We are a SWIM 21 accredited, ASA affiliated Swimming Club with 180 members
Dolphins are based at Ribblesdale Swimming Pool, Edisford Road, Clitheroe with some training at other local pools.
Our aim is to train and develop emotionally mature, competitive swimmers who can compete at the maximum level of their ability in a supportive community based club.
(l-r) Megan Davidson, Jack Stanley, Dean Sumner, Joseph Kenny, Hannah Procter
4 Dolphins have been swimming at the Manchester Aquatic Centre at the NW Regional Championships against the best swimmers from Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire. The qualifying times are very tough and it is the first time in many years that we have had swimmers competing there under the Dolphins banner. Megan competed in the 100m Butterfly, Jack in the 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly and 200m IM, Joseph in the 100 Freestyle and 200m Freestyle and Hannah in the 200m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle, 200m IM and 200m Breaststroke. They all performed fantastically and all set new PBs.
OLYMPIC silver medallist Samantha Murray took time out from her hectic schedule to go back to Clitheroe Dolphins and inspire a new generation of athletes.
Sam, who started swimming with the Dolphins, brought her medal along to show to the swimmers, who queued up to have their photo taken with her, raising £200 in the process for Cash for Kids – a Lancashire-based charity that Samantha is a patron of.
When Sam talked to the swimmers, she said she wanted to promote Modern Pentathlon as an event in the area, and spoke about how she started out swimming, and then gradually added the other disciplines.
She repeated her message from when she crossed the line in London, that if she can do it, anyone can if you are determined enough, and don’t let anyone get in the way of your goal.
Dolphins' Micro League Team did the club proud today as they competed in Blackpool in the swim off to see which clubs would be in Division A and B next season. Swimming against the Champions of Division B, Liverpool Penguins, and the bottom 2 teams from Division A, Pioneer 79 and Fleetwood, all the team put in great performances with PBs a plenty knowing that a top 2 finish would see them promoted.
All the races were closely contested with finger tip finishes but the electronic timing and scoreboard allowed the parents to see straight away who had won each race. After 12 events, Dolphins were in 3rd place but only 1 point behind Liverpool in 2nd. Some great individual swims saw Dolphins move into 2nd place after 24 races and they maintained this all the way to the end of the gala, reversing the result from earlier in the season where Liverpool had pipped them to the league title. The final result was:
Pioneer 79 150 pts
Clitheroe Dolphins 120 pts
Fleetwood 110 pts
Liverpool Penguins 106 pts
With the top 2 teams swimming in Division A next season, the result moves Dolphins up to the top flight for the first time on record!
The Micro League Team Captains, Joseph Kenny and Charlie Coy, with the Promotion Trophy
The following swimmers won their races:
Boys U12 Medley Relay (Joseph Kenny, Jacob Crompton, Iwan Timmins, Harvey Haworth)
Boys U9 Medley Relay (Harry Wood, Charles Brass, Oliver Timmins, Drew Coulston)
Boys U11 Medley Relay (Patrick Enion, Harvey Griffin, Jack Stanley, Aaron Nicholas)
Girls U10 50m Breaststroke Alice Fox
Boys U9 25m Breaststroke Drew Coulston
Boys U11 50m Backstroke Patrick Enion
Boys U11 50m Butterfly Jack Stanley
Girls U9 25m Backstroke Amy Christie
Boys U9 25m Backstroke Harry Wood
Boys U11 50m Freestyle Jack Stanley
Boys U12 50m Breaststroke Jacob Crompton
Boys U9 25m Butterfly Oliver Timmins
There's now a lot of hard training to do over the winter to get ready for next season!
The team for the swim off was:
9 yr old girls Amy Christie, Emma Wright, Hannah Dunford, Misty Taylor
10yr old girls Alice Fox, Charlie Ashworth, Darcy Williams, Alice Entwistle, Maisie Donald
11 yr old girls Hannah Procter, Emma Jackson, Ella Sharma, Sophie Thompson
12 yr old girls Charlie Coy, Isabella Watt, Megan Hunter, Caitlin Preston
9 yr old boys Harry Wood, Charles Brass, Oliver Timmins, Drew Coulston
10 yr old boys Alasdair Moir, Oliver Hunter, George Hennigan, James Mellor
11 yr old boys Patrick Enion, Harvey Griffin, Jack Stanley, Aaron Nicholas
12 yr old boys Joseph Kenny, Jacob Crompton, Iwan Timmins, Harvey Haworth
Over 2 evenings of competition, Clitheroe Dolphins recently held their Club Distance Gala with swimmers competing over 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m events.
For many of the swimmers, it was their first chance to compete at the longer distances and see whether they could achieve qualifying times for external galas.
Over the 2 galas, 52 new club records were set and 316 personal best times were achieved showing how Dolphins continue to improve year on year.
Top swimmer of the event was Hannah Procter, aged 11, who won all 11 Gold Medals in her age group setting 8 new club records in the process. Top boy was Joseph Kenny who won 9 Gold Medals with 8 new club records. Harry Paige, John Gornall, Abigail Procter, Cameron Deacon, Eleanor White, Alice Fox, Sophie Thompson, Megan Davidson, Harvey Griffin, Thomas Entwistle and Isabella Watt all set new club records as well.
The biggest cheer of the event went to Jessica Johnson who bravely swam 200m Butterfly for the first time (some say this is the toughest event in swimming) to take the Gold medal for the 10 year old girls.
Both Isabella Watt and Abigail Procter swam Regional Qualifying Times in 100m Backstroke and 200m Butterfly respectively. They both now need to swim these times in an ASA licensed gala to get their chance to swim at the Regional Championships next year.
A special award was made to Robert Moir for working so hard at both galas running the results back to the table very efficiently. He was ably assisted by Charles Brass on Sunday. The gala would not be possible without the team of volunteers so the club would like to thank all of them.
Pictured: Some of the swimmers showing off their medals from the gala.
Will Murray was the star of the show as Clitheroe Dolphins competed at the Lancashire County Championships at the Liverpool and Manchester Aquatics Centres.
Will won the Boys’ 14-year-old 100m freestyle in a National Qualifying Time, and added silver in the 50m freestyle, and bronze in the 200m freestyle, with both times qualifying for the Regional Championships. He also earned two fourth places and a sixth.
Harvey Griffin swam to top 10 finishes in the 200m breaststroke and 200m IM, while Alice Fox was 13th in the 10-year-old girls’ age group for her all-round performance.
Other Dolphins achieved personal best times - Hannah Procter, Alasdair Moir, Jack Stanley, Joseph Kenny, Patrick Enion, Abigail Procter, Darcy Williams, Alice Entwistle, Isabella Watt, Henry Gibson, Jacob Crompton and Cameron Deacon.
Pictured are, back row from left, Isabella Watt, Abbi Procter, Will Murray, Cameron Deacon; Front row, Joseph Kenny, Alice Entwistle, Hannah Procter, Alastair Moir, Jack Stanley, Harvey Griffin.
What could be more exciting than swimming for your country in the Olympic Games?
Clitheroe Dolphins young swimmers had just that experience when they competed for their countries in a “Mini Olympics” Gala at Clitheroe.
With teams from GB, USA, Australia, China and Japan taking part, the excitement built minute by minute. It was made even more exciting as the points were so close with winners being decided, sometimes, at the last event.
In all, 131 athletes took part and there was no discrimination as to age and sex. The youngest was 6yrs old, Daisy Dixon (pictured), and the oldest boy was 18.
Parents entered into the spirit of the event, waving their flags and cheering for their teams. The children cheered just as loudly for their team mates.
We don’t think that there were any World Records but 160 Personal Best times were recorded. Swimmers were encouraged to compete in events that they did not usually have the opportunity to try out.
As with all Olympic events, volunteers were needed to ensure that things ran smoothly. There was no shortage, as parents rushed to be marshals, timekeepers, announcers, recorders etc.
The event was divided into 2 sessions with the 10yrs and under swimming first and the 11yrs and over arriving as they finished.
The surprisingly close results were: -
Junior Gala – 3rd China and GB with 55 points, 2nd Australia with 59 points and, joint winners Japan and USA with 63 points.
Senior Gala – 3rd China with 46 points, joint 2nd, Japan and GB with 59 points, and joint winners were USA & Australia with 60 points.
Couldn’t get much closer than that!
Fantastic Swimming at North Lancs Championships!
DOLPHINS took their biggest team yet to the North Lancashire Championships in Blackpool and produced a remarkable display.
On the first weekend, Will Murray won the 50m Freestyle Open Championship and added the 14 years’ 100m Freestyle.
Joseph Kenny also came away with a Bronze medal in the 200m fly.
Ellie Taylor got her first regional qualification time, even though she has yet to turn 12, and Dolphins already had 14 swimmers with qualification times for the County Championships – Alice Entwistle, Darcy Williams, Alice Fox, Hannah Procter, Ellie Taylor, Abigail Procter, Alasdair Moir, Harvey Griffin, Patrick Enion, Jack Stanley, Joseph Kenny, Harvey Haworth, Cameron Deacon and Will Murray.
Over the second weekend, Murray won silver in the 200m IM with a County and Regional time. Isabella Watt finished slightly ahead of Ellie Taylor as they both got County times in the 50m back. Alice Entwistle and Elie Brown both swam fantastic 50m fly times to qualify for the Counties.
Ellie Taylor was 0.02 seconds faster than Abbi Procter in the 50m free and they, along with Isabella Watt swam County times. Alice Fox and Hannah Procter achieved fantastic County-qualifying 200m IMs,
Joe Kenny, Harvey Griffin and Alasdair Moir swam County times at 50m free and Harvey Griffin and Joe Kenny again for the 200m free.
On the Sunday, swim of the day was Ellie Taylor’s stunning 100m Free which earned her regional qualification, closely followed by Harvey Griffin’s County time and bronze medal in the 50 Breaststroke.
Jacob Crompton became the 18th qualifier to the Counties with his fantastic swim at 50m Breaststroke and congratulations on County qualifying swims to Darcy Williams and Alice Fox in the 50m back, Alasdair Moir in the 50m Breast, Hannah Procter and Abbi Procter in the 100 Free, Alasdair Moir and Harvey Griffin in the 200 Breast and Ellie Taylor and Abbi Procter in the 200 Free.
Records Tumble at Annual Sprints Gala
Well done to all the swimmers who took part on in our annual Sprint Gala and made it
such a great competitive evening of swimming. 326 new personal bests were set, 134 North
Lancs qualifying times were achieved and 12 club records were broken! Many
races ended with fingertip finishes making the finish judge's job a very
In the earlier gala for swimmers aged 6-9, Daisy Dixon, Robert Moir and Alistair Moir all took clean sweeps of gold medals in their age groups. The following new club records were set:
Charlie Ashworth 9yr girls 50m Backstroke
Alastair Moir 9yr boys 50m Backstroke
Daisy Dixon 6yr girls 25m Butterfly
In the later gala for swimmers aged 10 and over, Hannah Procter, Megan Davidson, Abigail Procter, Oliver Murray and Will Murray all took clean sweeps of gold medals in their contested age groups. Harry Paige and Philip Sellars also took 5 golds but their age groups weren't contested. The following new club records were set:
Jack Stanley 10yr boys 50m Backstroke
Will Murray 14yr boys 50m Breaststroke
Megan Davidson 12yr girls 50m Butterfly
Will Murray 14yr boys 50m Butterfly
Will Murray 14yr boys 50m Freestyle
Harvey Griffin 10yr boys 100m IM
Will Murray 14yr boys 100m IM
Harry Paige 15yr boys 100m IM
Philip Sellars 17yr boys 100m IM
We also presented Dean with all the cards and collection for his honeymoon. Amazingly, nobody had given the game away so it was a complete surprise to Dean. Both Rachel and Dean would like to thank everyone for their generosity. Thanks also to everyone who helped out at the gala - it wouldn't be possible without all our volunteers!
Dolphins have a Regional Champion!
Will Murray (pictured above centre) swam at the North West regional championships at the Manchester Aquatics Centre in June and smashed his personal best to claim GOLD in the 100m Freestyle for 13yr old boys. Swimming against the best swimmers from Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, Will narrowly scraped into the final after his heat didn't go as planned! However, he pulled his best swim ever out of the bag in the final to surprise all the other qualifiers. His time of 58.01secs also qualifies him for the National Championships in the summer. This is a great achievement for Will who has had his eye on qualifying for the Nationals all year and his hard work is paying off. Will also finished in 5th place in the 100m Butterfly and another Dolphin's swimmer, Elliot Norman, finished 5th in the 200m Breaststroke for 10yr old boys.
Clitheroe Dolphins swimmers show off their medals after the annual prize giving at the Christmas Party