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Penguins face tough conditiions at the RNLI 3.8km Long Swim in Bournemouth
Aug 15, 2011, 11:38 am

RNLI Long Swim logoPenguins Lisa Williams, Adam Levy and Bronwyn Donne faced tough currents in the 3.8km Long Swim in Southbourne, Bournemouth, yesterday.

The event, organised by Votwo in partnership with the RNLI, saw swimmers head out from the beach to complete a three lap off-shore route before finishing back on the beach.

After the event Lisa commented, "That was ridiculously hard - the current was really strong and my time was about 28 minutes slower than usual! It was really tough going and I almost dropped out before first lap was over." However Lisa battled through in a time of 1:29:04, placing her 8th in category (senior female) and 54th in total.

Adam added "Add a bit of motion sickness and feeling like it would never end and that was my race summed up!" Adam finished 77th overall and 19th in the senior men category, in a time of 1:48:02.

Bronwyn came in soon ater Adam in 1:51:39 echoing Lisa and Adam's sentiments, "It really was hard." Bron finished 13th in category and 79th overall.

Well done all!


A weekend of mixed fortunes in Bath
Sep 4, 2011, 1:29 pm

Penguin Team at BathPenguin Men's First Team fought three tight matches at the first weekend of the British League in Bath.

We started with a great 13-11 win against last year's League winners, Bristol. Match two saw a narrow 10-11 defeat against Rotherham, with Penguin conceding the winning goal with just a minute to go. Our final game against Portobello was a similar story culminating in an identical 10-11 scoreline.


Nominate a young Penguin who you think deserves to win!
Aug 1, 2011, 9:09 am

Ticketshare logoThe London 2012 Ticketshare scheme is awarding Olympic tickets to young people (aged 18-25 years) from local sports clubs who 'live' the Olympic Values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect. Winners will receive a ticket to attend an event at the London 2012 Games in a small group with other winners, possibly accompanied by a British Olympian.

Penguin can put forward the name of one Club member to the selection process being run by British Swimming on behalf of our sports of swimming and water polo. So we're asking all Penguins to nominate young people from the Club who they feel would most benefit from the scheme if they were to win. Closing date for nominations is Wednesday 31st August.


Francesca's London 21012 blog
Jul 30, 2011, 2:35 pm

In this month's blog Francesca looks back at two recent training camps in Italy and Spain, and the GB team's latest head-to-head with Spain in the Euro Qualifiers. Plus she sets the scene for the team's next trip to China in August to compete in the World Student Games.


Francesca's September blog
Oct 2, 2011, 11:38 am

GB water polo teamEn route for London 2012, Francesca's latest blog sees the GB team battered and bruised vs the Canadians but euphoric against the Ukranians.


Frankie's January blog
Feb 1, 2012, 10:40 am

Underwater funFrankie's first blog of 2012 traces the GB Team's progress at the European Championships in Eindhoven...


Congratulations
Jul 23, 2011, 10:26 pm

Shakey and Joan's weddingOur congratulations and best wishes to Shaky and Joan who were married yesterday. With love from all your friends at Penguin.

Enjoy this extract from Gill Turner's diary about the wedding:

Shaky marries Joan – at last

In a fortnight of wind, rain and bleak skies, Friday 22nd July dawned clear and sunny, when Joan and Shaky got married.

Forget about William and Kate… this was the wedding of the year. Not quite Westminster Abbey, but the next best thing and just as memorable at the Lensbury Club in Teddington.

The bride – glowing and radiant in a dress that took your breath away – was led down the aisle by her proud dad, to the music of Fats Domino's Blueberry Hill. I remember when my big brother Shaky, bought that record (his first 78", I think) back in the fifties. The fifties and sixties was a great era and everyone who knows Shaky knows how he loves his rock and roll…

Sharing in the celebrations were John and Joan's families and closest friends including seven vintage Penguins: Lew and Sally Bloomfield - Best Man (great speech Lew!) and Best Woman (great help Sal!), John and Kay Whelan, me (Gill Turner, Shaky's sister) and Malcolm and Carol Cromer (less 'vintage' than the rest of us, but getting there!).

Joan's mum (now we know where Joan gets her boundless energy from!), as well as being in charge of buttonholes, had made the spectacular cake (gluten free of course, for Shaky), although the icing and the cute little bride and groom penguins eyeing each other warily on top were all Joan's work.

Joan's daughter gave a great speech in a tribute to her much-loved mother, and other family members entertained with a very funny song dedicated to Shaky, their own lyrics set to the music of Blueberry Hill and closing with the line 'What took you so long?'.

Touching, emotional (Shaky's speech had us all welling up!), entertaining and so much fun. It was a fantastic day when Joan and Shaky got married.

 


Tom Dean is a step closer to winning a ticket to London 2012
Oct 1, 2011, 9:43 pm

London 2012 Ticketshare logoCongratulations to Penguin's Tom Dean who, as result of the Club's nomination, is being put forward by British Swimming to the final selection in the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme. The winners, decided by the British Olympic Association, will win a ticket to the Games, potentially in the company of a former Olympian. 

Well done, Tom! We wish you luck.


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