Posts From September, 2015

Stewart Murray 2015 East Region award winner 

Congratulations to Stewart Murray (Chairman) of West Norfolk Swimming Club, who was awarded the ASA Services to officials development award. It was awarded in recognition for his contribution to the sport within the East Region at the 2015 Annual Council Meeting.



Senior Fenland League Final 2015 

The new season got off to a flying start for West Norfolk, with a comprehensive win in the Senior Fenland League Final last weekend, to retain the trophy.  The Club played host at Downham Market to teams from Wisbech, Chatteris, Dereham and Ely, in what is always a keenly contested event, with all clubs sending their top swimmers.

Out of a total of forty seven races, West Norfolk scored an impressive thirty first places, including the majority of the relays.  Nathan Wells, Abigail Whiting and Freddie Laws each clocked up three individual wins, with pivotal roles in the relays too.  Molly Lee and Harry Sharpe were both in top form with two wins each. Other individual wins went to Jake Lammas, Oliver Newton, Natalie Coogans, Rachael Johnson, Chloe Sorrell, Lara-Grace Mount and Harvey Isle.

It was most encouraging to see the level of commitment from the whole team, so soon after the summer break. Personal bests went to Elise Sorrell, Jake Lammas, Molly Lee, Harry Sharpe, Freddie Laws, Jacob Isle, Harvey Isle and Gemma White. Josh Gray made a welcome return to West Norfolk on completion of his university degree, just missing out in the 100 breast.

West Norfolk would like to extend grateful thanks to the visiting teams for some very exciting racing, and officials for making sure the evening ran smoothly. Thanks as always to our own officials and enthusiastic supporters, and another successful coaching achievement for Sarah Vanderloo at the start a season with much to promise. 

Final Result

1st WNSC 210 points; 2nd Wisbech 144; 3rd Chatteris 142; 4th Dereham 106; 5th Ely 102


Open Water County & Regional Championship 

Eight of West Norfolk’s swimmers took part in the Open Water County and Regional Championships this summer.

Held at the picturesque Whitlingham Great Broad, this event gave swimmers a chance to leave the confines of the pool and experience the unique challenge of open water swimming.

Nathan Wells was the Club’s only swimmer to compete in the 5km event.  By his own admission he had not been able to train specifically for the distance, but he produced a characteristically superb swim to take gold at county level (1:06.01.80).  He was also 4th at eastern regional level, and qualified for the National Championships.

In the 3km event Jake Hall and Natalie Warnes both finished first at county level, with Jake 4th for region in a time of 47.32.70.  Natalie’s strong performance earned her a well- deserved 3rd place for region, collecting the bronze medal.  Kayleigh Venables took 5th place at county level and 19th at regional in a time of 52.57.

In the 13-16 year age group Rachael Johnson, Jenny Read and Abigail Whiting all competed in the 1.5km race.  Jenny swam a phenomenal time of 20.41.14 to take 4th at county and join Nathan Wells in qualifying for Nationals, reflecting all her dedication in training this year. Rachael had an excellent swim finishing 9th at county level.  Abigail’s time of 20.11.60 gained her 5th place at regional level and a silver medal to add to her collection.

Ella Farnsworth had her first ever taste of open water competition in the 800m event. She greatly enjoyed the experience taking 3rd place at county and 13th in the region.

A hugely successful day was had all round, with many thanks to Teena Venables and Ryan Sykes for their enthusiastic coaching input on the day.