Kids haul gold, sil­ver from pool

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By ES­THER LAUAKI

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.

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Porirua City Aquatic’s swim­mers col­lected a haul of medals at the Welling­ton Long Course Cham­pi­onships over Welling­ton An­niver­sary Week­end.

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