Find­lay wins medal haul

Gold proved a great sur­prise

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

Wanaka’s Jack Find­lay was the re­gion’s only young­ster to stand on the podium at the NZ Ju­nior Na­tion­als at Welling­ton on the weekend, col­lect­ing gold, sil­ver and bronze medals. Earn­ing his gold in the boys’ 10-and-un­der 50m back­stroke, Jack was not sure what was hap­pen­ing, fa­ther Wayne said. ‘‘He looked up and saw us jump­ing around and thought he’d won a medal. When he re­alised he was first he was rapt.’’ The win was a to­tal sur­prise. ‘‘He came out of the blocks and out-stretched them all.’’ The 10-year-old Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege stu­dent also col­lected a sil­ver in the 50m but­ter­fly and bronze in the 100m back­stroke as well as two fourth places, a fifth, a sixth and a ninth. Al­though he was small he had good train­ing ethics, his fa­ther said. The whole club was thrilled with their ef­fort with each of the five mem­bers record­ing per­sonal bests. Queen­stown 12-year-old Mila Jo­jic, swim­ming for the Nep­tune Club, had the next best record with a fourth place in the 50m but­ter­fly and a fifth in the 100m. The five Queen­stown Swim­ming Club mem­bers achieved 23 per­sonal bests and five top-10 plac­ings plus 16 top 20 plac­ings.

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All to­gether: The Wanaka Swim­ming Club team to com­pete at the ju­nior na­tion­als in Welling­ton at the weekend. Jamie Toepfer, Jas­mine Mur­ray, Jack Find­lay with the gold medal he won in the 50m back­stroke, Emily Heath, Shanae San­ders and, at front, coach Fiona Hezinger.

23 PBs: Queen­stown Swim­ming Club mem­bers who com­peted in Welling­ton: Coach Daniel McLen­nan, Anru Wakushima, Molly Wood­ham, Cool Wakushima, Molly Law, Gabby White and man­ager Pauline White.

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