Adam sets the record straight
North Canterbury Swim Club’s George Adam beat his own record but didn’t because he already had. Confused? Adam said it is a bit baffling but simply put, he owns a New Zealand record in the 100m butterfly in the S14 class.
He initially set the butterfly record back in October, 2016.
Then at the recent South Island Championships in Blenheim, Adam beat that mark to get a provisional new record which is when everyone realised he had in fact set a faster time in July.
As it turns out, he had already beaten his own time at the Canterbury Short Course Championships, but it seemingly went unnoticed by the club and Canterbury officials.
As well as the realisation he had beaten the record, he also picked up two silver medals in Blenheim.
‘‘He is going from strength to strength in his butterfly,’’ coach Brigitte Mahan said.
‘‘George just loves to swim and really contributes to the team with his enthusiasm.’’
Adam is autistic and swims in the Para S14 category but all the swimmers race each other with the North Canterbury swimmer having an ongoing battle with Selwyn brothers Celyn and Ieuan Edwards.
He said that he has always liked swimming and decided to start swimming competitively back in 2014.
Adam comes out from his home in Northwood to trains five days a week with the North Canterbury squad and his hard work is paying off.
Next weekend the St Andrews College student heads to Hamilton to contest the National Secondary School Championships with seven events to race.
Then he is off to Auckland two weeks later with the North Canterbury Swim Team for the National Short Course Championships.