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.

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