DREAMS will be made as a historic swimming club holds its annual championships.

For more than 40 years, The Dolphins Swim Team, who train at Shirley Swimming Pool, on Kentish Road, have competed across a variety of strokes and distances in what is sometimes the first taste of competition for participants.

The championships return next month, as more swimmers take to the pool to try and win medals, beat personal bests and records and have fun.

More than 170 athletes will race at The Quays Swimming & Diving Complex, on Harbour Parade, when the competition starts on June 9.

It will give coaches of the Dolphins an opportunity to see swimmers they want to bring into the pool's competitive swim squad.

David Perry, from the club, said: "For many it will be their first swimming event and for some the start of a career in the sport.

"Those already in Dolphins compete over 50m and 100m for the honours of being club champion.

"All swimmers receive a medal from the mayor and a special souvenir while the winners will attend a presentation ceremony later in the month.

"The event, sponsored by local companies, has been key in identifying talent as young as six who have gone on to become National Swimming Champions."

Shirley Swimming Pool started life as a garage pool in West End in 1969, before building its own two pool centre at its current premises five years later.

The championships start at 6pm and people can attend to cheer on the competitors.

To find out more visit shirleyswimmingpool.co.uk.