West Norfolk Swimming Club’s Ned Steele, Milly Johnson and Harry Munro.

SWIMMING: Competing at your home venue among teammates is one thing, competing on rivals’ territory is quite another. 

The Future Champions Meet gave West Norfolk swimmers the chance to do just that, with Swim England East Region seeking to provide 10 and 11-year-olds a fun opportunity to transition to racing as the swimming world begins its return to normality.

Seven West Norfolk SC swimmers entered the event, at Basildon Sporting Village but self isolation issues meant the trio of Milly Johnson, Ned Steele and Harry Munro were the club’s only representatives.

Johnson, 11, swam in all eight events in her category, achieving a series of five top-30 finishes in races that contained up to 70 swimmers. She was 10th in the 100m butterfly and 19th in the 50m backstroke. 

She swam personal bests times in six events, doing so by margins of more than four seconds in the 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke.

Steele, 11, contested seven events, swimming six PBs across backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. A standout race in the 100m freestyle saw him take 11th place from a field of 48 and better his entry time by more than 5.5 seconds.

Munro raced in five events, across backstroke, butterfly and freestyle, achieving PBs at the 50 metre distance in all three as well as the 100m freestyle. He achieved strong results in the backstroke with 14th place in the 50m and 23rd in the 100m.

West Norfolk Swimming Club are looking to grow the number of young swimmers in their ranks. Information about trials can be found on the club website – tinyurl.com/WNSC21 – or by emailing headcoach@westnorfolksc.co.uk