Posts From July, 2013

WNSC Look Back On Successful Year 

It’s been another very busy, competitive year for West Norfolk Swimming Club with some outstanding individual and team results, of which everyone involved in the club is proud of.

Individual swimmers have performed well at all levels for the Club, at County Championships, Regional and National, as well as their own Club Championships, and recent ‘No Frills’ end of year gala.

The following list is some of the swimmers who have enjoyed success this year;

Nathan Wells, age 15, has had a superb year, gathering a multitude of trophies and titles which reflect his dedication to training. Winner of the coveted ‘Skins’ title at Newmarket this spring in a series of scintillating 50m races. Top Boy trophy winner at City of Peterborough this spring. At Counties in March, he gained 17 out of 17 1st place group wins, and 15 regional time qualifications.

Abigail Whiting, age 14, produced the swim of her life to take the 100m freestyle Open title at Counties, in a time of 1.00.61 which gained her a regional time. Abbie has competed extensively at many high level meets, consistently recording personal best times. Abbie was 3rd in British Age Group Winners after Counties.

Keely Empson, age 17, is ranked 12th in her age group in Britain. Although now studying at Easton College and swimming at UEA, Keely remains a respected and highly valued member of West Norfolk. At Counties she was junior 100m backstroke champion, senior 50 back champion, and joint 50m freestyle winner. She is currently British Colleges National 50m backstroke champion. Her most recent achievement is Open Water 1500m regional and county champion in the 17/19 age group. Keely was also Club Sprint Champion for the 5th consecutive year.

Sophie Green is attending National Championships in August, to compete in 100m back and fly. This is a wonderful achievement, especially as she has been hampered by an injury this year. Sophie also competed at British Colleges.

Oliver Kenny, age 16. One of the club’s top male swimmers has swum at the highest level. Ollie represented Britain at the ‘Deaflympics’ event in Sofia, Portugal this Spring. He had swum in 2011 in the World Deaf Swimming Championships, again in Portugal. Finished 3rd after Counties in British Age Group.

Samuel Chandler, age 17, 3rd after Counties British Age Group, and Ryan Sykes 2nd.

Josh Gray, 100m breast stroke champion at Counties.

Robert Addis, age 9, 200m breaststroke and 200 I/M winner at Counties. Robert is currently ranked 11th for his age nationally.




Annual Ouse Swim 

Many years ago a swimming race was held in the River Ouse to test the speed and skills of local swimmers. To commemorate this event and, in the interests of Health and Safety, West Norfolk Swimming Club holds their annual Ouse Swim at St. James Pool.

This year’s event has just taken place, with girls and under 13 year old boys swimming a distance of 200 metres to represent one width of the river. Boys of 14 years and over swim 400 metres for two river crossings.
This event is very popular with swimmers and spectators alike. Swimmers compete to better their time of the previous year, as well as awards for the top three places in each age group. There is an award for the individual boy and girl who beat their time by the greatest margin from the year before. Competition this year was fierce with some incredible personal bests, especially from the younger swimmers.


Girls 13/under, 1st Cassie Bywater-Haylett; 2nd Annabel Heywood; 3rd Kayleigh Venables.
14/over, 1st Keely Empson; 2nd Emma Lees, 3rd Sophie Green.

Boys 13/under, 1st Joseph Wells; 2nd Harry Thompson; 3rd Luke Bryan.
14/over, 1st Nathan wells; 2nd Ryan Sykes; 3rd Matthew Addis.
Most Improved Boy, Adam Warnes, 4:45.60
Most Improved Girl, Katelin Taylor, 3:07.48

In addition, new age group records were set by Robert Addis and Isabel Jeffery in the junior events and Keely Empson in the Seniors. Congratulations to these three swimmers.

Many thanks to the Club’s officials for all their hard work at this event, it is very much appreciated.

July East Region Open Water Championships 2013 

West Norfolk Swimming Club swimmers were in action over the past weekend.  A small group of swimmers competed in the East Region Open Water Championships at Whitlingham Great Broad.

This event also doubles up as the County Championships for all the member counties that comprise the East Region and attracts guest swimmers from far and wide.  With temperatures a little lower than the previous days conditions were ideal for racing.

The first event was the 3 kilometre swim.  West Norfolk was represented by the men’s captain Ryan Sykes and the vice-captain Sam Chandler.  From the start the two seemed evenly matched and were never more than a body length apart throughout the 3 laps. Sykes put in a determined effort to sprint past his team mate at the finish but Chandler remained strong enough to ensure he wasn’t beaten.  After 3 km of swimming they tied resulting in a joint 1st place in the Norfolk competition and joint 4th in the Region in the Mens  17/19 years age group.

Next up was Nathan Wells and Jake Hall in the 2km event, both were competing in the 13/16 age group.  This was a very tight race, Wells was fighting with the leaders throughout and the finish was a very tight call and spectators were unsure who had managed to pull ahead.  The Wells came through to 4th place in the Region and first in the County just 7 seconds away from the winner.  Hall meanwhile in his very first open water swim maintained a good pace and dealt with the unique challenges this kind of swimming brings to finish 2nd in the County and 11th in the region.

The next race was the Novice 800m event.  There were 5 girls competing in their first open water event in the 11/12 yo, 13/14 yo 15/16 yo age groups.  This race was run in 3 waves with the youngest swimmers going first.  Alice Ireland showed great determination and came home 3rd in the County and 13th in the region for 11/12 years age group.
Next up was Ladies Captain Abbie Whiting and Kayleigh Venables.  Whiting  set out strongly and was the first lady to finish by a good distance, this gave her a 1st in both region and county, just desserts for a brave swim.  Venables found herself in a very fierce scrap with swimmers all around her, her determination brought her home in 4th place in the county and 12th in the region 13/14 years age group.
The final wave of the 800m has Team mate Rebecca Baxter and Natalie Warnes going head to head in the 15/16 years age group.  Like the men in the 3k there was very little to choose between then throughout the race.  In the end Warnes edged her team mate by 2 seconds to finish 2nd in the county and 4th in the region with Baxter 3rd and 5th.

The last event for West Norfolk swimmers was the 1.5k race.  Joe Wells was the sole representative from the Club he swam with his usual determination and came home 3rd in the County and 12th in the region in the men’s 12/16 years age group.  Former West Norfolk swimmer Keeley Empson had a very good swim resulting in both a county and regional 1st place in the ladies 17/19 year age group.

These excellent set of results reflect the hours of training and dedication the swimmers put in.
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