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.

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