Ann Weatherall: I’ve swum casually most of my life. However, joining DSW has made swimming a lot more fun and satisfying. Being coached is great and now I am proud to say that I can swim all four strokes. The Wellington Outgames in 2011 was the first time that I had swum competitively and I got my first ever sporting medal there which felt fabulous. I like that DSW is informal and sociable. Whenever you turn up there is a warm welcome and everyone is very friendly. It feels wonderful to be keeping fit and being an active part of our rainbow sporting community.
(All club members are welcome to add their stories here)
Richard Arnold: I joined DSW in 2010 – just before the Wellington Outgames. Going to the Outgames was one of the best times I’ve ever had – nothing like anything I’d done before. I’d really been turned off sports when I was at School – but coming to DSW in my 40s was a real discovery – it feels so good to exercise with friends at the end of the day. I’ve been captain of DSW since the end of 2014: not really a role I ever imagined for myself either, but I’m very excited about being able to give something to our community.