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Wednesday masters swimming sessions re-start next week
Sep 28, 2013, 4:05 pm

St Paul's School pool has reopened following a facelift over the summer. This means our Wednesday masters swimming sessions resume next week (Wednesday 2 October).

London Swimming Awards
Sep 14, 2013, 9:59 am

Frankie SnellWe're proud that our own Frankie Snell has won Water Polo Athlete of the Year at the London Swimming Awards, recognising her outstanding achievement in playing for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

Sep 3, 2013, 9:16 pm

Penguin girls in Amsterdam, Aug 2013On 30th August, 16 Penguin girls headed to the Netherlands to play in the International Water Polo Tournament in Amsterdam. With a cross-section of ages and players both old and new, it was a great opportunity for the team to play together ahead of the imminent British Water Polo League season.

Our first match was an early start against Spanish team. Club Natacion B. Despite being evenly matched in terms of game-play, the opposition pulled ahead and capitalised on their shots taking the final score to 8-0.

Next we took on the hosts, Y2. As we found our feet and grew in confidence it was a closely fought game with the teams matching each other goal for goal. The final score was 8-6 to Y2 and we were unlucky to suffer defeat.

Saturday evening saw a Penguin turn-around from the results of earlier in the day, as we got used to playing together and communicated better. Fantastic goals from Julia Petchey, Marta Tufet and Sonia Spearing took us into the lead but the opposition, Arethusa, kept up the pressure taking the game into a tense final few minutes. Jess Harris pulled off several incredible saves to stop Arethusa adding to their tally and we secured our first victory of the weekend with a score of 7-6.

The Sunday morning wake-up call from Team Junior, Jia Mei Lee, was more of a struggle for some than others, but the team managed to hide their hangovers well in the water as they took on Y3. We were organised and in control as we set up man ups, and took more shots on goal. A score of 6-4 reflected both the hard work of all of the girls and more great saves from Jess in goal.

The final match was against Jaws and the we were determined to finish with a win. It was our best game yet, with extraordinary defence preventing many of Jaws' chances. All of the Penguin girls worked really well together, and the match saw goals come from at least half the team. The final result was 7-2; a testament to the improvement we had made across the tournament.

Thanks to the organisers for a really well-run and friendly tournament, giving the opportunity for bonding with many teams from across Europe. We may have consumed the capacity of Shell pool in alcohol in the process, but the combination of water polo and socialising left many great memories of a fantastic weekend.

Additionally, huge thanks go to our own Chev Williamson who organised the tour and expertly pulled together the Penguin team.

See more pics from the weekend.

Vicky Miller

Pissarro Great River Swim 2013
Aug 31, 2013, 3:43 pm

Sarah Wren and Hannah Monaghan with trophiesPenguins Hannah Monaghan and Sarah Wren came away with the silverware this morning at the 13th Annual Pissarro Great River Swim at Chiswick.

Hannah won the overall race whilst Sarah came first in the women's vets category.

Johnny Wren made up a trio of Penguins. The race was over a 1k out and back course with the first leg against a very strong current.  

Channel Relay Success
Aug 20, 2013, 12:48 pm

Channel swimBig congratulations to Penguin masters swimmers, Lisa Williams and Montse Verdugo, who reached France in the early hours of this morning after their relay swim across the English Channel as part of Team Flamingo.

Wearing pink costumes and hats to reflect their team name, they battled choppy seas, braved the jellyfish and dodged the shipping vessels to complete the crossing in 14 hours, 12 minutes and 55 seconds. We hope you celebrated your success with pink champagne!

From now on our training sessions at Fulham Pools will seem very tame by comparison.

London League
Aug 19, 2013, 6:40 pm

Penguin men at London League- Aug 2013Penguin men's team - Kyle Worthington, Wesley Connellan, Ollie Parkes, Bruce Elder, Miguel Perez, Taka Ota, Johnny McDaniell, Nick Beard, Tom Dean, Matt White and Albie Duffy - at London League last night.

We enjoyed a win against Otter (10-6) in the first game but Croydon proved just too strong in our closely fought second match (10-13). 

Bridge to Bridge Swim
Aug 13, 2013, 1:08 pm

Bridge to Bridge swim logoCongrats to Penguins Miguel Ortiz, Sonia Spearing and Andrew Swift who completed the 14k Bridge to Bridge swim from Henley-on-Thames to Marlow on Sunday 11 August.

All three finished with great times... see their results here.

Norman Massey RIP
Aug 11, 2013, 9:32 am

We are sad to report that Norman Massey died on Monday 29 July 2013 of a heart attack at the grand age of 92.

Norman joined Penguin in 1938, aged 17. He was a talented swimmer and water polo player who was Club Captain in 1956 and was later made a life member of Penguin in recognition of his achievements. He made many friends through the Club, enjoying the competition as well as the social events, and spoke about them often after he emigrated to Australia in 1970. He has stayed in touch in recent years via his daughter Rae.

Norman features in most of our photos from the 1940s and 50s and in several of the press cuttings which he kindly donated to our archive. He also donated other items of Penguin memorabilia including medals and a number of commemorative tankards.

Our condolences go to Rae and the Massey family.

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