Swimmers’ stories

Mollie’s Story

Mollie Smith joined the Vikings when she was 8 years old.

Now 14, Mollie has qualified to swim in the ASA Eastern Region Championships and has been an enthusiastic Junior Captain in the past and this year has been awarded Girls Senior Captain.

“As the club has progressed, so have I,” says Mollie. “I’d recommend it to anyone.”

Mollie swims 9 1/2 hours per week at the Victory in North Walsham, where she first took swimming lessons. Joining the Vikings was a natural next step.

So what are Mollie’s top tips? “Just try your best, you can achieve anything,” she said. “We get great training here.”



Harry’s  story

Harry Barwick now 13 years old,  started having swimming lessons with the Vikings Learn 2 Swim lessons when he was 6 years old , starting late to learn to swim as he suffers with severe eczema he was  not going to be deterred. He moved onto the main club within a year and has never looked back. Harry regularly takes part in competitions and team galas and last year was awarded Boys Junior Captain. He will confess that he is a bit of a joker but takes his training seriously . He trains four or five times a week and he says,  ” I really enjoy training and my favourite strokes are backstroke and front crawl but would like to be better at fly . I’ve made some great friends and love to cheer my team mates on at galas. The coaching is really good though sometimes hard ( especially kick sets ) !! , but I enjoy it and really like land training as I’m very sporty and competitive. I enjoy our social events especially tubing at the local ski club and enjoyed the week at Kingswood Activity Centre.”

Harry’s goal is to get to regionals one day!





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