Teenager in training for nationals
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.