Big waves no match for Lucy

Upper Hutt Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - ELEANOR WEN­MAN

It was her first com­pet­i­tive ocean swim and 10-year-old Lucy Ab­bott came away with gold and a trip to Auck­land.

On Sun­day she dove into Lyall Bay to swim in the Cap­i­tal Clas­sic ocean se­ries.

The Sil­ver­stream girl was en­tered in the Ba­nana Boat OceanKids 200-me­tre event­for swim­mers be­tween the ages of seven and 12. She came first in the nine-and-10-year-old age group.

‘‘I wasn’t 100 per cent sure of how I would place in my age group, but I felt that I swam well in the race,’’ she said.

Mum Natasha Ab­bott said she was in­cred­i­bly proud of her daugh­ter.

‘‘Lucy has been train­ing in the pool and ocean to pre­pare for this event. She set her­self a goal to come first and she suc­ceeded.’’

In the lead-up to the swim, the Fer­gus­son In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent trained four times a week with her SwimZone rac­ing team. Her fam­ily, in­clud­ing her grand­par­ents were at the fin­ish line to cheer her on.

Chil­dren who won their groups were of­fered the chance to join the Jet­star Su­per Swim Squad. Lucy will be head­ing to Auck­land on May 6 and 7 to spend some time with top swim­mers and coaches to make the most out of her skills. Only 36 spots were avail­able.

‘‘I am so happy to be in the squad and go to the camp. I’m look­ing for­ward to meet­ing new peo­ple and work­ing hard to be­come bet­ter,’’ she said.

Her mum was also hope­ful about Lucy’s ex­pe­ri­ence at the camp.

‘‘We hope Lucy will have a good time at the camp and draw on the ex­pe­ri­ence of the coach­ing to fur­ther her swim­ming abil­ity,’’ she said.

Con­di­tions for the Cap­i­tal Clas­sic se­ries were not ideal over the week­end. The event had to be shifted from Frey­berg Bay to Lyall Beach Bay due to fore­casted high winds.

De­spite the weather, about 1130 par­tic­i­pants turned out for a brisk swim in the waves. Other dis­tances in the swim se­ries in­cluded a 300 me­tre ‘‘Give it a Go’’, a 1000 me­tre ‘‘Step it Up’’ and a 3 kilome­tre ‘‘I’m Go­ing Long’’ swim.

MARK TANTRUM PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Lucy Ab­bott (cen­tre) won a spot in the Jet­star Su­per Swim Squad

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