On Sunday 24th June, WSSC Masters hosted swimmers from Mildenhall and Felixstowe Masters Clubs for an evening social event at Culford swimming pool. Nearly 30 swimmers took part in the 50m sprint and 100IM events, with a mass relay race to finish.

The extra inter-club competition from swimmers of all ages saw some fast swims with a handful of PB’s recorded on the night. Several swimmers who were new to Masters and racing were also able to give the events a try in a relaxed and friendly environment.

After the racing, swimmers gathered upstairs in the café lounge to share a huge delivery of pizza, a cold drink and a chance to socialise together and talk about upcoming events and races.

The evening was a great success and a fun way to get together with fellow swimmers from other clubs. We look forward to Felixstowe returning the favour later in the year and to repeating this event again in the future.





West Suffolk Masters had a great day, as 10 swimmers took to the water for a day of racing at the Sudbury Valentines meet (incorporating the Suffolk Senior & Masters County Championships). With 54 races between them, West Suffolk swimmers John McKenny, Steve Coe, Peter Edmunds, Jason Garnham, Sharon Perry, Fiona Brittain, Matthew Banham, Chris Greenhalgh, Andrew Kimpton and Charlotte Allen made some waves and turned heads. All in all they came away with a staggering 38 Suffolk Gold medals, 9 Silver and 3 Bronze and claiming Top Visiting Club in the process. There were some good swims all around with almost everyone setting faster times than their entry times and 33 PB/season best times being recorded. Standout swims from the weekend were Sharon Perry in the 200m IM, where she reclaimed her East Region record and also from Matthew Banham who broke the East Region records in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke.  Highlight of the day however was the amazing swim by Matthew Banham in the 200m Breaststroke in a time of 2.28.42 breaking his 3rd East Region record on the way to a new British record.  Way to go Matt!!





The 2017 Masters T-30 Challenge in November saw 9 WSSC Masters swimmers spend an evening taking part – a National event where the aim is to swim as many lengths as possible in 30 minutes. The Challenge can be completed at any time during the year in local pools and swimmers can submit their results  to the Masters rankings if they wish.

WSSC Masters gave it their all and an enjoyable Sunday evening session was spent encouraging and lap counting for one another. The total distances swum in the 30 minutes varied from 1525m to 2650m. In the National rankings, Chris Greenhalgh was placed 1st in the 18-24yrs category with an impressive 2650m. Congratulations to Chris! In their respective age categories, Peter Edmunds was 4th overall, Fiona Brittain 9th, Steve Coe 12th and Kirstie Kett 10th. Well done to all who took part!



Well done to the swimmers that competed in the fun, friendly and informal Pizza Dash this past Sunday at Culford. The Masters swimmers enjoyed some fast swimming in the pool - making some improvements on the last set of times, followed by a social with pizza and drink in the lounge area.




A huge congratulations to Kirstie Kett on her performance at the Swim England Open Water Festival this past summer.

The Open Water festival is one of the most professional open water events that you can compete in, in terms of compulsory briefing, nail inspection and strict timings. 

The 1500m was a great race, pretty tightly packed and it came to a sprint finish for Kirstie to claim 3rd in her age group.  Second to fourth were all within 1 sec of each other finishing. Kick drills in training made all the difference for Kirstie because she had to chase down the 2 in front of her to get that medal!
After a 2 hour break it was then time for the 3km race. The weather changed during the race and it got choppy and started raining. Kirstie didn't have a lot left in the tank but just held off the 4th placed lady in her age group. 
It was a good, clear lake to swim in and the dive starts off the pontoon added a bit of excitement. The medal ceremonies at the end were a nice touch and Kirstie was absolutely thrilled to swim 2 new PB's and get the 2 bronze medals. She would definitely recommend it to others for next year!!




Matthew Banham travelled to Aberdeen for the British Masters Championships held over the weekend of 16/17th June.

The goal for Matt since he joined with West Suffolk SC last year, has always been to have a go at the British Long Course records in the Breaststroke events.

Competing in the 45-49yr age group, Matt completely dominated in all 3 races. He won gold medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke events in times of 30.97, 1.10.80 and 2.34.19 respectively. His nearest rival in the 100m Breaststroke finished a full 7 seconds behind him!

Matt came within 1/10th of a second from securing the British record in his 200m race and said afterwards: "My main memory from the race is that the 200m is a long way! The last 10m was the hardest thing I have ever done and while I wanted to swim faster than I did, thinking and doing are very different things!".

"I have learnt that you need to keep faith in your race pace stroke and not resort to what Bob Bowman calls your 'rescue stroke'. In other words, in future, I intend to hold my form and not panic!".

We couldn't be prouder of Matt's achievements at the British Masters Champinoships. Well done!





Five members of the WSSC Masters squad attended the Norfolk Masters Long Course Open Championships in Norwich on the 13th May.

John McKenny competed in the 100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle events, confidently taking first place in all three races. In doing so, he remains the main target in the East Region for others in his age groups to try and chase down.

Nicola Buchanan returned to her old stomping ground at the UEA pool. Even though, in her words, "not hav ing trained that much", she still put in some fantastic performances, including winning the 50m Butterfly race by more than 4 seconds over the second placed swimmer in her age group. She also provided some welcome youth and speed to the relay teams.

Fiona Brittain entered herself into an amazing 7 individual races and 2 team relay events for the day. Fiona's stamina and energy on the day, left us all in awe and she went home with 5 assorted medals for her efforts.

Despite tweaking a leg muscle in her first race of the day, Maureen Wright went on to successfully compete in both the 50m and 100m Butterfly events, winning silver medals in both. She also put in strong swims for the relay rteam events. 

Kirstie Kett achieved 3 new long course PB times, continuing her successful racing year to date. The ladies flew the WSSC flag in the 4x50m Freestyle and Medley relays, taking home gold and sliver in those two events respectively. 

All in all, another succesful day for the team from WSSC Masters, with a rare chance to race and compete in a local 50m pool. Great job team!





Well done to all those swimmers that competed in the Masters meet at Newmarket on the 23rd April.

The meet report can be found HERE.

Pictures below from some of the swimmers competing at the meet.

Masters swimmers competing at Newmarket (below)            Peter Edmund & Jason Garnham with their medals (below)


Greg Buckle with one of his medals (below)                            Fellow medal winner Maureen Wright (below)