improved swimmer of 2015.
The prestigious Shackleton Otter which was last presented 5 years ago was awarded to 11 year old Stevie Hacking for bringing the most recognition to the club.
A very surprised Joyce Miller membership secretary & treasurer was awarded with her own trophy for lifetime commitment to the club.
The Otters held their Annual Club Presentation night at Great Harwood Cricket club thanks to all who attended it was another great night.
SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS.
Allan & Ann Maddoc Novice Shield
Girl Winner Kaci Duxbury
Boy Winner Nathan Johns
F.J NEALE TROPHY FOR ENDEAVOUR
Girl Winner Laila Wardle
Boy Winner Stevie Hacking
Girl Winner Katie Lambert
Boy Winner Callum Galloway
Cubs Kyle Johnston
1st Group Connor Galloway
Top Group Emma Guilfoyle
Top Girl Cub Rose Scales
Top Boy Cub Etienne Ward
Sixteen young Otter swimmers headed to Bolton One Leisure Centre, to compete for their respective schools in the ‘English Schools Swimming Association’ North West Individual Championships, the clubs swimmers were in fine early season form triumphing in many races, and being highly placed in many others, as the impressive Bolton One’s pool clearly suited them and they continued to post P/B after P/B.
Derrick Miller head coach and two of his coach team David Beswick and Jane Davies accompanied the swimmers they were delighted with all the swimmers performances, Derrick said “this is a high quality event and our Otter swimmers excelled in each race, they came away with a clutch of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for their schools, I was very impressed with their positive attitude both in and out of the water, they were a credit to both their schools and this club, we train up to four times a week and target our training to be both efficient and effective, and when all that training comes off in such spectacular fashion I and the coach team couldn’t be more pleased for them.
Swimmers who competed were:
Harris Clegg who competed in three events (100F/S, 50 Fly, 50 B/S) Won 3 Golds and is now the English Schools North West champion in all three events.
Stevie Hacking who competed in two events (50 F/S. 50 B/S) Won 2 Golds and is now English Schools North West champion in those events.
William Crisp who competed in two events (100B/S, 50 F/S) Won 1 Gold and (P/b in the other race) William is now an English Schools North West champion.
Edward Crisp who competed in 2 events (100F/S, 50F/S) Won a Bronze and posted a P/b in other race.
Jarvis Davis who competed in 1 event (100B/S) Won a Silver.
Arielle Methven who competed in 3 events (100B/S, 50F/S, 50B/S) Won a Bronze and posted P/b’s in the other races.
Laila Wardle who competed in 2 events (100F/S, 50Fly) posting P/b’s in both races.
Joshua Bleasdale who competed in 2 events (100F/S, 100 B/S) posting P/b’s in both races.
Ryan Wardle who competed in 2 events (100F/S, 100B/S) posting P/b’s in both races.
Oliver Ward who competed in 2 events (50F/S, 100B/S) posting P/b’s in both races.
Emily Robertson who competed in 2 events (100F/S, 100B/S) posting P/b’s in both races.
Ella Grimshaw who competed in 4 events (100F/S, 100B/S, 50F/S, 50B/S) claiming a 4th place in 100F/S and posting P/b’s in the other races.
Mae Anderson who competed in 2 events (50Fly, 50F/S) posting P/b’s in both races.
Georgia Beswick who competed in 2 events (100F/S, 100B/S) a P/b and claiming a 5th place in a very tough and close group race, also P/b in other race.
Sophie Donovan who competed in 3 events (100F/S, 100B/S, 50F/S) posting P/b’s in all three races.
Natasha Barker who competed in 2 events (100F/S, 100B/S) posting two very good season P/b’s.
Great Harwood Otter Swimming Club held our Annual Presentation and Family Disco night at Great Harwood Cricket club, the evening was filled with Swimmer Awards, Dancing, Quizzes and Fun Games and a fantastic night was had by all who attended.
After the serious business of awarding our talented swimmers their awards we thanked and presented our volunteer coach team with flowers and chocolates.
Head Coach Derrick Miller said ‘our Otter swimmers are excelling in training and this bodes well for the upcoming season’
On the night a clutch of ‘Special Awards’ were presented
Allan & Ann Maddoc Novice Shield
Boy Winner Cooper Baron
Girl Winner Elouise Scales
F.J. Neale Endeavour Trophy
Boy Winner Ryan Wardle
Girl Winner Katie Lambert
Boy Winner William Crisp
Girl Winner Ella Grimshaw
Cubs Jack Whittaker
1st Group Laila Wardle
Top Group Emily Thomas
Top Boy Cub Thomas Dignan
Top Girl Cub Eliza Wall
Coach Hire Booking based in Accrington have kindly agreed to become a major sponsor of the Great Harwood Otters swimming club, sponsoring the Otters for 2 years with vital financial support, and the kind inclusion within their support of a new team coach for our away swimming Gala fixtures, team coach Derrick Miller said ‘we are delighted to be associated with such a fantastic and helpful local sponsor, it had me worried though, when I heard we were getting a team coach, I thought they may be replacing me, our team having a team coach for our away fixtures is a real bonus for our club, as the team form a stronger bond and build a greater team spirit.
Pictured are Otter swimmers Flynn Orourke, Hannah Walmsley, Thomas Hill, Amelia Walmsley, Edward Crisp and William Crisp boarding our new team Coach for our away Gala in the ‘North East Lancs Friendly League’ at Ramsbottom Pool.
Great Harwood Otters are always on the lookout for new swimmers to join our friendly club, please contact Joyce Miller 01254 884247 for a free trial or call into our Mercer Hall pool home on Weds evenings from 7p.m and speak with our coaches.
It was another amazing night in the pool at Great Harwood Otter Swimming club on Friday 14th June as the club hosted their first ‘Wild Otter Pyjama Gala’. A new and exciting team competition, where the Otter swimmers got to swim in their Pyjamas, it proved to be a very popular and fun evening. Where the 10 teams of 6 swimmers, aged from 6 upwards, were led by their enthusiastic and surprisingly competitive team captains, as they competed in a series of ‘Bedtime themed’ races wearing or collecting Bedtime items.
The pool was a riot of laughter, as a packed poolside audience thoroughly enjoyed our madcap pyjama gala night. The event started with a parade around poolside where all the swimmers had dressed up their pyjamas and we chose a ‘Best Boy’ and ‘Best Girl’ from the parade. The winners were Joshua Bleasdale and Milly Walmsley, we also had spot prizes throughout the gala, ‘biggest splash’ and ‘who wet the most parents’ were popular prizes. The winning team was led by team captain Alice Roberts and the runners up team was captained by Arielle Metheven.
The event was a fun fundraiser, and a raffle and chocolate tombola were held, “many thanks to Tesco in Accrington for their kind donations of prizes and Prestons of Great Harwood for supplying the trophies, without the kind support of local businesses events like this could never be held” said Joyce Miller club secretary. The proceeds of the event will be split between the Otters club and the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn for their ‘Raise the Roof campaign’, Joyce said “we will be presenting a cheque for £150.00 to the Thwaites Empire Theatre, as many of our swimmers and our head coach are involved in productions at this prestigious and much loved local theatre.”