Battling performance by Dolphins quartet

A HEAVILY depleted Lincolnshire squad recently travelled to the Queens Leisure Centre at Derby for the East Midlands Inter County Masters Competition.

Containing four representatives selected from Gainsborough Dolphins, they were placed fifth against a high standard of swimmers from Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire (A and B teams) and Leicestershire.

Fresh from her honeymoon in the Caribbean was Ruth Howitt and she put in some very good performances to finish fifth in both the 50m breaststroke and backstroke events of the Ladies 18-30 years age group.

The many absentees resulted in Dolphins Masters team manager Nic Clover and clubmate James Lugg being the only male representatives in the 30-39 years age group. James swam an excellent 50m freestyle to finish fifth while Nic gained a fourth in the 50m breaststroke and two fifth place finishes in his less than favourite 50m butterfly and backstroke.

Making his debut for Lincolnshire in the Masters was 18-year-old Peter Trickett who produced a fine swim to get fourth in the Men’s 18-30 years 50m backstroke. All four contributed to many relay events alongside their fellow county teammates with them all putting in creditable displays.

Further congratulations to Ruth and Peter who were presented with their Lincolnshire county colours by the President of Derbyshire ASA prior to the first race of the afternoon.

The formation of the new swimming club in the town has allowed the Masters section to have its own identity and water time away from the main competitive squads and allow for personal development at each member’s own pace. Any ex-swimmers who fancy getting back in are more than welcome. For more information visit or contact Nic Clover on 07519520021 or email

Gainsborough Dolphins would like to extend their congratulations to eight of their volunteers who have now achieved the ASA UKCC Level 1 Award in Teaching Aquatics. A gruelling week over the half term in early June saw Nicki Danby, Megan Stevenson, Leanne Clover, Malcolm Beresford, Tony Bindon, Mark Smith and Nic Clover all pass. With the club soon applying for the Amateur Swimming Association Swim 21 accreditation it furthers the club’s policy of having only the best possible qualified teachers and coaches on the poolside to aid and develop the hundreds of members Gainsborough Dolphins boasts.