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.