New Coaching Staff Announced

Sunday, August 10, 2008By CHUCK GRACEI am pleased to announce our new coaching staff for the 2008/2009 swimming season (biographies below).Following Coach Jay’s decision to spend more time with his growing family, the team executive took a few moments to talk about the future of the team. We concluded that we were still firmly committed to our vision of Fun, Fit and Fast – and in that order. But we also noted that with the growth in the Silver Dolphins over the last 5 years – and our growing reputation for an enthusiastic, quality program – we had reached a...


Silver Dolphins were well represented at the Provincial Open Water Championships

Sunday, July 20, 2008The Silver Dolphins were well represented at the Provincial Open Water Championships held on July 19th in Brights Grove. In the 3.0 KM race, Manny Pardo was the first male out of the water, won his 35 year old age group and set a new course record. On the ladies 3km side, Lisa Chin was the first person (male or female!) out of the water and also won her 25 year old age group. Chuck Grace was the first male out of the water on the 1.5 km course and also won his 50 year old age...


The London Silver Dolphins Silver Anniversary

Tuesday, June 3, 2008Mark your calendars and come join us on Saturday, July 12th to celebrate 25 years of masters swimming London. It’s hard to believe but, yes, Linda Quigley was just 15 years old when she started swimming with the Dolphins. And 25 years later she doesn’t look a day over 40.To celebrate our 25th anniversary we have some festivities planned for down at the Thames Park pool (following the completion of the Hauch meet).So, mark July 12th ,Thames Park, 4:00pm (ish) in your calendars. We’re planning a couple of fun relays, followed by a BBQ at the pool and then...


Finlay Wins Bronze at World Championships

Monday, April 21, 2008Bryan Finlay of the London Silver Dolphins won bronze in the Men 65-69 400 Individual Medley at the FINA World Masters Championships in Perth, Australia on Sunday (April 20). Finlay’s time was a 6:57.18.

London Silver Dolphins Three-peat as Provincial Champions

Monday, March 31, 2008The London Silver Dolphins are the Ontario provincial masters swimming team champions for the 3rd year in a row. The team was led by two relay teams, each of whom established new world bests. The relay team of Sandie McTavish, Rob Stoddart, Brian Finlay and Linda Quigley established a new world best in the Mixed 4 x 200 Medley Relay for the 240 age group – shattering the old mark by over 2 minutes. And not to be out done, John Waring, Matt Stewart, Paul Cappa, and Manny Pardo eclipsed the previous world mark in the Men’s...


Silver Dolphins help Local Swimmers at Olympic Trials

Monday, March 24, 2008The London Silver Dolphins are doing their part to help local swimmers succeed. The Silver Dolphins have agreed to finance the travel arrangements for a physiotherapist to accompany 18 London swimmers competing at the 2008 Olympic Trials April 1-6 in Montreal.The London swimmers competing at the trials include Ryan Atkison, Joe Bartoch, Brad Vanderkam, Bryn Jones, Dayton Salmon, George Young, Joe Barker, Justin Kemp, Hayley Nell, Kristine Walker, Megan Gilmour, Shannon Nell, Lenore Chesworth, Christina Melezis, Brittany Cooper, Alex Cooper, Andrew Cole and Darda Gieger.

140 Swimmers Compete in BMO Nesbitt Burns Meet

Monday, February 11, 2008The 2008 BMO Nesbitt Burns Long Course meet (13th annual) was held on Feb 10, with about 140 swimmers participating. The meet was a great success again. Results can be found on

Silver Dolphins 9th overall at 2007 Nationals

Tuesday, May 22, 2007Thirteen London Silver Dolphins competed at Nationals in Winnipeg, May 18-21, placing 9th overall. There were many great swims, with several club records set. It was an excellent meet and we had a great time! Results are posted on

London Silver Dolphins Repeat as Provincial Champions

Wednesday, April 4, 2007Swimming in the 2007 Ontario Masters Swimming Championships, the London Silver Dolphins defended their 2006 title as provincial team champions. The team of 48 swimmers, ranging in age from 20 to 68, competed in the Sudbury meet over the weekend of March 23, 2006.The team was led by a number of veterans including Bryan Finlay, 64, competing in his 28th master’s championship. Finlay won gold in the 50 meter and 100 meter Breaststroke, the 200 meter Backstroke, 200 meter Butterfly and the 400 meter Individual Medley. Former Olympian Rob Stoddart, 57, struck gold in the 100 and...


Silver Dolphins dominate provincial masters swimming championships

Tuesday, April 4, 2006Held over the weekend of March 31, the 2006 Ontario Masters Swimming Championship attracted over 550 swimmers from 59 masters teams throughout Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and the U.S. The local London Dolphins scored a total of 7,838 points, eclipsing their nearest rival by almost 3,700 points. The 64 members of the Dolphins ranged in age from 19 to 76 and brought home a total of 78 first place finishes. The team also established 10 provincial and 6 national records.On the women’s side, the team was lead by 76 year old Alice Lawrence swimming in the women’s...