The London 2012 Olympic Games promised to inspire a generation, and two West Norfolk SC swimmers Nathan Wells and Abbie Whiting grabbed their first opportunity to compete in the Olympic Pool as the British Championships was held at the London Aquatics Centre, writes Sarah Vanderloo.
At a meet where swimmers from across Great Britain were competing for selection to the World Championships, European Games and European Youth Olympic Festival teams, the swimming was of the highest standard, seeing Adam Peaty from Derby set a world record.
The duo were competing unrested with the East Region Championships at the start of May at the back of their minds. Wells swam a beautifully paced 400 freestyle to finish 14th in a new pb time of 4.05.66.
He thanked everyone for all their messages of support: “It’s been an awesome experience and all the messages really helped me to swim fast.”
Whiting finished 30th in the 50 freestyle swimming on her pb in 27.79seconds.
With a smile on her face after the race, she said: “On my pb, what an amazing experience to have had!
“It means so much to have such an amazing purple army behind me, you’re uplifting.”
Clearly inspired by their experience, both swimmers and many of their team mates now turn their attention to the Regional Championships in Luton and qualifying for the National Championships.