Sponsorship allows the swimming club to offer an inclusive environment for the local community

Carnforth Otters ASC is a competitive swimming club that helps youngsters achieve their swimming goals, as individuals or as a member of a team. The sponsorship from Oglethorpe, Sturton & Gillibrand helps the club deliver a quality environment with highly qualified swimming coaches. It also allows Carnforth Otters to keep their fees at a level that ensures inclusiveness for everyone in the local community.

Carnforth Otters coach, Andrew Richardson explains: “Sponsorship is becoming increasingly important for clubs like ours.  It helps us keep our fees low to make it accessible for everyone and ensures that we can offer high quality tuition and coaching. This coming year is particularly important as the club has significant expansion plans. The new bypass means Salt Ayre Leisure Centre will be more accessible to more swimmers, so we need to be prepared to handle increased numbers. We’re also keen to build on the amazing results achieved in the 2016 season that included our Microleague team of 9-12 year old swimmmers who qualified for the North West Final. We’ve also had a number of swimmers who have achieved national level success in Triathlon and Pentathlon events in addition to competitive swimming”.

Jennifer Grabowski, Partner at Oglethorpe, Sturton & Gillibrand commented: “Many of our staff have families who swim with the Carnforth Otters. We’ve seen first hand how the club operates and benefits swimmers of all levels. We are also in an ideal position to understand what the club needs to continue the support it gives to swimmers of all ages in the local community. We’re delighted to be able to support Carnforth Otters again for the coming season. We hope it will help more local swimmers reach their full potential”.

New British and European records broken by Carnforth Otters swimmer

Carnforth Otters swimmer, Sophie Casson recently broke the British and European record for the 200m Freestyle for the 30 – 34 year old age group. Sophie is already the World Record holder for the 400m Freestyle in the 25-29 age group and the 30-34 year old age group.  Sophie Casson commented: “I’m very proud to swim for the Carnforth Otters, being their longest serving swimmer, it is an honour to be a role model and part of the coaching team for a very talented group of young swimmers. In the 200m Freestyle I was just 0.7 seconds outside the World Record, so my aim is to beat the World Record next time.”