Local swimmers clean up in Fiji champs
Eight local swimmers were part of a larger Dannevirke Amateur Swim Club team which competed at the Fiji National Age Group Champs in Suva recently
Awatea Carswell, Siena Cockburn, Elia Dale, Sam Dale, Freya Lewington, Ian McRae and Libby Wing, together with their coach Vanessa Dale travelled to Fiji on the 29 April and took part in joint training sessions with the Dolphins club based in Suva before the competition.
Vanessa Dale said it was an amazing experience to be able to train and compete with teams from all around the Pacific and the kids learnt a lot from the experience, as well as having a lot of fun.
All the swimmers competed well and achieved personal best times and podium finishes.
Siena Cockburn won four gold medals, three silver medals and a bronze in the 14 year old girls age group.
She won gold medals in 50 freestyle, 100 free, 50 butterfly, 100 backstroke and silver in 50 backstroke, 400 and 800 freestyle and bronze in 200 freestyle.
Sam Dale won a gold medal and five silver medals in the 15 year old boys age group.
Sam won gold in the boys 800 freestyle event, and silver in 1500 and 400 freestyle, 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Siena and Sam, together with Palmerston North based teammates, also achieved gold medals in five relay events in the 13-16 years age group.
Ian McRae, racing in the 11-year-old boys age group achieved a silver medal in the 100 butterfly, and bronze medals in the 50 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 200 medley events.
Together with Henry Sewell they achieved 2 silver and 2 bronze medal finishes in the 13-16 year old relay events. Henry also received a bronze medal in the 1500 freestyle event.
Awatea Carswell, Elia Dale and Libby Wing competed in the 11 year old girls competition achieving huge personal best times and four gold medals in both the freestyle relays and medley relays.
Freya Lewington competed in the 13 year old girls competition and won a one silver and three bronze medals in the 11-13 years relay events.
Dannevirke Swimming Club swimmers Elia Dale, Henry Sewell, Sam Dale and Siena Cockburn with the Fijian flag.