West Norfolk Swimming Club secretary Lois Addis launches her namesake kayak after the club’s successful bid for Sport England funding. Picture: SUBMITTED.

SWIMMING: Open water swimming has been added to the variety of options available to members of West Norfolk Swimming Club.

The club has introduced more regular open water training for the summer months and several members have joined a local open water venue, where coached club sessions are taking place twice weekly.

Novice open water swimmers can also join a series of sessions to introduce them to the sport and the skills needed.

It is hoped to target open water competitions later in the year, as these have generally been less affected by the pandemic.

During the last lockdown, members of the club committee undertook a number of fundraising initiatives, looking to support the ongoing financial viability of the club.

Club secretary Lois Addis and head coach Sarah Vanderloo led a successful application for grant funding to Sport England. 

As a result, the club has been able to equip itself to set up the open water section, including tow floats and a sit-on kayak, used as a safety/support boat for swimmers while on the water. 

As a mark of appreciation for her continued efforts for the club, the kayak has been named HMS Lois.