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.