Two of the country’s best juniors on water compete
Matamata swimmers James Raymond, 12, and Tyler Tapper, 10, competed at the New Zealand Junior Swimming Championships in Auckland over the weekend.
Only the best junior swimmers in the country, 12 years and under, are eligible to take part in the championships, so the boys had to meet strict qualifying times prior to the event.
The Junior Championships are held simultaneously in Auckland and Wellington. Northern region swimmers attend the Auckland meet, while central and southern swimmers attend the Wellington meet. The times from each venue are combined to work out the eventual champions.
James competed in four individual freestyle events. He was also part of the Waikato team which took fifth place in the 200m freestyle relay. This was third place in the northern region.
Tyler swam in six races over the two days of competition. He had three top 10 finishes, his best result being sixth in the 200m freestyle, which was third place in the northern region.
Next week it is the turn of Matamata’s senior swimmers. Kyle Fannin, 13, Matt Hyde, 16, Jamie Leach, 15, Thomas Raymond,14, and Sophie Wiseman,18, will travel to Wellington with coach Graeme Laing to compete at the New Zealand Age Group Championships in Wellington.
Tyler Tapper, left, and James Raymond at the New Zealand Junior Championships.