Top tal­ent for squad

Rodney Times - - OUT & ABOUT - RE­NEE CLAY­TON

Two young­sters have earned places in the na­tional ju­nior swim squad this month.

Red Beach’s Hannah Turner, 12, and Puhoi’s James Donovan, 12, won the 200m OceanKids event at the King of the Bays swim in Taka­puna on April 8.

Their out­stand­ing wins in the fi­nal event of the seven New Zealand Ocean Swim Se­ries, se­cured them well de­served spots in the Jet­star Su­per Swim Squad.

By hav­ing their places locked in, the pair will at­tend a week­end camp with some of the top swim­mers and coaches in Auck­land on May 6 and 7.

Hannah and James have pre­vi­ously com­peted in nu­mer­ous New Zealand Ocean Swim Se­ries events.

The two spend a lot of their time train­ing at Coast Swim Club to pre­pare for their events.

Hannah’s mother, Sharon Turner said Hannah thought it would be a close race, but didn’t ex­pect to win.

‘‘My friends that have been to the camp be­fore said it was a lot of fun so I wanted to try some­thing dif­fer­ent and give it a go. I’m re­ally ex­cited that I achieved my goal and got into the squad,’’ Hannah said.

For James, this will be his sec­ond time at­tend­ing the Jet­star Su­per Swim Squad Camp as he qual­i­fied for the squad in 2016.

James’s mother, Roz Donovan said James was not sure if he would be able to push through to win the OceanKids swim as he com­peted in the 1km swim be­fore it.

‘‘He was very happy when he re­alised he had won. I hope he will learn some new ocean swim­ming skills at the camp and also make new friend­ships with other swim­mers from across New Zealand.’’

James said he is look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up with old friends who have won places in the squad again.

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