Posts From March, 2013

Norfolk Junior League, Wymondham 

West Norfolk Swimming Club’s younger members took to the water again to compete in the Norfolk Junior League, hosted at Wymondham. This was again a valuable opportunity for experience to be gained at league level, whilst having fun and encouraging their fellow team members. Competition came in the form of Norwich Swan A and B, Great Yarmouth A and B, and North Norfolk Vikings, with some hotly contested races.

West Norfolk gave their best as always with individual wins from Robert Addis (9 yrs 25m breast and 25m free), Luke Bryan (12 yrs 50m free), Katelin Taylor (25m free) and Jacob Isle, Luke Bryan, Jake Lammas and Zachariah Oglesby (boys’ 11/12yrs 4x25m freestyle relay).

Thanks must go to Team Manager Samuel Chandler and all his poolside helpers and officials. Thanks as ever to the loyal team of family supporters who travelled away on a cold Saturday night.

Final Result: 1st Norwich Swan 199 points; 2nd Great Yarmouth A 191; 3rd West Norfolk 140; 4th North Norfolk Vikings 112; 5th Great Yarmouth B 110; 6th Norwich Swan B 81. 

Author Clare Jeffery


Anglia League Round 1 

West Norfolk Swimming Club continue their busy season with a team of 15 competing in round 1 of the Anglian League, hosted by Wisbech Swimming Club. Strong competition was encountered from Fenland Flyers, Thetford Dolphins and Wisbech. On this occasion several West Norfolk swimmers were having their first taste of league competition, complemented by some of the Club’s most experienced members.

The whole team displayed their usual determination and support for each other, whilst producing a number of personal best times. Individual wins on the night were not great in number, coming from Boys Team Captain, Ryan Sykes( Open  100m I/M and 50m freestyle) and Samuel Chandler( Open 50m back stroke). Warranting special mention was Matthew Dobbing with a superb 20 second pb in the 200m I/M and 2nd place in 100m backstroke. Jemma Jarvis came 2nd in the 100m back stroke in her first league gala, with Lauryn Hammond swimming 100m fly for the first time also putting in a brave performance. Luke Bryan swam his customary 100m fly to just be pipped into 2nd place.

Thanks as always to our Coach, poolside helpers, and loyal parents for support.

Final Placings: 1st Thetford Dolphins 98, 2nd Wisbech 87, 3rd Fenland Flyers 74,4th West Norfolk 47


Swim Camp 2013 

West Norfolk Swimming Club held a residential Swim Camp at Culford School, Suffolk for 24 of its swimmers in half term. This was a new venture for the Club and had been keenly anticipated by the intrepid’campers’, ranging in age from 10 to 19 years. The aim of the week was to provide 4 hours intensive swimming a day, concentrating on stroke technique, stamina and any individual areas of weakness..

Early starts were the order of the day with the swimmers rising at 6.30 for a hearty breakfast prior to hitting the pool for 2 hours, under the ever present guidance of Head Coach, Sarah Vanderloo. General fitness, including 6 mile cross country runs, gym work football and squash then followed. After lunch and a much needed rest it was back in the pool for 2 hours further to work up an appetite for another meal. The swimmers enjoyed some free time in the evening which was a good chance for younger members to get to know the older ones in a social setting, playing table tennis, Twister, bingo or just collapsing asleep.

At the end of the week a gala was held to give the swimmers a chance to test their progress against the clock in a competitive setting. After an enjoyable evening Elliott Legg’s team ran out the winners. Medals and camp 2013 t-shirts were presented to the swimmers, Medals for Zachary Campbell-Maughan and Olivia Jeffery for achieving the highest number of personal bests at the gala with 3 each. Isabel Overton and Joe Wells were medal winners in the balance board competition. All the swimmers made considerable improvements which is testament to their hard work throughout the week. This should transfer to some great performances at the upcoming County Championships.

The parents of the swimmers who attended the swimming camp would like to say a big thank you to Lois & Kenny Addis for the swim camp t shirts.

Such a week requires a huge amount of planning and organisation. Sarah Vanderloo did a superb job of keeping them on the go constantly and improving their performances. Kenny Addis was an outstanding Chief Running Coach, ensuring no one slacked during cross country. Lois Addis, Stewart Murray, Beccie Overton and Caroline Whiting were all involved poolside on a daily basis and ensuring everyone was well fed and happy. The Club is hugely grateful to Sarah and her dedicated team for so generously giving up their time to ensure Swim Camp was a great success.

Pictures from the swim camp can be found in the images section of the web site.