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.

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