When West Norfolk Swimming Club set out for the annual ‘Basher Memorial’ gala at UEA, it was mostly in hope of performing well, rather than winning. As Head Coach, Sarah Vanderloo always expects her swimmers to give their all, but did not exude confidence in finishing high up in the order. This event, held over the long course distance, brought together top teams from Beccles, Dereham, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Norfolk Viking and Norwich Swan. West Norfolk was competing with the best and needed to produce some special performances to do themselves justice.
After thirteen events West Norfolk had surpassed all expectations, and was in the lead. This came about thanks to some superb swims from Zack Campbell-Maughan, Jake Lammas, Jenny Read, Chloe Sorrell, Elise Sorrell, Ryan Sykes and Abbie Whiting, all taking first places. Zack Campbell- Maughan continued his winning ways to record two individual victories. Freddie Laws and Lara-Grace Mount, competing for the first time over the long course distance, won the 50m breast stroke and 50m free respectively. These two young competitors demonstrated great fighting spirit, typical of all the team on the night. Kiera Clarke and Harvey Isle, aged 10 and 9, were not overawed by the occasion and swam bravely to gain vital points in their events, again for the first time over the distance. West Norfolk upheld their fine tradition of relay swimming to win both the mens 4x50m Open relay, and the ladies 4x50m Open relay.
Heading into the final eight events West Norfolk had slipped to 2nd place, but pulled out all the stops to storm through to a truly memorable victory. The final Cannon relay sealed the deal and ensured the Basher Trophy would head to King’s Lynn. Congratulations to the whole team for swimming so confidently, delighting their Coach and supporters, and showing yet again that swimming is a sport to be taken seriously in this town.