Triple gold for Bron­agh Ryan

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

Bron­agh Ryan has re­turned vic­to­ri­ous from the Ocea­nia Swim­ming Champs in Fiji and it’s not just the three gold medals she’s happy about.

‘‘We beat the Aussies, that was re­ally im­por­tant.’’

The Porirua swim­mer said com­pe­ti­tion was fierce between the Ki­wis and our cousins from across the ditch.

‘‘It was a huge bat­tle, they were in front of us on the first day and all we could hear was the Aussie an­them play­ing.

‘‘On the sec­ond day our team got a bit of a rark up from our coaches and our an­them started play­ing more.’’

She said the friendly ri­valry in and out of the pool was part of the fun.

‘‘I’ve got a few friends on the Aus­tralian team and they were say­ing they were sick of hear­ing our an­them.’’

How­ever, hear­ing your an­them play while you stand on the win­ner’s podium wasn’t some­thing you got sick of, she said.

‘‘It was a re­ally cool feel­ing with the an­them play­ing and the flag be­ing raised.’’

She won in­di­vid­ual golds in the 50m and 100m breast­stroke as well as a team gold for the med­ley.

‘‘I’ve got a lot of be­lief in my abil­ity, I wasn’t ex­pect­ing medals, I just wanted to make the fi­nals.’’

Ryan said her club took about 40 swim­mers to Suva, which was a place filled with friendly peo­ple.

‘‘The com­mu­nity was right be­hind it. Peo­ple knew what we were there for and would al­ways say hello.

‘‘Dur­ing the day they brought in school kids to watch us.

‘‘The kids would call out that they love New Zealand and we would yell back that we love Fiji.’’

The team bond­ing among the Porirua swim­mers was a high­light of the trip.

‘‘It was so much fun and so good for the sport.’’

Her three golds don’t mean she has any time off, though. Ryan is straight back into the pool to train for the re­gion­als in Au­gust and na­tion­als in Septem­ber.

‘‘I got back and texted my coach to let him know I was back and he replied ‘I’ll see you to­mor­row night’.

‘‘I was hop­ing for a week off, but maybe I’ll get that af­ter the na­tion­als.’’

Bron­agh Ryan was back in the wa­ter and train­ing for her next race af­ter her three medal win in Fiji.

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