Swim quartet take new plunge
For the Lockhart family, water is in the blood.
Swimming siblings Michelle, Richard, and Mason Lockhart and Rosanne Lockie, all belong to the Roskill Masters Swimming Club in central Auckland.
They regularly compete for the club and three out of the four are training for the Auckland Short Course Championships at Mt Roskill’s Cameron Pool this month.
But at the recent World Masters’ Games in Auckland, the quartet did something they’ve never done before – they formed a relay team and wore ‘‘Team Lockhart: catch us if you can’’ T-shirts.
They’d all competed in the shortcourse champs on many occasions but never as a relay team. The World Masters Games seemed like the perfect opportunity to race as a family.
‘‘At the WMG we had plenty of family support, plus lots from our swimming friends and coaches, of course,’’ Michelle Lockhart said.
‘‘Rosanne’s daughter Nicole is a competitive swimmer, so she videoed some of our races and gave us very direct critiques.’’
Michelle Lockhart said the four went faster than they expected in the WMG relay, ‘‘but unfortunately not quite fast enough for a medal’’.
Team Lockhart still came home with a swag of age-group gongs, however, picking up 17 medals in total and three NZ records.