Young­ster swims into su­per squad

South Canterbury Herald - - SPORT - MARK QUINLIVAN

Te­muka young­ster Lo­gan Con­nolly se­cured him­self in the Jet­star Su­per Swim Squad at the in­au­gu­ral ‘Big Tahuna’ OceanKids swim series in Nel­son last month.

The ten-year-old’s plac­ing in the 200m event earned him a place in the squad which means he will travel to Auck­land for a week­end camp at the end of this month, where he will be coached by an elite team made up of top New Zealand swim­mers.

The fastest boy and girl in each group race, at each OceanKids Swim series event, forms the Su­per Swim Squad. Through­out the sea­son, each event al­lows chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to earn a place in the 36-mem­ber squad.

Con­nolly said he’s look­ing for- ward to all the swim train­ing.

His Mum, Clare, said Lo­gan had heard about the squad at pre­vi­ous events, and was very ex­cited to hear he had qual­i­fied.

‘‘I hope he gets some tips that will help him with rac­ing in the pool and ocean, and that he makes friends with other swim­mers.’’

Lo­gan trained for the swim with pool train­ing up to five times a week at Te­muka Swim­ming Club.

New Zealand Ocean Swim Series di­rec­tor Scott Rice said the Su­per Swim squad had made a real dif­fer­ence to young New Zealan­ders over the past six years.

‘‘The feed­back over this time has been con­sis­tently pos­i­tive from both the squad mem­bers and their fam­i­lies.

‘‘It is not only the tech­ni­cal skills that they leave with, but the ex­po­sure to elite swim­mers and bond­ing with their swim­ming peers that leaves them with pos­i­tive life long mem­o­ries.’’

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Lo­gan Con­nolly has been se­lected in the Su­per Swim squad af­ter his suc­cess­ful swim in Nel­son.

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