Astrid wins Top Girl as West Norfolk swim to glory

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The trophy cabinet at St. James’ Pool is groaning with yet more awards, following West Norfolk’s raid at the recent Resolution Gala in Norwich.

The Top Team found its way to Lynn, along with the Top Girl award, courtesy of Astrid Hubbard. A large team of swimmers competed over the weekend against swimmers from all over the region.

Speed was the order of the day, and an excellent opportunity for competitors to gain county and regional qualification times.

From her first event on day one, 11 year-old Hubbard posted her intention to take home as many medals as possible, never once letting up, and reflecting her recent meteoric rise through the rankings at West Norfolk.

She was never headed in competition for the Top Girl award, competing in 16 races, recording 15 personal bests, winning two gold, five silver and two bronze medals.

These stunning results ensured she took the trophy with an incredible 47 point lead, out of 177 female swimmers, and a reflection of her dedication to training.

Robert Addis was in his usual irresistible form too, narrowly missing out on the Top Boy award, partly by gaining ‘speeding tickets’ for being too fast! He managed to take home a very respectable haul of medals though, and as usual enjoyed the poolside ambience.

Many other swimmers had an excellent weekend, with many PBs and county qualifying times achieved. Nathan Wells, Elise Sorrell and Freddie Laws added to their regional times achieved at the end of 2014.

Freddie had a spectacular weekend, winning 10 medals in total. He is another young swimmer who has run into great form, achieved by hard work in training and an obvious enthusiasm for his sport.

Chloe Sorrell and Alex Florance gained their first regional times, in the 50m back and 100m breast respectively, to their evident delight.

Ryan Sykes and Nathan Wells may be team mates and friends, but never yield an inch in competition. They had one of their trademark battles in a close fought 50m breast stroke, with Nathan taking victory by just 0.23sec.

Ella Farnsworth and Rosie Muspratt had a similar dual in the 400m I/M, with both girls swimming at their very best.

Strong performances also came from Rachel Johnson, Lara-Grace Mount, Anna Florance, Alice Ireland and Katelin Taylor.

Valuable coaching advice was given as ever by Sarah Vanderloo, with additional poolside help from Lois Addis, Diane Empson and Carol Sorrell. Many thanks to all West Norfolk’s officials, who worked hard all weekend.

The team went home exhausted but exhilarated after a superb weekend’s competition.