Kids haul gold, silver from pool
Porirua City Aquatic club brought home a huge haul of swimming medals from the Wellington Long Course Championships recently.
The 37 qualifying swimmers from the local club won a total of 52 medals at the regional event in Wellington.
Senior coach Nevill Sutton says he is really pleased’’ with the result.
‘‘I’m really proud of what the kids have achieved. We’re only a small club but we showed that we can give it to them.’’
Club members won 18 gold, 16 silver and 18 bronze medals competing against 35 clubs at the champs.
In his 20 years of coaching, Sutton said this
‘‘really, would be the best PCA has done at the long course summer competition.
Top performances came from Ben Walsh, 13, who won eight gold medals, and 10-year-old Mia Uluilelata, who took home four golds.
Walsh broke the Wellington 13-year-old boys’ record in the 100-metre breaststroke in 1 minute 12.84 seconds.
The previous record was 1min 13.60sec set by Jarrod Brown, who was also coached by Sutton, in 1994.
‘‘He’s [Walsh] a good boy. He’s a young man who trains hard and loves to swim.’’ PCA came fourth overall on team points. Sutton says the team is getting stuck into its nationals programme, training towards the New Zealand junior championships, the age group championships and the division 2 swim meet.
‘‘We appreciate the work of junior coach Alex Bennett, and our other two coaches, Danny Selby and Todd O’Hagan. They’ve worked very well with these kids too,’’ Sutton says.
For full results see swimporirua.co.nz.
Porirua City Aquatic’s swimmers collected a haul of medals at the Wellington Long Course Championships over Wellington Anniversary Weekend.