Unhappy swimmers miss champs
Parents of swimmers who missed out on a fair swim at the Wairarapa Primary Swimming Champs think the system failed and are demanding an explanation.
Some missed out completely while others were forced to swim in heats that were either too easy or too hard. All because of what parents say was a faulty time conversion method used by the event co-ordinator.
Gladstone School parent Liz Mason said her son Logan had put in a lot of preparation and he was very disappointed he did not make the finals.
The estimates put forward by the co-ordinators were 3-4 seconds slower than his actual times, so the conversion method was incorrect and the same thing has been said by a number of people.
Children work very hard all year completing lessons every term.
‘‘My disappointment is that Logan wasn’t even on a fair playing field. I am extremely disappointed with the process.
‘‘Moving forward I would like to see how the results were converted.I would like to see measures put in place to ensure it does not happen again.’’
Carterton swimming coach Russell Geange said the problem began because bad weather twice forced the cancellation of the South Wairarapa primary champs.
‘‘Some of our swimmers com- pletely missed out on the champs, which was disappointing for them. Then swimmers who did qualify ended up in the wrong heat. It was a bit of a balls up really, somewhere along the line something went wrong.’’
South Wairarapa primary schools co-ordinator Sharon Gates said the South Wairarapa qualification event was unable to be held due to the weather conditions.
Schools were asked to provide times to put together a group to represent the South Wairarapa. A conversion app sourced from the internet along with conversations with people involved with swimming was used for the 100m distances.
Due to the 50m and 25m conversions being more difficult these were done with a manual calculation.
‘‘We applied the fairest method under difficult circumstances. We acknowledge it may not have been ideal. However, we’re looking at ways of avoiding this in future.’’
Tommy Travers of Masterton competes in the Wairarapa Primary Swimming Champs.