West Norfolk swimmers shine at Counties

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West Norfolk swimmers have just enjoyed one of their most successful and exciting County Championships, with some inspired performances from all age groups, taking home many medals, trophies and county titles.

Many swimmers were rewarded with regional times, and the new rankings for Norfolk illustrate the depth of talent within the club.

The ‘Purple Army’ marched confidently into Counties, buoyed by recent successes. The long distance events of 400m, 800m and 1500m were held at Wymondham, featuring many of the more senior swimmers, but with some younger ones having a first attempt.

Young stars Robert Addis and Astrid Hubbard excelled, finishing first and second respectively in the 400m. WNSC boys filled five out of the top seven places in the 1500m 16/over age group, with Nathan Wells topping the board in this event, followed by seasoned competitor Ryan Sykes.

Robert, Astrid and Nathan all recorded sensational results throughout the championships, rewarding their hard work in training.

In the 50m-200m events held at Thetford, West Norfolk proved to be virtually unstoppable. Purple hats featured in most heats and almost every final, with many personal bests being recorded. Those stepping up to a new level of achievement were Freddie Laws, Jenny Read and Molly Lee, amongst others.

For many swimmers simply qualifying to take part was a great achievement. Many had hard earned PBs, especially the 10/11 year girls, competing against huge numbers.

Matthew Addis made a courageous comeback six weeks after injury, recording several PB’s and winning a medal.

The performances were reflected by the huge number of regional times recorded.

These were: Josh Gray, Nathan Wells, Ryan Sykes, Zack Campbell-Maughan, Alex Florance, Freddie Laws, Oliver Newton, Jake Lammas, Natalie Coogans, Abbie Whiting, Roxanne Uys, Jenny Read, Hannah Brown, Elise Sorrell, Keely Empson, Siobhan Casey, Molly Lee, Rosie Muspratt, Astrid Hubbard, Chloe Sorrell and Sophie Green.

The club wishes them well at Regionals later this year.

The British Age Group Awards for Norfolk now feature West Norfolk swimmers to a large extent. WNSC fills four out of the top six Boys 16/over rankings. Abigail Whiting tops the 16/o group, and Robert Addis leads the 10/11.

Such results are a testament to the swimmers’ training, and their inspirational head coach, Sarah Vanderloo.