SWIMMING: The Senior Fenland League reached an exciting climax on Saturday in the final at the Hudson Leisure Centre, Wisbech with West Norfolk Swimming Club taking the glory. Teams from Dereham, Diss, West Norfolk and Ely joined the hosts to battle it out over 47 races for this year’s trophy.
Twenty-year-old Josh Gray enjoyed a fine competition, winning the Open 100m individual medley.
At the other end of the experience and age spectrum, nine-year-old Harry Sharpe coped exceptionally well with the pressure of the occasion. His presence enabled a Junior Relay team to take part in two races. In the 4x25m medley relay, team mates Robert Addis, Jake Lammas and Jacob Isle gave Sharpe a strong lead to enable him to bring home a win in the final 25 metres.
Strong individual performances gained vital individual wins for Robert Addis, Natalie Coogans, Alex Florance, Josh Gray, Astrid Hubbard, Jacob Isle, Jake Lammas, Isabel Overton, Jenny Read, Chloe Sorrell, Joseph Wells, Nathan Wells, Abigail Whiting and Roxanne Uys.
The cannon relay provided a fitting finale, with the team of eight delivering a stunning performance to come from behind and win in fine style.
A delighted head coach Sarah Vanderloo said: “It really was a fantastic team performance by all.
“They demolished the opposition.
“I can’t remember the last time we won a gala by such a distance or with such a high number of first places.”
λ At the Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester, Nathan Wells added to his already impressive swimming CV.
He was selected to compete for the England East Team, against seven other teams from all regions of the British Isles.
Selection was a great honour, and the 16-year-old Springwood student jumped at the chance to attend such a prestigious event.
Manchester Aquatics Centre provided the venue, and The Games offered Wells another opportunity to swim at a national level, after what had already been a long and highly productive season.
The 200m freestyle came early on in the meet, with Wells finishing fifth with a personal best of 1.58.57, shaving nearly a second off his previous best.
Early the next day, he swam a stunning first leg in the 4x 200m freestyle relay, in what was a thrilling race, taking England East to third place.
His final race was the 200m backstroke, where competition was fierce, but Wells finished a creditable seventh.
Wells said: “It was a great honour to represent the East of England.
“I met a lot of talented people and made many new friends.
“The atmosphere was incredible and I couldn’t have asked for more than a bronze medal at such a high level of competition.”