Young swim­mer to meet his Olympic hero

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

A young Mata­mata swim­mer is set to spend a week­end train­ing with one of his Olympic heroes.

Ten-year-old Tyler Tap­per earned a spot in the Jet­star Su­per Swim Squad af­ter win­ning his age group at the State Sand to Surf swim in Mount Maun­ganui.

The squad will travel to Auck­land next month to train with some of the coun­try’s most well-known swim­mers.

‘‘ I’m most ex­cited to see Danyon Loader,’’ said Tyler.

Tyler has been swim­ming since he was four and his favourite stroke is but­ter­fly.

‘‘I like the water and I like the beach for the waves,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s good fun, I meet new friends and race against them.’’ Tyler would like to thank his Mata­mata Swim­ming Club coach Graeme Laing.

Sand to Surf was part of the State New Zealand Ocean Kids se­ries.

Event di­rec­tor Scott Rice said it was de­signed to give younger chil­dren a safe and fun ocean swim­ming ex­pe­ri­ence un­der the watch­ful eye of Surf Life Sav­ing New Zealand.

‘‘ It’s fan­tas­tic to see the grow­ing num­ber of fam­i­lies and chil­dren who are tak­ing part in our se­ries,’’ he said.

Photo: SIMON WATTS

Su­per swim­mers: Mata­mata’s Tyler Tap­per (sec­ond from left) was one of six swim­mers to make the Jet­star Su­per Swim Squad in Mount Maun­ganui.

ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

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