Posts From June, 2014

Braintree May 2014 

Braintree was the latest stopping off point for the swimmers from West Norfolk. With parents in tow, a substantial team took on competition from all over Essex, Hertfordshire and beyond, in pursuit of trophies and times. As a parent supporting a swimmer, the pressures can become intense. Thus, the location of the pool conveniently next to some attractive shops, meant that retail therapy was a welcome distraction for some.

In the pool it was down to business for the swimmers with a full weekend programme of events. Robert Addis showed no signs of letting up in his quest for further success this year. The speedy ten year old picked up 7 first places, and as huge bonus gained regional qualifying times in the 200 metres free and breast stroke events. He automatically also picks up regional times for the 100m versions of those strokes. For the girls,twelve year old Molly Lee underlined her recent breast stroke success with first place in the 50m event. She also took 2nd in the 100m individual medley. Both results had added significance as there were over 25 competitors in both events. Jenny Read took 1st place in the 50m fly, again in a large entry event, with 3rd in the 100m event. Natalie Warnes was in excellent form, winning the 100 and 200 back events, and the 200 free for her age group. Sophie Empson  notched up wins in the 50m free and fly, with a 2nd in the 100m I/M. Chloe Sorrell and Cassie Bywater-Haylett both went home with a win each, and there was a well deserved 3rd place for Ella Farnsworth in the 100m breast stroke.

Back in the boys’ events, Nathan Wells showed no signs of letting up on his phenomenal success this season. He recorded 9 individual wins in events of many differing strokes and distances, to take home yet another well deserved Top Boy trophy to add to his collection. He lead the charge in the 15/over events, in which he, and a combination of Ryan Sykes, Matthew Addis, Zack Campbell-Maughan and Archie Holman, took up to the first 5 placings in 9 events. It is a credit to West Norfolk’s Head Coach, Sarah Vanderloo, that the boys in this age group perform so consistently well. Joe Wells took home 2nd and 3rd places in the 200 and 50 back events respectively. Jake Lammas was also on song taking a 1st and several other placings. Full results can be found on the Braintree and Bocking Club website.


Members can Submit News 

Clare Jeffery is WNSC Communication Secretary. 

Clare provides and coordinates all news/press releases for the club. If you have any achievements, swimmer representing their school or swimming a great PB, please feel free to drop Clare an email at

This does not need to be a full report, but as much information as possible would help.

Clare will still be providing articles for gala’s and open meets, but wants to make sure that she does not miss swimmers achievements and telling the rest of the club about them, especially high level galas, regional and nationals which Clare doesn’t attend.

Clare will amend the article where necessary and it will be uploaded to the website and to the papers if it is appropriate.

If your news item is about an event where other WNSC swimmers take part, can you please add information in your news article with a picture if possible as this helps when sending to a newspaper.  Pictures need to be in .jpeg format.

Our clubs\swimmers achievements are important to us and that they get fully recognised, Clare relies and appreciates all the information she receives from parents and swimmers.


County Championship Relays Gala 2014 

The County Championship Relays Gala provided a thrilling finale to this year’s County events. Held at UEA Norwich, over the 50 metre distance, this event provides excitement and drama for spectators and swimmers alike. West Norfolk Swimming Club sent A, B and C teams to take on seven other clubs from all over the county. Due to the depth of talent within the club now, many younger swimmers were able to experience top level competition over the long course distance.

A long, and at times slightly manic, evening’s entertainment was provided for the packed crowd, with a total of 38 races swum in rapid succession. After the record breaking success of last year’s mens team, it was the turn of the ladies this year. West Norfolk’s Ladies Open Free team triumphed with a new County record. A thrilling race developed, with Natalie Coogans, Sarah Vanderloo and Elise Sorrell putting the team in front, for Abigail Whiting to swim a scintillating anchor leg and seal the record. Another win came in the Junior Medley, with Abigail and Elise again, joined by Natalie Warnes and Sophie Empson, much to the delight of the supporters.

At the end of an exhausting evening, the ‘A’ team went home with a well earned 2nd place overall, another huge achievement for our ever improving club.

In addition to previously reported times, the whole club would like to warmly congratulate the following swimmers for also gaining Regional qualifying times at Counties: Matthew Addis (200 free), Archie Holman (100 breast and 400 free), Elise Sorrell (200 free), Abigail Whiting ( 200 and 400 I/M) and Roxanne Uys (100 breast).


            photo showing members of the 'A' team with their trophies and medals for 2nd place overall