Coaches Report October 2017

The weekend of the 29th of September/1st October gave stage to both Cambridge & Dereham to host the start of the 2017/2018 competition season for the Vikings  swimmers, all stepping up to challenge after an anxious wait, all achieving some good solid results, as well as PB times and medals.

The Cambridge open was a level 2 meet attracting clubs from all over the uk. The competition was incredibly tough with times achieved over the weekend being of a very high standard. The morning session began with the 200 freestyle events for both the girls & the boys.

Dylan White finishing in a time of 2:44.93 achieving 9th in his age group, Abi Gotts finishing 12th & Immy Horne Morris 17th. There was a short break before the second session started. Both Dylan White & Illor Gjoka were swimming next in the 100 freestyle both achieving a personal best time. Bethany Toyne, up next in the 200 backstroke & swam a great race swimming consistently and showing a  massive improvement to her stroke & underwater work of each wall to finish in 10th place in her age group and beating a previous PB by 3 seconds, proving that all the hard work on her training in previous months does pay off.

Other sessions included the girls 100 fly, taking part was Mollie Smith & Alanya Shaw finishing 26th/35 & 37th/51 respectively. Abi Gotts also had a good race in the 50 Breastroke equalling her PB & finishing 32nd/78 swimmers in the 11-14 years of age category.

Moving into the afternoon session, seven of our girls began with the 50 freestyle event six  finishing close to their PBs, Bethany Toyne achieving a personal best by almost half a second. Later Ilor Gjoka swam a great 100 breastroke narrowly missing out on a medal in the 11 years of age group.

Towards the end of a long day it was the turn of the girls to compete in the 200 breastroke, up first was Abi Gotts, swam a great race to finish 2nd place in her heat with a PB of 3:09.34 placing her 7th in her age group, Mollie White followed finishing 9th in her age group.

Day two setting the scene for some great swims from the team, Dylan White winning a medal in the boys 100 backstroke. Abi gotts also secured a top six finish in the 100 breastroke. Mollie Smith faced a tough challenge in the 200 fly showing real determination. Emilly Haslam also swam a good race leading her heat &  equalling her PB from last season in the 100 freestyle.

Also on the same Sunday there were ten Vikings competing in the annual Iceni meet Hosted by Dereham Otters, due to the event being oversubscribed our swimmers were limited to the events they were able to take part in. however they were determined to make the most of the day, producing some great results as well as ten medals.

In the junior section of the club, Raphaelle Horne Morris achieved personal bests in all her events. Sophie Mckee also had a great day improving on her previous 100 freestyle PB by 12 seconds, Natalie Claxton also taking 8 seconds of her previous 100 freestyle. The PBs didn’t stop there, Billy Life achieving PBs in all of his events improving on his 200IM time by 8 seconds.

A special mention for Leah Harris, achieving her first regional ,time in the 200IM also producing PBs & medals in all of her remaining events.

I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate Tilly Meyrick & Emilly Haslam who represented Norfolk at the National Inter counties competition held at Ponds Forge Sheffield on Sunday 8th October, this is an annual competition represented by every county in the UK. Both girls raced well in their respective age groups, Tilly Meyrick competing in the 100 backstroke going out hard & splitting in 31.52 turning well Tilly really attacked the second 50 to touch in 1:04.61 finishing 16th/37 in the 14/15 years of age group taking over a second of her previous PB. Continuing with her form Tilly led the team out on the first leg of the Medley breaking the 31.00 seconds for the first time.

Emilly Haslam Anchored the girls in the 12/13Years of age group for the medley relay team & splitting in a 29.81with her team finishing 11th/17 overall

To Summarise, North Norfolk Viking’s should be really proud of their achievements at both events & look forward to continued improvement. Well done to all.

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Coaches Report-Midsummer Madness

Midsummer Madness Competition Report

On Saturday 8th July the Club took a team of fourteen swimmers to the City of Norwich Midsummer Madness Meet, a long course level 3 competition held at the UEA Sportspark. Packing three long sessions into a single day, the swimmers were under a great deal of pressure to perform in large number of races back to back, but rose to the challenge well, achieving a total of 57 personal bests out of 77 swims finishing in a medal position a total of 33 times, 14 of these being Gold, 10 Silver and 9 Bronze.

The morning session kicked of with the girls 200IM, both India Weston and Abi Gotts improving on their previous personal bests by three second each, Emily Haslam also swam a great race winning her heat by a large margin. 200m Freestyle being the next race where Dylan White finished second in his age group. Dylan also swam in the 50m Backstroke in the morning session achieving a personal best time as well as winning in his age group. Also in the same age group Ilor Gjoka won the 100m Breastroke, as well as finishing second behind Dylan in the 50m Backstroke. Mollie White and Abi Gotts also had two first place finishes in their age groups for 50m Breastroke, both achieving personal bests.

After a short break all the swimmers were back in for the second session, starting with the girls 200m Freestyle, with three girls racing, Abi Gotts, India Weston and Matilda Meyrick producing two golds and a silver, Abi and Matilda achieving personal bests. The girls also achieved three medals in the 50m Freestyle, Emily Haslam winning her age group and improving on her personal best by over a second. Not forgetting the boys, both Dylan White and Luke Babbs taking second place in their age group in the 100m Freestyle, Luke taking a second of his personal best. Ilor Gjoka finishing the session with gold in the 200IM.

The final session started with the girls taking part in the 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke events, 50m Butterfly had four swimmers taking part, Emily Haslam winning the 13 year category, Matilda Meyrick finishing 2nd in the 14 years and  over category, Abi Gotts swam a good personal best to finish 2nd in the 12 year category, whilst Leah Harris, Matilda Meyrick and India Weston all finished in the top six. The final event of the day was the 50m Freestyle with Dylan White finishing in second place and Luke Babbs finishing third, both boys having a great race despite being tired after a long day, and produced some excellent personal bests along the way.

This event marked the end of the 2016-2017 racing season and all the swimmers finished the season with a great set of results.

If anyone is interested in joining Norfolk Vikings, the link to contact can be found here on the website.


Adam Crafer

Head Coach

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

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