Para-swimmer ben­e­fits from sports pro­gramme

Matamata Chronicle - - Classified -

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.

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