Dragons Disability Swimming Club
The Dragons Disabled Swimming Club is a competitive swimming club for all disabilities and ages. The only request we have of possible new members is that they must be able to swim 25m or more without assistance. We are a competitive club and our sessions reflect this. We are not a learn to swim club. Alongside qualified swimming teachers, we also have a small group of qualified volunteers therefore we must adhere strictly to our entry eligibility requirements as we cannot afford to deploy our coaches or volunteers to one to one swimmers.
We formed in 1993 to increase the opportunities for the talented Welsh swimmers who wanted to progress further than the traditional ASTRA set up could offer them. We have seen many talented swimmers at our club throughout our time including five Paralympians; David Roberts CBE, Gareth Duke, Nyree Kindred, Liz Johnson and Rhiannon Henry. Some of our former members have also represented Great Britain at the Paralympics in athletics such as Kate Arnold, Jordan Howe and Nathan Stephens, the latter has also represented Britain at the Winter Paralympics. One of our former swimmers, Sara Head picked up a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympic table tennis competition.
Our aim at the club is to allow our swimmers the opportunity to push themselves as far as they can in a competitive environment. The intention then is that they will hopefully progress to represent Wales at regional and national level, and ultimately join the ranks of our illustrious Paralympians.
Our sessions are open to those of all eligible disabilities and age and we currently charge £4.00 a week. When swimmers join use they have a four week trial period when no payment is taken. The swimmers will be assessed on their swimming ability and attitude in this period and will then be informed as to whether they are eligible to continue. They will then be required to pay an additional annual fee to become members of Swim Wales.