SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD AQUATIC EVENT PUERTO RICO SEPTEMBER 2012 We were all very excited when we heard that Shauna had been selected to represent Great Britain at this event, but I don’t think anything could have prepared us for the enormity of it all and the emotion we all felt.   29 countries took part and I can’t tell you how proud we felt when we saw Shauna leading out the GB team at the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony was full of music, synchronised swimming, diving and dancing. The local police lined the pool and the police motorbikes entered from both sides of the pool with sirens blaring and lights flashing, which was a prelude to the entry of the Olympic flame, a very emotional moment.   Our first GB swimmers swam the next day in their prelim rounds, Shauna swam in the 25m fly getting a personal best time, which was not what we really wanted at this stage as she had to swim her final in one of the fastest groups, we thought well even if she does not win she already has achieved a personal best time, however she did not disappoint us the next day coming 3rd in her final, getting the bronze medal. By this time her dad and I had no voice left as we had been cheering for every member of the 15 strong team.   The next day Shauna did her prelim for the breaststroke and did 50m in about her usual time, and was put into the second fastest group for her final which was to be the second last race of the whole event, in the meantime she had 4x50m freestyle relay to take part in and GB had some tough opposition from Texas USA, Puerto Rico, Costa Rico and Panama. However the girls did well and Shauna now had another bronze medal to add to her collection.   Sunday 16th September was the last day of the event and Shauna’s last race, we had an agonising wait as she was not on until almost the end of the day. It was worth waiting for, she did a perfect dive and on the first length was in 3rd, but on the turn she just went for it, I don’t think I have ever seen her swim like that, she soon passed the person in 3rd and was right on the tail of the eventual winner. Not only did Shauna get a silver medal but she got a personal best time.   All 15 members of the GB team got at least one medal and some like Shauna managed 2 or 3, in all I think we got...

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Congratulations to Shauna

Hi Just to let you know that we have now had official confirmation that Shauna is representing Great Britain at a Special Olympic Global swimming event in San Juan Puerto Rico in September.  She will fly out with the team on 8th September a couple of days before the event starts. I have contacted the Echo and Radio Merseyside to get some publicity.  I have sent the Echo a photograph of Shauna in her Penguin tracksuit  with all her national medals. Thanks for all your support...

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Penguins at the Olympics: You’ve got to be in it to win it

Olympic Games Ticket Draw  You will be aware this year the Olympics are being held in London between July and August 2012, and that tickets for events have been sold out for many months. LPSC have successfully obtained 2 sets of tickets for this year’s Olympic Aquatic events, these having been obtained by our governing body the North West Region. Dates & Prices for these tickets are shown below.   Swimming 2 tickets.   3rd August Session 13 10:00am to 12:50pm Cost £50 each (£100 for the pair.) (Was £150 each, Total £300)   Diving 2 tickets.   7th August Session 9 10:00am to 11:50am Cost £50 each (£100 for the pair.) (Was £175 each, Total £350) If you are interested in purchasing these tickets LPSC intend to hold a draw for the tickets so that you may visit the new Aquatic centre in London and watch the Olympics in person. The draw will take place at Kirkby Leisure Centre at 8:00pm on Monday 2nd April. In order to enter this draw you must be a fully paid up member of the club.   Rules that club members must abide by for entry to this draw are explained below. If you have paid your yearly annual membership fee to the club and have an ASA Registration number then you are eligible to enter the draw – this include swimmers (CAT 1 and CAT 2 members) and Coaches, Teachers, poolside helpers, committee members, Technical officials and Life Time members of the club(Cat 3 members). Some members of the club are families, in which case all of the individual members of the family, who are members of the club, and who have an ASA number, can enter the draw. It also means some of the younger swimmers in the teaching group can also enter the draw but the parents of the young swimmer would go to the Olympics (instead of the swimmer).   If you wish to take part in the draw then you are required to confirm your interest by Email to:   JOAN@neary81.fslife.co.uk   BEFORE Thursday 29th March 2012. Your request will then be checked against the club’s membership records and if you are eligible to enter the draw then you will be allocated a number to be drawn out of the hat on Monday 2nd April.   Here are some other Guidelines and Questions requested by the Region and club. Questions How do I pay for my tickets? By Cheque made payable to “Liverpool Penguin SC” Who do I give the cheque to? Keith Neary, Club Secretary LPSC. When does the payment need to be made? You will need to pay for the tickets no later than Wednesday...

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