Lily Dear of  Mundsley  achieved a hat-trick of gold medals at the UEA in a development gala promoted by Great Yarmouth Swimming Club.

In a very close 50m freestyle, Lilly just out touched Anita Edelinski of Great Yarmouth by just under a second to capture her first gold. However her second success was the 50m breaststroke which the 10 year old easily won when she went four seconds faster than her best to win in 54.60 and ironically beating runner up Charlotte Dev-Sherman of the Norwich Swan Club by the same margin. In the 50m backstroke, Lilly was the clear winner in 49.53 from fellow Viking Grace Parker’s 52.16 who took a well earned silver.

There was a pleasant surprise when debutant Isla Cartwright took a double gold. In the 25m freestyle, the 8 year old brought it home in 24.85 with an outstanding ten second margin but in the 25m backstroke only the electronic timing could separate her and team mate Edith Hopkins when Isla won in 28.47 from Edith’s silver medal time of 28.66 respectively.

Vikings took back to back wins in the over 11 year age group on 25m butterfly in both the boys’ and girls’ races. Team Captain Bebe King scored 21.88 in a close race and Razvan Platon won in 26.23. It was a double gold too for 9 year old Reuben Seaman of Aylsham in the 50m backstroke with 49.37 and 51.86 for his butterfly over the same distance. Single golds were awarded to  Baille Beighten of Bacton in the 25m breaststroke in 32.46 and new comer to the club Mimi Hinton-Upward 31.91  also over the same distance respectively..

With the addition of Toby Caufield, Rosa Sadler, Layla Callaby and Amiyah Hawes in the team, the Vikings won 11 Golds,7 Silvers and 5 Bronze Medals. The most medals in any one gala for a long time.

Note – The club has since  received the following comment from a parent

She had the best time on Saturday, not because of the medals, she just really enjoyed the whole event. I think it’s given her a real confidence boost. I felt so proud of the whole club, and was very impressed with the coaches and all from vikings who helped out. They all did the club proud! It was a great event and a great day to be part of.


Regional Round Up 22

Silver Lining For Isaac

Isaac achieved a silver medal in the 800m freestyle in the Regional Championships despite having a tough week end at Luton. Isaac, who is in his last year at Beeston Hall School qualified for the competition in no fewer than six events.

The thirteen year old looked a definite threat in the 200m when he came fourth, just 0.5 out side the medals with his 2.25.80 but after putting that disappointment behind him, he swam a personal best in 10.42.61 to take the silver.

Michael Sayer of Holt was also in action when he went 3:05.09 in the 200m backstroke 8 seconds ahead of his winning time in the County Championships but was still outside the medals. However, Michael,aged 11 has had a very productive season in the pool and looks promising for the future. 

Regional races prove to be tough for duo

Leah Harris and club captain Harry Hudson qualified and swam in  the first week end of Swim England’s Eastern Regional Championships held at the UEA Norwich. However both swimmers found the going tough.

Leah felt her 100m freestyle race was her best race out of four events she competed in., Leah was first in her heat with a  long course personal best time of 1:02.32, coming twenty first out of forty four in her age group of 17 years and over; with four seconds separating her and the eventual winner, Sacha Thomas of the City of Norwich who went 0:58.30. in the final.

This year will mark Leah’s  twelfth year with the club. Leah – who is now 18 years old, from Cromer – started swimming at Splash (now the Reef) in Sheringham when  was 6.  She then moved to North Norfolk Vikings Learn to Swim at Cromer when she was 8, having lessons with Callum Lawson, who was the Vikings Head Coach at the time and an ex Paralympian.  Leah then moved  to club swimming and started competing at the age of 10 and is still competing and setting an excellent example to younger swimmers.

Harry,  aged 17, from Smallbough near Stalham  put in a stoic efforts to qualify in two events. In the 50m butterfly he hit the pad in 28.38  and in the 50m freestyle he went  26.10 opposed to the 32.83 recorded by winner Theo Cannon of Cambridge. Although he did not medal he was only a few seconds behind the medal winners. Harry was up against a field of eighty six competitors

Leah 50 free 29.34  50 breast 38.41  100 free 1.02.32  100m Fly 1.11.35

Harry 50 free 26.10   50 Fly. 28.38


A message from Roxanne…

“All our amazing new kit is in from LogoWear Ltd!! If people would like to drop in to Victory this Sunday 4-6pm you are more than welcome to collect for me 😊 if not I will organise collections during other sessions 👌Thank you for your patience.” 💫Roxanne


Gold Rush For Vikings 

It was the time for the junior swimmers of the North Norfolk Vikings Swimming Club to deliver their very best when they travelled to compete in Diss in a team of sixteen, ages ranging from seven to eleven.  For some it was their first experience of competition.

Nerves faded quickly right from the first event when  Reuben Seaman of Aylsham got vikings off to the perfect start by winning gold in the 100m Individual medley in 1:49.0 His elder sister Esme, immediately followed with another Viking gold over the same event finishing the course in 1:35.73. The decisive element of her swim was her butterfly as she breathed every five strokes which pulled her to the front after the first leg of the event. A technique which she repeated twice more when she gained two more gold medals for the stroke; 25m in 21.31 and 50m in 47.72 respectively.Reuben,meanwhile was busy again  with two more gold medals; the  25m freestyle (18.47) and the 50m freestyle (44.19) respectively.

Debutants Evie Bates, Bebe King and Razvan Platon  all won a gold medal. Evie had a close race in her age group when she touched first in 0:17.31 in winning the 25m freestyle by just three, one hundredths of a second from Elizabeth Ferrier of Diss Otters. Evie, from Sheringham, went on to win bronze in the 50m event in 0:39.76

Bebe’s 50m backstroke was also close when the eleven year old from North Walsham  touched the wall first in 0:46.97 from Great Yarmouth’s Jessica Hurren’s 0:47.19. There was a double delight for vikings when Lily Dear captured the bronze in 0:52.82. in the same event.

Razvan – who makes a round trip of  twenty – eight miles to train at the Victory pool in North Walsham – won gold  in the corresponding boys event in 51.51 to add to his bronze medal he achieved in the 50m freestyle in 0.43.67.

Bailee Beighton achieved a hat-trick of silver medals. The 25m freestyle in 0:19.18, 25m breaststroke, 0:29.92 and the 50m freestyle with 0:42.56 and seven year old Annie Jackson, Vikings’ youngest competitor took her first medal home when she came third in the 25m butterfly in 0:41.71

Amiya Hawes, Clara Farrow, Grace Parker, Isobel Chaplin, India Morton, Layla Callaby and Rosa Sadler were also part of a strong viking line up. Vikings won 11 golds 6 silvers and 4 bronze medals.





Silver Hallmarks For Leah & Katy

Leah Harris of Cromer and Katy Coleman of Mundsley came away with two silver medals each at the City of Norwich Swim Meeting held at the UEA, when they swam for the North Norfolk Vikings Swimming Club.

Leah came second in the 100m butterfly in 1:11.54 from Rebecca Smith’s 1:10.75 of the Norwich Swan Club in a tight finish. During the100m freestyle It is was another close finish as she was just out touched by Charlotte Smith, also of Norwich Swan, in 1:03.35 from Charlotte’s 1:02.40. There was more success for the young eighteen year old adult when Leah won two bronze medals. In the 50m butterfly with 0:31.16, against a field of twenty eight and the 50m freestyle in 29.19 against thirty seven competitors respectively.

Meanwhile, the middle distances favoured Katy over 200m  Her first silver was achieved In the butterfly in 2:50.32 finishing behind her name sake Jasmine Coleman of Norwich Swan who completed the course in 2:45.17. In the backstroke, the  seventeen year old was runner up in 2:44.78 behind Norwich Swan’s Shannon Stubbs’ 2:39.70

There were more medal success for Vikings at both ends of the age range with eleven year old Reuben Seaman who broke a minute for the 100m breaststroke in 0:59.97  and seventeen year old Harry Hudson in the 50m  butterfly in 27.90  both of whom won bronze medals respectively

Vikings also had a number of top eight places. Emily Beighton 200m breaststroke 3.37.82 sixth. Chloe Jackson 100m freestyle 1.14.91 eighth. Rebecca Burrows, 400m freestyle 6.02.45 eighth. Emily Morton 100m backstroke 1:28.03 sixth and the Edridge twins Zak 1:47.80sixth and George 1:52.07 seventh  over the 100m breastroke respectively Vikings were also represented by Winnie Brown, Jess Seamark, Amy-Rose Thomas, Ruby Tracey, Bailee Beighton, Esme Seaman, Maisie Fagan and Sophie McKee.


Vikings Success as County Championships rejuvenated after covid.

Norfolk Vikings Swimming Club had considerable success at the County Championships held for the first time since 2020 at the UEA pool, Norwich.

Leah Harris of Cromer swam 29.34  to a silver medal in the 50m freestyle. In the 100m freestyle she was down in seventh in 1:02.93 but ironically the time subsequently qualified her for the Regional Championships in the summer.

Broadland High School Year 11 student, Sophie McKee came home with two bronze medals, the 50m freestyle in 29.78 and 100m backstroke 1:16.98 respectively. It was bronze too in the 200m backstroke for 17 year old Katy Coleman of Mundsley, when she finished in 2:44.69

Harry Hudson has also qualified for the Regionals when he scored 27.78 for the 50m butterfly although he finished in eighth position. With seven others ahead of him , all of whom hit regional times, it provides ample evidence as to the fierce competition to what Harry and indeed Leah faced.

Michael, Isaac and Noah triumph 

Michael Sayer and Noah Buchan each became multi county age group champions.   Michael from Holt, was three seconds ahead at the half way point of the 200m Individual Medley. However, it was ironically Noah who pushed Michael all the way, but Michael held on well with his strong freestyle leg to finish in 3:22.98 as Noah touched over a second behind to become runner up in the 11 year age group category.

Michael then made it a clean sweep of all the backstroke events and was victorious for the second time in the 50m backstroke when he just out touched James O’Toole of the City of Norwich Club , with 41.27 from the 41.55 recorded by James and subsequently defeated no fewer than nineteen in his respective age group. If this was not enough, he added a third age group title when he again just crept ahead of James at the conclusion of the the 100m in 1:31.02 and rounded off his backstroke events with the 200m finishing the 50m long course event in 3:13.69.

Noah,from Beeston Regis, beat a field of sixteen in the 200m freestyle to finish in 2:49.65 – a clear margin of fifteen seconds from second placed James.  It was freestyle again and gold again when Noah was the winner of the 400m in 6:12.19.  He went on to be runner up in the 50m freestyle when he hit the pad in 36.27 just behind Josh Read also of the City of Norwich Club. In the 100m freestyle Noah swam very well by taking another second place only to see the score board reveal that it was again Michael Sayer who had won the event in  1:23.62  respectively to earn Michael his fifth gold medal of the championships

Noah’s elder brother Isaac won his 13 Years 400m freestyle in 5:13.51. He captured a  silver in the 200m backstroke with his 2:53.93 behind Travis Viotman of the City of Norwich Club. He continued to achieve three bronze medals the 100m freestyle in 1:09.77. 50m Butterfly 35.74 and 50m backstroke in 36.11.Through out the championships,

Ashley Jones came second in his heat of the 50m freeestyle in 30.22.  Chloe Jackson, Reuben Seaman, George and Zak Edridge were also apart of the team. Reuben improved his 50 butterfly time by thirteen seconds when he finished in 54.66. in the 11 year age group race.

Vikings won eight golds, five silvers and seven bronze medals.



Michael Sayer Five Gold Medals