Levin swim­mer bags gold

Horowhenua Chronicle - - SPORT - By SADIE BECKMAN

A young Levin swim­mer has re­turned home from the 2018 Kiwi Al­ls­tars Ju­nior Car­ni­val in Palmer­ston North with a haul of gold medals.

Keanu Jen­nings, 12, com­peted for the Levin Swim­ming Club at the event ear­lier this month, tak­ing the gold in the 50m breast­stroke, 50m freestyle, 100m breast­stroke and 100m freestyle.

The Poroutawhoa pupil put in an out­stand­ing ef­fort for his club, af­ter train­ing hard four to five times a week for an hour and a half each time.

The car­ni­val was held at Frey­berg Aquatic Cen­tre with Keanu tak­ing out the gold in his breast­stroke events with ease, while the freestyle in­volved a bit more of a fight for the win, he said.

Keanu said he felt ap­pre­hen­sive ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion but, once he hit the wa­ter, it all clicked into place.

“I felt ner­vous. In the freestyle [the other com­peti­tors] were kind of close to me.”

Keanu got into com­pet­i­tive swim­ming af­ter head­ing up through the ranks of his lo­cal swim school, and then at­tend­ing a trial, where join­ing Levin Swim­ming Club was sug­gested to him as he had ob­vi­ous ta­lent in the sport.

He is also cap­tain and plays catcher for the newly formed Nga¯ Tama O Taitoko Un­der 13 soft­ball team.

With a sum­mer of train­ing ahead, the de­ter­mined young ath­lete now has his sights set on the next NZ ju­nior swim­ming cham­pi­onships, to be held early next year.


Levin swim­mer Keanu Jen­nings, 12, has won a haul of gold medals.

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