Porirua swim­mer mak­ing waves


Porirua swim­mer Bron­agh Ryan was one of the stars at the re­cent open na­tion­als in Auck­land.

The 22-year-old won the 100 and 50 breast­stroke events in per­sonal best times.

The win se­cured Ryan a po­si­tion in the Ocea­nia team that is com­pet­ing in Fiji next month.

Ryan started swim­ming at 13 and said she didn’t think she would still be com­pet­ing now.

‘I thought I would stop swim­ming when I stopped im­prov­ing, but that hasn’t hap­pened yet,’’ she said.

She cred­its her coach, Nevill Sut­ton, for much of her suc­cess.

Sut­ton, who has coached Ryan for nearly eight years, said mak­ing the Ocea­nia team was a great achieve­ment.

‘‘It’s good to see a lo­cal kid suc­ceed­ing,’’ he said.

The Ocea­nia cham­pi­onships will be held over 10 days.

Ryan said her club was help­ing her with fund­ing for fees and travel.

‘‘Porirua City Aquat­ics sup­port our team. My dad said if you get the chance to rep­re­sent your coun­try you go for it.’’

She said the sport was a lot more so­cial than peo­ple might think.

‘‘I’ve heard it de­scribed as the lonely sport, but we have a lot of fun at train­ing.

‘‘Ev­ery­one is there for the same rea­son, I’ve made a lot of friends.’’

Ryan trains twice a day, hit­ting the water at 5.30am and again in the evening.

‘‘I’m used morn­ings now.’’

She said she was com­pet­i­tive, aim­ing to win ev­ery race.

‘‘I don’t ever like com­ing se­cond.’’

As well as swim­ming twice a day, Ryan trains at the gym with work­outs tai­lored to her sport. to the early

She watches what she eats ‘‘most of the time’’, but does in­dulge oc­ca­sion­ally.

‘‘My friends would tell you I’m not against the oc­ca­sional McDon­ald’s meal.’’

Ryan at­tends Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity, where she stud­ies law, com­merce and art. She wants a job in high-end fash­ion mar­ket­ing when she grad­u­ates.

She’s also a surf life­saver at Ti­tahi Bay Beach and coaches the nip­pers pro­gramme.

Porirua swim­mer Bron­agh Ryan has made the New Zealand Ocea­nia team.

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