Ver­sa­tile Lloyd smashes club records

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - KRIS DANDO

Bron­son Lloyd has no plans to spe­cialise in one swim­ming dis­ci­pline just yet – he’s hav­ing too much fun do­ing them all.

The Tawa 13-year-old was a star at the re­cent long-course na­tional age-group swim­ming cham­pi­onships, win­ning gold in the 400m and 1500m freestyle events, sil­ver in the 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley and bronze in the 200m back­stroke and 400m in­di­vid­ual med­ley.

Lloyd had seven other top 10 plac­ings across a num­ber of dis­ci­plines – back­stroke, freestyle, but­ter­fly and breast­stroke – and in the process broke six Porirua City Aquat­ics Club records.

His in­di­vid­ual med­ley times smashed club records that had stood for more than 20 years.

‘‘I was re­ally happy with my times – break­ing per­sonal bests was im­por­tant and I did that in a few races,’’ he said. ‘‘My re­sults were as good as I could’ve hoped for and I like swim­ming un­der that pres­sure.’’

Lloyd, who has been swim­ming com­pet­i­tively for only four years, has spent three of those with Porirua City Aquat­ics and ex­pe­ri­enced coach Nevill Sut­ton.

He said Sut­ton treats each swim­mer dif­fer­ently and train­ing and com­pet­ing with him at his side has helped him go to the next level. ‘‘Nevill ex­pects you to work hard, but he’s fair and a re­ally great coach.’’

Lloyd is mak­ing the big­gest im­prove­ments in in­di­vid­ual med­ley, his favourite dis­ci­pline, but he re­fuses to re­strict him­self to get­ting bet­ter at one stroke more than another right now.

Lloyd will now turn his at­ten­tion to the short course sea­son, where he will be even more fo­cused on his turns in the wa­ter and sprint times.

He has one eye on the New Zealand short course champs in Auck­land in Oc­to­ber and hoped to add to the medal col­lec­tion that al­most fills a room in his home.

Most of Lloyd’s spare time is poured into the sport th­ese days. The early morn­ing starts and af­ter-school train­ings have be­come sec­ond na­ture to him and he said he was fitting that eas­ily around de­mands at Tawa Col­lege.

‘‘I’d al­ways been in­ter­ested in swim­ming and loved com­ing to the pool. I en­joy push­ing my­self and although some­times it’s hard, the pure fun of be­ing in the wa­ter and the chal­lenge to reach my goals keeps me go­ing.’’

His aim is to rep­re­sent his coun­try in the pool, com­pet­ing over­seas.

PHOTO: DAVE CRAMPTON

Bron­son Lloyd has come a long way in a short time as a swim­mer.

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