Teenager in train­ing for na­tion­als

South Waikato News - - OPINION - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Swim meets with choco­late for prizes are a thing of the past for Sean Mill­ward, 14, who will com­pete in the Na­tional Swimming Cham­pi­onships for the first time.

The Toko­roa High School stu­dent qual­i­fied in all four of his races at the Cen­tral North Is­land Swimming Champs.

His fastest be­ing 2 min­utes 25 seconds in the in­di­vid­ual med­ley.

Sean started swimming aged 7 and quickly fell in love with the sport.

‘‘My Mum put me into it and it sort of stuck with me.’’

Ever since then he has con­sis­tently com­peted at a re­gional level and was part of the Waikato Un­der 16 re­lay team.

Now he is part of the Mata­mata Swimming Club and has a gru­elling train­ing regime of four hours a day, five days a week.

And even an in­jury in the Septem­ber Sec­ondary School Champs did not get in his way.

‘‘I swam with a bro­ken toe. I got told told by my physio I shouldn’t race; it wasn’t fun.’’

Sean will contest the Dunedin Na­tion­als in March next year.

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