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End of term Fun Tournament and Christmas Party - December 2017
Jan 15, 2018, 12:18 pm


Posted by Sue Seagroatt (with apologies from the web editor for taking so long to make it live!)



Another successful year for the Hillingdon Juniors ended with our most well-attended Fun Tournament and party to date. Membership is at an all time high and it is marvellous to have so many helping to run our activities.

Fun Tournament results
The Fun Tournament was organised by Aloka, who used an app to run the matches and was ably supported by the indefatigable Kulzum. Thank you to guest referee, Ian Grimwood, and his trainee ref., Edward.

The teams were captained by Anderson, David, Mickey, Adam, Ilyas and Michael. The winning Team Red comprised Anderson, Charlie, Will H, Zak, Luke W, Lewis and Abelardo.


Tourneament results Team Red



Three cheers for our coaches...
The post-tournament party began with an introduction to the coaching team and a big thank you for their support. Shaun is single-handedly responsible for doubling our membership numbers over the last 12 months. Aloka has made a massive contribution in a short space of time; his mantra ‘all challenges can be learnt from’ has been well tested. It’s great to have Adam officially part of the coaching team, along with Mickey’s invaluable support thanks to The Duke of Edinburgh scheme. This segues neatly into our first award: the Jack Petchey Award for November 2017 goes to Mickey Tritto.

Over the past year we have fielded teams at Under-12, -13 and -14 in the London League, hosted a friendly tournament, entered an Under-15 team in a development tournament and even formed a Middlesex Under-14 team at Inter County level.


This has only been possible thanks to the coaches and support of parents. Tournament organisation is a lot of work, but this has been eased thanks to Jez managing teams via Teamer.


I hope all the children who have had the chance to compete have enjoyed the opportunity.

Club awards
Award winners for the period July-December 2017 were selected by our coaches as follows:


Development Group: awarded by Shaun

- Most Improved Player: Since the summer Robyn has transformed as a player and earned herself a place in the under 12 team.

- Best Sportsman: Edward’s talent is already evident, and his swimming training is helping him develop well.

- Best Newcomer: William Mitchell has impressed by his dedication to training.

- Above and Beyond: Robyn takes it upon herself to collect up all the caps at the end of each training session.


Robyn receives her award from Shaun Edward receives his award from Shaun William receives his award from Shaun


Intermediate Group: awarded by Aloka

- Coach’s Player - the best all-rounder in the Under-14 category: Will Hames is a dynamic player who stepped up into a leadership role within a short period of time, encouraging the team to work well around him.

- Best Defensive Player: Ramsey a very good defensive player, well recognised by his peers.


Will receives his award from Aloka Ramsey receives his award from Aloka



Advanced Group: awarded by Aloka

- Coach’s Player: David is a team man, always willing to help. It’s not the first time that he has won this category, which speaks volumes.

- Best Team Captain: Anderson displays good leadership skills and led his team exceptionally to win the tournament.


David receives his award from Aloka Anderson receives his award from Aloka



Amazing parental support
So much would be impossible without the fantastic support of our parents, most notably... Sam, the party organiser; Mike, who bought the drinks; Sue, for her help each week; Lil, Milena, Jane, Miri and Patrizia who set up and cleared away; and Youguang, for his photographic skills. Thank you all for your help.


Behind the scenes, Sarah and Dave from West London Penguin committee also lend support, we are all indebted to them.


Looking forward to 2018
Looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that 2018 brings.


See you all in January!



We remain grateful to the Jack Petchey Foundation for their support.


Jack Petchey Foundation logo  




Penguin U14s make a splash in London League
Dec 27, 2017, 10:27 pm


Posted by Aloka Prelis

Our Under 14 team competed in the LWPL Winter Championships (Div 1 North) this weekend and were against some strong opposition with the likes of Ealing and Watford.


The team played exceptionally well in the opening game vs Watford B. Everyone in the squad had the opportunity to play as the matches were played in 10 mins halves.


The remaining games were tough as the opposition  fielded fast swimmers and strong shooters. But we had a never-give-up-attitude and kept attacking and looking to score, and worked  well as a team.



U14 team - London League Dec 2017


Regardless of the score lines, there were plenty of positives to take from the games and we know what to work on next year. All in all it was a good experience-gaining tournament.


There were several notable performances...

... Audrey was dynamic regardless of the opposition and played even better when we faced off with stronger teams. Her name against the goals scored did not do justice to her wonderful contributions in the game.

... Oliver continued to improve both in attack and defence.

... Aryan shone as a team player and was already ready to get back in after a quick rest.

... Will showed glimpses of being a dynamic player who can play anywhere in the pool.

... Aberlado was sprinting up and down and making the crucial breaks to score when needed.

Our focus going forward will be on doing the basics exceptionally well so that we can compete at the highest level against much stronger opposition.


The future looks promising. Go Penguins!

Nov 17, 2017, 12:30 pm


Posted by our President, Gill Turner


I went with coach Shakey, and our women's water polo team, the Penguin Emperors, to Walsall for two matches in the 2nd Division of the BWPL and thoroughly enjoyed watching them in action.


They played extremely well and, although they lost against Liverpool Liver Birds on Saturday, the score of 12/8 didn't really reflect the closeness of the match and they put up a great fight.


BWPL 2017 action shot


On Sunday they were splendid against Tyldesley, looking good, swimming hard, putting in plenty of shots at goal, passing and scoring well.  It was great to watch and the score of 9/6 was well deserved.


We have a great bunch of women who are really fun to hang out with. Their hard work and training has paid off, with this weekend's results putting them 2nd in Division 2 at the end of the first half of the season. Now they go into Championship 1 for the second half of season, aiming to win entry into Division 1.


BWPL 2017 - phase 1 results table



Shakey says excellent effort from the team this year.



Juniors Best Ever Fun Tournament on 21 October
Oct 28, 2017, 11:53 am

Post by Sue Seagroatt

We hold a mixed ability fun tournament at Uxbridge at the end of every half and full term. The older, more experienced players are captains and they aim to pick evenly matched teams. To maximise game play, coach Aloka planned the October 21st tournament in advance, and produced a slick schedule of games on two pitches, which ran to the minute.


action shot  

The team captains refereed and enjoyed balancing being fair to their rivals, whilst encouraging the underdogs.

The teams and captains were : Pale Green, Mickey; Red, Adam; Navy, Ilyas; White, David; Dark Green, Tom and Purple, Michael.

Kulzum and Sue B, took responsibility for scoring, and the results required some complex processing as the scoreboard below shows! 



For me the highlights were:
• Seeing the older players encouraging the younger inexperienced players.
• Adam deferring to Aloka to ref. Purple vs Navy “because Michael vs Ilyas is too like England Germany”.
• Two amazing goals from Sean McHugh and his frequent consulting of the scoreboard.
• Many impressive saves from Mickey.
• Two sets of penalties featuring Light Green, vs Navy and Purple.
• A rare visit from Ilyas, who got time off from his Saturday job to come along. Thank you Ilyas, really great to see you.


red team start  red vs blue

Result: Mickey’s Light Green team won. Congratulations to Mickey, Jaskaran, Giuliana, Lewis, Nikola and Lorenzo.

Book your place at the End of Term Fun Tournament on 9th December. Can we possibly top this one?



Coaching update
Oct 18, 2017, 5:16 pm


Posted by Sue Seagroatt


Shaun's getting married!

Our Juniors water polo training session on Saturday 14th October was the last one before our amazing coach Shaun gets married.


Since starting with Penguin in January, Shaun has been responsible for increasing the number of players training at Uxbridge. He is a tremendous coach with great passion for the game, and he cares deeply about developing each individual child. He never misses a training session, not even in the run up to his wedding.


The photo shows Mickey presenting to Shaun the collection made by the parents of our juniors. This was very kindly organised by Sam, whose efforts in getting children to sign the wedding card were laudable; notably one who signed whilst in the pool!


Shaun received wedding collection from Mickey



Shaun has asked me to thank everyone for their generosity, saying he has been 'completely blown away’, and ‘he still can’t get over it’.

Our best wishes to Shaun and Nicole for their wedding on 24th October.


New coach

Sadly Rosario, who was coaching the older/advanced group, had to leave us in the summer.


In his place we are delighted to welcome Aloka Prelis who has had considerable success coaching water polo in Sri Lanka and is excited to become a Penguin. This photo shows him looking pensive at the thought of the challenge ahead!


Aloka Prelis




Tournament Success for Penguin Juniors
Oct 16, 2017, 6:54 pm



Posted by Sue Seagroatt

Summer London League

Well done to the Penguin Under 13s who came 3rd overall in the Summer London League: a fantastic result.

The final tournament was at Habs on Sunday 17th September.


Results were :
Penguin 5 Beckenham 6
Penguin 4 Croydon 3
Penguin 2 Watford 5


The team were particularly chuffed to beat Croydon, who came 2nd overall. This was despite the team being understrength as Georgia, Sean, Dan and Melissa were all unable to attend.


Under 13s


The team: Abelardo Cardenas, Nikola Christov, Luke Wang, Dan Usher, Audrey Tala, Antonio Bardella, Melissa Pala, Lewis Emerton and Jensen Jolly.


London Swimming Development Tournament
An Under 15 development tournament was held on 24th September organised by Chris Martin at Croydon Whitgift on behalf of London Swimming. This was for teams not yet competing in the London League.


We entered a team and were delighted to win every match and be awarded gold medals.


We are very grateful to the organisers for a rare opportunity to compete at this level. It has helped us enormously in our preparation to enter a new Under 14 team in the Winter London League.


Results were :
Penguin 7 Haringey 2
Penguin 5 Croydon B 3
Penguin 10 Barnet 2


Development Team


The team were : Sarah Watts, Amaan-Raj Bhara, Kuis Aranda, Charlie Richardson, Will Hames, Dan Murphy, Joseph Rodgers, Ben Mason, Matthew Emerton, Georgia Mouratidi, Abelardo Cardenas, Audrey Tala & Antonio Bardella.

A big thank you to Mike Emerton for Managing the teams and Claudio for coaching.



Jack Petchey Award Winners
Oct 7, 2017, 11:53 am


Posted by Sue Seagroatt


Coach Claudio Palumbo presented two long overdue Jack Petchey Awards on the poolside this month. The awards should have happened at our summer party in July, but both winners were abroad.


The winner of the Jack Petchey Award for March 2017 is Samir Garnie.


Samir wins Jack Petchey Award


Samir joined the club just over 2 years ago. He has represented us twice in the London Youth Games, is rarely absent from training and is a fast swimmer. He constantly applies himself to improving and is a dependable team member and role model for the younger members.


The winner of the Jack Petchey Award for June 2017 is Adam Maidment.


Adam receives Jack Petchey Award


Adam has been with the club for many years. In April, when we were unexpectedly without both of our coaches, Adam stepped up to coach the advanced group. Since then, he has helped coach every week. He has an excellent attitude towards the younger children and commands their respect.


Adam is keen to learn and would like to do a water polo coaching course. His initiative and willingness are admirable.


Now that Adam is 18 and outgrown training with the club, he is staying on as a volunteer coach to gain skills, that will serve him well in his aspiration to be a teacher in the future.


We are grateful to the Jack Petchey Foundation for their support.


Jack Petchey Foundation logo  



Under 14 Trophy
Oct 1, 2017, 4:23 pm



Posted by Sue Seagroatt


The Under 14 Trophy, for best all round achievement this year, has been awarded to Georgia Mouratidi. The award was made poolside at the start of term, as Georgia was away in Greece at the time of our summer party.


Georgia Mouratidi receives Under 14 Trophy 2017


Georgia is a skilful and modest player with a surprisingly mature attitude. The captains always fight to pick her for their team at our Uxbridge fun tournaments. She has played in the London League at under 12 and under 13. Not only does she score goals in attack, but she keeps them out in defence. Recently, when the team lacked a goal keeper, she made that position her own too.


Well done Georgia.

Water polo success in Amsterdam
Sep 9, 2017, 6:20 pm


Post by Jem Senczyszyn


Joining forces with London Polytechnic and sporting the name ‘Polly the Penguin’, 10 of our ladies water polo squad headed to Amsterdam on 2 September to take part in Het Y’s infamous international water polo tournament at ‘De Miranadabad.’


Amsterdam 2017  



Day 1: Group matches

Despite a late night on Friday, thanks to a wonderful boat trip, we were up early and ready for our first game at 9.30am. With the sun beaming down on the green pitch, ‘Polly the Penguin’ started strong against the tough Utrecht team, Watervlo, and came away with a narrow 5-4 win and only a couple of nasty scratches…


After an afternoon warm-up led by Poly player, Amy, we were back in the pool against Liverpool’s Liverbirds. Another solid performance took us to our second victory (5-4) and secured our spot at the top of Div 2 Pool B. Special mentions go to Sus, scoring 3 of the 5 goals from the pit, and Annabelle, scoring her first ever Penguin goal (whoop!).


Amsterdam 2017  


Day 2: Finals
Coming out of Day 1 we were guaranteed a top 4 position in Div 2. The teams standing in our way were home team, Het Y 3/4, and the winners of Div 2 Pool A. With an eye on the Div 2 title, we went out with great energy; quickly organising man-ups and holding a tight defence throughout. Goals came from everywhere and the game ended with a healthy score-line of 11-3.


To our surprise, our first opponents from yesterday managed to beat the winners of Pool A in their semi-final so we lined up against familiar faces in the final. Focussing all our remaining energy after an exhausting weekend of polo, sampling excellent beer, dressing up as pirates and filling-in for both Amsterdam’s ‘De Snippen Dames’ and Dublin’s ‘Trinity College’ when needed, we stormed to final victory (12-2) with almost every player contributing at least one goal. Lovely stuff.


Amsterdam 2017  




Totally Thames Tidal River Swim
Sep 9, 2017, 2:31 pm


Post by Jess Needham


As keen swimmers from Australia and New Zealand respectively, Brad and I couldn't miss the opportunity to swim in 'our local', the River Thames. So, on Saturday 2 September, we participated in the Totally Thames Tidal River Swim, a relaxed swim event in which we, along with about 100 other swim enthusiasts, circumnavigated the Chiswick Eyot (a distance of about 1km).


Totally Thames Swim 2017



Brad and I really enjoyed our swim. It was a beautiful sunny day, the water was a balmy 17 degrees and we had the tide with us on the outward journey. Further, the water quality exceeded our expectations. You couldn't see your hand as it entered the water for your catch, but visibility is always going to be limited in the Thames as it is a silt-based river. We are pleased to report that neither of us swam into or through anything weird (that we're aware of ...).





Brad secured bragging rights of not only swimming in the Thames, but being the first person to arrive back at our launching spot in Hammersmith. I was the first female finisher, but this swim event really was less a race and more of an opportunity to enjoy the river.


Thanks to the Outdoor Fitness Collective for providing us with an opportunity to do a different kind of swim. The event formed part of the Totally Thames festival which seeks to celebrate the famous lifeline of London that is the River Thames.



Isle of Wight Pier to Pier Swim
Aug 14, 2017, 10:14 am


Posted by Jess Needham


Penguin training sessions are great, but for me, there’s nothing quite like swimming in the sea.  So, Fran’s suggestion of a day trip to the Isle of Wight to participate in the 2017 Pier to Pier Swim - 2.8k from Sandown to Shanklin - was my kind of adventure. 


The Sandown to Shanklin swim is a fantastic, relaxed and fairly small event, about 90 participants overall, run by friendly people.  Swimming conditions were ideal - calm seas with a gentle swell; an outgoing tide which made you feel like you were flying along sometimes; warm sunshine (thank you summer for returning!); and a bit of cloud cover to take any glare off the water. The water was fresh and cool when you first got in (no wetsuits permitted!) but it was soon just right for cruising along the IOW’s lovely coastline.  


 IOW Pier to Pier 2017  IOW Pier to Pier 2017


Fran and I were rewarded with placings of 4th and 3rd respectively out of a field of about 30 in the women’s event.  Steve Baker, whom we stumbled across at Sandown beach, beat the PB he set 14 years earlier as well.  However, apart from the swim, the highlight for me was being able to enjoy a beautiful stretch of sea with a group of likeminded swimmers.  Everyone seemed to have that post-swim grin as we sipped soup on the beach at the end.


Thanks Lindsey Shenton and her team at Isle of Wight Marlins Swim Club for organising a wonderful event.  Fran and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


IOW Pier to Pier 2017   IOW Pier to Pier 2017


Thanks also to Steve Baker for the pre- and post-swim banter, and for cheering us on at the finish (because the men’s wave started 2 minutes before the women).


Next year’s swim is scheduled for Saturday 11 August at noon if you’re interested (http://iowmarlinsswimclub.co.uk/).



Ham Lake Team Relay Swim Race
Aug 13, 2017, 2:01 pm


Posted by Cathy Breed


Fun day out for the Penguins masters swim team today. Braving a very early Sunday morning and cold water, ten of our swimmers took part in the Ham Lake Team Relay Swim - a crazy few even did it sans wetsuit!


Ham Lake team relays Aug 2017 Ham Lake team relays Aug 2017



The Penguins swam fantastically with all 3 teams finishing strongly and the first team clinching the overall first place.


A lovely sunny outing and rounded off with the all-important brunch!



Ham Lake Relays - Aug 2017  Ham Lake relays - brunch- Aug 2017



Thank you very much to RGActive for organising the race. 


Juniors' end of term Fun Tournament and Club Awards party
Aug 1, 2017, 8:17 pm


Posted by Sue Seagroatt


Our Juniors' summer term came to a close on 15 July 2017 with a Fun Tournament followed by a party and prize giving


Fun Tournament

Attendance was high enough to make five teams to compete in the Fun Tournament. The team captains did an excellent job of selecting players, leading to a very close competition. Our new water polo caps, paid for by the London Borough of Hillingdon, were very useful in identifying the teams.


Results (position and cap colour/captain): 1st White/Anderson (see photo), 2nd Navy/Michael, 3rd Pea Green/Luke LC, 4th Purple/Ilyas, 5th Mint Green/David.


Winning team
Winners: Team White.


Club awards

There were many awards at the party afterwards:


The Under 13s team were applauded for their tenacity in tournaments over the year where, initially they were mostly beaten, but have recently have started winning and currently lie in 3rd place in the London League.


Under 13s team
Under 13s team, June 2017.


Other awards for the period Jan-July 2017 were split into the three groups in which the children train, with winners selected by their coaches.


Development Group, awarded by Shaun (who was disappointed not to be present, but was away on his stag do).

- Coach’s Player: Alessandro Accogli is passionate and has the potential play in the Under 14s team.

- Most Improved: Anderson Jolly is a leader who has improved so much that he has progressed to the Advanced Group.

- Best Sportsman: Alvaro Aranda is refreshing to coach and happy to take on feedback.

- Best Newcomer: Bailey Sapsed is a respectful and takes this new sport in his stride, setting an amazing example and earmarked to become the Under 12s goal keeper.


Alessandro Anderson Alvaro Bailey


Intermediate Group, awarded by Claudio

- Coach’s Player: Abelardo Cardenas has made great progress and is a vital part of the Under 13 team’s success.

- Most Improved: Audrey Tala’s improvement in swimming and water polo skills is evident to everyone, she also has a very mature attitude.

- Best Sportsman: Shaun McHugh is a great team player and diplomat, always there to encourage players and support the coach.


Audrey Sean


Advanced Group, awarded by Rosario

- Coach’s Player: David Reynard is a role model for all, trains until he is exhausted, and is kind, caring and great fun.

- Most Improved: Joseph Rodgers has made impressive progress.

- Best Sportsman: Luke Lee Cairns is not only keen to develop his own water polo skills, but has volunteered many hours to patiently coach.


David Joseph Luke


Great parental support

The party was organised by Sam who has been planning since the start of the summer term. Mike was a great support in buying everything. A big thank you to Youguang for his photographs. This was the best attended party to date, and the parents provided an amazing spread of food, not forgetting Massimo’s scrumscious homemade pizza.



Sadly we must say goodbye to Aleks Kozlowski who is leaving us for a gap year followed by university. We will all miss Aleks’s positive attitude.


See you next term!

Wishing everyone a great summer, and see you in September with renewed enthusiasm to take on the London League!



Water Polo Friendly At Uxbridge
Jul 27, 2017, 6:06 pm


Post by Sue Seagroatt


Our Junior water polo squad organised a friendly water polo tournament at Uxbridge on Sunday 2nd July.


The idea stemmed from disappointment that water polo did not take place at the London Youth Games this year. The LYG was an excellent event for us for many reasons, not least because it gave our older players a chance to compete at a less demanding level than the London League. We spent months hoping for some sort of replacement London Borough Water Polo Tournament . Yet, despite all Ian Grimwood’s hard work, this was not to be.


So we decided to capitalise on our close ties with the Harrow team, based at John Lyon school, since they and we are coached by Shaun Hill. We invited Enfield as a third participant and the ever-amazing Martin Waller, brought a whole posse along, despite a clash with his own club’s booking of an outdoor pool!


Matches were played on 2 pitches; one for Under 15s and the other for Under 13s.


Martin coaching U13s and U15s playing
Scoreboard Rosario coaching Enfield



The event went fantastically well. It really was a ‘Friendly’ in the true sense of the word. All the coaches and children were delighted to be taking part. It provided great refereeing experience for Adam Maidment, our volunteer coach.


Adam refereeing

Adam refereeing.



The results were:

Under 13s : 1st Penguin, 2nd John Lyon, 3rd Enfield.

Under 15s : 1st John Lyon, 2nd Penguin, 3rd Enfield.



Under 15 team

Penguin U15 team are: Amber, Michael, Zac, Matthew, Anderson, Will, Gregory and Samir with referee, Adam.



Thanks are due especially to Shaun for all his help in making this possible and also to John Nikolovski, Martin Waller, Claudio, Rosario and all the children and parents for their support.



Penguin Under 12s make great progress in the London Water Polo League Winter Champs
Apr 2, 2017, 2:32 pm


Posted by Sue Seagroatt


Well done to the Hillingdon Penguin Under 12s water polo team on their performance in the London Water Polo League Winter Championships.


In the first tournament, the team's inexperience showed and they lost all their matches. But by the third and final tournament, they had a complete turn-around, with wins in all but one game (results: against Chelmsford 4-4, Beckenham 4-3, Ealing 4-2 and Croydon 4-6).


This Under 12s team was formed at the start of 2015. Competing in the London Water Polo League has been tough because the other teams at this level are so well established. However our Juniors have have trained hard, improving their water polo skills and tactics, and working on their swimming speed and stamina by attending regular swim training with Forward Hillingdon Squad.


The photo shows the team’s delight after beating Ealing 15:5 in the 2nd tournament. The team are : Nikola Christov, Georgia Mouratidi, Luke Wang, Abelardo Cardenas, Joshua Pan, Inesh Warnapala, Jay Jadeja, Audrey Tala, Antonio Bardella and Dan Usher.


London League Winter Champs U12s team



The team will progress to become Under 13s in the Summer League.


Thank you to the team's parents for all the encouragement and patience, and transporting them to competitions.


Our team kit was provided by the Postcode Community Trust.

Christmas message from the President
Dec 23, 2016, 11:12 am


Posted by Gill Turner


Xmas PenguinThis time of the year can be very busy, with all the festive preparations, so I hope you can chill out and enjoy the celebrations.


We’ve had a pretty good year and let’s look forward to more Penguin success in 2017.


In the meantime, I would like to wish all Penguins and their families and friends, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Juniors' end of term fun tournament and party
Dec 18, 2016, 7:47 pm


Posted by Sue Seagroatt


Junior tournament Dec 2016



Our last juniors' session of the year before the Christmas break was a fun tournament was organised by the older children, who decided on team size, picked teams and match duration to fit into the time available. We had a fantastic turnout of players and our new coach, Rosario Numerato, refereed.


The winning team was Ramsey, Josh, Michael, Nikola, Alex, Tia, Daniel and Alessandro, captained by Alex Mouratidis:


Team Alex




Ilyas Raja was especially commended. He has trained not only at Uxbridge, but with Enfield WPC and on Tuesdays with the Penguin men’s squad at LAC. His dedication has been rewarded by selection to play in the Penguin men's team and he is delighted to have the opportunity.



Prize winners




Both most improved players, got this same award last year, so it is inspiring that they have gone on to improve even more.

Most improved younger player: Georgia Mouratidi

Most improved older player: Samir Garnie

Best new comer: Irakli Antidze




A big thank you to all the parents for providing the fantastic spread at the party. It wouldn't have been possible without to great organisation by Sam. Big thanks alos go to Sue Burch for her calm admin skills at the training sessions throughout the year.

The party was made possible by Jack Petchey, who have subsidised the cost.


Sam Sue



New year, new term

Training resumes on 7th January 2017 when we will be joined by coaches and boys from John Lyon school Harrow.

The Under 12 team compete in their first match in the London League on 8th January.


Happy Christmas everyone.


Jack Petchey Award – November 2016
Dec 7, 2016, 6:21 pm


Post by Sue Seagroatt


The winner of Jack Petchey Award for November 2016 is Aleks Kozlowski.


Aleks has been a member of the club for just over a year and is a great role model. He is one of the older players and has been a great support in the running of the club. It's brave to take up a sport at age 16 that demands a high level of swimming, technical ability and stamina. Yet despite initially finding it exhausting, Aleks immediately loved the game and has trained with optimism and determination.


Jack Petchey Award November 2016  



Aleks always anticipates what will be most helpful, whether it is explaining to new children why he is passionate about water polo, or helping organise the younger members, to whom he sets a brilliant example of respect and cooperation.


With thanks to the Jack Petchey Foundation for their support.


Jack Petchey Foundation logo  

Aug 29, 2016, 10:51 am



Posted by Jess Needham



Recently, nine of us Penguins headed out to Rickmansworth in search of some fresh air and a wild swimming spot.


It was a warm summer's day and we all thoroughly enjoyed meandering through sections of forest, along canals, over a couple of locks, through corn fields and of course along the River Colne.


After walking a while, it was lovely to venture into the cool flowing waters of the river to cool down. Our wild swimming spot wasn't particularly deep but the brief dip was refreshing nonetheless.




Rickmansworth Walk Rickmansworth Walk



Rickmansworth Walk Rickmansworth Walk



Rickmansworth Walk Rickmansworth Walk




We rounded off the day with a canal-side cup of tea at the Cafe @ Lock 81.


Our circular 6 mile route came from the Wild Swimming Walks book and we are keen go on another wild swim adventure soon!



Jack Petchey Award - June 2016
Aug 24, 2016, 1:58 pm


Posted by Sue Seagroatt


Amber Restall was the winner of the Jack Petchey Award for June 2016. Amber is pictured here receiving the award with Sue Seagroatt at our summer end of term party.


Jack Petchey Award June 2016  



Despite being only 14, Amber is the fastest swimmer in the Juniors water polo section, and has achieved success at a high level this year, playing in the Under 16s South East Team which came 4th in the Girls' Inter-regional Championships in May (see an earlier blog post for more details).


Amber is an inspiring role model, not only our junior members but also our senior teams, in the importance of working both on your swimming and water polo skills.


Well done Amber.


We are grateful to the Jack Petchey Foundation for their support.


Jack Petchey Foundation logo  



Penguin Juniors End of Term Fun Tournament and Party July 2016
Aug 7, 2016, 12:24 pm


Posted by Sue Seagroatt


A very successful summer term for our Juniors was brought to a close in Hillingdon with our traditional fun tournament and party. The three teams at the tournament were captained by Daniel Culyer, Max Jensen and David Reynard. It is always a pleasure to watch the keen competition, enjoyment and cooperation across the whole age spectrum at this event - a true example of all that is best about Penguin.


Congratulations to all the players, and the winning team, Team Daniel: Tom Burch, Michael Seagroatt, Daniel, Matthew Emerton, Audrey Tala, Joshua Pan and Amber Restall.


Team Daniel



We were pleased to have Steve Baker presenting the awards at the party following the tournament. After the hard work he put into establishing this branch of Penguin, Steve is glad to see his legacy flourishing.


Certificates were presented to the London Youth Games (LYG) Best U15 Team who were delighted to show off the plate they won. Everyone thanked Aram for his excellent coaching of te team, somehow unimpeded by his broken ankle. There was also special praise to Ian Grimwood the LYG Tournament Director. The 2016 LYG Water Polo Tournament was the best ever thanks to Grimbo’s hard work over the preceding year.


Awards Jan-July 2016


There were 4 awards for the younger age group :


Best Young Newcomer: Audrey Tala who has worked hard to improve her swimming.


Most Improved Young Male Player: Antonio Bardella, the U13s top goal scorer.


Most Improved Young Female Player: Melissa Pala, one of our youngest members, another great swimmer and already picked for the U13s.


Manager’s Young Player: Nikola Christov, works hard in every match, particularly outstanding in the LYG.




Audrey Melissa





And 4 awards for the older category:


Best Older Newcomer: Zak Smith, always smiling, despite joining recently made a big contribution to the LYG team.


Zak and Steve Baker




Most Improved Older Player: Aleks Kozlowski, works tirelessly to improve his technique.


Manager’s Older Player: Daniel Culyer. His excellent leadership steered his team to win fun tournament. This was Daniel's last appearance before leaving for university, after 11 years playing water polo and nearly 8 years with Penguin; he will be much missed, not only for his water polo talent, but also his great sense of humour, and his team player ethic.


A big thank you for all the parental support, especially Sue B and the party organisers: Patrizia, Massimo whose pizzas were much complimented, Mike, Sam and Giovanni, and to Youguang for his photography skills.


The Jack Petchey Award and Under 14 Trophy were also presented, watch this space for more information.


Hillingdon Water Polo Under 15s win Plate at London Youth Games
Jun 24, 2016, 8:40 am


Posted by Sue Seagroatt


Hillingdon Penguin Water Polo Club took a team to Crystal Palace on Saturday 18 June to represent Hillingdon in the water polo final at the London Youth Games. Our team included a handful of experienced players, but the bulk were young and relatively new to the sport.



London Youth Games 2016 - Hillingdon team




We were unlucky with the draw and had to compete against two top quality sides at the group stage. We narrowly lost both these games, 3:7 against Camden and 3:4 Croydon. This meant we progressed to the Plate Competition where we easily won our next four games and were able to give our younger players lots of time in the water.  Results: 9:2 against Enfield, 11:3 against Merton, 10:2 against Harrow and 9:5 against Waltham Forest. The team had a great day and were delighted to come home with some silverware.


Credits go especially to Yalin Gulen and Toby Roberts who scored many goals. Both train with Ealing Water Polo Club and have also been selected for the current U16 London Team. Meanwhile Michael Seagroatt, the goalie, made many vital saves and Samir Garnie and Ben Mason have improved hugely as players this year.


Coach Aram Eidipour was delighted with the team’s performance and pleased to see the inexperienced players performing so well in the really tough games.


Five members of the team have joined relatively recently: Zak Smith, Manooch Nazem, Lavanya Manral, Lindi Fang and Matthew Emerton. Especially well done to them for competing for the first time with so little preparation and standing up to the tough and scary tactics employed by more experienced teams.




London Youth Games 2016 - Hillingdon team




Only one member of our team will be too old to compete next year and four are under 13 years old. To have so much young talent sets us up for an even better performance next year. Thanks are also due to Ilyas Raja in the role of coaching assistant and mentor.


Everyone really enjoyed the London Youth Games and we are grateful for the format, which encourages greater participation in our sport and development of new talent. We are also grateful to the Hillingdon Council Sports Development Team for their support.


We would love to hear from anyone aged 10-18 wishing to join our team. Join now and it could be you getting a prize this time next year! As long as you can swim well enough, our experienced coaches will teach you all the water polo skills required. If interested contact Sue at hillingdonwaterpolo@hotmail.com or 07980 577082.

The fabulous Midsummer Relays
Jun 20, 2016, 8:16 pm


Posted by Harry Mackenzie


Wednesday 15th June saw a team of four Penguins compete in the fabulous Midsummer Relay in Tooting Bec Lido. David Attenborough eat your heart out.


Organised by the South London Swimming Club, the event is an annual race in which 36 teams swim a 4 x 4 x 1 relay in a sub-zero lido about a mile long*. The Penguins were represented by Sarah, Fran, Paul and me, with Johnny as our trusted timekeeper (although assigned to officiate over another team to ensure fair play).



Midsummer Relays at Tooting Bec Lido



As well organised as the event is (and it is), chaos amusingly unfolds seconds after the start. No lane ropes, no helpful lines on the bottom of the pool to guide you, 36 swimmers at a time and open to all abilities. It is hilarious.


Recklessly swimming each of our first lengths flat out and relying on the tides for the remainder, the mighty Penguins battled to a majestic 8th place.


Post-swim, there was even a tasty falafel flatbread thingy to refuel.


Next year anyone?


*The lido is only 100yds long and probably isn't even that cold. What a wimp.



Success at the U16 Inter Regional Water Polo Championships
Jun 9, 2016, 5:59 pm


Posted by Sue Seagroatt


We’re thrilled that Penguin junior Amber Restall was selected to play in the Girls U16 Inter Regional Championships which took place recently.


Amber started training at Uxbridge in September last year. Already a successful competitive swimmer at Amersham Swimming Club, she had little experience of water polo but immediately impressed coach Claudio Palumbo who wanted her to play for the London team. Unfortunately, because Amber lives outside London this was impossible, so she got a place in the South East team instead.


Going into the competition, South East were seeded last, and Amber travelled to the competition in Liverpool on 28 May with low expectations. However, the team played brilliantly, winning three out of four matches on the first day and securing a place in the semi-finals on the second day.



Amber Restall South East Region team in the U16s Inter Regional Water Polo Champs 2016



In the semi finals South East were beaten by London and by Ireland, who went on to win the competition. They finished in 4th place which is a great result.


The London team, coached by our own coaches Claudio and Dariusz, finished in bronze medal position. As a very young team they were delighted by this result and we are very pleased for them.




London Region team in the U16s Inter Regional Water Polo Champs 2016



Congratulations to Amber, Claudio , Dariusz and also Tilly who trains at Ibstock School and registered with Penguin to compete in the London team.


See the full results here:




Jack Petchey Award March 2016
May 13, 2016, 7:19 pm


Posted by Sue Seagroatt


On 16 April 2016 we had a visit to Uxbridge from Vanessa Thomas of the Jack Petchey Award scheme. Vanessa explained about the scheme and took the opportunity to make the award for March 2016 to Ilyas Raja.


Ilyas, who is 16, has many qualities that make him an obvious choice. Although he joined the club only 14 months ago, he has become a key figure, popular both with his peers and the younger players. Prior to joining he had trained with Ealing Dolphins Swimming Club, but this was his first experience of water polo. He has trained very hard and competed in the London Youth Games team in June 2015, that came 4th in the competition. Ilyas enjoys water polo so much that he goes for extra training with Enfield.


Water polo


At the end of each term we have fun tournaments with teams of mixed abilities and ages, and Ilyas has become a popular team captain. He is notable for looking after all the younger players and ensuring he passes the ball to them. Recently he has refereed and been brave enough to stick by his decisions, even when they have proved controversial.


Ilyas has been recommended for the adult men’s Middlesex team.


Picture shows Penguin Juniors coach, Claudio Palumbo, presenting Ilyas with the Jack Petchey Award.

First win for our under 13s water polo team
May 7, 2016, 10:22 am


Post by Sue Seagroatt


The Hillingdon Penguin U13 team experienced their first win in a London Water Polo League tournament, against Bexley on Sunday 17 April at the Whitgift School in Croydon. The squad has been training under coaches Paul Bryan and Claudio Palumbo. The standard of competition, especially against local clubs Watford, and Ealing, but also Beckenham and Croydon has been very high. Playing as U12s the team were unsuccessful, although we were encouraged by a couple of draws.


Water polo



This crucial win makes us very excited about the future of this team. They have formed a very positive unit. A particularly notable performance came from Abelardo Cardenas, who worked tirelessly both in attack and defence and is shaping up to be an outstanding player. Antonio Bardella has great skill at scoring. Ben Mason finally broke his duck and scored, hopefully the first of many goals. But it is unfair to pick out names as the whole team are striving so hard.


Under 13s team April 2016



The photograph shows the team resplendent in their new kit: polo shirts and swimming costumes provided by the Postcode Community Trust. The kit is tremendous boost in helping to build a competitive team identity. Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.


Full list of team members:

Ben Mason, Ramsey Hammoutene, Joshua Pan, Levi Malhi, Georgia Mouratidi, Abelardo Cardenas, Sean McHugh, Inesh Warnapala, Antonio Bardella, Nikola Christov, Kushi Tamada and Maximilien Bruck.


Penguin Junior’s Team Kit Supplied by Postcode Community Trust
Apr 27, 2016, 4:09 pm



As Team GB reveal their new kit for Rio 2016, we are proud to show off the smart new kit for our under-13s mixed water polo team.


Penguin Juniors polo shirt Penguin Juniors team kit



Supported by the Postcode Community Trust, the new swimming costumes and polo shirts sport the stylishly simple Penguin logo, designed by one of our senior water polo players, Paul Skerm.


The kit helps to cement the formation of our home-grown squad of twelve players, based at Hillingdon.


"This is a very exciting development for our Hillingdon Juniors." says team manager, Sue Seagroatt. "We were previously competing at this level in joint teams with Enfield, but having a cohort of players who train together enables better preparation and team spirit under the high level coaching from Claudio Palumbo."


"The kit is tremendous boost in helping to build a competitive team identity. Perhaps it was no coincidence that when they wore it for the first time the squad had their first win in the London Water Polo League."


Penguin U13s team, London League, April 2016


"Another benefit is that the children can now be photographed for the website and social media - ASA safeguarding rules require them to be clothed from the waist upward. It's things like this that make a difference in raising the profile of our players and of water polo as a sport."


Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.




People's Postcode Lottery logo

Penguin Dinner 2016
Apr 26, 2016, 10:56 am


Post by Sarah Wren


On Saturday 23 April we celebrated our 95th anniversary at the Pengun Dinner 2016.


Penguin Dinner 2016



Ninety Penguins, past and present, with their guests, enjoyed a fabulous evening of great food, great company and lots of dancing. Big thank you to Joan Lake for organising the event.


Our tombola and auction raised over £1,000 for Club funds. Thanks go to a number of companies that supported us by donating prizes - Zone3, The Primal Pantry, Urban Fruit, BEAR, H2Open Magazine, Adam Regester, FRAE Frozen Yoghurt. Motion Nutrition and Mailsports. Plus all of our members who donated gifts as well.


See the photos.



Prince Dmitri Galitzine, RIP
Mar 29, 2016, 7:47 am


Post by Lew Bloomfield


It is sad to report the passing in Greece of an old friend of many Club members, Prince Dmitri Galitzine, b. 10.12.1927 - d. 09.03.2016.


Dmitri, or as he was more popularly known, Prince or Dima, “escaped” from Russia in 1932 with his parents, Prince and Princess Nicholas Galitzine, when he was four years old.  The family travelled to London via Berlin and Paris.


During the Second World War, Prince was evacuated to Carlyon Bay in Cornwall where he finished his education.  On his return to London, he joined Penguin Swimming Club and became a first class goalkeeper.  He played in the First Team for many years in the 1950s during which time they won the National Championship twice.


Prince was a Subdeacon in the Russian Orthodox Church.  He was laid to rest at the Holy Angels Convent in Afidnai in Greece on 10 March 2016 and a memorial service, attended by our President, Gill Turner, was held on 17 March 2016 at St Edward’s Church in Brookwood, Surrey.


Our thoughts at this sad time are with Dmitri’s daughter Marina and family together with Susan, his close friend of many years. 

Mini Polo at the London Youth Games
Mar 16, 2016, 7:54 pm


Posted by Sue Seagroatt


On Thursday 10th March some of our youngest juniors competed in the final of the London Youth Games Mini Polo tournament. The event was held at Crystal Palace in the shallow pool, situated on the level below the main pool.


There were nine teams representing the London Boroughs of Islington, Wandsworth, Tower Hamlets, Kingston, Havering, Brent, Ealing, Hillingdon and Haringey.


The Competition Director and main organiser is our very own Ian Grimwood.


Hillingdon Borough Council (LBH) paid for two training session and nine new Mikasa size 3 balls; they also provided a minibus to get us there on the day and t-shirts for the whole team. LBH Sports Development department pride themselves on the lurid colour of their t-shirts, hoping to stand out from the other boroughs; going one better than the orange of last year our team was resplendent in fluorescent lime green.


Team Hillingdon



The team was coached by Claudio Palumbo our Junior Head Coach. In the event, the team failed to get past the group stage, but as we usually play the deep water version of the game, we were unconcerned by this.


Claudio said ‘Thank you for the amazing day spent with the Team, we were unlucky and this is a different game from the water polo we usually play, but I think the guys did a good job and I hope they enjoyed  the experience.’


Altogether a fun day out and a good team building exercise for the children, who were delighted to get a day off school and have the opportunity to represent their Borough at such a prestigious event.


The team were Ramsey Hammoutene, Joshua Pan, Levi Malhi, Abelardo Cardenas, Inesh Warnapala, Nikola Christov, Jay Jadega, Maya Knezevic and Helena Furmston. all aged 10 or 11.

Penguin Dinner 2016
Mar 3, 2016, 11:19 pm


Dear Penguins and Friends


West London Penguin Swimming and Water Polo Club is celebrating its 95th year!


It would be wonderful if you could join the celebrations at the Penguin Dinner on Saturday 23rd April 2016. It's at the Hilton London Olympia Hotel, on High Street Kensington, 7pm for 7.30pm. Partners, family and friends are all welcome.


Early-bird tickets cost just £39.00 if you book and pay before 20 March. After that the cost is £45.00 per person.


We have a super menu (see the booking form below). Wine and beverages can be purchased on the night. Please tell us if you'd like us to send you the children's menu.


There will be dancing after the meal until 1am, and We will be holding our legendary tombola and auction. Please help us by donating a gift or two.


To book, download and complete the booking form and return it to the address given on the form.


I look forward to seeing you there.




Gill Turner


Club President

Season's greetings
Dec 24, 2015, 12:47 pm


Post by Gill Turner, Club President


To all our members, friends and supporters,


I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let’s raise a glass to the West London Penguins and look forward to a great 2016.




Juniors' end of term water polo tournament and party
Dec 21, 2015, 5:57 pm


Post by Sue Seagroatt


A great time was had by all at our Juniors end of term tournament and party in Uxbridge.


For the fun tournament, our five teams were captained by Hollie Maidment, Max Jensen, Michael Seagroatt, David Reynard and Matyi Molnar. The teams were mixed ages and abilities, and the competition was closely fought. It was good to see the older players looking after the recently-joined younger members. Max’s team was victorious.


At the party afterwards there were awards:


Jack Petchey Award for November 2015: David Reynard

Most Improved Young Player Sept-Dec 2015: Abelardo Cardenas

2nd Most Improved Young Player Sept-Dec 2015: Ramsey Hammoutene

Most Improved Older Player Sept-Dec 2015: Samir Garnie

Best Newcomer Sept-Dec 2015: Amber Restall



    Jack Petchey Award presentation Dec 2015   


David Reynard receiving the

Jack Petchey Award from

Paul Bryan



And there was cake!






A big thank you to Paul Bryan for his tireless support organising and coaching, and Sue Burch for helping out with admin.


Stephen Baker has been away for all but the first session this term, recovering slowly from surgery on his shoulder; we wish him a speedy recovery and hope he will be fully recovered early in the New Year.


Our thanks to Claudio Palumbo for trekking from South London to Uxbridge by public transport every Saturday to coach. We are also fortunate to have had coaching help from Dariusz Kadziak and John Nikolovski. Claudio and Dariusz could not attend the last session as they were away coaching the Under-14 Girls London Team, in Walsall. This team went on to win the Inter Regional Tournament - great coaching!


Our Juniors provision has benefitted from the Sport England London Water Polo Coaching Scheme and we thank Mark Burgess of London Swimming for agreeing to this.


Happy Christmas!



New Penguin water polo training at London Aquatics Centre
Nov 3, 2015, 3:24 pm


Posted by Jenny Austin


We're very excited about our new water polo training session on Tuesdays at the London Aquatics Centre.


London Aquatics Centre


Currently at 9-10pm in the diving pit, we will be moving to use the training pool at an earlier time once the facilities have been upgraded to allow water polo.


Stratford is the closest station accessible by Central and Jubilee lines, DLR, Overground and mainline trains.


This a London water polo hub session open to both men and women.


We're thrilled to be able to use such a fantastic facility. It's been quite an effort to secure the water time so we'd like to say a big thank you to those who have made it happen.

ASA level 1 water polo coaching course
Oct 25, 2015, 8:49 am


Posted by Sarah Wren


Book now for our ASA level 1 water polo coaching course running over 4 weekends starting on 1 November.


It's taking place at Hillingdon Leisure Centre, cost £250 with some ASA funding available to offset the cost after completion of the course.


For full details and how to book click here


Two new press cuttings in our archive
Sep 28, 2015, 8:04 am


Posted by Sarah Wren


It's always nice to receive items relating to our Club's history and the latest additions to our archive are two press cuttings concerning Penguin's victory in the ASA Junior Club Water Polo Championships in 1968.


The first press cutting tells how an express train was delayed by 6 minutes to get the triumphant Penguin junior team home from Darlington after they won through to the Championship semi-finals by defeating Darlington.


The second celebrates Penguin's victory in winning the ASA Championships.


  Press cutting Press cutting  



With thanks to Peter Berry for sharing these with us.



Bobby Wollaston, RIP
Sep 20, 2015, 4:28 pm


Post by Lew Bloomfield


It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Bobby Wollaston on 19th September at the age of 78 years.  Bob joined Penguin Swimming Club in the 1950s and was an outstanding contributor to the success of the Club as a water polo player, coach and referee.  He was Club Captain in 1969, Club President from 2000 to 2003 and was elected a Life Member in recognition of his work for the Club.


Bob was a devoted family man and, together with his wife Cathy, was justifiably proud of the achievements of their three children in water polo, diving and synchronised swimming, which included international honours for each of them.


Our thoughts are with daughter Jayne, sons Paul and Alan and their families at this time.


New Penguin drinks bottles - special offer
Aug 6, 2015, 3:51 pm


Post by Sarah Wren


Our new drinks bottles have arrived!


The bottles are 750ml capacity with a pull/push top in two colours schemes based on Club colours:


Penguin drinks bottles  


They are ideal for both training and competitions, and can of course be used for other sports too. There is space to write your name so you don't confuse bottles with team-mates!


Special offer: The bottles cost just £5 if you buy before the end of August. After that, the price will increase.


To place an order please pay via electronic bank transfer:

- Sort Code: 20-10-53

- Account number: 00434159

- Reference: 'surname water bottle'


Then email Richard Royal (richardroyal@hotmail.co.uk) stating which colour bottle(s) you would like and which section of the Club you belong to so we can arrange to get your order to you. (If you're not attending our training sessions we will need to ask you to cover the cost of postage and packaging.)


With thanks to Montse Verdugo and Richard Royal for organising production of the bottles.

Discounted price ASA Level 1 Water Polo Coaching course
Aug 5, 2015, 12:49 pm


We are working with the Institute of Swimming to set up a discounted price ASA Level 1 Coaching Water Polo course at Hillingdon Leisure Centre in Uxbridge, saving nearly £150 on the normal price!


The course will run across several weekends and the proposed dates are:


Sunday 1st November 10am-5pm: Classroom
Saturday 7th November 3:30-6pm: Practical
Sunday 8th November 10am-5pm: Classroom
Saturday 14th November 3:30-6pm: Practical
Sunday 15th November 10am-5pm: Classroom
Saturday 21st November 3:30-6pm: Practical


The practical sessions fit around the Juniors’ training sessions so the trainee coaches will be working with Penguin children who will have the benefit of more personal coaching. The theory sessions will be held on Sundays in a classroom at the Hillingdon Leisure Centre or nearby.


The ASA have funding to support clubs if we can get 11 learners to commit to the course, reducing the cost to around £250 per person (usual RRP £395 per person). There may be bursaries to reduce the cost further, so please at this stage, do not be frightened off by the cost.


You don't have to be a member of Penguin to attend.


If you are interested please email hillingdonwaterpolo@hotmail.com, then we will be in touch as things develop.


Juniors end of term tournament and party, July 2015
Jul 23, 2015, 3:21 pm


Post by Sue Seagroatt


A great time was had by all at our Juniors end of summer term tournament and party in Uxbridge.


For the fun tournament, four teams were captained by Daniel Culyer, Max Jensen, Nick Birch and Michael Seagroatt. It was good to see so many of the recent members showing off their newly acquired water polo skills. Daniel’s team were victorious.


At the party afterwards there were many awards:


Jack Petchey Award for March 2015: Alex Mouratidis (accepted on his behalf by Georgia as Alex is in Greece).

Jack Petchey Award for June 2015: Max Jensen

U14 Trophy recognising performance in 2014: Michael Seagroatt

Best Young Newcomer: Ben Mason

Most Improved Young Player Boy: Lorenzo Bardella

Most Improved Young Player Girl: Kushi Tamada

Manager’s Young Player: Georgia Mouratidi

Best Older Newcomer: Ilyas Raja

Most Improved Older Player: David Reynard

Manager’s Older Player: Alex Hammond


Award presentation Award presentation Award presentation


Steve Baker was thanked for organising, coaching and developing all the young players. We are indebted to him for setting up the juniors provisokn at Hillingdon five years ago and for his dedication since then.


Paul Bryan was thanked for coaching many training sessions, and organising and coaching teams for tournaments.


Grimbo was thanked for all his work behind the scenes.


We wish everyone a great summer.

Penguin Juniors water polo success in the London Youth Games
Jul 5, 2015, 9:25 am


Post by Sue Seagroatt


A number of Penguins played in the Hillingdon Under-15 Water Polo team which performed amazingly well at the London Youth Games at Crystal Palace on Saturday 21 June.


The team of 12 comprised a mix of girls and boys from years 7–10. Half the team were experienced players, while the other half only learnt to play water polo in the last few months. The team was Nick Birch, Ilyas Raja, Sam Roberts, David Reynard, Elana Keiles, Joanna Psoinos, Samir Garnie, Saharla Warsame, Yalin Gulen, Michael Seagroatt, Toby Roberts and Patrick Brown.


Hillingdon water polo team at London Youth Games  


Despite being in the harder of the two qualifying groups, the team won the first three matches in blinding form, beating Richmond 6-5, Haringey 12-9 and last year's winners and top seed, Southwark 8-7. They lost the last qualifying match 4-7 to Croydon putting them second in the group overall.


In the quarter finals the team beat Hackney 12-6.


The draw put them up against Southwark once again in the semi-finals , and they lost 3-9.


Despite their enthusiasm, the players were running low on energy for the 3rd place play-off which ended in a win for Croydon.


Overall the Hillingdon team came a very impressive 4th place and had the consolation that we were the only team to beat the eventual winners. Well done team!


The young team is already looking forward to returning next year with a team stronger for a year’s worth of extra training.Behind the scenes, Penguin members were responsible for much of the organisation of the London Youth Games water polo over the last year. Club members also helped with the organisation and running of events on the day, and played a part in fielding teams in two other boroughs, City of London and Richmond.


Any child who is a good swimmer and is aged 12 or over is welcome to come for a free water polo trial on Saturday afternoons in term time at Uxbridge Pool. Who knows, you could be selected to join the Hillingdon LYG team next year! Contact hillingdonwaterpolo@hotmail.com for more details.

Our new President
Apr 7, 2015, 11:26 am


Post by Sarah Wren


Gill Turner is our new Club President, taking over from John (Shakey) Lake, at the recent AGM.


Out-going and incoming Presidents  


Gill is a long standing member of the Penguin Master Swimming squad and is the first woman president since our current-day Club was formed from the merger of the Penguin SC men's club and the Hammermith Ladies SC in 1976.
(Read more about the Club's history here.)


Of course, we'd like to say a big thank you to Shakey for his hard work as President over the past few years. Shakey will remain on the Committee to continue to support the running of the Club.



Fiona Greer wins Rob Derbyshire Memorial Trophy
Apr 7, 2015, 11:12 am


Post by Sarah Wren


Fiona Greer received the Club's top award, The Rob Derbyshire Memorial Trophy, at our recent AGM.


The Trophy is awarded annually to the Penguin who has brought the most credit to the Club in the past year.


President John (Shakey) Lake presented the trophy to Fiona, recognising her international cap for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games water polo team, and her role as captain of our women's water polo first team which gained promotion back into the top division of the British Water Polo League last season.


Congratulations, Fiona!


Fiona Greer receiving award  


Read more about the Rob Derbyshire Memorial Trophy and previous winners here.


Penguin/Enfield Under 18s London League Title Triumph
Feb 22, 2015, 4:51 pm


Post by Amanda Roberts and Maxi Seagroatt


Penguin/Enfield Under 18s secured the London Water Polo Under 18 Division Two title in the final game on 1 February 2015, after winning all four of their matches in the tournament.


Well done to the team - Alex Hammond, Nicholas Birch, Samuel Roberts, Daniel Culyer and Max Jensen (all from Penguin) and Richard Waller, Alex Waller, Charlie Briers, Frazer Briers, Sina Dehnadi, Nikos Chamalidis, Costas Chamalidis, Adam Demeter and Emil Dautovic (all from Enfield).


In the final game Penguin/Enfield played Sutton and Cheam at QE Barnet, with a resounding scoreline of 15-8.


Sina opened the scoring. Our forwards were heavily marked for the rest of the game, and Charlie had three defenders on him on several occasions. Alex Hammond made three amazing saves in the second half.


The ball was moved around the entire team with great passes in for scorers to shoot with. Then, to end the match, Richard led an amazing attack, swimming with the ball from deep in our half to score the final goal with just two seconds left on the clock.


As the list of scorers shows, it really was a team effort: Sina (2), Alex W. (3), Charlie (4), Richard (2), Frazer (1), Nikos (2) and Costas (1).


Find the full results at http://w.fixtureslive.com/staticapi.aspx?a=statzone_comp.ashx%3fdivID%3d45163

U18s London League Tournament at Uxbridge on Saturday 24th January
Feb 1, 2015, 3:16 pm


Post by Steve Baker


The Combined Enfield/Penguin team demonstrated their dominance with two excellent wins against Chelmsford and Sutton and Cheam in last weekend's London League 18s tournament. 
vs Chelmsford 10-7 
vs Sutton and Cheam 12-8

Richard Waller 7
Charlie Briers 7
Alex Waller 7
Sam Roberts 1

The team is looking very strong and looks to finish the season high in the table.

The Chelmsford game was very close with a half time score of 2-2 and end of third period score of 6-6. However the team's strength, depth and stamina saw a 3-1 positive score to win the game.

The Sutton and Cheam game saw a similarly close game with a 6-6 score halfway through period 3. The Sutton international Alistair Wakeling scored half of their goals and tying him up in the second half of the game led to the Enfield/Penguin team’s success.



Jan van der Meer
Jan 2, 2015, 8:44 am


Post by Sarah Wren


It is with sadness that we report the death of Jan van der Meer, on 29th December 2014, following a long illness. Jan and his wife Myrna, Lew Bloomfield’s cousin, will be remembered by many of our older members for their hospitality in welcoming Penguin teams to their home during training and tournament trips to Holland. It was following these trips that Jan and Myrna were elected Overseas Members of the Penguin Swimming Club.


Our thoughts are with Myrna and her family at this sad time.

Christmas message from the Club President
Dec 22, 2014, 4:35 pm


Post by John Lake



Hi All Club Members,


Christmas PenguinAs we are reaching the end of the year and Christmas is almost upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all club members, familes and friends a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.


Kind regards


John Lake
Club President

Penguin Emperors fight for promotion
Dec 16, 2014, 1:52 pm


Post by Fiona Greer


Penguin Emperors played our second Championship playoff weekend in at Leeds university 13/14th December.  We started the weekend with many players missing dues to work commitments and illness so the 8 players who did make it worked hard in both games and headed back to London having given it their all.


Saturday 13th December


Penguin vs Welsh wanderers

We broke our jinx of trailing after the first quarter to have an impressive 6-0 win. With some great team support, we went into the second quarter confident but the Wanderers came back at us and held our attacks and there was only one goal from the Penguin pit in the whole quarter.  The third quarter was close again with a narrow lead 3-2 to penguin, Emma Christie scoring her first for the season in a last second shot making the most of our attack.  Going into the fourth quarter we were starting to make more steals and Alex Andrews controlled the defence from pit D to help some quick counters and we scored a couple more good counter attacking goals.  The team worked hard for each other, lots of assists and supportive team work.  A great win and some needed points.
Final score; 14-2 Scorers; E.Christie (1), H.Boyd (3), F.Greer (5), E.Shaw (1), C.Martin (4).


Penguin Emperors, Dec 2014




Sunday 14th December


Penguin vs Otter Lutra

Penguin came out guns blazing but Otter held our attack in what proved to be quite a physical game. Claire Martin got Penguin off to a perfect start scoring two strong goals from the arc.  The second quarter was tough with a strong press holding our attack but both Julia Petchey and Fiona Greer managed to score from pit before being closed down.  We were down 7-4 at the end of the second quarter and went into the third quarter knowing we had to keep working hard.  It was a fast physical game and  Otter were a little fresher and scored 2 more goals on the counter while our players were starting to run out of steam with only one sub.  We went into the 4th quarter and gave it our all, Katie Collins made two tremendous one-on-one saves denying Otter any goals in the final quarter. With Julia Petchey scoring from distance to give Penguin one more goal we won the fourth quarter 1-0.  Final score; 9-5 Scorers; F.Greer (1), J.Petchey (2) C.Martin (2).


Penguin Emperors, Dec 2014




Well done ladies, the team work this weekend was fantastic.  A few red faces at the end of the Sunday game, Katie Collins was outstanding!  Thanks as ever to Shakey for coaching and to our supporters Joan Lake, Ella Greer and Fiona Shaw (Emma's mum!).


Penguin Emperors, Dec 2014




With a couple of vital points, its all to play for in Matlock, we need three wins out of three but with most players available and if we avoid to many mince pies we can do it.


Merry Christmas!

Local Derby at BWPL: Penguin Rockhoppers meet Poly
Dec 12, 2014, 11:10 pm


Post by Aria May


Penguin Rockhoppers and Poly brought their best efforts to the local derby last weekend, with Penguins being defeated 7 to 1. Penguins played a strong defence and fought 'til the end!

We played Liverpool Beatles on the same day with our average age probably double the opposition's! The Beatles were nimble and benefited from speedy counter attacks. Penguins lost 7 to 5.

Penguin Rockhoppers battle in vain
Nov 30, 2014, 4:55 pm


Post by Jenny Austin


Penguin Rockhoppers fought for a second British Water Polo League win but alas were plagued by the season's bad luck in a weekend of defeat to Southampton and Hucknall.


The team showed more promise than in previous weekends and never gave up, despite seemingly impossible scorelines. We treated each quarter as a new start with the desire to win to win although the results were not to be.


Penguin Rockhoppers, Nov 2014 

Penguin Rockhoppers

Back row: Clelia, Jac, Lily, Michaela, Heather and Kate
Mid row: Isobel, Aria and Jenny
Front row: Nikita and Jia Mei





All members of the team, including new member Clelia La Russa, deserve credit for their performance.


The Rockhoppers are now look‎ing forward to the next weekend in Watford with positivity for a good result.

Penguin Steve Smith plays for the London U14 girls team
Nov 9, 2014, 8:19 pm


Posted by Sarah Wren


We’re thrilled that Penguin Stevie Smith was selected to play in the London girls’ team at the ASA U14 Inter-Regional Water Polo Championships this weekend.

On Saturday the team played very well in three tough matches. Although they were defeated, the girls fought well to keep the scores close:

vs North West 7-10
vs East Midlands 9-13
vs East 4-8


The tables were turned on Sunday when the team achieved a fantastic 10-0 win against Scotland.

Penguin Emperors' winning streak continues
Nov 2, 2014, 6:37 pm


Post by Chiara Palazzo


Our women's first team, Penguin Emperors, travelled to Grantham today (Sunday 2nd November) to contest the final game of Division 2 against Tyldesley. With a score of 9-2 we remain undefeated and have cemented our position at the top of Division 2 at the end of the first half of the British Water Polo League. We will now go on to compete in Championship 1 for the rest of the season.


We faced Tyldesley with a strong squad of 11, although we were missing key players including captain Fiona Greer. I stepped up and was proud to to lead the team to a sound victory, with three goals under my cap in the process. We had a slow start with some missed opportunities but we held a 2-0 lead at quarter time. We won the next quarter 4-1, extending our lead to 6-1 at halftime.


We had a mixed second half but kept control of the game to win 9-2. Strong play from the team featured stand-out performances by goalie Katie Collins, Hannah Boyd and Amy Middlemast. Goal of the match goes to Vicky Miller with a counter down the left side.


Thanks again to coach John Lake for his control of the game from the sideline.


Congratulations all in winning Division 2, and here's to continued success in Championship 1.

Penguin Rockhoppers meet local rivals Poly in BWPL
Oct 20, 2014, 12:34 pm


Post by Aria May


The Penguin Rockhoppers were in Marlborough this weekend for their BWPL Div 3 matches.


On Saturday we welcomed some new young and energetic players onto the team for our match against the Poly women. It was a friendly but competitive game as both teams who now train together tried to win. Penguins played well but lost to Poly, 7-4.


We played Sunderland on Sunday. It was a close match with both teams neck and neck the entire way. Unfortunately Penguins weren't able to convert a few penalties and we were pipped with an opposition goal in the last minute. Final score 5-6 to Sunderland.

Three more wins for Penguin Emperors
Oct 15, 2014, 6:59 pm


Post by Fiona Greer


Penguin Emperors played our second national league weekend in Gloucester on 4th and 5th October. Two of our three games were predictably tough and we were forced to refocus after finding ourselves down at the end of the first quarters. But our team spirit never failed and when we needed it we worked together and came through fighting to earn crucial wins maintaining our position at the top of the league.


Saturday 4th October

Penguin vs Liverpool Waterbeatles
It took a few attacks for Penguin to get on the scoreboard but an early goal from pit set the tone for the match, shortly after K.Collins saved a Liverpool penalty to deny them an early equaliser.  A solid Penguin defence led by A.Andrews and L.Dooley frustrated the Liverpool attack and allowed some quick counters from A. Middlemast, E. Shaw and C.Martin.  J.Petchey added to the goal tally in the final quartet with 2 goals in quick succession from pit. 
Final score: 12-3
Scorers: H.Boyd (2), A.Middlemast (2), S.Spearing (1), F.Greer (2), J.Petchey (2), E.Shaw (1), C.Martin ( 2).


Penguin vs Welsh Wanderers
Penguin needed to up their game against the Welsh Wanderers.  At the end of the first quarter we were trailing 4-2 after conceding a penalty and failing to close down the outside shots.  An early penalty conversion at the start of the 2nd quarter from the captain F.Greer was the start of the fight back. Coupled with some crucial defence from E.Christie and quick-reaction top-corner saves from K.Collins in goal, we denied the Wanderers any goals won the second quarter 3-0.  The Penguin girls tightened up their defence and started to create more chances in attack to win the third quarter 3-1.  Penguin kept their focus to win the last quarter 5-2.
Final score: 13-7
Scorers: A.Middlemast (4), S.Spearing (1), F.Greer (3), J.Petchey (2), A.Andrews (2), L.Dooley (1).


Sunday 5th October

Penguin vs Mid Sussex Marlins
Mid Sussex came out all guns blazing and for the second time in as many games Penguin found themselves down 3-2 at the end of the first quarter.  Again we held our focus in what was proving quite a physical game, A.Middlemast opened our scoring with some great defence stealing the ball to set up the Penguin attack.  K.Collins was solid in goal, making some vital tough saveswhich denied the Marlins the chance to equalise.  The goal of the match came in the third quarter from S.Spearing who drove to the 2 meter mark and received an inch perfect pass from V.Miller. This completed Spearing's hattrick for the match and brought the score to 9-5.  It was a very tight game with 14 exclusions but Penguin held their composure and supported each other to finish 10-7.
Final score: 10-7
Scorers: H.Boyd (1), A.Middlemast (2), S.Spearing (3), F.Greer (2), C.Martin (1), C.Palazzo (1).


Well done ladies, we are top of the league undefeated after 6 matches.

Penguin women are top of the table after opening weekend at BWPL
Sep 23, 2014, 12:40 pm


Post by Fiona Greer


Our women's first team, Penguin Emperors, kicked off their BWPL campaign with three wins in the opening weekend of the division two season at the Newport International Sports Village. A big welcome back to John Lake as our coach and to all players who have committed to play this season.   I'm pleased to be team captain this year with Chiara Palazzo assisting as vice-captain. 


Penguin Emperors, Sept 2014 

Penguin Emperors left to right, back row: L. Dooley, S. Spearing, F. Greer, K. Collins, C .Martin and E. Shaw;
front row: H. Boyd, E. Christie, J. Petchey, A. Middlemast,
C. Palazza and John "Shakey" Lake (Coach).





Saturday 20th September
Penguin Emperors vs Manchester Comets.   At the end of the first quarter we had drawn 1-1, settling down in the second quarter to set up the arc and create the space for the outside shots and opportunities to convert from pit, but we were still only narrowly leading 4-3 after the second quarter.  We stepped up in the last two quarters with some great linked play and a solid defence to win the second half 5-0.
Final score: 9-3
Goal scorers: A. Middlemast, F. Greer, C.Martin, C.Palazzo.


Penguin Emperors vs Liverpool Liverbirds. Our second game of the day was tight at the start and we went into the second quarter with a narrow 2-0 lead, Liverpool showed their experience winning the second quarter 3-2 reducing our lead to 4-3 at the end of the second quarter.  The third quarter saw a crucial save from K.Collins denying the equaliser from Liverpool.  Penguin refocused making some great steals resulting in a couple of quick counter attack goals increasing the lead to 8-5 at the end of the 4th quarter.
Final score: 8-5
Goal scorers: H.Boyd, A.Middlemast, S.Spearing, C.Martin, E.Shaw.


Sunday 21st September
Penguin Emperors vs Hucknall. The third game of the weekend against Hucknall was harder than the scoreline suggested.  An early penalty awarded to F.Greer in the pit just 15 seconds into the game was converted by A.Middlemast opening up the scoring and setting the tone for the game.  Some disciplined defence led by L.Dooley closed down Hucknall attacks and some well timed steals from goalie K.Collins helped the quick counter attacks adding to a steadily increasing goal tally.  Penguin were unfortunate to concede a goal after a man-up from Hucknall gave them a well earned goal in the last minute of the game.
Final score: 9-1
Goal scorers:  H.Boyd, A.Middlemast, F.Greer, J.Petchey, C.Martin, C.Palazzo.



  Top of the Division Two league table, Sept 2014


A great start to the season, putting us top of the table after the weekend. We play again on 4th and 5th October in Gloucester.

Aug 11, 2014, 11:54 am


Post by Jenny Austin


Penguin women had another weekend of success at London League winning all of their matches. Goals from a variety of players brings confidence for the coming season!


Looking forward to the next fixtures already!!


  Penguin women's water polo team at London League in July 2014 Alex Andrews about to pass the ball

Back row: Emma Shaw, Rhia Haycock, Aria May,
Jenny Austin, Alex Andrews;

Front row: Shakey, Marta Tufet, Emma Christie,
Julia Petchey, Chiara Palazzo, Jodie Wilkes.


Alex Andrews about to pass the ball.

  Julia Petchey swimming to score from a push shot Chiara Palazzo defending the ball before winning the steal

Julia Petchey swimming to score from a push shot



Chiara Palazzo defending the ball before winning the steal


Penguins participate in ASA British National Championships
Aug 7, 2014, 12:50 pm


Post by Charles Wahab


Swansea - the ultimate goal of every masters swimmer in Britain. The stuff of which dreams are made of. The ultimate silverware.


For someone who never competed before his hair started thinning, going to the ASA National Swimming Championships was a milestone. Trying to see past the fact that the annual event was in Swansea, a town renowned for its colorful atmosphere on weekends (sic), I was excited to participate.


This is it. The main event of the year.


The Penguins had been to the Wales National Pool for a previous meet this year and knew what to expect at the 50 meter pool. Little did we know that this weekend would be full of surprises. When the online registration system fell to its knees in the face of my geek powers, attempting to register for both my individual events and the Penguin relays it hit me with a £112 fee, for six entries. One can do much in the modern office environment: armed with a headset, screenshots from multiple screens, three browsers and Whatsapp I was promptly on the phone to the ASA complaining and trying to register the relays before the deadline at midday. I lost that battle and the Penguins were not going to be participating in any relays. (Could be a good thing, keep reading).


Camille Vrain, Richard Royal, Montse Verdugo, Olatz Beitia and Dylan Tanner had also registered and we were set with three events each. However our troubles continued after the ASA published the race schedule: our preferred events were far between, with some of them on the Friday morning to add insult to injury. French people don't like to be messed around (Camille), neither do the Mexicans (Montse). Hence, it was determined that our transport, the Royal bus, would not be leaving Londontown till Saturday morning and everyone would have to skip the 100m freestyle event on Friday. This decision was made partly in protest, but mostly because it required taking a day off work and the Rylston pub seemed like a better option for Friday night. We had already lost before we even got there!


My 400m freestyle event was timetabled for Saturday morning so, had I joined the Royal bus, not only would I have had to sit on someone’s lap, but I would have missed yet another of the events I’d registered for. Swansea cuisine isn't exactly a sufficient reason to travel there and not swim (I do like those Welsh cakes though) so alternative measures had to be taken…


I decided to head down to Swansea on the Friday, and managed to convince Olatz to join me, so we could both make our early morning events on Saturday. The rest of the team in the Royal bus would arrive later.


Apparently Swansea is THE place to be in June - when it comes to hotels that is. All hotels in Swansea were fully booked, and the closest we could find was a Best Western in Port Talbot, the nearest pseudo-town.


My train arrived in Port Talbot around 4pm, and I decided to walk to the hotel to check out the town, planning ahead for the next evening in case it offered a viable alternative to Swansea’s infamous Wine Street (suitably named) to watch the England game in the World Cup. I quickly disregarded the idea since Port Talbot city centre looked more like Dresden in February 1945. Nevertheless, as soon as I turned the corner on to the promenade leading to the hotel, I forgot about the measly 100 meters event that evening, and the decision was made to go for an ocean swim as soon as I got to the hotel. It was a sign: there were three penguin statues along the pier!


  Penguin statues on the pier at Port Talbot Beach at Port Talbot 

Penguin statue on the pier.

The beach at Port Talbot.




With a five minute walk to the beach, an indoor pool (open till 9pm), a jacuzzi and a sauna, the £55-a-night hotel quickly ridded me of the trauma of walking through Port Talbot.


I went for fantastic 1-mile swim across the beach, in about 15 degrees water, without a wetsuit. By the time I got back, the tide had risen so far inland that my towel which I left on the breakwater had been swept away by the waves.


Still not had enough swimming. I decided to chill out in the hotel pool until Olatz got there. Once she arrived we decided to chillout even longer in the pool (with a beer) before heading out into Port Talbot for dinner (the hotel restaurant had a funeral function).


After trying almost every pub (all three of them) that no longer served (or never had) food, we settled for a pizza before taking a taxi back to the hotel for an early night so we make our races in the morning.


We got to the Wales National Pool at about 9:30am in time for the warm up. The place was already busy: the 50m pool and the warm up 25m pool were packed with swimmers. We had enough time to park our bags at the far end corner of the stands (our basecamp when we were last here) and go for our warm up. I felt a bit out of my depth, as everyone looked like they could be in a Diet Coke advert.


400m freestyle Charles Wahab  

The 400m freestyle beckons. HAPL is our ASA club code
derived from our previous club name HAmmersmith Penguin,
with the suffix London.

Heading for my first race.




I was up first in the 400m free. I finished second in my heat, but at 6:41 I was strongly disappointed. 50m pool or not, this was not a great performance. I was lapping at about 50 seconds per 50m which is 5 seconds off my personal best for this distance.


Olatz was up next, and seemed to be in better spirits than I was, as is clear in the picture below. She came 8th in her category with 54.32 in the 50m breaststroke.


   Olatz Beitia

Olatz waits for her race.



The Royal bus had arrived by then. Mexico had won its football match the night before, and one could spell "Rylston" in the eyes of our fellow Penguins.


The cavalry did little to stop the carnage, as Camille and Richard lapped at 32.81 and 29.37 respectively in their 50m freestyle event, off their personal bests and nowhere near the leading times with one swimmer coming in at 24.30 (a world record back in the 70s).


Long-faced and feeling defeated, The Penguins headed back to the Port Talbot hotel, only to find that they had misplaced our booking! Luckily they offered free drinks at the hotel bar until they sorted us out, and we would have slept in the reception had they let us drink for free perpetually. Myself and Dylan went for a dip in the ocean, leaving the rest of the troops to drink and paint each others’ nails while the hotel found us a room. They finally dispatched us to the Holiday Inn Express where we were received by an extremely bubbly hotel manager who seemed more excited about us getting free breakfast than we were.


England was playing Italy at the World Cup, and we were keen to get into Swansea to watch the game. Avoiding previous mistakes of cold steaks and half cooked meals, we booked a table at one of the chain restaurants to guarantee ourselves a hot meal before we hit Wine Street. Stuffed and ready to drink, we walked through the myriad of Swansean party-goers, many of which revealed (sic) shocking discoveries for Olatz and Dylan, while Richard handled the sarcasm-laden commentary.


Finding a nice couch at the “nameless” wine bar right in front of the big screen (and the way to the toilets), England sadly did not do any better than we did at the pool, succumbing 2-1 against the Italians. Gary Lineker’s bland commentary caused the female Penguins to fall asleep on the couch. Even more long-faced we made our way through the revelers and to the taxi rank for a ride back to the hotel.


We did not fare any better in the pool the next day. Dylan, also known as Batman, took his place on the starting blocks to defend Penguin honour. He made a respectable showing in the 200m freestyle with 2:35.58.


By that point, I had resorted to sarcasm (as usual) with our Penguin cluster in the stands splitting into the "friendly side” of myself, Olatz and Camille (who by now had resorted to performance enhancing drugs ) messing about trying to grab the attention of Richard who was busy googling Yorkshire puddings.

  Charles, Olatz and Camille Camille

Selfie with Olatz, Cap'n Flint and Camille.

Camille resorts to performance-enhancing drugs.



Finishing last in all our events we were heading for a clean sweep of the "ass whooping" category until Montse provided a shining light by winning silver in the 100m fly. Our pub discussion about her fitness were now laid to rest.


Stu, our inflatable mascot, was very happy not to be deflated without donning at least one medal before the event was over. Cap’n Flint, our fluffy mascot, was happy to make a new friend with Trunx, the British Swimming mascot won by Montse, as he joining the Penguin’s legion of stuffed animals.

  Penguin mascots Stu with medal 

Trunxs meets Cap'n Flint.

Stu shows off Montse's medal, with Cap'n Flint.




The trip ended with the customary ride back to London, struggling to stay awake by singing 1990s songs, while probing ideas on how to achieve better results next time.

Club Awards
Jul 21, 2014, 11:47 am


Post by Sarah Wren


At the Penguin summer party this weekend the winners of the Club trophies and awards were announced. See the winners below, with Club President, John "Shakey" Lake. 


  Sam Roberts receiving the U15s Trophy from President John Lake Steve Baker receiving Rob Derbyshire Trophy from President John Lake 

Sam Roberts receiving the U15s Trophy in recognition of his 
achievements in the Juniors team.


Steve Baker receiving the Rob Derbyshire Memorial Trophy
 for 2013, recognising the credit Steve has brought to the Club
through his Presidency of ASA London Region.



  Toby Roberts receives the Jack Petchey Award for March 2014 from President John Lake Joanna Psoinos receiving the Jack Petchey Award for June 2014 from President John Lake .

Toby Roberts receiving the Jack Petchey Award for
March 2014.

Joanna Psoinos receiving the Jack Petchey Award
for June 2014.



  Daniel Culyer receives the Jack Petchey Award for July 2014 from President John Lake Alex Waller reprenting the London Region National Champs winners 2014 from President John Lake .

Daniel Culyer receiving the Jack Petchey Award for
July 2013.

Alex Waller representing the London Region
team that won the 2014 National Championships.






Well done to all these winners, plus Ben Garland who won the Ron Turner Trophy but was not present to receive his award.


Under 15s London League round-up
Jun 30, 2014, 12:17 pm


Post by Paul Bryan


The young Penguin and Enfield under 15 team had another outing on Saturday 28th June, at our Hillingdon pool in their second London League tournament. Our games followed a similar pattern to the previous tournament, but with some improvements throughout.


We started with a good win against the Croydon team, which are at a similar age group and level of experience as us, scoring 12 goals to their 6. Whilst Sam Roberts was the stand out forward scoring 10 of our goals, many of these came as the result of good team-play getting the ball and players in the right positions.


We lost our remaining two games against stronger, more experienced teams from Chelmsford and Ealing. However, in each of these matches there were good times when we were competing strongly, before making unfortunate errors which were punished with goals against.


Well done to all the players.

Terry Miller, RIP
Jun 20, 2014, 2:11 pm


We are sad to learn that former Penguin water polo player, Terry Miller, has passed away, aged 82.


Terry was one of the greatest players of his time. His international water polo career spanned 1949-56 and included the 1952 and 1956 Olympics. He also held the world record for the most number of goals scored in an international match. 


Long-standing Penguin Lew Bloomfield remembers: "I knew Terry Miller very well.  He was a very big guy.  In the days when the game involved a very static 2 yards forward (now 2 metres), he was an international player and the finest 'sitting forward' in this country, if not the world.  He was able to score goals whilst being very closely marked, often when he was actually under the water.  Terry was a bank manager and, for a short while, was Penguin Club treasurer.  He had a younger brother Keith who also played and was a member of Penguin for a year or two.  They both started their careers playing for Plaistow for many years before joining Penguin."



Under 15s find their feet in the London League
Jun 19, 2014, 7:39 am


Post by Paul Bryan


A very young combined Penguin and Enfield team competed in the first London League under 15's tournament at Whitgift school in Croydon on Saturday 15th June. Our first game, against a more experienced Ealing side, was the first time a number of the younger players had competed and it showed as we struggled to come together as a team, losing 8-0.


We were also losing heavily against a much older Chelmsford side, when an unexpected fire alarm at the pool gave us an opportunity to get outside and re-group. The second half was a significant improvement and we held our opponents to a 3-all draw during this period. Although we lost the game overall it subsequently transpired that some of the Chelmsford team were not eligible to play, so the result has now been reversed.


Under 15s team


Our final game was against a more evenly-matched side in Croydon and the steady improvement throughout the afternoon shone through with some good team goals and a win at 8-5.


So an ultimately successful tournament with two wins recorded out of three games as this new team starts out its playing experience.


Many thanks to all the parents for helping to get players to the tournament and for your support. Next round is back at home in Hillingdon on the 28th June.

Getting back in the swim at the Middlesex Masters
Jun 8, 2014, 6:06 pm


Post by Sarah-Jane Law


Middlesex Masters Swim Meet was held on a beautiful sunny day on 1 June. Unfortunately my morning was not so sunny, having snoozed through my alarm, I left myself approximately half an hour to exit the house and meet the Penguins to head to the pool.


Not having competed in seven years and only been in the team for two months, I was most definitely nervous getting back on the blocks. Other team members were in the same boat and together we made a pact to turn our nerves into excitement. This proved a huge success the team having gained 4 golds, 6 silvers and 10 bronze.


Penguin team and Middlesex Masters Swim Meet  
Our team - Jennie Stirling, me, David, Dylan Tanner, Johnny Wren, Charles Wahab, Olatz Beitia, Camille Vrain, Gill Turner, Sarah Wren, Richard Royal, John 'Shakey' Lake, Montse Verdugo and Stu the Penguin.



It was a great experience to compete once again, to watch others gain several PBs and to be part of a relay team made me want to do it all over again.


After a successful competition, the colony migrated to the pub to celebrate.


See the team's results here.


Eastbourne Masters Meet
May 21, 2014, 11:36 am


Post by Fran Lou


With temperatures forecast for a sunny 25 degrees C, Richard, David, Charles and I packed our swim gear and Penguin mascot Stu, and headed south for our next Masters' swim competition in Eastbourne.


The traffic was horrendous as we shared the motorway with many others heading towards the beach, and with Minis completing the London to Brighton Mini Cooper car rally. When we encountered yet another delay thanks to a detour just off our exit from the motorway, we thought all was lost and we should change the sat nav to locate the nearest pub and beach! However we finally arrived at the pool just as the referee's horn was starting the first event. Having completely missed the warm up, it wasn't the best way to start a meet!


The thoughts that crossed my mind as I prepared to dive off the blocks for the first time in 15 years included belly-flopping and water-in-goggle issues, but thankfully it was like riding a bike -- you just don't forget.

Fran Lou with her first two medals of the meet  
With my first two medals - just checking whether they are made from chocolate!



It was a really friendly swim meet and run very smoothly, although competition was fierce and there were many exceptional swimmers.The team brought home three silver and two bronze medals, and many personal best swims. We watched as Richard avoided disqualification in his first attempt at 50m fly by eyeing-up the female marshal at the end of the first lap. (His time could have been a lot faster and possibly a gold medal swim if he hadn't appeared to attempt to ask her for her number, although it did somehow lead to the swimmer beside him to be disqualified!) Nice work Richard! 


We ended the day on the Eastbourne seafront, with a quick dip in the sea and an al fresco meal at Bexhill-on-Sea.

Richard and Charles pose while
David is already in the sea.
Richard and Charles pose while David is already in the sea.  Stu enjoys a post race beer, still wearing the team's medals.
Stu enjoys a post-race seaside beer,
still wearing the team's medals.


I really enjoyed the meet and it was good to know how fast I can swim under race conditions; interesting to see other people's swim techniques and to support and cheer my fellow team mates too. It has given my swim training more meaning as I have some work to do to catch my rivals at the next meet. Most of all I had a really fun day and encourage everyone to have a go.


See the team's results here.

Gloucester Masters Meet
Apr 17, 2014, 8:23 am


Post by Richard Royal 


The Gloucester Masters Meet was our third event of the year and despite being the most competitive so far, the team returned with nine medals (three golds, four silvers, two bronze) and a host of new personal bests. One of the non-Penguin highlights was watching a 25yr-old Cardiff swimmer complete the 200m Freestyle in 2:13:29 by doing the whole event in butterfly!


I was pleased to smash my 200m Freestyle personal best by eleven seconds and take bronze in my age group with a time of 2:39:88. I bettered my 100m Freestyle personal best by three seconds to finish in 1:06:60; and my 50m Freestyle by over a second to finish in 29:28.


Andrew Swift beat his 50m and 100m Breaststroke times by nearly half a second each to take two silver medals (35:56 and 1:17:78 respectively). He also won gold in the hardcore 400m IM with a time of 5:46:10. Respect!

Richard, David, Andrew, Camille, Olatz and Stu the Penguin.
Penguin team at Gloucester Masters Penguin team
The Penguin team with Stu sporting their medals.


David won a silver medal in the 100m Breaststroke with a time of 1:39:09. He  beat his 50m Fly pb by half a second to finish in 40:59, and swam a new 50m Freestyle pb with 34:97.


In the 100m Breaststroke Camille Vrain beat her personal best by two seconds and was unlucky to miss out on a bronze medal with a time of 1:27:71. She also beat her 100m IM time by over two seconds, finishing with 1:19:06. She took a silver medal in the 50m Freestyle.


Olatz Beitia won two golds in the 100m Breaststroke (1:41:15) and the 50m Breaststroke. She also beat her 100m Freestyle estimated time by nine seconds to finish in 1:41:15.


See the results here.

British Gas Swim Wales Open Masters Meet
Apr 17, 2014, 8:21 am


Post by Charles Wahab


As part of his 2014 Tour of Britain, mascot Stu the Penguin headed to Swansea in Wales for the British Gas Swim Wales Open Masters meet.


Happily inflated, Stu rode in the back of David's car with Olatz Beitia for the three hour journey to Swansea on Friday evening, in readiness for the meet next day. Richard Royal, Camille Vrain and Dylan Tanner made up the rest of the Penguin team but they opted for the dreaded 6am drive from London on the Saturday morning. Yet still they managed to arrive at the pool before the Friday group!


For the next two days, Stu proudly gathered our gold, silver and bronze medals. Total tally: 5 gold, 10 silver, 3 bronze in the individuals, plus a gold in the relays. And at the end of the meet Stu even received a special shout from the MC for his support in making this event a success!

Camille, David, Olatz, Charles, Richard and Dylan.
Penguin team Penguin masters swimmers
Olatz, Camille, Stu the Penguin, Richard and Charles.


To end the weekend we went for a well-deserved lunch of chips and mushy peas, while discovering the beautiful beach of Mumbles on the Atlantic (no swimming though)! Then it was back to London.


See the results here.


Stu will be back on the road on April 13th with the team travelling to the Gloucester Masters Meet.