Mak­ing a splash in Ash­bur­ton

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ERIN TASKER

Some of the South Is­land’s top young swim­mers were in Ash­bur­ton at the week­end, for the an­nual Ash­bur­ton Splash Swim Meet.

Held at the EA Net­works Cen­tre aquatic cen­tre, the Ash­bur­ton Splash was for­merly the Easter Splash Swim Meet – a name given to it as last year it was held a week be­fore Easter. But an in­creas­ingly busy swim­ming cal­en­dar meant the swim meet had to be moved, and re­named.

The meet at­tracted around 250 swim­mers from through­out Can­ter­bury – from Ran­giora to Ti­maru – and within that field was a strong con­tin­gent of 29 young swim­mers from the Jen­nian Homes Ash­bur­ton Swim Team, who com­peted over the two days un­der the ever watch­ful eye of their head coach Shane Jones.

It was a good week­end for the young Ash­bur­ton swim­mers too, with many record­ing new per­sonal bests which set them up well for the busy win­ter sea­son ahead.

The Ash­bur­ton Splash was the first swim meet back for the sea­son af­ter a short three week break in the lead-up to win­ter, and it’s the per­fect meet to try and per­fect tech­nique and get back into race mode, Ash­bur­ton Swim Team pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer Toni King said.

The Ash­bur­ton Splash is a grow­ing event too, with the 250 en­tries this year well up on last year’s 225, and within that field there was plenty of tal­ent on dis­play.

Po­ten­tial Olympians of the fu­ture took to the pool, in­clud­ing Lin­coln’s Hannah Bates, who has just been se­lected to at­tend the Com­mon­wealth Youth Games in the Ba­hamas in July.

The Sel­wyn Swim Club mem­ber took to the wa­ter fresh from a suc­cess­ful first over­seas ex­pe­ri­ence rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand at the Aus­tralian Age Group Cham­pi­onships in Bris­bane, from which the 15-year-old came home with a gold and sil­ver medal to show for her ef­forts.

Also in ac­tion was Ash­bur­ton’s Bree Mid­dle­ton, who has just been named in the New Zealand na­tional swim­ming de­vel­op­ment squad for 2017-2018

King said the meet went well, al­though the com­puter sys­tem crashed so all times had to be put in the sys­tem man­u­ally, and as a re­sult not all medals had been handed out yet.

Medals would be sent out to club sec­re­taries, and the com­puter sys­tem is be­ing worked on to en­sure the prob­lem doesn’t oc­cur again.

ERIN TASKER/FAIR­FAX NZ

Ash­bur­ton Swim Team mem­ber Bai­ley Tait at the com­ple­tion of one of the races.

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