Thursday 13 December 2018

Launch of OKS Masters Swimming

The School would now like to offer all OKS the opportunitiy to swim under King's colours as a masters swimmer.

Swimming has been a feature of sporting life at King's for many years and certainly back to the 1950s although, prior to the building of the superb indoor pool at the King's Recreation Centre in the 1990s, swimming in the open air pool at Blore's required swimmers to have a strong constitution.

More recently, King's has had significant success at a national level with Paddy MacLachlan (MO 2009 - 2014) narrowly missing selection for the Commonwealth Gamers in 2014; the King's Senior Boys team winning the Dunhelm Cup at the national Bath & Otter schools competition in 2014; current pupil Stephanie Andrews (BR) competing in the British Championships last year; and the current Senior Girls team coming 4th in the final of the national Bath & Otter Cup in 2017. The School is also very fortunate to have Miss Yolanda Speare as Head of Swimming who was also a national swimmer. 

For the last few years, a sporting feature of King's Week has been the OKS Swimming Gala, in which the OKS and staff compete against the School. Indeed this year, we were very pleased to be joined by the Captain of Swimming from 1966  Graham Willis (GR 1961-1966) who swam for the OKS and staff team and which secured an exciting tie against the School. 

OKS Swimming Gala 2018

The School would now like to offer all former pupils, parents of current and/or former pupils, and current and former staff the opportunity to swim under King's colours as a masters swimmer. Masters swimming is open to any adult aged 18 or over and allows everyone, whatever your fitness, ability or experience to train and, for those that want to, compete at masters swimming competitions which vary from local to National and even World.

An important aspect of masters swimming is the role it can play in maintaining fitness and recent studies have reported on the significant fitness and health benefits that can be derived from swimming. A defining feautre of masters swimming is that age is no barrier and indeed I was fortunate enough to recently have had the opportunity to interview Jane Asher, who is a well known masters swimmer, and who at the age of 86 has over 200 British, European and World records, having not started masters swimming until in her 50s. 

So, if you are intrigued by the idea of swimming with the OKS under King's colours and enjoying the scoial aspects of OKS swimming then please contact Miss Yolanda Speare at yjs@kings-school.co.uk for further details.

William R M Long (MO 1981 - 1985)

OKS Swimming Rep & Sussex ASA Masters Secretary

 
The School would now like to offer all OKS the opportunitiy to swim under King's colours as a masters swimmer.

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