Posts From September, 2014

Senior Fenland League Final 2014 

The Senior Fenland League reached an exciting climax on 20th September, with the final taking place at the Hudson Leisure Centre, Wisbech. Teams from Dereham, Diss, West Norfolk and Ely joined hosts Wisbech, to battle it out over 47 races for this year’s trophy.

West Norfolk fielded an experienced team of swimmers, and took along an enthusiastic contingent of family members for strong vocal support. West Norfolk were quickly out of the starting blocks, notching up the wins, and making their intentions clear that they were out for victory in every race possible. As ever, a strong team spirit prevailed, with swimmers supporting each other throughout.  Twenty year old Josh Gray enjoyed a fine evening’s competition, prior to returning to university, winning the Open 100m individual medley. At the other end of the experience and age spectrum, 9 year old Harry Sharpe coped exceptionally well with the pressure of the occasion. His presence enabled a Junior Relay team to take part in two races. In the 4x25m medley relay, team mates Robert Addis, Jake Lammas and Jacob Isle gave Harry a strong lead to enable the youngster to bring a win home in the final 25 metres.

Strong individual performances gained vital individual wins for the following swimmers; Robert Addis, Natalie Coogans, Alex Florance, Josh Gray, Astrid Hubbard, Jacob Isle, Jake Lammas, Isabel Overton, Jenny Read, Chloe Sorrell, Joseph Wells, Nathan Wells, Abigail Whiting and Roxanne Uys. The cannon relay provided a fitting finale, with the team of eight delivering a stunning performance to come from behind and win in fine style.

Overall, the whole team deserves nothing but the highest praise for taking the cup back to the trophy cabinet at St. James Pool. Head Coach, Sarah Vanderloo summed the evening up by saying,

“It really was a fantastic team performance by all, they demolished the opposition. I can’t remember the last time we won a gala by such a distance or with such a high number of first places.”

Huge thanks go to Sarah and all the poolside helpers; Lois Addis, Angela Gray Scott Lammas, Sue Read and Sam Sorrell. Charlotte Isle again provided eagle-eyed record keeping and information gathering on the night. Thanks to gala hosts, Wisbech Swimming Club, for making everyone welcome. And finally to the loyal band of supporters who shouted themselves hoarse.

Final Result 1st West Norfolk, 216 points; 2nd Dereham, 151; 3rd Wisbech, 130; 4th Diss, 107; 5th Ely, 95.


Sainsburys School Games in Manchester (Aug 2014) 

At the recent Sainsburys  School Games in Manchester, Nathan Wells added to his already impressive swimming CV. He was selected to compete for the England East Team, against seven other teams from all regions of the British Isles. Selection was a great honour, and the sixteen year old Springwood student jumped at the chance to attend such a prestigious event. He then proceeded to put in extra training in the summer, following excellent GCSE results, when he would have been forgiven for putting his feet up for a rest. The Aquatics centre provided the venue, offering superb facilities and an inspirational atmosphere for the competitors in all the sports represented. The Games offered Nathan another opportunity to swim at a national level, after what had already been a long and highly productive season.

The 200m freestyle came early on in the meet, with Nathan finishing in 5th place with an excellent personal best of 1.58.57, shaving nearly a second off  his previous best. Early the next day, he swam a stunning first leg in the 4x 200m freestyle relay, in what was a thrilling race, taking England East to 3rd place. His final race was the 200m backstroke, where competition was fierce, with Nathan finishing a very creditable 7th.

Nathan summed up his experience of the Games thus,

“It was a great honour to represent the East of England. I met a lot of talented people and made many new friends. The atmosphere was incredible, and I couldn’t have asked for more than a bronze medal at such a high level of competition.”

Nathan’s parents, Lewis and Jill, and brother Joseph, accompanied him to Manchester, supporting him throughout, and are rightly immensely proud of him, as is the whole of West Norfolk Swimming Club. Nathan thanked Head Coach, Sarah Vanderloo, for her ongoing expert guidance. As the event was broadcast live online, team mates back home were able to share the excitement and cheer Nathan on. He takes this new and invaluable experience in to what will surely be another high achieving season.



Celebrating Achievements end of the 2013/2014 season 

West Norfolk swimming club are celebrating the achievements of the swimmers as they come to the end of the 2013/2014 season. There were some excellent results at the Youth Regional championships held in Luton with thirteen swimmers competing, Nathan Wells, Ryan Sykes, Archie Holman, Zack Campbell Maughan, Elliot Legg, Matthew Addis, Alex Murray, Abbie Whiting, Natalie Coogans, Sophie Empson, Keely Empson, Elise Sorrell and Sarah Bowling, with West Norfolk collecting one silver and four bronze medals throughout the championships. Impressive swims produced some excellent PB’s from the swimmers and Nathan Wells was in superb form to take 2nd place in the 1500 freestyle and third place in the 400IM and 400 freestyle. Natalie Coogans swam an excellent 200 breaststroke to take third place in the final. The last medal came from the mixed relay team of Nathan, Ryan, Abbie and Elise who took third place.

This event was followed by the BAGCAT Regional championships for the younger swimmers held at UEA Norwich where Joe Wells, Robert Addis and Roxanne Uys all qualified to compete. All three swimmers put in excellent performances throughout the competition, with some strong PB’s.

The final major event of the 2013/14 season was the British Gas ASA national Championships held at Ponds Forge. The club had four swimmers who qualified this year, Nathan Wells, Abbie Whiting, Natalie Coogans and Keely Empson, the highest number of swimmers from the club to qualify for a number of years. All four swimmers showed great determination and produced excellent results. Once again Natalie was in great form in the 200 breaststroke and reached the semi-finals, finishing in 17th place in a time of 2.43.71. Nathan was in excellent form throughout the competition, reaching the semi-finals in the 200 backstroke, 200IM and 400 IM, with his best achievement reaching the final in the 400 freestyle finishing in a well deserved 9th position in a time of 4.06.92. Superb results and a great experience for the swimmers.

Abbie’s 50 freestyle time also qualified her to compete at the British Gas International swimming meet in Manchester. She swam an excellent heat to put her through to the Womens Under 16’s final where she finished 7th in a time of 28.42 seconds. Another excellent achievement and experience for Abbie.

The year finished with seven swimmers, Jacob Isle, Elliot Legg, Josh Gray, Ryan Sykes, Nathan Wells, Natalie Coogans and Keely Empson, being selected to represent Norfolk at the Inter Counties gala held at Basildon.  Some strong individual and relay races from the swimmers contributed to the overall 5th place for Norfolk.

These excellent results are only achieved through the continued hard work and dedication of both the swimmers and their coaches. The club would also like to thank Catalina Software for their continued support throughout the season. 

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