Adam sets the record straight

Northern Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT - JONATHAN LEASK

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.

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