The pool is cool for win­ter re­lay teams

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - RICHARD MAYS

Teams of five are set to take an icy leap into swim­ming pools across the country in a na­tion­wide win­ter swim re­lay.

June and July is when the na­tional busi­ness house swim­ming re­lay takes to pub­lic CLM (Com­mu­nity Leisure Man­age­ment) swim­ming pools across the country as teams of five strive to set the best pos­si­ble ac­cu­mu­lated times in a se­ries of 4 X 100 me­tres over seven weeks.

The Lido’s Matt O’Leary said the idea was to get a team of five swim­mers to­gether and get prac­tis­ing be­fore com­plet­ing one re­lay a week for the seven weeks from June 12.

The re­lays take place in the John Boldt in­door pool at the Lido Aquatic Cen­tre, the Frey­berg Com­mu­nity Pool and at 17 other CLM pools around the country.

‘‘Times and plac­ings will be posted on the CLM web­site ev­ery week. The fi­nal times will be taken from the top six re­lays, drop­ping out the team’s worst per­for­mance. Teams will be able to see where they are placed as mo­ti­va­tion to im­prove their times the fol­low­ing week.’’

The event, which started in 2010, at­tracts a lot of re­peat en­tries and O’Leary hoped that 40 lo­cal teams would take part.

‘‘Many of them are try­ing to im­prove their own times week after week, year after year, and that’s a race in it­self - one of the races in­side the race.’’

Lo­cal team Fon­terra A1 is reign­ing na­tional cham­pion.

‘‘They were our first na­tional cham­pion in 2010 and have won it sev­eral times since. Its cap­tain Nick Robin­son is back to de­fend the ti­tle.’’

Shaw said the re­lay con­cept helped with team build­ing, rein­tro­duced peo­ple to their com­mu­nity swim­ming pool, and pro­moted ex­er­cise at a time of the year when the cli­mate was not par­tic­u­larly con­ducive for main­tain­ing an out­door regime.

‘‘Swim­ming is easy on the joints - the wa­ter helps sup­port your body, and good for your car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem. We want to en­cour­age peo­ple to en­ter and en­joy.’’

Stroke is op­tional and the en­try of $130 per team pro­vides en­try for re­lay and for prac­tice ses­sions, free sauna and spa use dur­ing the seven weeks of the con­test, and a week’s free trial of the Lido gym.

Reg­is­ter with Tara at TKE@CLMNZ.co.nz or at pool re­cep­tion.

Teams can sign up now to the na­tional busi­ness house win­ter swim re­lay.

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