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Hyde Seal Swimming Club win 2009 Inter Town Friendly League.

Please see the Reporter article for details.

Hyde Seal Swimming Club results from the 2007 Dave Brewood Memorial Competition.

Please see the following article on the Greater Sport web site.

Hydeseal Statue
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A stunning statue of a seal was revealed at Hyde Town Hall on Friday 25th May 2007 to commemorate one of Britain's leastknown but most impressive sporting achievements.

The statue recognises Hyde Seal's treble in the world water polo championships between 1904 and 1906.

Hyde Seal's men's team travelled to Paris in 1904 as English champions. They took part in a competition organised by the French newspaper L'Auto and defeated the defending champions, Brussels, 14-2 in a match which was played in the River Marne.

The team included George Wilkinson who went on to captain Great Britain to the Olympic water polo gold at the 1908 games in London and at Stockholm in 1912. Hyde Seal returned to Paris in 1905 and 1906 to retain their title but the club's achievements did not end then.

Hydeseal Group picture
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In the ensuing years it has produced swimmers such as Lillian Preece and Sylvia Platt-Rogers.

Counciller Jackie Lane said: "Hyde's Seal's achievement cannot be understated. Hyde Seal has continued to do the people of Hyde, and indeed Tameside, proud in the 100 years since those victories in Paris. It is only right that the borough should regognise that through our ongoing and innovative street art project."

The unveiling took place at Hyde Town Hall Olive Bowker who won Leadbitter Knott Challenge Cup as schoolgirl champion of Hyde in 1932 and 1933 was there.

The group's championship trophy, the Spirit of the Whirlpool designed by Max Blondat, was at the unveiling as well as a ball from one of the finals and several medals.

Hydeseal Trophies
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