Swimming is a family affair for power worker Lewis Wells, left, with sons Joe and Nathan and wife Jill. Picture: UK Power Networks.

SWIMMING: Few sports were impacted more than swimming during the coronavirus pandemic, with many swimmers struggling to retain technique and fitness while pools were closed.

West Norfolk Swimming Club was among those impacted with time in the water virtually impossible to recreate at home.

Club committee member Lewis Wells has been involved in swimming for almost two decades and his sons Joe and Nathan’s competitive progress was hampered by lockdowns.

A consolation is that he has been able to secure a £250 Team Sport award from his company, UK Power Networks, to put towards new training equipment.

Wells, who works from the King’s Lynn office for the company who distribute electricity across the East of England, said: “At West Norfolk, we have, like many other clubs, been impacted by the pandemic so we would like to thank UK Power Networks for running this scheme.

“The money will be used towards resistance training aids for the swimmers, which will help hugely as everyone tries to make up for lost time in terms of building their stamina again.

“My youngest son Joe, 21, is team captain of the club and studying to be a swimming coach, while working full-time at a school, while his brother Nathan, 23, has completed a university degree in chemical engineering.

“Nathan was hit by pool closures from the turn of the year and because of that missed out on the chance to try to qualify for the British Olympic team so was hugely disappointing.”