Posts From August, 2014

Senior Fenland League (Diss 2014) 

The latest round of the Senior Fenland League produced some excellent performances from the West Norfolk team. The club took on hosts Diss, along with Ely and Dereham, at Thetford Leisure Centre.

The team were quickly into their stride in the early relays, showing how a long season of training has been of benefit. Individual wins then came along in abundance for, Robert Addis, Ryan Sykes, Joseph Wells, Keely Empson, Astrid Hubbard, Alex Florance and Elise Sorrel. Roxanne Uys, Josh Gray, Annabel Heywood, Jenny Read, Natalie Coogans, and Nathan Wells all took two wins apiece with some superb swims. Jake Lammas had a very busy evening indeed, going home with three individual wins. In addition, West Norfolk combined their forces to win five relays, and thus just squeeze through as the eventual winners on the night. This very successful evening sets them up well for the next round in September, after a well deserved summer break.

Final Result: 1st WNSC 365 points; 2nd Dereham 364; 3rd Ely 224; 4th Diss 201


National Report 2014 

West Norfolk swimmer, Nathan Wells, is a young man with a very clear mission, namely to be the best in a demanding sport. Without a 50 meter pool to train in, or regularly compete in, the odds are stacked against him, or any of the Club’s other swimmers, to achieve top results. However, a great deal can be accomplished with hard work, personal discipline, skilful coaching, and a healthy dose of talent. Over the last few months, the sixteen year old Springwood student, has achieved an incredible five National Qualifying times. Training up to four hours a day, five days a week, Nathan’s determination and perseverance is helping him achieve his goal. Guidance and support has come from a superb Head Coach, Sarah Vanderloo, with Nathan taking on board all help given.

Swimming is a sport which calls on the individual to be single minded in their approach, and totally committed. Family support is vital, with Nathan’s parents criss-crossing the country to galas, giving him a chance of fulfilling his potential. As National times must be achieved in a 50m pool, much travelling is involved. A gruelling GCSE schedule has added to the pressure in recent months, but this has not stopped Nathan from achieving his first ever string of National times.

Nathan’s first qualifying time came on February 9th, in the 50m backstroke at the Groundhog Meet swam at the UEA  pool. He then returned to Norwich in April to qualify for the 400 individual medley, at the Easter Meet. May took him to the Regional British Gas Meet, in Luton, where he gained his 200m backstroke time. He made a return trip to Luton later that month for the aptly named ‘Last Chance’ Meet, taking qualifying times in the 400m freestyle and 200 individual medley.

Nathan will have company later this summer at ‘Nationals’. As the Club has previously reported, team mates and training partners, Natalie Coogans and Abigail Whiting, will be making the trip to Sheffield along with Keely Empson who has recently come back to West Norfolk, her original club, from the UEA. Abigail gained a NQT in the 50m freestyle, Natalie in the 50m and 200m breaststroke and Keely in the 50m backstroke. All the girls are fortunate to have selfless, dedicated families, who make many sacrifices to ensure their children have the very best opportunities in their chosen sport. The whole of West Norfolk Swimming Club is extremely proud of these four swimmers, who are also great role models to our younger swimmers. They carry with them the Club’s good wishes and hopes for what will surely be an exciting summer of swimming.


WNSC in the Junior Fenland League 

A busy summer of competition continues for West Norfolk Swimming Club in the Junior Fenland League. The club played host to teams from Peterborough B, Cambridge, Bottisham and Mildenhall at St James, fielding a strong and experienced team. West Norfolk soon got into their stride with individual wins for Molly Lee, Leah Wightman, Isabel Jeffery, Gemma White, Jake Lammas, Rosie Muspratt and Ella Farnsworth. The following swimmers fared even better, taking two wins each; Alex Hall, Jacob Isle, Freddie Laws, and Alice Ireland It was a really exciting evening, with plenty of enthusiastic home support, and great contributions from the visiting teams. It was rounded off with a desperately close 8x25m relay, which West Norfolk just missed taking in a fingertip finish. Many thanks to all the officials who helped out, JFL referee, David Robinson, score recorders, pool staff and coaches.

Final Result 1st WNSC 177 points; 2nd Peterborough B 162; 3rd Cambridge 123; 4th Bottisham 106; 5th Mildenhall 91

The next round took the team to Newmarket, to take on Mildenhall, Ely, Chatteris, and First Strokes. Individual wins were harder to come by on this occasion, but were gained by Alice Terry,Leah Wightman and Harley Bunting. There were many other excellent swims and personal bests, some from swimmers having their first taste of JFL action.

Final Result 1st Mildenhall 158 points; 2nd Ely 155; 3rd Chatteris 125; 4th first Strokes 108; 5th WNSC 103