Posts From October, 2013

Iceni Open Meet (Dereham 28/29th Sept 2013) 

The two day Iceni Open at Dereham gave West Norfolk swimmers another opportunity to put their training to good effect, gathering medals and personal bests galore. A large team took on other clubs from all over East Anglia, enjoying the social atmosphere and some late summer sunshine to picnic outside too.

In the pool it was business as usual for the unstoppable 15 year old Nathan Wells, who collected a sensational nine first placings over the two days. This achievement gained him a well deserved Top Boy trophy, to add to what is now quite a collection. Ryan Sykes was in excellent form too, collecting three first places, and Keely Empson two firsts. The whole team was in fine form with many swimmers gaining personal bests and County qualifying times for 2014. It is always encouraging to see the younger members starting out on their competitive careers. Isabel Jeffery (9) was at her first Open meet, revelling in the occasion both in the water and poolside, and gaining several personal bests too.

At the end of the two days, the team’s overall performance earned West Norfolk the Top Club trophy, a very commendable achievement indeed. Thanks must go to West Norfolk’s hard working officials, including Celina Taylor and Sue Read, for their unstinting commitment to duties throughout the weekend. Full results can be obtained from Dereham Swimming Club’s website.

Author: Clare Jeffery


Nifty Fifties 2013 

Refreshed and revitalised after their summer break, West Norfolk swimmers and parents were up with the lark to compete at the ‘Nifty Fifties’ event at Thetford on September 8th. This meet gives swimmers a chance to assess their form after a break from training, and continue the task of gaining County qualifying times. As the name suggests, all the races were over 50 metres, with the exception of the 100 individual medley events. Swimmers had come from all over East Anglia, representing clubs such as Great Yarmouth, Felixstowe and Ipswich, so competition was tough.

West Norfolk swimmers proved they had lost nothing in the way of speed over the summer holidays. The team amassed an impressive 79 top 6 places in the events overall. Nine year old Robert ‘Bert’ Addis came away with a collection of 5 first place medals, thus winning every event he had entered. Other top results include fifteen year old Nathan Wells who collected 3 first and 2 second places; Keely Empson 2 firsts and 1 second; Elliot Legg 2 firsts; Archie Holman 2 firsts and 2 seconds, and Roxanne Uys 1 first place and 4 second places. A great many other swimmers recorded personal bests and were among the medals. Full results can be found on the Club website.

Overall, the team made a statement that West Norfolk Swimming Club is very much a force to be reckoned with in the busy upcoming months of competitive swimming.

Author: Clare Jeffery


SFL (Thetford) September 2013 

The Senior Fenland League reached its climax with the final being held in Thetford on September 21st. West Norfolk took a strong team of experienced swimmers to do battle for the trophy, against teams from Cambridge, Dereham,Thetford and Wisbech.

With every point counting, West Norfolk got off to a perfect start winning the opening three relays in fine style. One of West Norfolk’s most seasoned campaigners, Joshua Gray, produced a superb swim to win the 100m I/M in a personal best time, just prior to returning to his University studies. Hard working Head Coach, Sarah Vanderloo, multi tasked her way through the evening to win the Open 100m breaststroke in a personal best time, to the delight of her whole team. Other individual wins came from Zach Campbell-Maughan, Keely Empson, Sophie Green, Chloe Sorrell, Nathan Wells and Abigail Whiting. The whole team pulled together throughout the evening, with younger swimmers gaining valuable experience.

With four races left, just two points separated West Norfolk and Dereham, so an exciting end to the evening was guaranteed. Dereham pulled out all the stops in the final few relays to just take the trophy, but West Norfolk must be very proud of yet another excellent performance in this League.

Final Result 1st Dereham 162 points; 2nd West Norfolk 157; 3rd Wisbech 147; 4th Thetford 122; 5th Cambridge 112.