Hatfield Swimming Club celebrates 50th birthday

PUBLISHED: 08:35 18 March 2016

Ex-Hatfield Swimming Club coaches at their 50th anniversary dinner

Ex-Hatfield Swimming Club coaches at their 50th anniversary dinner

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Olympians, county stars and world-class coaches have all emerged from Hatfield Swimming Club's 50-year existence and it hopes to write some more superstars and famous tales into history in the years to come.

Some of those past and present members came out in force to honour the club at a 50th year anniversary dinner held at Beales Hotel in Hatfield.

Among them were the likes of retired freestyler Adam Brown, a double Commonwealth Games medallist, former club director Ian Wright and Craig Hunter, club president and current FINA Swimming official due to oversee events at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Many other major honours have been captured over the years though including winning the Speedo League final 10 years ago, a national competition now known as the National Arena Swimming League which brings together up to 400 teams, as London’s representative and their chairman is as proud as anyone to have been a part of the club.

Barbara Scorer, who is stepping down from the role next month after 17 years in charge, said: “The club has progressed and it’s the best club in the area. At one time we were the best club in the south east as well.

“So many of our swimmers have reached finals at competitions across the country and the world and we’re so proud of all the club have achieved. Not to single people out but Nick Juba, a former coach for 20 years, took the club from having one national swimmer to what we currently hold. Everyone has made the club what it is today.”

Community spirit even allowed the club to continue for six months without having their own pool.

A leak in the Hatfield Swim Centre roof, now a listed entity, hampered the organisation but they were to come back stronger.

She said: “The club will go on forever. We have Finesse Leisure and Hertfordshire Sports Village to thank for allowing us to train all the time because we’re there for hours and hours.

“I am sure there will be many more success stories to come out of this club which is great for Hatfield and the wider area.”

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