Littledown Masters

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Do you have a competitive streak?
Are you an ex swimmer who hung up the swim goggles too early?
Thinking about entering a triathlon or open water swim event?

Then join a club to up your training and achieve your goals.

If you enjoy swimming and want to start taking things a bit more seriously the best thing for you to do is join a club.

But it’s not all about swimming, there’s also a fantastic social side to swimming clubs.

Littledown Masters Swim Squad prides itself on excellent coaching, first class facilities and a positive (competitive) environment!

We train Monday, Wednesday, Friday morning from 0700-0800 as well as Monday and Wednesday evening from 2015-2115.
All sessions run out of the wonderful Littledown Centre, Bournemouth.

Present members include a World Half Iron Man Champions, European Triathlon Age Group Champions and a past Olympian plus a host of swimmers who still compete at County, Regional and National Masters competitions.

Now coached by Sam Woodward, assistant head coach at Swim Bournemouth.

Interested in joining?
Use the contacts page and Sam will get back to you ASAP

What is Masters swimming?

Masters swimming is basically a swimming club for people over 25.
There is casual fitness swimming available, as well as organised competitions – although there is no pressure to compete.
People get involved in Masters to improve their health and fitness, motivate themselves with competitive swimming and to have fun making friends with like-minded people.

Tribute to Laurie

The late Laurie Dormer set up Littledown Masters after retiring as head coach of Bournemouth Dolphins.

“Laurie’s passion for the sport and determination to raise the profile of swimming, not only in Dorset but also nationwide, was instrumental in the formation of the British Swimming Coaches Association and the Southern Junior League.”
Dorset County ASA

After starting his coaching career at a lifesaving and teaching club in Middlesex in 1950, he went on to form the London Borough of Ealing SC. He joined Bournemouth Dolphins in 1984 and founded the Southern Junior League in 1994. He coached Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer, Karen Legge, when she was a teenager, and also trained national junior swimming champions such as Charlotte Evans, Sabina Heywood and Ben Gibbs.
He also produced a string of National Age Group Championships and since 2006 with Littledown Masters, National Masters medalists and World Triathlon and Iron Man champions.

Laurie retired from the Bournemouth Dolphins in 2005 and was given a standing ovation when he made his last appearance at the Western Counties championships in Millfield where he was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the BSCA.

Laurie Dormer, former Head Coach of Bournemouth Dolphins SC and coach of Littledown Masters died aged 85 years on 11 February 2016.

Laurie’s passion for the sport and determination to raise the profile of swimming, not only in Dorset but also nationwide, was instrumental in the formation of the British Swimming Coaches Association and the Southern Junior League, while his tenacious involvement in the late 1980’s at the planning stage of what we know today as the Littledown Centre has ensured that Dorset got the 8-lane competition pool it so badly needed.

“He will be remembered fondly by many for his hard work, for his contribution to the sport of swimming and for his commitment to swimming coaching in Britain. Laurie will be sadly missed.”
BSCA