Porirua in the swim

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By DAVE CRAMP­TON

Porirua City Aquat­ics won the in­au­gu­ral Swim­ming Welling­ton ju­nior MetroLeague last week, head­ing off the re­gion’s larger swim­ming clubs.

A to­tal of 265 swim­mers com­peted in the fi­nals, at the Coast­lands Aquatic Cen­tre.

There were 10 teams of at least 16 swim­mers aged 12 and un­der from Wan­ganui, Wairarapa, Welling­ton, the Kapiti Coast and the Hutt Val­ley.

The A fi­nal was close, with Cap­i­tal Swim­ming leading by just three points at the half­way stage, be­fore Porirua City Aquat­ics grabbed a one­point lead at the three­quar­ter mark.

Porirua coach Andy Wilkin­son said af­ter that his young team started to win more races.

‘‘They started to be­lieve in them­selves – they be­lieved that they could win this,’’ he said.

A high­light among the 15 re­lays was the Canon re­lay. One boy and one girl from each of the age groups rep­re­sented their teams, each swim­ming 25 me­tres.

Porirua won that event too, and won the A fi­nal by 20 points. Wilkin­son was elated.

‘‘I was just over the moon – so proud of the kids. They put in a great ef­fort.’’

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