Tawa club up in the rankings
Tawa Swimming Club improved its ranking against bigger clubs at the Swimming Wellington Long Course Summer Championships.
Tawa finished fourth out of 38 clubs at the competition, held at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre from January 18 to 21. Tawa had been ranked seventh in 2012.
Swimmers Callum Sinclair, 15, and first-time competitor Danika Viskovic, 10, topped their respective age groups. Joel Crampton, 10, broke the Wellington age group record in the 50 metre butterfly.
Eighteen club records were also broken during the three-day event, including one dating back to 1987 in the 14-year-old girls’ 100m butterfly. Tawa swimmers collected 42 medals: 19 gold medals, 14 silver medals and nine bronze medals. Nineteen medals were awarded to junior swimmers aged 12 and under.
Despite swimmers only returning to their home Tawa pool in November after it was closed for a year for extensive refurbishment and earthquake strengthening, head coach Jason McPhee says the results are reflective of the training programme and the addition of new and younger swimmers.
‘‘The quality and delivery of our coaching programme continues to attract swimmers to the club, regardless of the distance they are travelling to train.’’
Despite the success at the weekend there is no let up in training, with the focus for many of the swimmers shifting to the Junior National Championships in Wellington next month for swimmers aged 12 and under, and the National Age Group Championships for swimmers aged 13 to 18, followed by the NZ Open in March.