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Leah Wightman retains top girl award as West Norfolk Swimming Club hosts 2020 Open Meet at King's Lynn Alive St James Pool and Harvey Isle is top boy

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Leah Wightman retained her top girl award as West Norfolk Swimming Club hosted their 2020 Open Meet at Lynn’s Alive St James Pool on Saturday and Sunday.

The ‘purple army’ were hosts to visiting club Boston Marlins, who brought great support on both days of the weekend gala.

It was the first opportunity for the Lynn-based club to compete on home turf since the recent half term swim camp at Culford School in Suffolk.

Leah Wightman (31402319)
Leah Wightman (31402319)

The event offered a rare opportunity for the youngest and least experienced members of the club to race at the same meet as the older and more experienced team members.

They rose to the challenge, with swimmers from all levels of the club racking up a huge number of personal best times across all distances in all strokes.

The awards for Top Boy and Top Girl for the competition both went to 15 year-old West Norfolk swimmers, Leah Wightman and Harvey Isle (pictured).

Harvey Isle (31402321)
Harvey Isle (31402321)

WNSC head coach Sarah Vanderloo said: “With a number of other galas being held in the region this weekend, we did not attract the number of visiting clubs we have done in previous years, but the swims from within the club didn’t suffer.

“I was really pleased to see the younger swimmers transferring the skills they learn and practice in training to competition, and to see the number of personal best time improvements across the club.

“It was clear that many of our swimmers are reaping the benefits of the efforts they put into the additional training over the half term swim camp.”

Over the course of the weekend, County Junior squad swimmer Ruby Jackson combined racing with raising money as she enlisted her mum Rebecca to sell her ‘Paracord Buddies’ in support of King’s Lynn Ability Counts Football Club, which her brother plays for.

Over the two days she added an amazing £304 to the coffers.

Rebecca said: “Ruby has raised just short of £600 overall, and still has plenty of stock which can be bought from her Facebook page ‘Paracord Creations 2020’.”

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