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WNSC Norfolk County Championships Report 

The largest ever team of West Norfolk Swimming Club, seventy-three swimmers, took part in the Norfolk County ASA Championships and Age Group Championships at The Sportspark, Norwich over the first three weekends of January.  The County Relay Trophy and Championship Relay Gala was also held on Sunday afternoon, 14th January.

For the first time these events took place in the 50m pool, with some younger swimmers experiencing the Olympic length facility for the first time in their races.

All events were split by age group, with 10 and 11 year olds sharing a category, 12, 13, 14 and 15 year old having single year groups and seniors being those aged 16 years or over.  Most events ran as ‘heat declared winners’, whilst some 50m and 100m events involved heats and finals.  Medals were awarded for the top three spots in each year group. Trophies were presented to the overall age group winners in the under 16 and 16/over categories.

The purple hatted athletes of West Norfolk Swimming Club’s ‘Purple Army’ featured heavily in the medal and trophy presentations.  The fact that so many swimmers achieved personal best times across a range of events so early in the season bodes well for upcoming competitions at all levels. Alongside the personal bests, WNSC swimmers notched up a number of record swims too.

Oli Kenny, 20, who competed in the Deaflympics in Turkey last summer broke his own British record with a time of 1.03.81 in the 100m backstroke, finishing third overall. He also set an English record in the 50m freestyle with 25.34 seconds.

For the first time a medley skins event was included in the programme.  The top 8 open age group swimmers in the 200m individual medley qualified to participate in this fun event involving a 50m race, with the stroke picked at random each time, starting every three minutes.  After each 50m ‘leg’ the last athlete to finish was eliminated. There were cash prizes for the top two boys and top two girls.  Lucie Peck qualified for the girls event, as did Roxanne Uys who finished 3rd.  Joe Wells, Luke Bryan, Sam Peck, Oliver Kenny, Finlay Ryan and Nathan Wells took up 6 of the 8 lanes for the boys.  Nathan Wells won, beating Sam Peck into 2nd place.

The 2018 County Championships also marked the end of an era, with lasts years Senior Captain, Jake Hall, a long standing stalwart who has been trained and raced for the club for many years, finishing his competitive career.  Jake, who has been a great role model to many younger swimmers, will continue to train, on a much reduced schedule with the master’s squad.

Gold medallists among the girls were:

Leah Bushell (12) 100m, 200m and 400 freestyle, 50m, 100m, 200m  backstroke and 200m and 400m individual medley. Leah also won silver in and 400m individual medley and bronze in 50m freestyle.

Abigail Nicholson (12) 200m butterfly.

Leah Wightman (13) 800m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke. Leah won silver in 200m freestyle bronze in 100m and 400mfreestyle, 50m butterfly and 400m individual medley.

Astrid Hubbard (14) 200m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 50 butterfly, 100 butterfly. Silver in 400m freestyle and 200m individual medley with bronze in 50m backstroke and bronze in 400m individual medley.

Ellie Mei Shepperson (15) 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Lucie Peck (15) 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 200 butterfly, 400m individual medley, also winning the under 16 and open age group categories. Lucie won silver in 100m and 200m freestyle, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 100m and 200m back stroke and 200m individual  medley.

Bryony Pack (16+) 200m butterfly. Silver in 100m butterfly.

Molly Lee (16+) 50 breaststroke and open age, 100 breaststroke and open age group. Silver 200m breaststroke.

Other medal winning girls included Kacie Cooper (12), bronze, 50m breaststroke, Roxanne Uys (19) silver, 50m and 100m breaststroke, Erica Charters (13) bronze, 100m and 200m  breaststroke,  200m butterfly, Olivia Skitrell (11) 200m butterfly, Isabel Jeffrey (14) bronze, 200m butterfly, Jenn Read, (16)silver, 200m butterfly, Lara Grace Mount (16) silver 50m, 100m and bronze, 200m  backstroke.

Gold medallists among the boys were:

Kyle Ostil (12) 50m butterfly. Kyle also won silver in 50m freestyle and bronze in 100m freestyle, 50m breaststroke

Robert Addis(14) 200m and 1500m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke,. 50m butterfly. Robert won silver in 50m breaststroke, 200m and  400m individual medley, and bronze in 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 50m 100m and 200m backstroke

Freddie Laws (15) 50m, 100m breaststroke, and both 200m breaststroke and 200m butterfly age group and under 16 champion. Silver in 400m individual medley and bronze in the 200m IM

Sam Rose (15) 200m and 400m freestyle, 50m backstroke, age group and under 16 champion. 200m backstroke. Sam won silver in 50m 100m and 1500m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley,  bronze in 100m backstroke, 400m individual medley.

Oliver Kenny (21)50m freestyle, winning the open category, and taking silver in the age group. Bronze, 50m butterfly and 50m, 100m and 200m  backstroke.

Nathan Wells (20)was age group winner of 50m freestyle and both age group and open champion in 100m, 200m, and 400m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, 50m, 100m and 200m  backstroke, 200m and 400m individual medley.

Luke Bryan (18)1500m freestyle, 50m and 200m breaststroke age group and open champion. Age group winner of 100m breaststroke.  Silver, 200m and 400m freestyle. Silver 50m and 200m butterfly and 200m and 400m individual medley.

Alex Florance (18) won silver in the age group and won the open 100m breaststroke. Silver, 200m breaststroke

Other medal winning boys included; Joshua Parker (11) bronze, 400m freestyle, Daniel Grimmer (12) bronze, 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley, Harry Sharpe (13) silver, 400m and bronze 1500m freestyle, Thomas Owen (13) silver, 100m and 200m breaststroke, bronze, 200m butterfly , Sam Randall (14) won bronze, 200m breaststroke, Tobias Oglesby (14) silver, 1500m freestyle,  Jake Lammas(17) bronze, 1500m freestyle, Sam Peck (18) silver 50m breaststroke,100m butterfly, bronze, 200m breaststroke and 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley, Finlay Ryan (19) bronze, 100m and 400m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 400m individual medley, Joseph Wells (18), bronze, 200m and silver 1500m freestyle.

West Norfolk SC finished second overall in the relay gala, with a rare appearance in the water by Head Coach Sarah Vanderloo, who put in a strong leg to assist the West Norfolk girls ‘C’ team in their efforts.  The 13/14 year old boys  4 x 50m team of Sam Rose, Freddie Laws, Robert Addis and Tom Ball won their event, before their older team mates Nathan Wells, Alex Florance, Luke Bryan and Oli Kenny won the 17 & over version of the race.  The 4 x 50m freestyle relay was also won by West Norfolk SC with a team comprising Oli Kenny, Finn Ryan, Luke Bryan and Nathan Wells.  The two wins for the older teams were all the sweeter as both times achieved were new County records.  

A number of WNSC were also presented with awards marking milestone numbers of times they have been selected to represent Norfolk in inter-county competitions.  With only 2 or 3 such competitions each year, the awards reflect consistent dedication and commitment to supporting Norfolk County ASA.

Abigail Whiting and Nathan Wells received gold award, marking their achievements in having represented the county at 16 different events. Ryan Sykes, Finlay Ryan and Sam Rose received  bronze awards for 8 such selections. Leah Wightman collected her County colours and bronze award (4 and 8 selections respectively), Robert Addis, Jacob Isle, Molly Lee and Roxanne Uys received their County colours.

The event was very well supported by volunteers and officials from across the county, including a large contingent from West Norfolk Swimming Club.  Swimmers, spectators and the County ASA are very grateful for their assistance, as without such backing the Championships could not take place.





 In ‘heats/finals’ events, the top eight swimmers competed in the final.  In heat declared winner events the top eight swimmers can be considered as ‘finalists’. The tables attached set out the finishing positions of all WNSC swimmers achieving a top eight place or better. The columns show:

AFTER HEATS – The position within the age group after the heats, including final positions for events with heat declared winners. Medals for the top three positions.

AGE GROUP FINAL – Finishing position in the final for that age group. Medals for the top three positions.

U/16 AGE GROUP – The position of the swimmer in the category. Winners are ‘Age group County Champion’. Trophy for the winner.

OPEN – The position of the swimmer in the category. Winners are ‘Open County Champion’. Trophy for the winner.)




Sheffield Snow Frills 2017  

The busy season of competition in the pool continued for West Norfolk’s swimmers recently, with a trip to Sheffield for the annual ‘Snow Frills’ Level 3 meet. This event is held over a weekend at the prestigious Ponds Forge pool, over the long course distance of 50 metres.

Opposition from clubs such as Leeds, Leicester, Salford, Bradford and Manchester, gave the King’s Lynn based club some valuable opportunities to acquire regional and county times, along with the ongoing quest for personal bests. 

Erica Charters and Harvey Isle both came away with their first regional times.  Erica has been tantalisingly close to a regional time in the breaststroke events, but surprised herself and her delighted parents, with one in the 200m butterfly. She had a phenomenal weekend overall, recording many pb’s and results, including 3rd in the 100m breast, 4th in the 100m butterfly and 5th in the 200m breaststroke.

Harvey Isle also gained his regional time in the 200m butterfly, again a first time for him, supported all the way by his proud parents.  He too had some great swims over the weekend, including 3rd in the 200 backstroke and many pb’s.

Robert Addis was in his trademark dominant form in the 13 year age group, winning the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle events, along with the 100m breaststroke. 

Freddie Laws continued his winning ways, picking up gold medals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, and 200m I/M events.  Oliver Harris continues to impress and was in fine form, winning the 15/16 50m butterfly, 2nd in the 100m breaststroke and 3rd in the 100m freestyle, and recording 7 pb’s from 7 races.

Joe Wells was in excellent form, taking six silver medals and two bronze in the very competitive 17/over age group.  In the same age group Oliver Kenny was in sharp form taking silver in the 50m back and bronze the 100m breaststroke.  Jacob Isle took 2nd places in the 50m and 100m butterfly to continue his family’s success.  Jake Lammas swam well to come 4th in three events with more pb’s.

Harry Sharpe was in superb form as usual, involved in some close finishes, swimming some great pb’s and taking medals home, including 3rd place in the 200m freestyle. Youngsters Campbell Pick, Joshua Parker and Ethan Evans had some good swims and enjoyed the long course experience.

Finlay Ryan is now at Sheffield Hallam University, (Biomedical Sciences) but turned out to swim for West Norfolk, winning the 17/over 100m breaststroke in the process.  Younger brother Fraser came 3rd in the 50m breaststroke.

Rachael Johnson swam some superb races, winning the 50m breaststroke, 2nd in the 200m breast and 3rd in the 200m I/M.  Ellie-Mei Shepperson continues to shine at breaststroke, taking 2nd places in the 100m and 200m events.  Katelin Taylor picked up numerous pb’s and rounded off with a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly.

Jamie Sturge and Olivia Skittrell had their first taste of long course swimming, scoring many pb’s and racing enthusiastically.  Kiera Clarke, Katie Drew and Isabel Jeffery all picked up pb’s over the weekend, and had some fine races competing good naturedly against each other.  Other girls in form were Leah Bushell, Abigail Nicholson, Esmie Kidman, Chloe Sorrell, Rosie Muspratt , Molly Lee and Millie Laws.

Thanks go to Head Coach, Sarah Vanderloo, for yet again encouraging such great performances.  Lois Addis and Carol Sorrell kept order in the ranks as marshalls.  Celina Taylor and Paul Johnson worked tirelessly in their capacity as officials.  Many parents yet again drove many miles and sat for hours to watch their children swim, we thank them all.

Full results are available on the Sheffield website.


East Swimming Winter Long Course Championships 

A squad of twenty four swimmers aged fourteen and upwards from West Norfolk Swimming Club competed over three days at the East Swimming Winter Long Course Championships.  The event was held at Sportspark Norwich on 3rd, 45th and 5th November.

All swimmers had had to achieve rigorous qualifying times earlier in the season.  Fifty-four clubs were represented from the region, taking in the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.  West Norfolk finished as the top Norfolk club in the medal table behind their much larger rivals such as Team Ipswich, Hatfield and City of Peterborough.

Individually, West Norfolk swimmers produced some fantastic swims, recording many personal bests (pb’s) and earning several finals places.

Matthew Addis returned from University for this event, competing in the 50m and 100m freestyle.

Jake Hall raced in the 200m butterfly. Ryan Sykes competed in the 50m freestyle.

Luke Bryan swam a pb in the 200m freestyle as well as 400m and 1500m. He swam another pb in the 200m I/M. Luke also competed in the 400m I/M, 200m butterfly, 50m, 100m, (pb) and 200m (pb) breaststroke, where he qualified for the final and finished 6th.

Alex Florance swam a pb in the 200m I/M and competed in the 100m breaststroke, as did Oliver Harris who swam a pb too.

Jacob Isle achieved pb’s in both the 50m and 100m freestyle.  Freddie Laws raced over 100m and 200m in breaststroke, recording pb’s in both.  Jake Lammas recorded pb’s in the 100m and 1500m freestyle and 400 I/M.  He also raced the 200m backstroke.

Oliver Kenny, who competed in the Deaflympics in Turkey this summer, raced in the 50m freestyle, 200m I/M, 50m and 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 50m and 100m breaststroke.

Finn Ryan, returning from University in Sheffield, achieved a pb in the 200m freestyle, as well as racing 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Sam Rose had a very busy time, racing in twelve events, recording pb’s in the 50m and 100m freestyle. He also raced the 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle, 200m and 400m I/M, 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly.

Joe Wells also raced twelve events- all distances at freestyle, 200m and 400m I/M, 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly.

Nathan Wells returned from Loughborough University to compete in ten events, qualifying for 6 finals in addition to racing the fastest heats of the 400 IM and 400 Free.  His freestyle events were 50m, 100m (pb), 200m and 400m where he battled hard to win the silver medal.  He earned finals places in the 100m and 200m freestyle, finishing 5th and 7th respectively.  Nathan took bronze in the 200m and silver in the 400m I/M and 50m backstroke.  He reached the finals of the 100m and 200m backstroke, finishing 5th and 7th respectively. He also raced the 50m butterfly.

Molly Lee reached the finals in both 100m and 200m breaststroke, finishing 4th and 6th respectively.  She swam a pb in the 200m I/M and won a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke.

Lara Grace Mount swam a pb in the 200m I/M and 50m butterfly. She swam 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, achieving a pb to make the 100m final, where she again pb’d to finish 8th.

Rachael Johnson raced the 200m I/M, 200m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke.  Rosie Muspratt raced over 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, achieving a pb in 50m.  Bryony Pack swam 50m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly.

Lucie Peck raced nine events and achieved the first of three pb’s over 200m freestyle, 400m and 800m.  She set another pb in the 200m I/M and swam the 400m I/M.  Lucie also swam the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, and recorded a pb in the 200m backstroke.

Jenn Read raced raced freestyle over 200m and 800m, achieving a pb at the longer distance.  Ellie-Mei Shepperson competed in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke.  Chloe Sorrell raced 50m and 100m backstroke.

Roxanne Uys pb’d in the 200m I/M, and earned finals swims in the 50m breastroke (6th) and 100m breaststroke, taking a bronze medal with another pb.  She went on to take another bronze in the 200m event too in a pb.

Ollie Harris swam in the 50 and 100m breastoke events with a pb in the 100m.

West Norfolk’s Head Coach, Sarah Vanderloo said,

“This is the first time the Winter Regionals have been held in a long course pool.  It is still early in the season but these are really positive performances, and an indicator of more to come later this year.  I am very proud of the efforts and achievements of all of my swimmers.”

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