Para-swimmer benefits from sports programme
Matamata swimmer Taine Morrissey is already benefiting from the recently implemented Pathway to Podium programme.
The nationwide programme, which has a hub in the Waikato, helped him win a silver medal for the 400-metre freestyle and a bronze in the 50m and 100m freestyle at the New Zealand Secondary School Championships, his mum Vicky said.
He gained fourth, fifth and fourth in those events respectively in the New Zealand Short Course Championships which had more swimmers competing in it, she said.
The programme brings workshops and coaches out to more rural areas which benefits 26 athletes in the Waikato and a total of 160 throughout New Zealand. It co-ordinates with Morrissey’s coach to provide ideas and training.
They have helped not only create a better swimming training schedule for him but also gained him free membership to a local gym as that is important, she said.
The training has set goals, like beating his personal best times, to break down getting to the Paralympics in Tokyo in 2020 into achievable small steps, she said. It has made him more accountable and made him train harder.
He has also attended four workshops on topics like nutrition and drug free sport.
The workshops and mentoring are run by High Performance Sport New Zealand and Sport New Zealand, and take place every six weeks.