Big waves no match for Lucy
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.
Lucy Abbott (centre) won a spot in the Jetstar Super Swim Squad