Coaches Report

This year the club sent seven swimmers to the annual ASA East Regional Championship, held in both Luton & Norwich, a significant improvement on the previous year. These championships  saw all the top swimmers from all the east regional counties coming together to compete over two weekends. With the ASA National qualifying window nearing the end, the stakes were high and the swimmers were under a great deal of pressure to produce some good results.

Two of our swimmers were competing at Luton at the youth championships from 29th of April-1st May, Immy Horne-Morris was competing in the 50m Breastroke in the 16 year age category, finishing in respectable 22nd place.

India Weston competed in six events, making 3 finals in the 15 year age category, day one began with the 50m freestyle finishing with a respectable 29th place, followed by the 200m Breastroke event posting a heat time of 2:50.30 ranking her 6th going into the final, holding the field well and increasing her stroke rate in the final 50m to finish in 5th place and improving on her heat time by over 2 seconds touching in 2:48.06. India also made the finals in 100m Breastroke, finishing 5th & posting a time of 1:19.14, & finishing 6th in the 200IM posting a time of 2:32.94, This was India’s second Regional championship, competing in her first in the 50m Backstroke, India continues to make significant improvements & we look forward to seeing her make more improvements in the coming months & seasons ahead.

Four weeks later , five of our junior swimmers were competing at the age group Regionals held in Norwich over the May bank holiday weekend. Abi Gotts, Emily Haslam & Alanya Shaw were competing in their first Regionals, with Mollie White & Matilda Meyrick returning from the previous year.

All the girls raced well throughout the three days, achieving long course personal best’s, finals, & medals along the way, Emily Haslam swam a strong race in the 50m freestyle, finishing with a time of 30.61, in 35th place out of 61, in the 13 year old category, a good result & pb. In the same race Abi Gotts swam a good heat to finish 7th in the 11/12 year old category, progressing to her first regional final finishing 8th overall. Abi also competed in the50m, 100m, & 200m Breastroke events as well as the 100m & 200m freestyle events. On the final day Abi swam a fantastic 200m freestyle race, pulling away from the field in her heat on the first 50m, attacking the race from the start, maintaining her lead only to be touched into second place by a tiny margin, missing out on a place in the final, however producing a very respectable pb of more than 2 seconds touching in 2:27.33, a great swim overall.

Mollie White competed in three Breastroke events, which is a considerable feat considering a very difficult season dealing with injuries, producing strong swims to place 17th, 14th & 12th in the 100m, 200m, & 50m Breaststroke events in  the 14 year old category.

Alanya Shaw, also having struggled with injury this season finished 24th in the 100m Butterfly, & 30th in the 50m Butterfly in the 13 year old category.

Finally Matilda Meyrick had some good performances in the Backstroke Events, collecting two bronze medals in the 50m & 100m, & gold in the 200m Backstroke. After disappointment in the 200m Backstroke heats Matilda went into the final in second place, maintaining the second place through most of the race behind Emma Cruickshank from team Ipswich, increasing her stroke rate effectively in the last 50m to gain the lead & take the win.

Overall with Vikings swimmers making eight finals over the two weekends, all producing some respectable swims, a great effort & a good indication of direction the club is moving in, I would hope to see an increase in the number of swimmers qualifying in 2018.

Well done to everyone who took part in these championships.


Adam Crafer

Summer Break 2017

To all Parents & Swimmers

please be aware our last swimming session before summer break is Sunday the 5th of August.

The new season will resume on Monday 21st August

County Selection

A proud moment for club & parents as five Viking members selected to represent their County

New Kit Ready

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused, but due to the minimum order requirements not being met, we will not be receiving the new kit, all those who have ordered & paid for kit will be receiving a full refund if not already.

We are still in the process of sourcing a new supplier, and will make everyone aware as soon as we know anything.


Norfolk County Championship Results 2017

County Championship Results 2017

Our sponsored swim has begun

And they’re off! Our sponsored swimmers are pounding the pool to raise pounds for the club

Our aim is to swim a combined distance of more 90 miles – the distance to Thetford and back. Thetford is where the County Championships are being held.

We want to use the proceeds to buy an underwater camera – brilliant for our coaches to help our swimmers get even better.

There’s still time to sponsor a swimmer – just ask, we’ll happily say ‘yes’ !

Success at County Championships

Success for Vikings in County Championships


Some of our 2014 Counties squad
Some of our 2014 Counties squad

The North Norfolk Vikings Swimming Club is helping its young swimmers make a splash.

Twenty nine members of the club managed to swim fast enough to take part in the Norfolk County Championships, which took place over the last month.

And they’ve managed some supreme results.

Headlining, Mollie Smith, aged 13, from Roughton near Cromer, managed a regional time in the 100m Butterfly. She came in at 1’11.42.

Head coach Chris Searle said: “We’re all so proud of Mollie’s regional time. There are very few swimmers who manage an achievement like that. It’s a really amazing reward for many years of hard work.”

“Mollie is a former Junior Captain at the Vikings and an inspiration to other club members.”

Mollie’s mum, Kirsty, is a coach at the Vikings. She said: “Last year Mollie was quite a way off a regional time but under Chris’ supervision she has made the most fantastic progress. We’re thrilled for her.”

The Vikings had 8 unique finalists taking part in 16 finals. Most of the Vikings’ county squad were under the age of 14 and for some it was their first open meet. Club members notched up 110 personal best times over the course of the counties in 133 swims, excluding the finals.

Head coach Chris added: “They got a massive amount of personal bests, with large chunks taken out of many times. It’s been a really successful event for the Vikings.”

The Vikings swim at four pools in North Norfolk. Most club training takes place at The Victory in North Walsham on evenings during the week, on Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings.

There are also training sessions held at Sheringham Splash, Aylsham High School and Cromer High School.

Club members are placed in various squads depending on their abilities and then coached to reach their full potential. Some like to take part in races and galas, while others just improve for fun.

The club teaches children more than just swimming, says Vikings Chairman Charlie Crafer: “We teach them self confidence, a love of exercise and teamwork. It’s always great to see our young swimmers achieve so much at prestigious events like the counties and regionals, but as long as every single one is helped to improve and to enjoy swimming then the Vikings has done its job.

If you want your children to join the Vikings, learn to swim, swim for fun or even become a county champion then you can find out more at or call Kirsty Smith on 07900 145866,

Sponsored Swim being held in March

We’re inviting all of our members to take part in a sponsored swim, on March 24th, 25th and 26th March. Our aim is to swim a combined distance of more 90 miles – the distance to Thetford and back. Thetford is where the County Championships are being held.

We want to use the proceeds to buy an underwater camera – brilliant for our coaching to help our swimmers get even better.

Sponsor forms can be downloaded here NNVSC Sponsored Swim Letter and form

Or they’re available on the front desk at The Victory, or ask for one to be emailed by contacting

Monday night Triathlon Swim night

We’ve got a new triathlon swim night:

Adult lane swimming available on Monday evenings 7pm-8pm

We have 1 lane available with swimmers working to sets ranging from 1600m to 2800m

The sets include a variety of front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke.

Costs are £5.00 per swim OR £12pm with annual membership of £20


Triumph for swimmers at our awards night

Awards Night 2013
Awards Night 2013

Our young swimmers at North Norfolk Vikings Swimming and Triathlon Club were celebrating after their annual awards night. Fifty five club members were presented with trophies, medals and certificates for their achievements over the past year.

Our picture shows them celebrating triumphantly, during the club’s presentation night held at Rossis Leisure Centre in North Walsham. 

Club Chairman, Charlie Crafer, said: “North Norfolk Vikings Swimming Club has had a brilliantly successful year.

“Congratulations to all of our county qualifiers who turned out for us last March wearing with pride their Club tops.  It is a great achievement to swim at the county championships and we hope more of our swimmers will join this special group in 2014.”

In the last year, membership of The Vikings has grown from 85 to 124 – a testament to the reputation and success of the club and its swimmers. Many new members came after the Vikings introduced new squads at Aylsham and Sheringham.  About 100 children learned to swim with The Vikings too.

Swimmers Emily Bowyer and Mollie Smith qualified for and swam at the Regional championships in June.  Hannah Cooper qualified to swim in 2014.  Swimming at the Regional championships is a very special achievement which the club is proud of.

Head coach, Chris Searle, said: “Congratulations to all of the Vikings swimmers. They’ve worked amazingly hard to improve personal best scores and compete in our own championships and representing the club across Norfolk and the East Anglian region.”

The Club awards followed club championships which were held at The Victory pool in North Walsham, where the Vikings are based.

The swimmer with the most awards was Emily O’Hanlon, aged 16, from Swanton Abbott, who went home with an amazing sixteen medals or trophies. She came first in 11 races.

Greta Balfour, aged 14, from Stalham, and Thomas Curtis, 12, from Lammas, picked up twelve awards each.

Molly Cooper, 13, from Cromer, Adam Molloy, 10, from and Matthew Webb,   each picked up 11 awards.

Mollie Smith and Hannah Cooper both smashed the club records for 100 metres butterfly for their respective age groups.

Thomas Owen & Greta Balfour were made Senior team captains. Thomas Curtis and  Victoria Lloyd were made Junior team captains.

Special club awards went to:

  • Billy Life – Runner-Up Boy
  • Leah Harris – Runner-Up Girl
  • Matthew Rogers – Junior Endeavour Award, Boys
  • Maisie Winslow – Junior Endeavour Award, Girls
  • Thomas Owen – Senior Endeavour Award, Boys
  • Poppy Arnold – Senior Endeavour Award, Girls
  • Liam Blatch – Teachers Award, Boys
  • Molly Cooper – Teachers Award, Girls
  • Thomas Owen – Most Improved Boy
  • Jessica Curtis – Most Improved Girl
  • Bethany Toyn – Special Butterfly Award
  • Mollie White  – Special Back Stroke Award
  • Jasmine Harris – Special Breast Stroke Award
  • Luke Babbs – Special Freestyle Award