Su­per Swim Squad for Caleb

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A Mata­mata boy has just earned a place in a cov­eted na­tional ju­nior swim squad.

Twelve-year-old Caleb Lawrence won his age group at Sat­ur­day’s Le­gend of the Lake swim held in Ro­torua, the fourth event in the seven swim New Zealand Ocean Swim Se­ries.

His win in the 200m Ba­nana Boat OceanKids event has se­cured him a place in the Jet­star Su­per Swim Squad.

It will mean he will travel to Auck­land in May for a week­end camp with some top name elite swim­mers and coaches. Through­out the sea­son, each qual­i­fy­ing event will al­low chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to earn a place in the 36 mem­ber squad.

‘‘I’m look­ing for­ward to meet­ing new peo­ple, es­pe­cially some of New Zealand’s top swim­mers,’’ said Caleb.

Caleb trains at Mata­mata Swim Club two-to-three times a week.

He was cheered on at the event by his fam­ily and swim­ming coach.

‘‘Caleb was stoked to cross the fin­ish line,’’ said Caleb’s mum Sharon Lawrence.

‘‘I’m hop­ing that be­ing part of the squad and at­tend­ing the camp will in­spire Caleb to keep swim­ming and reach his full po­ten­tial.’’

Scott Rice, New Zealand Ocean Swim Se­ries, event di­rec­tor, says air­line Jet­star’s sup­port over the past five years has ben­e­fited over 150 young­sters and their fam­i­lies through­out New Zealand.

‘‘It’s not just the de­vel­op­ment of their tech­ni­cal skills but also the con­fi­dence they have gained from be­ing ex­posed to pos­i­tive, Olympic role mod­els as well as train­ing along­side their na­tional swim­ming peers. Many of them have gone on to com­pete at a na­tional level.’’

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