West Norfolk’s Open Meet was held recently at St James Pool.
This is always a lively and enjoyable meet, providing an opportunity for both novice and experienced swimmers to compete in familiar surroundings.
Visiting clubs included Cambridge, Thetford, Hunstanton, Mildenhall and UEA Norwich. Events were held over the full range of strokes at 50 metres, along with a 100m I/M, and popular 25m freestyle sprint.
West Norfolk’s swimmers were in excellent form in their home surroundings. Many swimmers won multiple medals and trophies, along with the ever important achievement of personal best times. Harry Sharpe, Harvey Isle, Tobias Oglesby and Elliot Legg were all amongst the medals for the boys.
For the girls, Lara-Grace Mount, Katelin Taylor, Jenny Read, and Anya Richings, amongst many others, all had impressive swims. An unlikely achievement came for Kiera Clarke and Isabel Jeffery, in recording identical times of 16.97 seconds in the 25m sprint.
The whole event ran smoothly, thanks to the meticulous planning by Debbie Chandler, in her role as gala organiser. Lois Addis, Carole Sorrell and Sam Baxter ran an efficient results and scoring service, with announcements made by Emma Rumbold. Teena Venables provided coaching services, and several parents acted as marshalls.
Thanks also to the many officials from West Norfolk and visiting clubs who worked tirelessly in many capacities.
Alive Leisure staff were most helpful in setting up the pool, and ensuring everyone’s safety.
A very successful raffle, organised by Nikki Warnes, raised a substantial sum towards club funds.
At the end of the meet, the Top Boy trophy was won jointly by Robert Addis, Jake Lammas and Freddie Laws, all from West Norfolk.
Top Girl went jointly to Jessica Mansfield of Huntingdon, and Astrid Hubbard of West Norfolk. Thetford took the trophy for Top Visiting Club.
West Norfolk sincerely thank the event’s main sponsor, Alive Leisure, for their generosity, along with all of the other sponsors, who enabled this event to go ahead this year.