West Norfolk Swimming Club has just held another highly successful Swim Camp at Culford School in Suffolk.
This event is now in its third year, and is the brainchild of Sarah Vanderloo, recently crowned Coach of the Year at the KLFM Sports Awards.
However, this year’s camp had an added twist, holding a Mini Camp for younger swimmers over the first weekend of half term.
As in previous years, the aim is to allow swimmers to have an intensive period of training, alongside specialised fitness programmes, both indoors and outside.
Three hours a day were spent in the pool, working on stroke technique, starts and turns, race tactics, stamina work, etc.
The days started early to ensure the maximum benefit was made of the excellent facilities at Culford School. The large playing fields were perfect for cross country runs, with land training taking place in the indoor gym.
The residential element meant that swimmers were away from their usual routines and distractions, whilst having time to socialise and relax too in the evenings.
There was plenty of time for team building and bonding, particularly evident in the tug of war events at the Mini Camp.
Holding the camp at this time of year maximises the club’s chances of success at the upcoming County Championships, allowing swimmers to hone their competitive skills and racing technique. Overall the week was voted another huge success by swimmers and parents alike.
Fun was had by all, with swimming and fitness improved all round, as evidenced by the end of camp gala for both age groups.
The swimmers went home suitably exhausted and exhilarated at the end of an action packed experience.
Such an event would not be possible without a great deal of planning and preparation, with thanks here going especially to Lois Addis and Sarah Vanderloo.
Many parents and committee members gave up their valuable time to stay on site and help organise and supervise the swimmers, especially ensuring the younger ones were settled away from home.
For this the Club wishes to thank Angela Gray, Caroline Whiting, Barry White, Sam Sorrell, Beccie and Dan Overton, Kim and Paul Bryan and Stewart Murray. Without their input this event would not take place.
Local IT company MNIS Ltd, very generously produced attractive tee shirts for all the swimmers, providing a unique souvenir of the camp. Many thanks to MNIS for its ongoing support to the club.