Posts From October, 2015

Lincoln Vulcans 2015 

A large team of West Norfolk’s top swimmers across the age groups made a successful raid on the Lincoln Vulcans Open Meet recently.  This gala attracts clubs from all over the country, so competition for the Norfolk visitors was tough.

In the boys events the irrepressible Robert Addis waltzed home with the Top Boy trophy for the second successive year. Taking numerous first and second places in all his races, including wins in the 100m freestyle and fly, Robert amassed an impressive total of 90 points, taking him well clear of his nearest rival.  Personal bests always feature highly in Robert’s repertoire, and this meet was no exception.

Ollie Newton continued his fine run of form with victory in the 100m fly, along with second place in the 50m freestyle.  Freddie Laws was on song again, winning the 100m breast stroke for his age group, with a second in the 100m fly.  Further great performances came from Matthew Addis, Alex Hall, Jake Hall and Jake Lammas.

The girls were well represented and brought an abundance of medals home too.  Eleven year old Astrid Hubbard finished third in the Top Girl standings, taking first in the 200m fly and second in the 200m back, along with many other excellent swims.  Girls Captain Abigail Whiting can always be relied upon to lead by example, coming away with wins in the 50m and 100m freestyle, and second in the 200m back. 

Molly Lee further underlined her dominance in breaststroke with first place in the 100m event and second in the 200m.  Another breaststroke specialist, Natalie Coogans, took second place in both the 100m and 200m events. Not to be outdone, Rosie Muspratt finished second in the 100m breaststroke for her age group.

Jenny Read finished third in a large entry in the 100m freestyle for her age group.  Ella Farnsworth competed hard through all the sessions recording many personal bests, and a well-deserved fourth place in the 200m breaststroke.  Elise Sorrell always gives her best and was rewarded with third in the 17/ over 50m freestyle.  Further noteworthy swims came from Sophie Empson, Rachael Johnson, Chloe Sorrell, Kayleigh Venables and Natalie Warnes.

At the end of an exhausting competition, West Norfolk finished fifth in the Top Club standings out of the twenty teams competing.  This bears testament to the dedication in training from all who competed, ongoing commitment from Head Coach Sarah, and the army of ever supportive parents.


Iceni Gala, Dereham 2015 

With the new season now in full swing, West Norfolk sent a sizeable team to compete at the annual Iceni Gala, hosted by Dereham Otters.

This two day event presents an ideal opportunity for swimmers to gain County qualifying times for 2016, and gain competitive racing experience.  Other clubs included strong teams from St Felix School, Lowestoft, Thetford, Dereham and Norwich Swan.

Luke Bryan produced some inspirational swims to delight his supporters, winning the 200m events in freestyle, fly and individual medley for his age group.  He also took first place in the 400m free recording a huge personal best time.

Alex Florance was in sharp competitive form all weekend, taking a clean sweep of wins in the 50m, 100m and 200m breast stroke events.  He also swam a fine pb to add the 100m fly to his tally of wins.

Alex Hall was dominant in back stroke and fly events for his age group. He swam superbly to win the 100 and 200m fly, along with 50m and 200m back.  Harry Sharpe continues to impress, scoring a win in the 200m free and swimming an excellent pb to take the 400m free event for ten year olds.

Harley Bunting had a win in the 100m back and two hard earned second places in the 400m and 200m free events.  Amongst the other boys competing Harvey Isle took 3rd place in the 200m I/M, and Oliver Harris 2nd in the 200m free.

The girls were in top form too.  Leah Wightman took first places in the 200m back and I/M, and third in 400m free.  Ella Farnsworth won her age group for the 400m free, with Molly Sharpe in third place. Alice Ireland landed first place in the 100m fly; Katelin Taylor took second in the 200m fly with a huge pb, and Rosie Muspratt a fine second in the 200m I/M. Ellie-Mei Shepperson, Kiera Clarke and Isabel Jeffery all had fine swims in their 200m breast stroke events, carving chunks of time off their previous bests.

Overall, another successful weekend’s swimming. Thanks to Sarah for coaching duties, Debbie Gates for marshalling, and the many West Norfolk officials for working so hard as always.