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