West Norfolk Swimming Club to splash out on new equipment thanks to donation

Swimming enthusiasts Nathan and Joe Wells, from King's Lynn, are members of the West Norfolk Swimmin

Swimming enthusiasts Nathan and Joe Wells, from King's Lynn, are members of the West Norfolk Swimming Club. Picture: contributed by UK Power Networks - Credit: contributed by UK Power Networks

Olympic swimmers of the future are now able to splash out on new equipment thanks to a donation made by UK Power Networks.

It came after one of it's employees, electrical engineer Lewis Wells, from King's Lynn, made the application for West Norfolk Swimming Club (WNSC), of which his two sons are members.

Nathan, 19, and Joe Wells, 17, have been swimming since they were infants and have since competed in several competitions, including the British Swimming Championships.

Nathan, a chemical engineering student at Loughborough University, has broken three Norfolk County ASA records for men's long course, becoming the fastest Norfolk swimmer in the 400m freestyle since Olympian Paul Easter claimed the title in 1982.

The electricity company has given WNSC a £250 grant as part of its Team Sport Award programme, which will enable the club to buy land training equipment and swim parachutes for the swimmers.

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Mr Wells, who first joined UK Power Networks back in 1979, has been involved with the swimming club for the past 14 years.

He said: 'As a family we have been members of WNSC for several years.

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'I would like to thank UK Power Networks and all involved with the Team Sports Awards programme for the kind donation to WNSC.

'Being involved with the swimming club and the training aspect takes up a great deal of our time along with attending the many open meets and competitions all over the country.

'We wouldn't change a thing though. We have really enjoyed it and have hardly ever missed an opportunity to support our sons and their teammates when they are competing.

'Getting our sons to training and competitions over the years has been a very big commitment for us all though, and I couldn't have done it without the full support and help of my wife Jill.

'It has been great journey to see our sons develop into the confident swimmers they are today. We have all made some great friends through swimming and the WNSC club.'

Earlier this year, Mr Wells said Nathan dreams of competing for his country in the Olympics one day, adding: 'As parents we couldn't be prouder to see them both swim – we're proud as punch.'

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