Club News

Busy end to the 2017/18 season 

The swimmers of West Norfolk Swimming Club once again have a very busy end to the 2017/18 season.  All club members race across the full range of strokes and distances over 4 days of the next two weekends, aiming to record improved personal best times and compete for annual trophies at Downham Market and Kings Lynn Alive Leisure Centres.


Sunday 22nd July sees the South East Region Open Water Championships at Whitlingham Country Park in Trowse near Norwich.  23 hardy members of the ‘Purple Army’ will join around 450 others from 49 clubs across the East Region to race over distances of between 1Km and 5km.  

Many of the squad have benefitted from additional open water training for the first time this summer, following an arrangement between the club and  Kings Lynn Tri-Athlon Club who swim at Pentney Lakes.

The 1 KM (novices event) will see 12 swimmers compete in open water for the first time. - Alice Page, Elizabeth England, Esmie Kidman, Ethan Evans, Isabella Ashby-King, Jack Drage, Jack Woodhouse, Joshua Parker, Oliver Shaw, Olivia Skitrell, Robert Addis and Sophie Doig.

Twelve and thirteen year olds Harry Sharpe and Leah Bushell, as well as 19 yr old Kayleigh Venables will race the 2Km course, along with achieving personal best times, the younger swimmers eyes will be on a top three finish place.  

The top three athletes in their respective regional age group competitions earn a place at the National Open Water Age Group Championships which takes place at Rother Valley Country Park, outside Sheffield on 30th July.

14 and 15 year olds Lucie Peck, Meda Vitginyte and Sam Rose have 3km to contend with again seeking a top three place.

Ella Farnsworth, Jenn Read, Joe Wells, Nathan Wells and Rachel Johnson will all race the 5km course, also looking for a National place.

Back in the pool, the British Summer Championships and then Swim England National Summer Meet sandwich the National Open Water Age Group Championships, getting underway from  24th July at Ponds Forge International Sports centre in Sheffield.




Oliver Kenny is representing Great Britain 

21 year old West Norfolk Swimming Club athlete Oliver Kenny is representing Great Britain in the pool this week in 12th European Deaf Swimming Championships in Lublin, Poland.

Ollie, the current WNSC Boys captain, has been selected as one of the 21 strong Great Britain Deaf Swimming Team for the competition which takes place between 2nd and 7th July.

Ollie was the first member of the GB team to compete,  getting things started in style on Monday 2nd with the 100m backstroke. He qualified in 6th place for the final, and went on to finish 4th, setting a new British record of 1:01:14, breaking his own previous one.  Ollie holds Great Britain Deaf Swimming records across 50m, 100m and 200m distances in both long course(50m pool) and short course (25m pool) competitions, as well as the 50m long course butterfly record.

Later in the week Ollie will be racing individually on 3rd July in the 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley, on Wednesday 4th in the 50m butterfly and on Friday 6th in the 50m backstroke.

He will also race in the 4 x 100m mixed medley team relay on 3rd and 4x100m men’s team medley relay on the 6th.

Details of the official video livestream feed and results can be found on the 12th European Deaf Swimming Championships Facebook page.



2018 Age group Regional Champs 

After the success of their team mates in the Swim England East Region 2018 Long Course Championships earlier in the month, it was the turn of the younger members of West Norfolk Swimming Club of compete the at regional level over the three day late May Bank Holiday weekend.  Eleven purple hatted athletes had achieved the challenging qualification times to compete in the East Region 2018 Age Group Championships, the competition for those who will be under 15 years old on 31st December this year.  The championships were contested at the Luton Aspire Sport Village.

Although medals eluded them over the three days, they achieved personal best ever times (PB) in an incredible 67 of their 79 races, a hit rate of 85%.

Astrid Hubbard (14yrs) achieved 10 PBs in her in 11 events, the 200m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke and the 200m and 400m individual medley.

Erica Charters (13yrs) scored a full house of PBs in her 8 events, 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and butterfly, and the 200m and 400m individual medley. She was 8th in the final of the 200m butterfly.

Harry Sharpe (12yrs) finished in 5th place in the 1500m and 6th in the 400m freestyle events.  He racked up had 8 PBs over 9 events.100m, 200m breaststroke, 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200m and 400m individual medley. 

Harvey Isle (12yrs) PB’d in all of his 5 events, 100m & 200m backstroke, 200m butterfly and 200m and 400m individual medley, where he took 6th .

Kyle Ostil (11yrs) had 6 events, 50m and 100m freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly. He achieved double PBs in both heats and finals over 50m and 100m freestyle, finishing 6th in both.  He was 5th in the final of the 50m butterfly.

Leah Bushell (12yrs) had 2 events, 50m and 100m backstroke and PB’d both.

Leah Wightman (13yrs) achieved 5 PBs across the 8 events she raced, 50m butterfly, 100m, 200m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke and 200m and 400m individual medley yrs. She finished 7th in the 200 IM and 8th in the 200m backstroke. 

Robert Addis (14yrs) notched up 11 PBs over his 12 events. 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, 50m, 100m, and 200m, breaststroke, 50m and 100m butterfly, 100m and 200m backstroke and 200m and 400m individual medley.  They included a double PB heat and PB final helping him to 5th place in the 200m IM and 6th in the 400m freestyle.

Thomas Owen (13yrs) competed over 6 events, but achieved 9 PBs in heats and finals.  He finished 4th in the 200m breaststroke and 8th in the 200m butterfly, with a brace of heat PB/final PB doubles. His other events were the 50m and 100mbreaststroke, 100m freestyle and 200m and 400m individual medley. 

Tobias Oglesby (14yrs) raced and PB’d the 200m backstroke. 

Tom Ball (14yrs) raced and PB’d the 100m freestyle.

WNSC Head Coach said ‘Although swimmers were not rewarded with medals for their efforts at Luton over another very hot bank holiday weekend, they should all be very proud of their achievements.  The fact that so many personal best times were achieved demonstrates that they have been training well and building up to this top level competition.  It’s not a time to rest on our laurels though; there is a lot to look forward to across the club and work to be done to build for the future.  The Open Water Championships are looming ahead of us in July, and we have several swimmers who will compete in them.  We will begin a programme of open water training for club members next weekend.  Several of our swimmers also have the British and English Summer Championships to prepare for.’


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