The Apollo Swimming Club

for the Physically Disabled


Recent News


Annual Christmas Table Top Sale

On Saturday 30th November 2019 we held our annual Xmas Table Top Sale at the Holy Trinity Scout Hall in Yeovil which was attended by many of our members, friends & family and members of the public. The morning was enjoyed by all and raised an amazing total of £528 for club funds.


Many Thanks to Sarah who was the main organiser of the event but also the ladies in the kitchen as well as those who bought tables and helped with the prize draw.


2019 Interclub Gala

Apollo rounded off the 2019 gala season when we hosted the final interclub event on 22nd September at Sherborne. A closely fought gala saw the hosts winning with 154 points closely followed by the Wimborne Wagtails on 147 points the Plymouth Pisces on 136 points with the Mendip Mallards on 124 points. The Presentation this year was held at the West End Hall in Sherborne. Congratulations to everyone who took part and many thanks to the organisers and helpers.


2019 Plymouth Gala

The Apollo Team did very well in the recent 2019 Plymouth Gala where they came second. The overall event was won by the Plymouth Pisces with the Mendip Mallards coming third. Adrian from Apollo was a worthy winner of the Men’s Endeavour prize.


2019 Street Gala

A very closely fought gala took place at Street on Saturday 11th May 2019 with only a few points separating the teams. The afternoon saw the Mallards winning the overall event with Apollo coming home third. However, a great time was had by all with each of our members winning medals. Apollo fielded a ladies relay team for the first time in a long while and everybody is now looking forward to the next event at Plymouth at the end of July. Congratulations to the Mendip Mallards on hosting this successful event.


2019 Wimborne Wagtails Gala

This year we attended a new interclub gala that hasn’t been previously held as on 16th March 2019 a team of eight Apollo swimmers travelled to Wimborne to take place in the first gala to be staged by the Wimborne Wagtails. All of our members received at least 3 medals each with Yeovil Apollo placed 3rd and the Mendip Mallards taking the overall win. For all involved it was a huge success and it was great to see so many competitors. A thank you must be given to the Wagtails for holding a lovely gala and we hope that they will host many more. Thank you also to Jackie Drake who safely drove the Apollo team to and from Canford School.


Christmas Gala 2018

Sunday 17th December 2018 saw a keenly contested Xmas gala eventually won by the Santa team captained by Jackie Masterson. Following the gala there was the usual party and trophy presentation at the Holy Trinity Church on Lysander Road in Yeovil where a good time was had by all. The food was fantastic, there was a Christmas disco and everybody won a draw prize. Thank you again to everybody who has supported this year’s many festive seasonal events.


New Minibus Handed Over

On Saturday 3rd November 2018 there was a formal handover of the clubs new minibus by our proud sponsors SMV Commercials at their premises in Yeovil. The handover ceremony was attended by the local press and around 50 members and supporters of the Apollo club. There were refreshments available and all had a chance to have a good look around the new minibus and take photographs. Special thanks to Gordon Dunnachie (Sales Manager) and Leanna Salter (Marketing and Customer Executive) at SMV who hosted the event and also everyone else at SMV who helped to make the morning such a great success. It was a lovely morning – thank you all.


Our new ‘top of the range’ minibus has been modified for use by disabled people and will take up to 3 wheelchairs and the interior has been upholstered in the clubs colours of red and blue. Many thanks to all of the individuals, charity organisations and Businesses that have made this great achievement possible. Photos from the handover are on the Gallery page


2018 Interclub Gala

Our 2018 Interclub Gala hosted at Sherborne Boys School Leisure Centre on 30th September was again this year a great success: The Wimborne Wagtails winning the overall event, Mendip Mallards were runners up with Apollo third and Plymouth Pisces in 4th place. The ladies Endeavour was won by Linda Ward of Pisces, the Men’s Endeavour by Mark Ham of Apollo, The Junior Endeavour by Isabella Haynes of the Wagtails and the Victor Ludorum by Patrick Baldry-Lee.


A fantastic day all around with a big thankyou to all of the visiting teams and Jackie, Sheila and Etive and everyone who helped them on the day.


2018 Street Gala

On Saturday 12th May a group of swimmers and their families travelled to Street to take part in the first interclub gala of the year. Our team contained many new swimmers, taking part in a gala for the first time, and hence many were repositioned due to the handicapping system. However, we put up a tremendous performance coming in 3rd place overall and a good day out was enjoyed by all.


Simon Weston Charity Dinner

Following months of planning, the long awaited Apollo Swimming Club Charity Dinner took place on the evening of Friday 3rd November 2017 at the Haynes International Motor Museum where the guest of honour was the Falklands War Hero Simon Weston. Simon received a standing ovation at the end of a very inspiring after dinner talk.

During the evening the guests enjoyed a fantastic meal and were entertained by a very talented young singer. They played heads or tails and there was a traditional auction as well as a silent auction and a raffle. Some of the brilliant prizes either bid for or won during the evening included a holiday in Spain, tea at the House of Commons, a visit to the home of Lord and Lady Fellowes where Lord Fellowes (Creator of Downton Abbey) will be present to answer questions on the subject as well as a personal tour of Sherborne Abbey to include a view from the Abbey roof as well as a day with the Royal Navy plus many more.


The evening was a great success and the Apollo club would like to thank all who attended including club members as well as representatives from local businesses and the general public. This was a charity dinner in aid of a replacement club minibus.


Interclub Gala 2017

This year we held our annual interclub gala on 4 September 2017 at Sherborne Boys School Leisure Centre followed by food and a presentation at the Digby Hall in Sherborne. The gala went very well for our team with Apollo winning the cup back again after conceding it to another Club last year. There were 4 teams from across our region competing on the day and everyone in the Apollo team won at least one medal. Thanks to Sue, Jean, Sarah & Etive for preparing the food for the evening and everybody else who helped at the pool in the afternoon.


Plymouth Gala 2017

We attended a gala on 5th August 2017 at Plymouth and with only a small team of 6 we managed to come third. Our junior swimmer Craig took the junior endeavour award along with a junior from Plymouth and also the junior trophy for highest points. One of our ladies Amelia won the Ladies endeavour and between them all we ended up with 10 Gold 3 Silver and 9 Bronze medals.


We had a safe journey home with very happy and contented swimmers for their valid efforts.


Street Gala 2017

The first Interclub Gala of 2017 took place on the 6th May at Street where Apollo came in 3rd place. A fantastic day was enjoyed by all of our members attending with all of our swimmers winning medals. We are hoping to do just as well at our next Gala which will be at Plymouth on 5th August.


YAOS donation

Donation by YAOS

Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society President John Curry presents a cheque for £1000 to the Apollo Swimming Club during a break in rehearsals in 2016.


The money was raised during the immensely successful show Evita that the YAOS had staged at Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre earlier in the year.




Thursday evening Sailing has finished for 2016.

Many thanks to Paul Wilson. Apollo Sailing takes place most Thursday evenings throughout the summer on Sutton Bingham Reservoir (weather permitting) and we hope to start again during the spring of 2017.


Interclub Gala 2016

This year’s interclub gala took place at Sherborne Pool on the afternoon of Sunday 25th September 2016 and was enjoyed by all our members and visiting clubs alike. The afternoon produced great excitement with Apollo coming 2nd to the Mendip Mallards by 5 points. Many thanks to all the organisers and all the other clubs for participating. Approx £120 was raised on the draw.


Street Gala 2016

Early in May, Apollo performed very well at the 2016 Street gala with our adult team coming 3rd and juniors 2nd. James Suchet received the Victor Ludorum trophy for the 2nd year running.


Keynsham Gala 2016

Our members recently enjoyed a very good day out at this year’s Keynsham Gala on 19th March 2016. Apollo won the overall event for the third year running and amongst many other awards made to our members was the Endeavour trophy won by Sheila Drake.


Christmas Gala 2015

Our annual Christmas Gala was held this year on Sunday 20th December 2015 at Sherborne Leisure Centre and was well supported and enjoyed by all. Several of our members were rewarded with endeavour and achievement trophies not only for their efforts on the day but also for their achievements over the past year. There was carol singing on the minibus back to Yeovil where a presentation and Christmas Party was held at the Moose Hall. A fantastic spread of food was prepared by Tracey Wilson and Joan Owen. Thank you to them and also Jackie and Sheila Drake and their families along with all of the other timekeepers, team captains, waiters and waitresses and draw ticket sellers who worked tirelessly all afternoon and help make it another truly memorable day for the club.


Interclub Gala 2015

On the 11th October 2015 we won our annual interclub gala for the 5th year running. Well done to all of our members who took part and to everyone who helped on the day especially our fantastic Swimming Coach Jackie Drake.


Plymouth Gala 2015

On Saturday 18th July 2015, as in previous years, we sent a team to compete at the Plymouth gala. With our youngsters winning the junior trophy and our senior team coming home in 3rd place it was a very successful day for the club all around especially when considering that there were only 4 points separating the first 3 senior teams. Our medal haul for the day consisted of 15 Gold, 7 Silver & 8 Bronze with Katie winning the Junior Endeavour trophy. As always many thanks to all the organisers from both Yeovil and Plymouth.


Woodlarks Camp 2015

Several of our members recently returned from the annual NASCH Woodlarks Camp at Farnham, Surrey.

Here is a diary of the week


Cash for the Community

Thank you to everybody who collected the coupons and voted for us through the Western Gazette for the ‘Cash For The Community’ Competition recently. It was a huge effort by all concerned resulting in several thousand votes and The Apollo Swimming Club being awarded 3rd place. The winning cash will be put to good use and benefit all of our members.


Street Gala - May 2015

Saturday 9th May 2015 saw another great success for our swim team at Street finishing in joint first place with the Keynsham Seals. This means that The Apollo Club have effectively won the first 2 interclub galas of the year with our members taking 10 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals at Street. Well done to all concerned.

Edith Roberts


Edith Roberts - Life Honorary Membership

The Club has recently granted Life Honorary Membership to Edith Roberts. Edith joins a very small band of people ever to be recognised in such a way and was presented with her certificate at the swimming session of 31st March 2015 at Sherborne. Involved with the club since it’s early beginnings, she has served on the Committee as Publicity Officer during which time she went out to local schools giving talks about Apollo and also initiated our involvement in the regular Library displays which have become an annual event although she is better known to our members past and present as somebody who has always been there to help at our sessions and events in anyway required. Her help has been very significant in keeping the club in existence for over 45 years.


The photo shows Edith Roberts being presented with her Life Honorary Membership by Chairman Colin Vickery.


Keynsham Gala March 2015

On Saturday 28th March 2015, Apollo competed in our first gala of the year at Keynsham. Overcoming the hosts by a single point won the overall event with all of our swimmers performing extremely well. It was also very nice to see one of our members Doreen who had travelled specially from Essex to take part. If you would like to be part of the team for the remaining galas of the year then please talk to our coach Jackie Drake.


Christmas Gala 2014

This year’s Christmas Gala took place at Sherborne Boy’s School on 14th December 2014 followed by a presentation and Xmas party at the Milford Hall in Yeovil. The combined event was very well attended again this year and was enjoyed by everyone. Congratulations to all members who took part in the races and won medals and trophies and thank you to all the organisers both at the pool and at the hall.


Christmas Table Top Sale November 2014

On Saturday 29th November 2014 we held our Christmas Table Top Sale at the Scout Hall off Lysander Road in Yeovil. The Sale was a great success. Noticeably far busier than in previous years raising over £300 for club funds. Many thanks to Sarah Hull for organising the event, Jackie and Shelia for their efforts in the kitchen and Joan and Avril for selling the draw tickets. Thank you also to everybody who had tables.


Interclub Gala September 2014

This Year’s Apollo Interclub Gala was held on Sunday 21st September 2014. Some of the results are listed below:


Team Results

1st Yeovil & Sherborne, Apollo

2nd Mendip, Mallards

3rd Keynsham Seals

4th Wimborne Wagtails


Individual Results

Men’s Endeavour Keith Friend (Mallards)

Ladies Endeavour Juliet Gullis (Apollo)

Junior Endeavour Megan Barrow (Swimming in her first gala)


Congratulations to every swimmer that took part and to all organisers. The raffle raised an incredible £104 for club funds.


Plymouth Pisces Gala July 2014

We sent our Ladies Swimming Team to compete at the Plymouth Pisces annual gala held at the Plymouth Life Centre on Saturday 19th July 2014. Winning 11 medals is a brilliant result for ladies only representation at any event. Well done to all those involved.


Street Gala May 2014

Our swim teams performed very well at Street on Saturday 10th May 2014 coming joint 2nd overall and only 3 points behind the eventual winners. One of our junior members Craig won the trophy for the swimmer accumulating the most points during the whole gala winning a gold medal in every one of his races. Congratulations to every swimmer that took part and our usual loyal team of helpers.


Keynsham Interclub Gala March 2014

On 15th March 2014 we took part in our first Interclub Gala of the year held at Keynsham with outstanding success.


As a team we won 9 Gold Medals, 7 Silver Medals and 6 Bronze Medals. Our Adult swimmers won the senior trophy and adults and Juniors combined took the overall Trophy.


Jonathan Kane and Carl Rowbottom also won individual awards.


If any of our members would like to take part in any of the other gala’s planned for this year please see the ‘Forthcoming Events’ page of this website for the dates then hand your name in to our swimming Coach Jackie Drake.


Annual Christmas Party 2013

The club’s annual Christmas Party and Gala was held at Sherborne Boys School followed by the presentations and party at the Birchfield Hall in Yeovil on 15th December 2013 which was the first time that it’s been held for a couple of years due to a variety of reasons.


This years gala was well supported with over 20 swimmers representing all age categories and was enjoyed by all. Numerous cups trophies and medals were won by just about everybody who took part so much so that it would be difficult to separate anybody out for particular praise as everyone all did very, very well.


Table Top Sale

The Table Top sale held on 23rd November 2013 at the Lysander Road Scout Hall in Yeovil was a great success and raised over £300 for club funds. A big thank you to Sarah who organised it and all who helped with the food, tombola and draw in any way whatsoever.


Interclub Gala 2013

On Sunday 3rd November 2013 is was our turn to host this year’s annual interclub gala. It was a great occasion with the visiting clubs seeming to enjoy the day. The overall event was won by the Apollo Club and this is the third year running that we have won our own gala. Amongst the Individual awards were one for Carl Rowbottom of Apollo and another for Irene of the Plymouth Pisces. Thank you to all who took part and helped organise the day.


WGWISH Competition 2013

We would like to say a big thank you to all of our members who collected Tokens from the Western Gazette recently for the WGWISH competition. As you may have seen in the newspaper, the Apollo Club collected well over 1000 tokens and came third in the competition and winning £1500 for the club.


This fantastic competition was staged by the Yeovil Round Table in partnership with the Western Gazette and gave all local charities the chance to boost their funds by taking part. We would like to thank both the Yeovil Round Table and the Western Gazette for supporting our club in this way and also congratulate the other winning organisations.


Crewkerne Lions Fete 2013

On Sunday 21st July 2013 we held a tombola at the Crewkerne Lions Fete at Clapton, Nr Crewkerne. Several of our members came along and enjoyed the horse and cart rides, old vehicles, dog shows, falconry displays, duck race and much more all in the brilliant sunshine and help raise over £100 for club funds in the process. Thank you to all who came along and especially the Crewkerne Lions for hosting the event.


Plymouth Pisces Regional Gala 2013

Plymouth Pisces hosted their annual regional gala on Saturday 6th July 2013 which we attended and performed very well. Everyone of our swimmers came away with a medal with both our junior and adult teams coming 2nd overall.


Woodlarks Camp 2013

Several of our members recently returned from the annual NASCH Woodlarks Camp at Farnham, Surrey.

Here is a diary of the week


Keynsham Gala April 2013

We had a very promising start to the Gala season on the 13th April 2013 when we visited Keynsham. Coming second overall, our swimmers took 23 individual medals in total and we won the Team Endurance Award. A very well done to everyone who swam. The next Gala will be at Street on 11th May followed by Plymouth on 6th July.


Business as usual at Sherborne

We are now swimming regularly again on Tuesday evenings following essential maintenance work carried out at the Sherborne Leisure Centre Pool. Attendance numbers were quite good on the first week back so please come along and get back into the routine of attending every week.


Sutton Bingham 2013

This year’s weekly sailing sessions have started at Sutton Bingham and will now run most weeks from 25th April through until around early September. Just turn up at the club house between 6pm and 8pm on a Thursday evening.


Coffe Morning Success

The Coffee morning held on 30th March at the Lysander Road Scout Hall in Yeovil was a resounding success with more members attending than anticipated. The Easter draw was conducted during the morning with over 30 prizes being awarded. Everybody had a great time with around £300 being raised for club funds. Special thanks to Sarah for organising the event and also the ladies who cooked the bacon and sausages and made the Coffee.

Charity Ball

Please can we say a big thank you to the Westlands Ballroom and Latin Section for making us their chosen charity for their Ball held on 9th March 2013. Much money raised by their draw and during a bucket collection during the interval was presented to the club at the event where we were made very welcome. Thank you to all concerned.

Christmas Party 2012

When it first became apparent that we would not be able to hold our annual Christmas Gala this year it was decided to just hold a Christmas party, with the gala being postponed until Easter. The Christmas party was held at the Millford Hall in Yeovil on Saturday 15th December 2012 and was enjoyed by around 50 members. Many thanks to Tracey Wilson who took the lead in making it all happen and those that supported her!


Table Top Sale December 2012

A Table Top Sale was held at the Scout Hall on Lysander Road in Yeovil on Saturday 1st Dec 2012. The event was very well organised by Sarah Hull and raised £184:25 for club funds. Thank you to Sarah, all members who helped in the kitchen and everybody who purchased tables also to those who came along to support the event.


Ottery St Mary Nurseries November 2012

The Ottery St Mary Nurseries trip went very well on 25th November 2012. Despite the floods, several members attended and had a very enjoyable day out. Many thanks to the Clubs Social Secretary Jean Noake for running this popular outing again this year.


Annual Gala at Sherborne 2012

At the end of October we held our annual interclub gala at Sherborne Boys School in Sherborne. The Apollo team winning the overall event with our very own Amelia Hay winning the Ladies endeavour award. The gala was a great success followed by a presentation of trophies and medals in the main school hall afterwards. Many thanks to everyone who took part or helped organise the event especially the Lions Club of Sherborne who helped with the time keeping in the afternoon and the presentation in the evening.



ThisAbility 2012

On Sunday 16th September 2012 we exhibited at the ‘ThisAbility’ event held at Bucklers Mead School in Yeovil which was organised by Yeovil Shopmobility and South Somerset Disability Forum in partnership with Yarlington Housing Group and Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership. The event showcased a wide range of sports and activities for disabled people and quite a few people showed an interest and took away application forms for our club. A huge thankyou to all who visited our stand and Sarah Hull and Jackie and Sheila Drake who represented the Apollo club on the day.


Interclub Gala 2012

In early July, several of our members took part in the 2012 interclub gala at the fantastic new Plymouth Life Centre hosted by the Plymouth Pisces swimming club. The team returned to Yeovil with five gold medals – including Brenda March’s first – 11 Silvers and seven bronzes. Jonathon Kane scooped the Men’s Endeavour Trophy as the club finished third overall.

Woodlarks Camp 2012

Several of our members recently returned from the annual NASCH Woodlarks Camp at Farnham, Surrey.

Here is a diary of the week compiled by Tracey Wilson.


Street Gala 2012
Mendip Mallard Swimming Gala

On Saturday 12th May 2012, we enjoyed a fantastic result at the Mendip Mallard annual interclub swimming gala at Street. The Apollo team came first overall by just one point from Plymouth Pisces which was the first time that we have won this particular event since 1995. A very big pat on the back to all of our swimmers who took part and special congratulations to our Swimming Coach Jackie Drake and Ian Barker who won the Victor Ludorum Trophy.











Spring 2012 Snippets


The exercise to reupholster several of the club minibus seats has recently been completed.


The 2012 sailing season is now underway so if you fancy a nice evening make your way across to Sutton Bingham on a Thursday between now and beginning of September between 6 and 8pm.


A presentation for all those who took place in the 2012 Lions Club Swimathon was held at the end of April where the £236 raised was handed over to the club.


The Spring Fair and Tabletop sale took place at the Methodist Church in the middle of Yeovil on 28th of April and was a great success with £228 being raised for club funds. Many thanks to Sarah for organising it and to everybody else who helped and those who hired tables on the day.

The Apollo swimming club travelled to Keynsham on Saturday to take part in a gala for people with disabilities and finish 4th over all. The team came away with 18 medals consisting of 3 gold, 9 silver and 6 bronze medals not bad for only 8 swimmers. The team also came away with 2 trophies (The Victor Ludorum and the Endeavour) both won by Doreen Smith. Everyone swam really well and had a good day. The team would like to thank Jackie Drake for managing the team as well as driving us there and back.

Keynsham 2012
Keynsham Swimming Gala. 24/03/2012


Female swim team:-

  • Rachel Daynes
  • Jackie Drake
  • Sheila Ludgate
  • Doreen Smith





Male swim team:-

Keynsham 2012
  • Ian Barker
  • Graham Owen
  • Jonathon Kane
  • Clive Strickland







Lions Swmimathon 2012
Lions Swimathon 2012

On Sunday 19th February several of our members took part in the annual Lions swimathon at Sherborne Boys School where both of our teams each swam more than 80 lengths to raise money for charity. Well done to all who were involved. Nearly £500 was raised at the Swimathon, half of which will go to Apollo. Thanks to all who took part.











AGM 2012

This Year’s AGM took place at Westlands Sports and Social Club, Yeovil on Monday 13th Feb 2012. Thankyou to all members who turned up, your support was very much appreciated.


Christmas Gala & Party 2011

The Clubs Annual Christmas Gala & Party took place at Sherborne on 18th December and was a great success again. This year saw 4 or 5 young people enjoying a series of junior races at the end of the afternoon which was a welcome addition to recent years and great to see. Thanks to Kay and everybody who helped raise £78 on the draw and everybody else who helped in any way with the event.


Interclub Gala at Street on 7th May 2011

At the Street swimming gala on Saturday 7th May 2011 the Apollo swimming club won a total of 24 medals. They consisted of 14 bronze medals, 5 silver medals and 5 gold medals. The team consisted of, for the women Sheila Legate, Michelle Lee, Vicky Sandy, Susan Wilson and Doreen Smith. The men's team consisted of Clive Strickland. Jonathon Kane, lan Barker. Carl Rowbottom and John Palmer. The Apollo swim team finished 3rd overall out of all the clubs that participated and a huge thanks to the coach Jackie Drake for taking us.


Street Gala Team 2011



Recent retirement of two longstanding  volunteer drivers

Unfortunately, Martin Large and John Maunder have decided to retire from voluntary driving for Apollo. Each have driven the club minibus since the early days and contributed to the club in a great many of other ways. Both are very popular and are intending to stay involved. We would like to thank both Martin and John for all the years that they have driven for us. Replacement drivers are currently being interviewed.


Lions Fete - July 2010

On Saturday 24 July at the Lions Fete we raised £256.75 for club funds. Many thanks to those of you who supported us by donating cakes, books, jigsaws and things for the tombola.


Lions Fete
Lions Fete
Lions Fete



The Street Gala 2010

We won 12 bronze medals, 6 silver medals and 1 gold medal. We all had to swim at our very best as we were such a small team but had a very enjoyable time and we all feel very proud of what we achieved.

Street Gala Swim Team

The Street Gala Swim Team



The 2010 Season is off to a good start!

The seasons sailing started on Sutton Bingham reservoir on the evening of Thursday 8th April and will now continue through until September on most Thursday evenings (except during coaching staff’s holidays). Please note that there will be no sailing on 13th May as our sailing coach is on holiday.


The traditional Easter Raffle took place at sherborne pool on Tuesday 30th March with 20 prizes going to lucky winners and helping to boost club funds. Thanks to all the ladies who helped organise this.


The Spring Into Action Day held annually at the Royal Bath & West Show Ground was held on Sunday 25th April this year, was attended by Apollo and was a great success. Thanks to our President who agreed to drive our minibus (due to illness of the original driver) to the event at the very last minute!


We have managed to recruit another couple of volunteer drivers recently with the help of the Yeovil Volunteer Office with other volunteers showing potential interest. A huge welcome to Owen and Thomas we hope that you enjoy your driving and become involved in wider aspects of the club. Also many thanks to the local volunteer bureau who are always very supportive of Apollo.


Plymouth Gala Congratulations!

At the recent interclub gala that took place at Plymouth on 25th July Apollo came 3rd overall with our Junior team finishing 1st.


Special congratulations go to Graham Owen who achieved a personal goal by completing the 4 length adult race and finishing 3rd.


Also well done to James Suchet who swam his first ever gala finishing with a gold medal in the 4 length and a bronze in the 1 length races.



Mendip Mallard Gala

At the annual 'Mendip Mallard' Gala held at Street on 9th May we came 2nd with both our adult and junior teams being 'pipped' by just a couple of points but a very enjoyable day was had by all those who attended'. Whilst we are inundated with ADULT members wishing to swim in the remaining gala's for this year our junior teams of boys and girls are still very lean.



Grateful Thanks to Mary Barker


Mary Barker retired as Membership Secretary, at this years AGM, after 32 years on the clubs Committee. The whole club would like to extended their most grateful thanks to her for all her loyal dedication during that time. Mary is planning to stay heavily involved with the club, in the future, and will continue her cashiering duties at Sherborne on Tuesday evenings.



Keynsham Gala Success


Apollo fielded a team 14 swimmers at the recent Keynsham gala and came top again. Many thanks to the two Jackies for organising everything.



Lions Club Swimathon


Over £500 pounds was raised by our team in this years Lions Club Swimathon held at Sherborne of which over half will go to Apollo.



We did it again!


Here are the results of the recent interclub gala that was hosted by the Apollo Swimming Club at Sherborne School Leisure Centre on the 1st of November 2008


Main Results

Apollo (Yeovil & Sherborne)    169 Points
Plymouth Pisces                   152 Points
Mendip Mallards                      97 Points
Wimborne Wagtails                 95 Points
South Devon Gulls                   49 Points


Endeavour Awards

Men - Ian Barker (Apollo)
Ladies - Lisa Elliott (Wagtails)
Juniors - Connor Walker (Pisces)

Congratulations to all the Clubs who took part. Please could we also extend our most grateful thanks to the Lions Club of Sherborne and to Claire Higgins for their fantastic help on the day is greatly appreciated!

The above event was the conclusion to the 2008 interclub gala season and was enjoyed by all. Thanks to all those who took part or helped in any way whatsoever during the day. We are now looking forward to our annual club gala and Christmas party which will take place on Sunday 14th December 2008 at the same venue.



Apollo Swimming Gala Success


The Yeovil Apollo Disabled Swimming Club finished 2nd out of 6 teams at a recent swimming gala at Plymouth.
8 individual gold medals, 7 silver & 5 bronze were won.

Our team relays also had success in the women's and junior races, both teams bringing home gold.

In addition to our medals our youngest swimmer Juliette Gullis was awarded the Lee Cummins Endeavour Trophy as she has only learnt to swim this year and took part in the four length race.

Juliette Gullis

We would also like to give a special mention to Brian Lane who has been a valued member of our swimming team and reached his personal goal of achieving 100 medals. Well done Brian.

Team swimmers were as follows:

Mens- Ian Barker,Graham Owen,Carl Rowbottom & Brian Lane
Womens-Avril Lock,Susie Wilson,Jackie Drake,Shelia Ludgate & Doreen Cousins
Juniors-Zoe & Juliette Gullis







Weymouth boat trip 15th June


We set off for Weymouth to be at the harbour at 10 o'clock, to take a boat trip. The boat, called "My Freedom" was designed to carry disabled people. We did a spot of fishing up to Portland Bill and round to Chesil Beach. We arrived back to port at 4 o'clock. The whole day was enjoyed by all.