Posts From February, 2017

Oli Kenny Deaflympics fundraising weekend 

Thank you ever so much to the many people who made the Oli Kenny Deaflympics fundraising weekend a success.  West Norfolk Swimming Club has a reputation of being very much like an extended family, the swimmers and parents support each other unreservedly through thick and thin and the weekend was a perfect example of this- a truly fantastic all for one and one for all effort by everybody! Contributions were many and varied including: donating raffle prizes, buying raffle tickets, baking cakes for the Tropic evening, cash donations, attending the Tropic evening (and buying products), supporting the work party on Dersingham Bog NNR, supplying items for the nearly new sale and use of the Deaf Centre free of charge. 

The final cash total has not yet been established but is at least £800, setting Oli well on his way to the required £2,500.

Special thanks should go to Suzanne Curl for running the Tropic evening, despite an unfortunate hand cream incident on my part the evening was enjoyed greatly by all who attended.  The work party on Dersingham Bog NNR was attended by 19 enthusiastic, bacon fuelled people including 10 swimmers.  Dersingham Bog is an internationally important valley mire system vulnerable to scrub encroachment.  The task for the day was to gather cut scrub from the mire preventing the succession from mire to secondary woodland.  The scrub was removed to prevent nutrient enrichment of this extremely nutrient deprived habitat.  Thank you all for your hard work a fantastic amount was achieved in a short amount of time.  Dersingham Bog forms part of the Sandringham estate and is managed by Natural England, many thanks to Mr Ash Murray of Natural England for agreeing to the work party taking place. 

There is still time to raise funds for Oli so if you have any ideas please inform a member of the fundraising committee.

Well done all, a great effort!



Norfolk Junior League - Wymondham 2017 

The last round of the Norfolk Junior League took a team of young swimmers on a trip to Wymondham for a fast and furious evening of competition.

West Norfolk’s enthusiastic youngsters battled it out with North Norfolk Vikings, Diss Otters, Great Yarmouth and Norwich Swan in a series of races to decide the outcome of the League.

There were some fine performances from West Norfolk with wins in both the boys 9/10 yrs and 11/12 medley relays.  Harvey Isle had a very busy evening swimming up an age group to fill in for a sick team mate. He won the 11/under 50m breaststroke and butterfly events along with the corresponding 12/under events, a great achievement against tough opposition.

Other individual winners on the night were Rhys Burrell in the 9/under 25m freestyle; Leah Wightman in the 11/under 50m backstroke; Abigail Nicholson in the 10/under 50m back and Tobias Oglesby in the 12/under 50m back.

The cannon relay provided a fitting finale with West Norfolk securing another exciting win, cheered on by some very vocal and enthusiastic supporters.  West Norfolk ran out winners on the night but were disappointed to finish just one point behind Diss Otters who won the overall League.  However, there were some fine individual and relay swims with a cheery team spirit as always.

Many thanks to all the pool staff, officials from all clubs, family supporters, and to Karl Charters for valuable assistance in team transportation.


Norfolk Counties 2017 

After many years of being held at Thetford, County Championships moved venue to the more spacious setting of UEA Sportspark. This enabled swimmers to have better warm up/swim down facilities, and more spectating space for parents which was very welcome.

West Norfolk sent a large team of eager competitors ranging from novice first time qualifiers to the vastly experienced and successful older swimmers. All had trained extremely hard to achieve their qualifying times, producing a stunning set of performances over the two weekends of competition. Many personal bests and regional times were achieved throughout. This reinforced West Norfolk’s rightly deserved position as one of the very top swimming clubs in the county.

For the girls there was success spread amongst the age groups with a great concentration in the 13 year group and upwards. Ellie-Mei Shepperson continued in her rich vein of form winning the 100m breaststroke and taking second in the 50m event in her 14 year group. Top breaststroke star Mollie Lee was in dominant form winning both the 50m and 100m events in her age group.

Leah Wightman continues to impress in the 12 year age group making numerous finals and winning the 50m and 100m back, in addition to picking up valuable regional qualifying times. Keira Frosdick won the 15 year group 100m free and 50m breaststroke, with Lara-Grace Mount winning the 100m backstroke for that age group. The 15 year age group also saw wonderful swims from Rachael Johnson, Morgan Coates and Rosie Muspratt in several finals.

Abbie Whiting can always be relied on to take home a haul of medals and 2017 was no exception. Abbie won the 100m freestyle, backstroke and butterfly, and 50m backstroke for the 16/over age group.

Other outstanding swims came from Erica Charters making two finals in the 12 year group and Abigail Nicholson making the 100m backstroke final for the 10/11 group. Roxanne Uys, Lucie Peck, Katelin Taylor and Astrid Hubbard all produced great swims and winning numerous medals in the finals.

Medals were won in great abundance by the boys too. Nathan Wells led the charge on the first weekend as he returned from Loughborough University to take first place in every event he entered. Robert Addis was unstoppable in the 13 year age group again winning every final and going away with regional times aplenty, demonstrating his ability in all the strokes.

Freddie Laws and Sam Rose had some fine races and a healthy rivalry in many of the 14 year age group finals. Sam picked up an impressive four first places in a variety of strokes, and Freddie winning the 50m and 100m breast finals. Joseph Wells was also in excellent form making many finals including second place in the 100m backstroke.

The 16/over age group featured many West Norfolk swimmers, especially the 50m fly final which saw Nathan Wells winning from brother Joseph in second, Oliver Kenny fourth, Luke Bryan sixth and Alex Florance eighth. Oliver Newton had a great swim to secure first place in the 16/over 100m fly final.

As ever all the swimmers owe a great debt of gratitude to all the coaching team, headed by Sarah Vanderloo. Many parents gave up their weekends to act as officials in a wide range of roles from refereeing to marshalling, all of which ensure the championships run smoothly.

Full results can be found on the ASA Norfolk website.