Hatfield Swimming Club
We achieved our best ever National ranking in 1997 when the club finished 5th in the National Speedo League final. This was the highest position ever taken by a team from the London League. To qualify for the National Final, we won the London League in 1996, for only the second time ever. This was no mean feat, as over 50 teams compete in the London League.
In 1999 Hatfield Swimming Club finished 2nd overall in the mens competition at the Southern Counties Championships. On top of this, we have won the aggregate trophy at the Herts Championships for the past 8 years.
Current Top Swimmers
Jody was made the Great Britain Disdabled Sportsman of the Year for 1999. This was voted for by the members of the British Sportswriters Association.
Jody comes from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, and is currently a student at the University of Hertfordshire, studying somethng to do with aircraft and engineering.
In 1996, he was the gold medallist in the 100m Fly at the paralympics in Atlanta. Subsequently, he has stayed near the top of the tree, and has potentially one or two challengers to his achieving another successful Paralympics in Sydney.
In 1999, he won the European Championship in Brunswick, and is the current world record holder in 100m and 200m Butterfly.
Outside of swimming, last year saw Jody star in a historic war film, which has yet to be screened, and was on set in Morocco.
Vicky will be 17 this year, and is a pupil at Broxbourne High School. She is widely regarded as one of the finest swimming talents in this country, and one of the biggest threats to the senior girl Freestylers.
In 1999, Vicky swam for Great Britain in the European Youth Olympic Days in Denmark. This event is seen as the Youth Olympics,and she finished 5th. In August 1999, she claimed 2 titles at the National Age-Groups – the 14 Years 100m and 200m Freestyle, and was placed a close 2nd in the 100m Fly.
In December 1999, Vicky was selected for the 3-Nations Junior International meeting at Cambridge, even though she was a year under age. She subsequently claimed 2 National Junior titles at the 1999 British Winter Championships. Her overall National position of 5th in the 50m Freestyle suggests her progress is threatening the very best swimmers in Great Britain. voted for by the members of the British Sportswriters Association.
Alex, from Berkhampstead, is currently studying Sports Science at the Universtity of Loughborough. He swam in 3 finals on Butterfly at the British Winter Nationals. Alex will represent England Midlands at the Euro Meet in Luxembourg at the end of January this year.
Hatfield’s Internationals in the 90’s
Our top swimmer earlier in the 90’s was Mike Fibbens, the British 100m Freestyle record holder. He started his Swimming career at Hatfield, left to swim under his brother-in-law Doug Campbell at Barnet, and then returned to Hatfield when Nick Juba became the Coach.
During his 2nd visit to Hatfield, he achieved the following: England team, Commonwealth Games 1994 Great Britain team, Olympic Games in Atlanta, 1996 National Sprint Champion World Masters Champion.
Mike became Hatfield Swimming Club’s first ever Olympian, and was part of the Great Britain team that finished 8th in the Freestyle relay.
Subsequently, Mike left to live in central London, and joined the Swiss Cottage Swimming Club. Despite his colourful, and often controversial, career, he remains one of Britain’s finest swimmers ever, and one of the few to have broken 49 seconds in 100m Freestyle.
Below is a table showing our Internationals in the 1990’s.
Mike Fibbens Great Britain (Olympics, etc)
England (Commonwealth Games, etc)
Mark Racher Great Britain (World, European Championships)
Great Britain Junior
Graham Martin-Dye England Youth
Philip Turnham Great Britain Junior
Vicky Cook Great Britain Junior
Jody Cundy Great Britain Disabled
David Borella England Schools
The following list shows the Hatfield swimmers who have won medals at the Nationals in the 1990’s
Mike Fibbens Title Winner
Mark Racher Title Winner
Vicky Cook Title Winner
David Borella Title Winner
Jody Cundy Title Winner
Philip Turnham Medallist
Jo Chapman Medallist
Sue Scorer Medallist
Nicky More Medallist (2nd in Scotland)
In Masters swimming, Mike Fibbens won 2 World Masters titles in 1996, and club stalwart Chris Dunn also won a medal in the 50-55 years age-group. Last year, Sue Welham claimed 2 titles in her age-group, and remains a current National Masters Champion in her age-group in distance freestyle.