Our Swimming Club
Based in East Dorset, Wimborne Wagtails is a local club offering swimming, water therapy, swim awards, galas and social activities to people with a wide range of disabilities and health conditions.
We became a charity in 2015.
We welcome members who have a disability, (physical, learning or hidden), who are recovering from an operation or illness or have a health condition which would benefit from swimming.
We are open to members of all ages and their supporting family, carers and friends.
We also have a small volunteer team of trained swim teachers and swim helpers to assist in the water, subject to availability.
Trustees and Club Organisers
Julian Vernon - Chairman
Sarah McDonald - Vice Chair
Alexandra Tuckey - Treasurer & Secretary
David Allen - PR Officer
Ros Barton - Safeguarding
Liz Burrows - Swim Teacher
Rita Mathews - Swim Teacher
Michelle Wilcox - Swim Teacher
Di and Ossie Osborne - Swim Helpers
Julian Vernon - Meet and Greet
Swim venue and times
We swim every Saturday at
Queen Elizabeth Leisure Centre
Wimborne BH21 4DT
11.15am - 1.15pm
We are now back swimming regularly at QE and it is great to see our regular swimmers benefitting from their swims.
We have 2 sessions running (at 11.15 and 12.15). All swimmers have their allocated session and lane.
The first session will have 3 lanes in place for lane swimming and will suit those who prefer a quieter swim. The second session will have one lane in place for lane swimming and then the pool is open. This is suitable for the children with their carers and those who prefer a more open swimming session.
We have recently had a influx of new swimmers including many children which is lovely.
Welcome to our new youngest swimmers twins Oscar and Harry, Isaac, Rebecca and Tyler. Also welcome to Amelia, Margaret, Charlotte, Diane, Wendy, Polly, Torin, Jackie, Sean and Jo.
We are delighted to add a new swimming teacher to our team - Michelle.
Our Autumn newsletter is now available.
As you may have already have heard Dorset Council has propsed withdrawing from funding QE Leisure Centre. This would be devasting for our Club as we have swum successfully here for nearly 30 years. Click here to see the Club's testimonials.
South Today came to QE on 30th Oct to interview several of our swimmers and to film our Club in action. This was to raise awareness of the importance of Wagtails to the disabled community and the necessity to keep QE open.
Farewell to Jacqui and Liz
We will sadly say farewell to 2 of our swim coaches this year. Jacqui left earlier this year after 5 years and 3 as Chairman and Liz will retire in December after 20 years service. They have both contributed a huge amount to the Club and will be sorely missed. Click here to read Rita's tribute to Liz and see the latest newsletter.