WARWICK THOMPSON GALA REVIEW FEB 2019

Congratulations to out team of swimmers who competed at the weekend in Thetford at the Warwick Thompson gala. Six of our junior swimmers represented the club in the norfolk event against the other local county clubs and achieved 13 personal best (PB) times between them.

Florence street Swam a great first race for the club racing the 200m backstroke in 3:45.86, dropping her PB from 4:02 to take second place in her age group. Florence also secured PB times in the 50m breast, 50m backstroked swam another brilliant 20 second PB in the 200m breastroke! This placed her 5th in her age group.

Maddie Wicks placed 12th in the 50m freestyle, lowering her PB to 42.32 from 44.10. She also placed sixth in the 100m breast in the same session in another PB six seconds faster than her original best time.

Maisie Fagan competed in the 50m freestyle event where she swam the race in 45.12, a best time by 6 seconds – well done on a great performance!

Raphie Horne morris swam in multiple events over the course of the two days, starting with the 200 IM on Saturday morning, in a strong PB time of 3:26 from 3:31. Her highlight was a gold medal in the 50m backstroke event finishing in 42.43! Well done to her on this performance.

Sam Morton had some great results over the weekend, finishing second in his first event: the 50m backstroke. Sam completed the race in 48.06, which was a four second PB. In the 50m freestyle event he also finished 5th.

Congratulations also to Matilda Gibbons who secured 6th place in the 50m Fly.

Well done team on a great weekends racing! Now its the turn of the senior swimmers this weekend at the UEA Long course meet. Keep up the great work everyone!


2019 County Championships Review

13 swimmers represented the club at the annual Norfolk ASA County Championships held at the UEA sport spark over 3 weekends in January and February. The swimmers results included 31 top 8 positions and finals, as well as 10 medals including 3 bronze, 1 silver and 6 Gold’s.

The championships marked the first long course meet within the 2018/2019 racing season, as well as the first time racing in a 50m pool for some of our younger swimmers. The team pulled together well, with the older swimmers leading dry land warm ups before pool warm ups for races, and encouraging one another before and after races.

Joseph Hollick started the racing with the 200m freestyle event producing a strong swim in 3:11.18, converting to a PB from a long course swim. This placed him 13th in the 10/11 year age group. Five of the girls then raced the 100m backstroke. Abi Gotts secured 1:17.77 in her swim beating her short course PB, securing a position for the final and finishing 6th, along with Natalie Claxton who placed third in her age group, achieving third in the final also. India Weston also placed 4th in the open age group, securing 6th overall in the final.

In the afternoon session 6 swimmers raced the 200m Freestyle, where Emily Haslam achieved 1st place in the 15 year age group in a time of 2:16.80 to equal her short course PB. Abi Gotts placed 7th; India Weston 4th; Leah Harris 12th;Steph Claxton 12th and Alanya Shaw 18th. The girls were then faced with a tough challenge of the 200m individual medley shortly after the 200m freestyle, and we saw India Weston achieve the bronze medal in the open age group. Natalie Claxton had a great swim beating her short course PB and taking 5th place in 2:59.60, with Abi Gotts also placing 5th.

The next session included the 400m freestyle event, where Emily Haslam achieved second place just 0.1 seconds behind first, in 4:53.40. Later that session she went on to win the 100 freestyle in 1:01.87. Other finalists included Abi Gotts who came 4th. Congratulations also to Raphaelle Horne-Morris and Natalie Claxton who both equaled their short course PB’s in this event. In the afternoon the girls raced the 50m freestyle event, with Ella Haughan-Zelos achieving a PB in 36.70. Katy Colman also PB’d in a strong performance placing her 16th. In the afternoon the girls all swam well in the 50m fly, where we saw 7 swimmers achieve a PB, including Florence Street racing this event for the first time in the 50m pool. This was a great performance and a reflection of the work they have done on this stroke in recent months.

The final day of the meet occurred on Sunday 10th Febraury having been re-scheduled from the 27th of January after maintenance issues. It had been a long championships for the swimmers and the last day saw Natalie Claxton secure the gold medal in the 50m backstroke final in a strong swim, taking the race by half a body length. Isaac Buchan had a fantastic swim in the 100m freestyle, securing a 3 second PB in 1:31.55. Ruby Tracey swam the 200m breastroke, finishing 6th in the 14 year age group in 3:14.23. She swam the race very smartly and with a good stroke, showing improvement from recent months. In the afternoon Emily concluded the championships for the club taking the gold in the 100m fly in a PB of 1:10.85.

Congratulations to everyone who competed, everyone swam well and are looking promising for the season ahead. Well done to Emily Haslam and Leah Harris on achieving regional qualifying times, and thankyou to the team managers for their assistance during the competition.


”Bag”-tastic effort at Morrisons

Well done and thank you to all the swimmers and volunteers who gave up there time to pack shopping bags at Morrisons in Cromer today. A massive £340 was raised to bolster club funds.


Chairmans welcome Jan 2019

I’d like to say thanks to the Committee for electing me to the role of Chairman of North Norfolk Vikings Swimming Club.

I’m looking forward to helping to continue to support the great club we have developed for our swimmers. The committee meet every 4-6 weeks and ensure we have everything in place for a successful and safe club. If you ever have any questions or concerns please do speak with any of us or the helpdesk team.

For anyone who doesn’t know much about me… Myself and husband Spike help out coaching Development, Squad 4 and Squad 3. We also both swim and still compete in Masters for the club. Our two children Isaac and Noah swim in the club and have done since we moved to Norfolk. I retired from the Royal Navy in 2015 and have since been working in business consultancy and running my own Swim School. I have been a swimming teacher for nearly 30 years, a coach for 15 years and I tutor new teachers for the Swimming Teacher’s Association.

My focus is to continue the good work of the club, ensure our swimmers meet their aspirations and ensure we are in the best position to continue. For this I ask you all to support in any way you can. Be that paying subs and getting gala entries in on time, answering calls to help at galas, lane coach or officiate. We’re of course always looking for support however there are currently a number of important vacancies – if you’re not already regularly helping please do come and talk with me about where you could come help out even if that’s for just an hour a week.

See you at the pool soon, Sarah

“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” Michael Phelps, most decorated Olympian of all time


Fixtures Diary Dates

To All Swimmers,

The start of the New year and we have a number of galas over the next few months which i wanted to update you all with.

Dates for your Diary

We have two team galas for our younger swimmers this year.

The first one is on Saturday 6th April at UEA in the afternoon and for ages 9 to 12  with age at date of gala. Our coach will be selecting our team over the next few weeks.

The 2nd one is on Saturday 15th June again for ages 9 to 12 years  with age at gala.

If you know you will be away for the April date as its the first saturday of the Easter holiday please can you let your squad rep know. This will help the coaching team when selecting swimmers.

Fixtures List

This will shortly be added to our website which is currently being updated, you will be able to see all other dates.

Entry Forms Now available for the following  3 galas.

Warwick Thompson Memorial Gala– level 3 25 m 23rd and 24th February at Thetford ,

Only swimmers with times slower than qualifying times are allowed to enter. Age at 31.12.19

£5 per event

Admin Fee £3 per day £5 per weekend.

Closing date for entries Wednesday 16th Jan. 

Suitable for squads: 2,3,4

Norwich Swan Open Meet  30th/31st March ages at 31.12.19 level 3 meet short course (25m)

See meet info for cut off times.

£4.50 per event.

Admin fee £3 per day £5 per weekend.

Spectator fees- £3 per session or £5 per day

Closing Date Wed 23rd Jan .

All squads

CoNSc Easter Meet – Level 1 long course (50m) 19th-21st April

Age as at 31.12.19

£7 per event

See info for qualifying times.

Spectators £8 per day £20 per weekend.

Closing Date Wed 23rd Jan.

Squads 1,2,3

All entry forms can be submitted to Club Desk at Victory or by email to fixtures@norfolkvikings.co.uk.

Please note different closing dates on the galas.

If you need any help regarding entries please ask at club desk or your squad rep.

Regards

Sandra Claxton

Fixtures Secretary