I have only ever been a member of two swimming clubs, the first one was Lowestoft & Oulton Broad in Suffolk & the one I am with now is the City of Norwich in Norfolk. I don't like change, I am really happy where I am & if your happy why move?
I joined LOBSC's learn to swim group when I was about 10 years old, the sessions were at the Ashley down's school in Lowestoft where they had a small pool. It was great to learn in but at the time I thought it was a cow shed & it was freezing cold in the winter. Jean Green was the teacher, she was very kind & after a while I progressed into Ben Banham's group. When I had passed my Kellogs levels I was allowed to join the club training at Water Lane leisure center.
It was so scary at the leisure center, there were so many more people, it was much louder, busier & everything was so much bigger than the little cow shed.
A lady called Cheryl Betts helped me a lot, she was the disability officer as well as a coach there & she would wait with me until everyone had started swimming. We would then talk through what was going to happen & I would get in a little later. I swam with Cheryl for a while & when I first started competing it was Cheryl that went everywhere, she was always the team manager at all the disability galas & I felt safe with her. Even though it was very stressful we used to have some fun too!
Every year since leaving I have returned to LOBSC to present their medals. I think its very important to support their events as they supported me for many years. The evenings are great fun, they have a disco, all receive recognition for what they have done & all get together to have some fun away from the pool. I went to one recently & there were hundreds of medals & trophies to present it took me ages but it's so nice for everyone to receive their medals at a special event. Everyone had such a lovely time together & I stayed until the very end having photos & answering questions.
Anyone wishing to join Lowestoft & Oulton Broad Swimming Club can contact Jill - 01502 740359
or to join City of Norwich Swimming Club contact - email@example.com