Swim­mer wows all

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Olympic swim­mer Matthew Stan­ley was back in Mata­mata over the week­end, fresh from a win at the Brian Perry Waikato Re­gional Sports Awards.

The 21- year- old, who was named Ju­nior Sports­man of the Year, was here to com­pete in the an­nual Mata­mata Swim Meet.

Af­ter win­ning the ma­jor prize in the men’s skins race, he spent time sign­ing au­to­graphs and tak­ing pho­tos with young fans.

In the skins event, swim­mers race 50 me­tres ev­ery two min­utes, with swim­mers elim­i­nated un­til the win­ner is left.

An­other Mata­mata swim­mer, James Ray­mond, was the win­ner of the boys’ skins race.

Swim Mata­mata pres­i­dent Karen Ray­mond said this year’s meet at­tracted swim­mers from across Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Auck­land and even Aus­tralia.

Sup­port from lo­cal busi­nesses meant they were able to put up cash prizes to ap­peal to Olympic-level swim­mers such as Stan­ley, she said.

A num­ber of par­ents, vol­un­teers and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity also helped to make the day a success.

See page 24 for more pho­tos from the Mata­mata Swim Meet.

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