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Club History

At over 150 years old, Durham City Amateur Swimming and Water Polo Club is the second oldest swimming Club in Britain and firmly embedded in the History of British Swimming.

Key Events

 1861 - The Club was formed in 1861 in a pub called the Royal Tent not far from Durham Cathedral.

 1897 - In 1897 three Club members, a publican, a doctor, who was also mayor, and a promoter of lifesaving  called Frank Webster drove forward the creation of the Northumberland & Durham ASA. That was also the  year the Club staged the 1,000 yards Championship of England in the River Wear, which was won by the  famous J H Derbyshire in 15min 30sec.

 1932 - Lord Barnard opened Durham's City Baths, on Elvet Waterside.

 1937 - Norman Sarsfield, who later becomes a key figure in international swimming, wins the Club's most  prestigious cup, the silver Weavers Challenge Cup, nine times between 1937 and 1950.

 1952 - Charmian Welsh competes in the Olympics in Helsinki.

 1954 -The Club staged the One-Metre ASA Springboard Championship of England.

 1956 - Charmian Welsh competes in the Olympics in Melbourne.

 1958 - Charmian Welsh finishes 1st in the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games Springboard and 1st in the Platform.

 1964 - Norman Sarsfield becomes Club Committee Chairman.

 1970 - Norman Sarsfield becomes first paid full time secretary of the ASA.

 1980 - Norman Sarsfield awarded OBE for services to sport.

 2008 -  The Club moves to a new eight-lane 25m pool at Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre.

 2011 -  The Club celebrated its 150th anniversary. As part of that Charmian Welsh, Ken Spirit and the Club  itself were awarded Durham County Council Chairman Medals for services to sport. 150th Celebration

 2014 - TWELVE years after he was nominated, 11 after he died, Norman Sarsfield is inducted into the  International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale. He is only the 39th British person to achieve this  accolade.