Posts From November, 2016

WNSC Annual Presentation Night 2016 

West Norfolk Swimming Club held its annual Presentation Night last weekend at Knight’s Hill Hotel.

The grand setting of Knight’s Barn was the perfect backdrop for the swimmers as they dressed in their finest attire to celebrate what has been a phenomenally successful year. Medals and certificates were awarded to all those swimmers who competed at the recent club championships, watched by their proud family members. This was followed by a buffet then a chance for the swimmers (and some brave parents) to enjoy themselves on the dance floor, courtesy of Mark Stamford’s Phase One Roadshow.

Further awards on the night went to Harvey Isle for most improved under 12 boy, with older brother Jacob Isle as most improved over 13. Leah Wightman was awarded most improved under 12 girl. Winners of the Ouse swim award were Astrid Hubbard and Robert Addis. Astrid also won the girls’ achievement award from club championships. Nathan Wells and Robert Addis jointly won the boys’ achievement award.

The Swimmers’ Swimmer award went to Joseph Wells, reflecting his dedication in training and competition, coupled with being an outstanding role model.

The Endeavour award went to Freddie Laws for his determination to improve and succeed at all levels, as shown by an impressive year of competition.

The Pearman Memorial Trophy for outstanding contribution to the Club was jointly awarded to Membership Secretary Nikki Warnes, and Treasurer Carol Sorrell.

A most enjoyable night was had by all who attended. The whole club would like to offer huge thanks to Charlotte Isle for her organisational skills in bringing the evening together. Shaun and Tracey Nicholson, Lois Addis and other club helpers worked tirelessly inflating balloons and decorating the hall. Nikki and David Warnes ran a very successful raffle on the night, helped by many others in collecting and wrapping prizes. Thanks also to all the staff at Knight’s Hill Hotel and Mark Stamford and his team.

Emma Rumbold provided fluent compering skills during the awards, along with club captains and vice captains Ryan Sykes, Jake Hall and Kayleigh Venables. Club chairman Stewart Murray offered words of thanks to his hard working committee. Head coach Sarah Vanderloo thanked the swimmers for another successful year and urged them to aim even higher next year.


East Region Short Course Champs 2016 

A squad of 22 West Norfolk swimmers travelled to Luton for the East Region Winter Championships during the first weekend of November. The swimmers finished the weekend as the top Norfolk club and accumulated the 7th highest haul from the 48 competing clubs with 1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals over the weekend as well as numerous personal best (pb) times.

The weekend started on Friday evening with the gruelling 800m and 1500m Freestyle events with Jenn Read and Lucie Peck (pb) making their Senior Regional debuts in the 800m Freestyle, as was Samuel Rose who swam a massive 42 second pb in the 1500m Freestyle. Nathan Wells concluded the Friday night swims with a pb and the silver medal in the 1500m Freestyle.

The swimmers continued their good form throughout the weekend in the Freestyle events with pbs for Nathan Wells (50m), Oliver Newton (50m & 100m), Matthew Addis (50m), Joseph Wells (50m, 100m, 200m & 400m), Archie Holman (100m), Luke Bryan (400m), Keira Frosdick (50m), Lucie Peck (400m), Abigail Whiting (100m, 200m & 400m). Abigail Whiting won gold in an exciting 200m Freestyle final with Nathan Wells picking up the silver medal in the closely contested 400m Freestyle and finished 4th in the equally tense 200m final.

The Breastroke swimmers were once again on fire with pbs for Ryan Sykes (50m), Alex Florance (50m, 100m & 200m), Rachael Johnson (50m), Molly Lee (50m & 100m), Roxanne Uys (50 & 100m), Rosie Muspratt (200m) and Keira Frosdick (50 & 100m). Keira Frosdick won bronze in the 50m Breastroke final in a new county record time, with Roxanne finishing 6th and Molly 8th. In the 100m final Keira finished 4th and Molly 7th.

There were also pbs in the Butterfly for Samuel Rose (200m), Luke Bryan (200m) and Oliver Kenny (50m). In the Backstroke events there were pbs for Joseph Wells (50m, 100m & 200m), Oliver Kenny (50m), Nathan Wells (50m), Lara-Grace Mount (50, 100  & 200m), Chloe Sorrell (50m), Rachael Johnson (50m), Roxanne Uys (50m & 100m) and Abigail Whiting (50m). Nathan Wells made the final of all 3 backstroke events finishing 5th in 50m, 7th in 100m & 4th in 200m.

The swimmers were also in good form in the Individual Medley (IM) events with pbs for Matthew Addis (200m), Joseph Wells (200m & 400m) and Oliver Kenny (100, 200 & 400m), Luke Bryan (400m), Alex Florance (400m), Roxanne Uys (100m), Abigail Whiting (100m), Keira Frosdick (100m), Rachael Johnson (200 & 400m) and Lucie Peck (200m & 400m). Nathan Wells fought his way to silver in the 400m IM & bronze in the 200m IM final, finishing 4th in the 100m IM final.

It was an excellent weekend of racing from the swimmers who ranged in age from 13 to 21 years old and the team spirit and support from the purple army was loud and clear.

Abigail Whiting 200 Free

Kiera Frosdick 50 Brestroke

Nathan Wells 200IM

Nathan Wells 400 Free

Nathan Wells 1500 Free

Nathan Wells 400IM