SWIMMING: The largest ever team from West Norfolk Swimming Club took part in the Norfolk County ASA Championships and Age Group Championships at The Sportspark in Norwich.
A total of 73 swimmers represented the club at the prestigious event over three weekends.
The Norfolk Relay Trophy and Championship Relay Gala took place in the 50m pool, with some younger swimmers experiencing the Olympic length for the first time.
The purple-hatted West Norfolk swimmers featured heavily in the medal and trophy presentations with many achieving personal best times.
Oli Kenny, 20, who competed in the Deaflympics in Turkey last summer broke his own British record with a time of 1.03.81 in the 100m backstroke, finishing third overall. He also set an English record in the 50m freestyle with 25.34 seconds.
A medley skins event saw Lucie Peck and Roxanne Uys in action with Uys finishing third.
Joe Wells, Luke Bryan, Sam Peck, Oliver Kenny, Finlay Ryan and Nathan Wells took up six of the eight lanes for the boys with Wells finishing first, one place ahead of Sam Peck.
The championships marked the end of an era with last year’s senior captain Jake Hall, a stalwart who has trained and raced for the club for many years, finishing his competitive career. He will continue to train on a much reduced schedule with the master’s squad.
Gold medallists among the girls were: Leah Bushell (12) 100m, 200m and 400 freestyle, 50m, 100m, 200m backstroke and 200m and 400m individual medley. She also won silver 400m individual medley and bronze 50m freestyle.
Abigail Nicholson (12) 200m butterfly.
Leah Wightman (13) 800m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke. She won silver 200m freestyle, bronze 100m and 400m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 400m individual medley.
Astrid Hubbard (14) 200m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 50 butterfly and 100m butterfly as well as silver 400m freestyle and 200m individual medley with bronze 50m backstroke and bronze 400m individual medley.
Ellie Mei Shepperson (15) 100m and 200m breaststroke.
Lucie Peck (15) 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 200 butterfly, 400m individual medley, also winning the u16 and open age group categories. She won silver in the 100m and 200m freestyle, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 100m and 200m back stroke and 200m individual medley.
Bryony Pack (16+) 200m butterfly plus silver 100m butterfly.
Molly Lee (16+) 50 breaststroke and open age, 100 breaststroke and open age group plus silver 200m breaststroke.
Other medal-winning girls included Kacie Cooper (12), bronze, 50m breaststroke; Roxanne Uys (19) silver, 50m and 100m breaststroke; Erica Charters (13) bronze, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 200m butterfly; Olivia Skitrell (11) 200m butterfly; Isabel Jeffrey (14) bronze, 200m butterfly; Jenn Read (16) silver, 200m butterfly; Lara Grace Mount (16) silver 50m, 100m and bronze, 200m backstroke.
Gold medallists among the boys were: Kyle Ostil (12) 50m butterfly. He also won silver 50m freestyle and bronze 100m freestyle and 50m breaststroke.
Robert Addis (14) 200m and 1500m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 50m butterfly. He added silver 50m breaststroke, 200m and 400m individual medley and bronze 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 50m 100m and 200m backstroke
Freddie Laws (15) 50m, 100m breaststroke, and both 200m breaststroke and 200m butterfly age group and under 16 champion plus silver 400m individual medley and bronze 200m IM.
Sam Rose (15) 200m and 400m freestyle, 50m backstroke, age group and u16 champion 200m backstroke. He won silver 50m, 100m and 1500m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley, as well as bronze 100m backstroke and 400m individual medley.
Oliver Kenny (21) 50m freestyle, winning the open category, and taking silver in the age group. Kenny also gained bronze 50m butterfly and 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke.
Nathan Wells (20) was age group winner of the 50m freestyle and both age group and open champion in 100m, 200m, and 400m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 200m and 400m individual medley.
Luke Bryan (18) 1500m freestyle, 50m and 200m breaststroke age group and open champion. He was age group winner of the 100m breaststroke. He gained silver 200m and 400m freestyle, 50m and 200m butterfly and 200m and 400m individual medley.
Alex Florance (18) won silver in the age group and won the open 100m breaststroke plus silver 200m breaststroke
Other medal winning boys included; Joshua Parker (11) bronze, 400m freestyle; Daniel Grimmer (12) bronze, 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley; Harry Sharpe (13) silver, 400m and bronze 1500m freestyle; Thomas Owen (13) silver, 100m and 200m breaststroke, bronze, 200m butterfly; Sam Randall (14) won bronze, 200m breaststroke; Tobias Oglesby (14) silver, 1500m freestyle; Jake Lammas (17) bronze, 1500m freestyle; Sam Peck (18) silver 50m breaststroke,100m butterfly, bronze, 200m breaststroke and 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley; Finlay Ryan (19) bronze, 100m and 400m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 400m individual medley; Joseph Wells (18), bronze, 200m and silver 1500m freestyle.
West Norfolk finished second overall in the relay gala with a rare appearance in the water by head coach Sarah Vanderloo, who put in a strong leg to assist the West Norfolk girls C team.
The 13/14 year-old boys 4x50m team of Sam Rose, Freddie Laws, Robert Addis and Tom Ball won their event, before their older team mates Nathan Wells, Alex Florance, Luke Bryan and Oli Kenny won the 17&over race.
The 4 x 50m freestyle relay was also won by West Norfolk with a team comprising Oli Kenny, Finn Ryan, Luke Bryan and Nathan Wells. The older teams’ wins were achieved in new county best times.
Abigail Whiting and Nathan Wells received gold awards, marking their achievements in having represented the county at 16 different events.
Ryan Sykes, Finlay Ryan and Sam Rose received bronze awards for eight such selections.
Leah Wightman collected her county colours and bronze award (four and eight selections respectively) with Robert Addis, Jacob Isle, Molly Lee and Roxanne Uys receiving their county colours.