Posts From March, 2015

Successful County Championships 

West Norfolk swimmers have just enjoyed one of their most successful and exciting County Championships, with some inspired performances from all age groups, taking home many medals, trophies and county titles.  Many swimmers were rewarded with regional times, and the new rankings for Norfolk illustrate the depth of talent within the club.

Affectionately known as the ‘Purple Army’, the team marched confidently into Counties, buoyed by recent successes of the top swimmers already this year.  The long distance events of 400m, 800m and 1500m were held at Wymondham, featuring many of the more senior swimmers, but with some younger ones having a first attempt.  Young stars Robert Addis and Astrid Hubbard excelled here, finishing first and second respectively in the 400m event.  West Norfolk boys filled five out of the top seven places in the 1500m 16/over age group, with Nathan Wells topping the board in this event, followed by seasoned competitor Ryan Sykes.  Robert, Astrid and Nathan all recorded sensational results throughout the championships, rewarding their hard work in training.

In the 50m-200m events held at Thetford, West Norfolk proved to be virtually unstoppable.  Purple hats featured in most heats and almost every final, with many personal bests being recorded along the way. It is always encouraging to see swimmers stepping up to a new level of achievement, with Freddie Laws, Jenny Read and Molly Lee, amongst others, doing so at this event. Success takes many forms, not just in the form of victory, and for many swimmers simply qualifying to take part was a great achievement. Success came for many with hard earned personal best times, especially true for the 10/11 year girls, competing against huge numbers in this age group.  Matthew Addis made a courageous comeback six weeks after injury, recording several pb’s and winning a medal. Team spirit was in evidence as usual with much cheering from poolside, not forgetting parental encouragement from the viewing balcony.

So many great performances and exciting races were reflected by the huge number of regional times recorded. The whole Club would like to congratulate the following swimmers; Josh Gray, Nathan Wells, Ryan Sykes, Zack Campbell-Maughan, Alex Florance, Freddie Laws, Oliver Newton, Jake Lammas, Natalie Coogans, Abbie Whiting, Roxanne Uys, Jenny Read, Hannah Brown, Elise Sorrell, Keely Empson, Siobhan Casey, Molly Lee, Rosie Muspratt, Astrid Hubbard, Chloe Sorrell and Sophie Green, and wish them well at Regionals later this year.

The British Age Group Awards for Norfolk now feature West Norfolk swimmers to a large extent. The Boys 16/over group is dominated by the Club, filling four out of the top six rankings. Abigail Whiting tops the 16/over group, and Robert Addis leads the 10/11 group. Such results are a testament to the swimmers’ hard work and dedication in training, and inspirational leadership from Head Coach, Sarah Vanderloo.  


Swim Camp 2015 


West Norfolk Swimming Club has just held another highly successful Swim Camp at Culford School in Suffolk. This event is now in its third year, and is the brainchild of Sarah Vanderloo, recently crowned Coach of the Year, at the KLFM Sports Awards. However, this year’s camp had an added twist, holding a Mini Camp for younger swimmers over the first weekend of half term.

As in previous years, the aim is to allow swimmers to have an intensive period of swim training, alongside specialised fitness programmes, both indoors and outside. Three hours a day were spent in the pool, working on stroke technique, starts and turns, race tactics, stamina work, etc.  The days started early to ensure the maximum benefit was made of the excellent facilities at Culford School. The large playing fields were perfect for cross country runs, with land training taking place in the indoor gym.  The residential element meant that swimmers were away from their usual routines and distractions, whilst having time to socialise and relax too in the evenings. There was plenty of time for team building and bonding, particularly evident in the tug of war events at the Mini Camp.  Holding the camp at this time of year maximises the Club’s chances of success at the upcoming County Championships, allowing swimmers to hone their competitive skills and racing technique.

Overall the week was voted another huge success by swimmers and parents alike. Fun was had by all, with swimming and fitness improved all round, as evidenced by the end of camp gala for both age groups.  The swimmers went home suitably exhausted and exhilarated at the end of an action packed experience.  Such an event would not be possible without a great deal of planning and preparation, with thanks here going especially to Lois Addis and Sarah Vanderloo. Many parents and committee members gave up their valuable time to stay on site and help organise and supervise the swimmers, especially ensuring the younger ones were settled away from home. For this the Club wishes to thank Angela Gray, Caroline Whiting, Barry White, Sam Sorrell, Beccie and Dan Overton, Kim and Paul Bryan and Stewart Murray. Without their input this event would not take place.  Local IT company MNIS Ltd, very generously produced attractive tee shirts for all the swimmers, providing a unique souvenir of the camp. Many thanks to MNIS for its ongoing support to the club.