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Lammas LCJC Dobb Spring League at Lammas Leisure Centre, 18 January, the first gala of 2014 - This was a night of adversity and the first round of congratulations must go to our Team Managers, Diane and Isabel, for coping magnanimously with A LOT of last minute changes! On a night when many swimmers were asked unexpectedly to swim out of age groups or their least favourite strokes, the Portland team pulled together as always and gave it their best.

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underwater-entry

In this last leg of the JC Dobb Autumn Series at Hucknall Leisure Centre many of our younger and/or newer swimmers gained valuable competitive experience against tough opposition who had clearly turned up to win a trophy!

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hucknall lcTime to shake off the cobwebs from the night before, there was serious swimming to be done! This was the final round of the Sports Centre League, with a trophy to be won by Sutton or Kimberley Swimming Clubs and a few PBs to be won by Portland Swimming Club.

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Peter Pink TrophyWhat do you call a collection of 55 swimmers? A ‘Peter Pink of swimmers’ of course! For the first time certainly in recent history we had 2 teams representing our Club, Team Dom and Team Dan, who between them clocked up 31 PBs, 5 new times, 3 new county qualifying times (CT) and 8 speeding tickets!

So here goes…

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Radford Sprint1 3Nov2013

After scraping ourselves out of bed to reach Beechdale for the 8am warm-up, the announcement of its delay was not what we wanted to hear. Still, our `free’ programme detailed the many Portland swims to come – 50m in all strokes and 100m IM. Exciting stuff. It also listed the rules. Well …

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Dan win sign Dobb

 

It was all hands on deck as we hosted the most recent JC Dobb gala and more than a few of us were out of our comfort zones – that was just the adults! It was worth it though to see our amazing swimmers excel themselves once more in an evening of fireworks both inside and outside the pool.

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Strictly Swimming

 

The half term destination for the gala team was Sutton-in-Ashfield on Saturday night 19th October and a great time was had by all. Arriving in the pouring rain certainly didn’t dampen team spirits.

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university pool

 

Nottingham Portland

Club Championships

Saturday 12th October 2013

 

 

“Take your marks…” and so they did.  Nearly 2 hours later and look what had happened: 163 new times set, 58 PBs, 19 county times and 32 club records (12 set against new events and 20 faster than existing club records!  What great results at the end of a great event.  A huge well done to all swimmers, especially to those in their first gala.  We know it can be a bit daunting but you rose to the challenge like true champions, gave it your best and did it with a whole heap of enthusiasm.  Thank you swimmers, thank you supporters, thank you helpers and thank you organisers  - what a team!

Roll on party time - Friday 22 November!

 

Mini Gala Pic

What a great turn out for the latest mini-gala, both in the pool and on the spectator gallery. Some swimmers were there to see the improvements they have made, some to set new times.

For those new to the format the times are compared to times from the most recent previous mini gala and an overall percentage improvement across all strokes worked out.

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Lammas LC 

Another Saturday night, another venue, another time…but the same awesome Portland! Yet again PB after PB, outstanding swims, real grit and determination and, this time more than ever, those very special Portland ingredients of team spirit and sportsmanship. This was a challenging evening but our ‘brilliant bunch’ (quote D. Misiuda), as always, stepped up to the mark.

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