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RETFORD SWIMMING CLUB

Est 1896 - Affiliated to Notts ASA East Midland District

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Peter Jervis joined the club in 1938 and was our longest serving member. During his career, Peter won 5 national championships and broke 4 British records, including a time of 1:06.1 for the 100yds breaststroke in 1954 which at the time was also a World Best. He represented England in the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954 from then he competed in various events worldwide.

 

After a brief gap, he started to enter masters competitions in the 1980s, winning many titles. However in 1989 he was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy, which resulted in Peter having a heart transplant in 1995. This didn't  stop him, just slowed him down for a while, and in September 1998 at Ponds Forge he entered the English Masters Competition (G1 = 70/75 years). He came an incredible 2nd place in the 50m Breaststroke with a time of 47.40 sec.

 

Peter won a Silver Medal in the 200yds Breaststroke at the 1954  British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada. Peter's time of 2min 52.6 seconds was equal to that of the gold medalist, Jack Doms from New Zealand. It must have been a great race! Another Englishman, Alan Hime got the Bronze. Unfortunately no film of the final survives, but there is a film of one of the heats featuring Alan Hime. It's a facsinating insight into how swimming has evolved - especially breaststroke! Peter does get a mention in commentary right at the end of the video as the winner of Heat 1.

 

Peter was elected President of Retford Swimming Club and has been a lifelong supporter of swimming in Retford. Peter Jervis passed away on the morning of 26th June at his home. Peter was a true gentleman and will be sadly missed by all those who knew him - our deepest sympathies to Peter's family.

Peter Jervis (161x200)

Matthew Ferrarelli joined Retford Swimming Club in 1985 at age 4 and started competing, initially in relays, at age 10. He joined the Bassetlaw section of Nova Centurion and soon qualified for his first Midland Championships and in 1993, his first National Championships where he won his first medal.

 

Matthew became Club Captain in 1994 and continued to have great success. In 1997, he was awarded Bassetlaw Junior Sportsman of the Year and also broke 4 county records. He still holds the Nottinghamshire County Record for the 200m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley (SC) and 200m and 400m Individual Medley (LC) - see here.

 

In 1998, Matthew made the step up to International competition, being selected for the European Junior squad. He continued to represent the country at junior level until he moved to the USA on a swimming scholarship.

 

In 2003, Matthew became British champion in the 400m Individual Medley.

 

Matthew's final claim to fame is that he had a younger brother - whatever became of him?!

Matthew Ferrarelli