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
Jo Sepkes-Jones - Admin Support
Janet Gray - Swim Rep
Michelle Wilcox - Swim Teacher
Di, Ossie, Ann & Janet - 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 - 1.00pm
We have 2 sessions running (at 11.15 and 12.00).
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 more suitable for the children with their carers and those who prefer a more open swimming session. We are flexible now as to when you choose to swim on a Saturday and you do not need to keep to strict session times.
Sadly, Rita has decided to retire from Wagtails after 25 years. She has helped many swimmers gain confidence in the water and improve their swimming technique. Her foot massages are legendary. Many people won’t know that she has driven teams of Wagtails to Galas as far away as Plymouth and Sevenoaks in Kent. In between helping swimmers on Saturdays, she has over the years, visited or telephoned members with difficulties or ill health. We will miss you Rita and many thanks from all of us.
Our Xmas party is set for Saturday 9th December. We will have games in the pool followed by festive food, music and a bumper raffle.
We have also set a date for our own Gala next year. It will be on Saturday 17th February 2.00pm at Canford School so please keep the date free.
Congratulations to Oscar, Sam, Ru, Ann and David who were each presented with a Wagtails cup. Medals were awarded to Marie, Polly, Rafe and Jo. Most swimmers received a distance award certificate to recognise their individual achievement. Click here for more details.