2012 News

JASI CHRISTMAS CRACKER 2012

On Friday the 7th of December until Sunday the 9th of December, 34 members of the North Canterbury Swim Club competed in the Jasi Christmas Cracker Meet at Jellie Park Pool in Christchurch.
Brigitte Mahan from Wai Swim who coached these swimmers at the meet said it was a great last hit out before Christmas, with a good number of swimmers achieving National qualifying times including William Roberts who achieved his first National Age Group qualifying time. Brigitte commented on how successful 2012 had been with swimmers really stepping up and racing hard in all meets which was very pleasing. Many of the swimmers are now in Hanmer Springs on a training camp for a week, run by Brigitte as a build up for the 2013 National Meets.

Following are the Regional and National Meets in 2013, in which the North Canterbury Swim Club will have a good number of swimmers attending: Canterbury West Coast Championships held in Dunedin on the 22nd-26th of January, NZ Junior Championship in Wellington on the 16th-17th of February, South Island Country and Town competition on the 23rd-24th of February, NZ Age Group Championship on the 26th of February to the 2nd of March held in Wellington, NZ Open Championships on the 17th-22nd March in Auckland and the NZ Division II Competition on the 21st-24th April held in Invercargill. Also Natasha Lloyd has been selected to compete in Sydney in January at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, this is a multi-sport event on the Youth International sporting calendar.

Following are the results:
Bryn Atkin, gold: 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, silver: 50m fly and 400m freestyle, bronze: 50m breaststroke and 200m individual medley
Kiri Atkin, gold: 400m freestyle
Julie Briden, bronze: 200m and 400m freestyle, 200m breaststroke and 100m backstroke
Natasha Lloyd, gold: 200m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 100m fly and 200m backstroke
Sara-Jane Lloyd, silver: 400m individual medley, bronze: 100m fly
Keely Morton, silver: 200m backstroke
Michael Pitt, gold: 100m backstroke, silver: 200m individual medley
Reagan Pitt, gold: 100m breaststroke, silver: 200m breaststroke
Oliver Rayner, gold: 50m fly, bronze: 200m backstroke
William Roberts, gold: 200m breaststroke, bronze: 200m and 400m freestyle
Willie Steele, bronze: 200m fly
Angus Syme, gold: 400m freestyle, silver: 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 200m backstroke, bronze: 50m and 100m backstroke
Anneliese Wolt, bronze: 100m breaststroke

Total 39 medals, 15 gold, 10 silver and 14 bronze medals.

In the male 12-13 years 200m medley relay, Bryn Atkin, William Roberts, James Bulk and Angus Syme got placed first.
In the male 12-13 years 200m medley relay, Liam Pyott, Harry Lloyd, Timothy Batchelor and Macallan Dougan got placed third.
In the female 14-15 years 200m medley relay, Keely Morton, Tamara Gurden, Julie Briden and Sara-Jane Lloyd got placed second.
In the male 14-15 years 200m medley relay, Nicholas Steyn, Michael Pitt, Campbell Kershaw and Alexander Bulk got placed third.
In the male 12-13 years 200m freestyle relay, Angus Syme, William Roberts, Oliver Rayner and Bryn Atkin got placed first.
In the female 14-15 years 200m freestyle relay, Julie Briden, Keely Morton, Tamara Gurden and Sara-Jane Lloyd got placed first.

Out of the 179 events swum in by the NCSC, 108 (60%) were personal best times.

9 North Canterbury Swim Club records were broken as follows:
Natasha Lloyd: 200m backstroke and 200m breaststroke
Anneliese Wolt: 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 50m and 100m fly and 200m IM
Oliver Rayner: 50m fly

SCWC JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012

On the 30th of November until the 2nd of December, 13 members of the North Canterbury Swim Club competed in the SCWC Junior Championships Swim meet, which was a short course meet held at Jellie Park pool in Christchurch. This was a new concept for swimmers 12 years and under and worked extremely well, there was a great atmosphere at the pool.

Following are the individual results:
Saxon Morgan, bronze: 200m breaststroke
Jacob Webb, silver: 200m breaststroke and 100m Individual Medley, bronze: 100m freestyle

In the male 12 years and under 200m medley relay, Saxon Morgan, Isaac Dann, Timothy Batchelor and Jacob Webb were placed third.

Out of the 75 events swum by the NCSC swimmers, 58 (77%) were personal best times. A very impressive result, congratulations to all these swimmers.

SCWC DISTANCE MEET 2012

On the 24th of November, The following seven swimmers Daniel Abel, Bryn Atkin, Saxon Morgan, Michael Pitt, Reagan Pitt, Oliver Rayner and Angus Syme of the North Canterbury Swim Club competed in the SCWC Distance Swim meet, which was a 1500m freestyle short course event at Jellie Park pool in Christchurch. Five swimmers achieved personal best times. Their 800m time was also recorded. Out of the 42 swimmers who competed in this open event, three of our swimmers Michael Pitt, Angus Syme and Daniel Abel all finished in the top ten.

Daniel Abel, Reagan Pitt and Oliver Rayner each broke the NCSC records in their age groups.

TEMPLETON SWIM MEET 2012

On the 10th of November, 28 members of the North Canterbury Swim Club competed in the Templeton Swim meet, which was a short course meet held at Jellie Park pool in Christchurch. The North Canterbury Swim Club had a impressive medal haul of 47 medals!!!! 14 gold, 19 silver and 14 bronze an excellent result. Several national qualifying times were achieved by these swimmers during this meet.

Following are the individual results:
Bryn Atkin, gold: 50m and 100m freestyle, bronze: 100m backstroke
Julie Briden, gold: 100m fly, silver: 100m breaststroke, 100m and 200m backstroke
Tamara Gurden, gold: 100m freestyle, silver: 50m and 200m breaststroke and 50m freestyle, bronze: 100m breaststroke
Harry Hall, bronze: 50m backstroke
Natasha Lloyd, gold: 50m breaststroke, silver: 100m freestyle and bronze: 100m backstroke
Keely Morton, bronze: 50m backstroke
Michael Pitt, gold: 200m fly and bronze: 100m fly
Oliver Rayner, gold: 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m fly and 200m backstroke
Gendi Roberts, gold: 100m individual medley, silver: 200m breaststroke, bronze: 50m backstroke
William Roberts, silver: 200m breaststroke and bronze: 100m breaststroke
Georgette Smith, silver: 200m freestyle
Willie Steele, gold: 100m fly, silver: 50m and 200m freestyle
Nicholas Steyn, bronze: 100m individual medley
Angus Syme, silver: 50m freestyle, 100m fly and 100m backstroke, bronze: 200m backstroke
Anna Tongue, silver: 100m fly
Jacob Webb, silver: 50m and 200m breaststroke, bronze: 50m fly and 100m freestyle
Henry Woelders, bronze: 50m breaststroke
Anneliese Wolt, gold: 100m and 200m breaststroke, silver: 100m individual medley and bronze: 50m breaststroke

Out of the 115 events swum by the NCSC swimmers, 67 (58%) were personal best times.

There were 6 North Canterbury Swim club records broken:
Oliver Rayner broke the 100m fly and 200m backstroke
Anneliese Wolt broke the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke
Bryn Atkin broke the 100m freestyle

NORTH CANTERBURY SWIM CLUB NEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 2012

The last four months have produced some excellent results in the pool and out of the pool, from our new young swimmers at the junior carnivals through to our older swimmers at the Nationals. All the swimmers can be very proud of their performances and the way they present themselves while away travelling. Brigitte made a comment that there is a great atmosphere, comradery and intensity at training, so keep up the excellent efforts, they are paying off, remember "Total commitment, no fear"!!!!

Also
Congratulations to Brigitte for winning the coach of the year award at the Mainpower North Canterbury Sports Awards, a much deserved award. Natasha Lloyd received the runner up scholarship award and second place in the outstanding Sportswoman of the year award. The North Canterbury Swim Club was a finalist at these awards for organising the "sports meet of the year".

Natasha Lloyd has just been selected to compete at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney in January 2013. This is a multi-sport event on the youth international sporting calendar.

We are very fortunate to have good relationships with Wai Swim and the council who are very supportive towards us and also the support from our sponsors making all of this possible.

UNIFORMS
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With a lot of swim meets ahead of us, including Nationals please ensure you have the required club uniform.
If you need to order anything please send an email to Lisa lloyd at lotsoflloyds@xtra.co.nz
If you are unsure what is required please ask Brigitte.

SWIMMER OF THE MONTH
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The Wai Swim programme have kindly initiated the award "Swimmer of the Month", rewarding the swimmer by crediting their fees for the month. This swimmer is chosen by Brigitte Mahan and Michaela Norman based on their attendance, attitude,and input at training. All these factors are taken into consideration and not just the fact that they have swum some amazing races.
The award has gone to the following swimmers over the last four months:
July - Kiri Atkin
August - Nicholas Steyn
September - Tim Batchelor
October - Reagan Pitt
Congratulations to these swimmers.

TIME KEEPING AND ENTERING ONLINE
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When you enter your children for swim meets please put your name down for time keeping for at least one session during the meet.
For those parents who have not tried it yet, it is not scary, you have the best seat at the pool, you get fed and watered and it is a really great way of meeting other parents.
So next time you enter your children for a swim meet which we would encourage you to do on the NCSC website, please ensure you put your name down for time keeping.
Once you have done your entries please also make payment at the same time (NCSC bank account number 01-0877-0083500-00) Following making payment you should send an email to the treasurer (treasurerncsc@yahoo.co.nz) with details of what the payment is for. With new people taking on new roles in the committee it makes it a lot easier for all concerned.
Remember to enter early if you can, it saves Nicola a lot of work at the last minute.

AQUAGYM CHALLENGE MEET 2012 / MAINPOWER AWARDS

From the 26th to the 28th of October, 26 members of the North Canterbury Swim Club competed in the Aquagym Challenge meet, which was a short course meet held at Wharenui pool and Jellie Park pool in Christchurch. Michaela Norman from Wai Swim who coached these swimmers at this meet said it was great to see the swimmers in the relays stepping up, doing personal best times and performing so well as a team, to win the relays by six and eight seconds, an awesome result.

Following are the individual results:
Bryn Atkin, gold: 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke, silver: 100m and 200m freestyle, 100m fly and 400m individual medley
Julie Briden, silver: 100m and 200m freestyle and 200m and 400m individual medley
Tamara Gurden, gold: 50m breaststroke, bronze: 200m individual medley
Michael Pitt, silver: 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley
Oliver Rayner, gold: 50m, 100m and 200m fly, bronze: 50m freestyle
William Roberts, gold: 100m and 200m breaststroke, bronze: 200m individual medley and 400m freestyle
Willie Steele, silver: 200m freestyle and 200m fly, bronze: 50m fly
Angus Syme, gold: 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle and 200m backstroke, silver: 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m fly
Jacob Webb, silver: 200m breaststroke, bronze: 100m fly
Anneliese Wolt, silver: 100m and 200m breaststroke, bronze: 50m breaststroke
Total 37 medals, 12 gold, 18 silver, 7 bronze

In the relays the following swimmers won both the Boys 13 and under 200m medley and 200m freestyle relays: Angus Syme, William Roberts, Oliver Rayner and Bryn Atkin.

Out of the 125 events swum by the NCSC swimmers, 66 (53%) were personal best times.

There were 6 North Canterbury Swim club records broken:
Oliver Rayner broke the 100m and 200m fly
Anneliese Wolt broke the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and the 200m individual medley

Several swimmers achieved national qualifying times for Div II and Nags during this meet.
Congratulations to Oliver Rayner who broke the Canterbury West Coast record in the 200m fly.

Also Congratulations to Brigitte Mahan from Wai Swim for winning the coach of the year award at the Mainpower North Canterbury Sports Awards, a much deserved award.
Natasha Lloyd received the runner up scholarship award and second place in the outstanding Sportswoman of the year award. The North Canterbury Swim Club was a finalist at these awards for organising the " sports meet of the year".

2012 NEW ZEALAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2012 New Zealand Short Course Championships were held in Wellington from the 30th of September until the 4th of October at which the North Canterbury Swim Club had eight swimmers Jemima Allison, Reagan Pitt, Gendi Roberts, Willie Steele, Sara-Jane Lloyd, Angus Syme, Bryn Atkin and Michael Pitt.
Brigitte Mahan, coach of the Wai Swim programme said the racing was top class with a number of international swimmers from Australia, Fiji and New Zealand. Many of the Aqua Black team and Paralympic swimmers that took part in the London Olympics were there competing. In total there were 619 swimmers, New Zealand was represented with 76 swimming clubs.
It was a great opportunity for our young swimmers to be in such a fantastic environment.

Following are the New Zealand individual medals achieved:
Sara-Jane Lloyd representing Canterbury West Coast won a silver medal in 15 year and under 200m freestyle relay.
Bryn Atkin won a Silver medal in the 400m freestyle and a bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle.

Out of the 50 events swum in by the NCSC members, 29 (58%) were personal best times.

8 North Canterbury Swim Club records were broken:
Bryn Atkin 50m and 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke
Michael Pitt 200m backstroke
Willie Steele 50m freestyle
Reagan Pitt 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke

Several National qualifying times were achieved including a NZ Opens qualifying time by Michael Pitt.

NORTH CANTERBURY SWIM CLUB RIBBON MEET 2012

On Friday the 14th of September and Saturday the 15th of September, 38 members of the North Canterbury Swim Club competed in the North Canterbury Swim Club swimming meet held at the Dudley Park Aquatic Centre in Rangiora. Over 150 swimmers from many different Canterbury West Coast clubs competed, it was a great turn out and the Dudley Park Aquatic centre facility was an excellent venue. Many thanks to the Waimakariri District Council and Dudley park Aquatic centre for making this facility available to us. Michaela Norman from Wai Swim who helped coached these swimmers said it was excellent to see so many young swimmers competing and having fun at the same time. The North Canterbury Swim Club can be very proud of the talent and amount of young swimmers it has.
Ribbons were awarded to all swimmers who swam faster than their personal best time and also to swimmers who were placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their relays.
Many swimmers from the North Canterbury Swim Club achieved qualifying times for national meets which are to be held over the next few months.

In the following relays the North Canterbury Swim Club members were placed 1st:
Mixed 10 years and under 200m freestyle: Henry Woelders, Rose Smith, Noémie Savry and Jacob Webb
Mixed 13 years and under 200m freestyle: Angus Syme, Georgette Smith, Oliver Rayner and Bryn Atkin
Mixed 13 years and under 200m medley: Bryn Atkin, William Roberts, Angus Syme and Georgette Smith
Mixed 14 years and over 200m medley: Michael Pitt, Reagan Pitt, Willie Steele and Gendi Roberts
In the following relay the North Canterbury Swim Club Members were placed 2nd:
Mixed 14 years and over 200m freestyle: Michael Pitt, Gendi Roberts, Reagan Pitt and Willie Steele

Out of the 195 events swum by the NCSC swimmers, 118 (61%) were personal best times.

There were 5 North Canterbury Swim club records broken:
Oliver Rayner broke the 50m and 100m fly, 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle
Angus Syme broke the 50m fly

SOUTH ISLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012

On Friday the 31st of August until Sunday the 2nd of September, 13 members of the North Canterbury Swim Club competed in the South Island Championships, short course swimming meet held at the new, Caroline Bay Aquatic Centre in Timaru. The swimmers commented how nice this new facility was to compete in with plenty of room, the pool being nice and deep to dive into and fast!!!!. Going by the amount of personal best times achieved and results, this was certainly true. The team can be very proud of the way they supported each other during the meet and their personal performances which followed through. Many parents commented how well the swimmers gelled together as a team.

Following are the results:
Bryn Atkin, gold: 50m freestyle, silver: 100m freestyle, bronze: 200m individual medley, 200m backstroke and 400m freestyle
Sara-Jane Lloyd, bronze: 50m and 100m freestyle
Reagan Pitt, silver: 200m breaststroke, bronze: 100m breaststroke
Oliver Rayner, gold: 200m fly
Gendi Roberts, silver: 800m freestyle
William Roberts, bronze: 200m breaststroke
Angus Syme, silver 1500m freestyle
Total 13 medals, 2 gold, 4 silver, 7 bronze

Representing Canterbury West Coast in the South Island regional relays:
In the Womens 14/15 year 200m freestyle relay Jemima Allison got a gold medal.
In the Mens 13 years and under 200m medley relay Bryn Atkin got a gold medal.
In the Mens 13 years and under 200m freestyle relay Angus Syme and Bryn Atkin got a gold medal and in doing so broke the South Island Championships meet record.
An awesome result!!!

Out of the 109 events swum by the NCSC swimmers, 70 (64%) were personal best times, another 22 (20%) were within 1 second and 10 were within 2 seconds

There were 10 North Canterbury Swim club records broken:
Gendi Roberts broke the 400m freestyle
Oliver Rayner broke the 50m, 100m and 200m fly
Bryn Atkin broke the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 50m backstroke
Reagan Pitt broke the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke

Oliver Rayner achieved a national qualifying time in the 200m fly

WHARENUI WINTER OLYMPICS 2012

On Friday the 17th of August until Sunday the 19th of August, 16 members of the North Canterbury Swim Club competed in the Wharenui Winter Olympics swimming meet held at Wharenui pool in Christchurch.

Following are the results:
Bryn Atkin, bronze: 1500m freestyle
Kiri Atkin, bronze: 1500m freestyle
Julie Briden, silver: 50m freestyle, bronze: 100m individual medley
Campbell Kershaw, bronze: 200m backstroke
Sara-Jane Lloyd, bronze: 50m freestyle
Saxon Morgan, bronze:200m backstroke
Regan Mundy, bronze: 100m individual medley
Oliver Rayner, gold: 50m, 400m and 1500m freestyle, 100m and 200m fly, and 200m backstroke
Gendi Roberts, gold: 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle
William Roberts, gold: 200m breaststroke, bronze: 100m breaststroke
Total 19 medals, 10 gold, 1 silver, 8 bronze

In the men's 13 to 14 years 200m medley relay, Bryn Atkin, William Roberts, Campbell Kershaw and Oliver Rayner got placed second.
In the men's 13 to 14 years 200m freestyle relay, Bryn Atkin, William Roberts, Campbell Kershaw and Oliver Rayner got placed third.

Out of the 76 events swum in by the NCSC, 36 (47%) were personal best times. Another 13 times were within a second.

There were 3 North Canterbury Swim club records broken:
Gendi Roberts broke the 1500m freestyle
Oliver Rayner broke the 100m and 200m fly.

Gendi Roberts broke the girls 15 year old Canterbury West Coast short course record in the 1500m freestyle, this was last broken in 2001, congratulations Gendi.

AQUAGYM SOUTHERN INVITATIONAL MEET 2012

On Friday the 20th of July until Sunday the 22nd of July, 23 members of the North Canterbury Swim Club competed in the Aquagym Southern Invitational swimming meet held at Wharenui pool and Jellie Park Pool in Christchurch. The club managed to get five placings in the relays which certainly shows the depth and quality of the swimmers the club has.

Following are the results:
Jemima Allison, 3rd: 200m freestyle
Bryn Atkin, 1st: 100m freestyle, 2nd: 50m freestyle, 3rd: 50m breaststroke
George Eglesfield, 1st: 200m fly and 800m freestyle, 2nd: 100m fly and 200m backstroke, 3rd: 50m and 100m backstroke
Harry Lloyd, 1st 100m and 200m breaststroke
Natasha Lloyd, 2nd: 200m fly, 3rd: 200m freestyle
Sara-Jane Lloyd, 3rd: 200m breaststroke
Michael Pitt, 2nd: 200m individual medley, 3rd: 50m breaststroke
Oliver Rayner, 2nd: 50m and 100m fly and 100m freestyle
Gendi Roberts, 1st: 200m backstroke, 2nd: 400m and 800m freestyle
William Roberts, 2nd: 400m freestyle
Angus Syme, 1st: 400m individual medley, 2nd: 50m and 200m freestyle
Total 27 placings, 7 1st, 13 2nd and 7 3rd placings

In the men's 13 years & under 200m medley relay, Bryn Atkin, William Roberts, Oliver Rayner and Regan Mundy got placed second.
In the men's 14 years & over 200m medley relay, George Eglesfield, Michael Pitt, Campbell Kershaw and Willie Steele got placed second.
In the women's 14 years & over 200m medley relay, Rebecca Bailey, Natasha Lloyd, Gendi Roberts and Tamara Gurden got placed third.
In the men's 13 years & under 200m freestyle relay, Angus Syme, Liam Pyott, Regan Mundy and Oliver Rayner got placed third
In the women's 14 years & over 200m freestyle relay, Tamara Gurden, Jemima Allison, Sara-Jane Lloyd and Natasha Lloyd got placed third.

Out of the 112 events swum in by the NCSC, 66 (59%) were personal best times.

There were 12 North Canterbury Swim club records broken:
Angus Syme broke the 50m freestyle, 50m and 200m backstroke and 400m individual medley.
George Eglesfield broke the 800m freestyle, 50m and 100m backstroke.
Natasha Lloyd broke the 100m and 200m fly and the 200m backstroke.
Oliver Rayner broke the 50m and 100m fly.

It was George Eglesfield's last swim meet with the North Canterbury Swim Club before he heads off to America in August to start his scholarship at Wyoming University. We wish George all the very best for this and look forward to seeing him back in New Zealand at some stage.

QEII MID WINTER MEET 2012

On Friday the 6th of July until Sunday the 8th of July, 14 members of the North Canterbury Swim Club competed in the QEII Mid Winter swimming meet held at Wharenui pool and Jellie Park Pool in Christchurch.
Brigitte Mahan from Wai Swim who coached these swimmers said it was great to see swimmers qualifying for National meets such as DIV II at this early stage.

Following are the results:
George Eglesfield, gold: 200m and 400m freestyle and 100m and 200m fly, silver: 100m freestyle, 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley
Tamara Gurden, silver: 100m breaststroke, bronze: 200m freestyle and 200m breaststroke.
Michael Pitt, gold: 200m fly, silver: 400m freestyle and bronze: 100m fly.
Reagan Pitt, bronze: 200m fly.
Oliver Rayner, silver: 200m fly, bronze: 400m freestyle.
Gendi Roberts, gold: 400m freestyle, silver: 50m and 200m freestyle.
William Roberts, bronze: 100m breaststroke
Nicholas Steyn, bronze: 400m freestyle
Angus Syme, silver: 100m and 400m freestyle, bronze: 50m and 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley.
Jacob Webb, silver: 100m fly, bronze 100m breaststroke
Total 29 medals, 6 gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze medals.

In the men 13-14 years 200m freestyle relay, Oliver Rayner, Nicholas Steyn, Bryn Atkin and Michael Pitt got placed first.
In the men 13-14 years 200m medley relay, Bryn Atkin, Michael Pitt, Oliver Rayner and Angus Syme got placed second.

Out of the 77 events swum in by the NCSC, 45 (58%) were personal best times.

There were 8 North Canterbury Swim club records broken:
Angus Syme broke the 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley.
George Eglesfield broke the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley.

Tamara Gurden got her first Div II qualifying time in the 200m breaststroke which was very exciting. But not so exciting for her Mother who had previously stated if Tamara gets a Div II qualifying time she will give up smoking!!! So well done Tamara it really was a special moment and Good luck to your Mother!!!.

NORTH CANTERBURY SWIM CLUB NEWSLETTER JULY 2012

Our Swimming Club can be very proud of the first six months of the year with some awesome achievements!, Brigitte Mahan from Wai Swim taking out "Club Coach of the year" at the New Zealand swimming awards, Paul Lloyd our club President taking out the award for "Volunteer of the year". Followed by fantastic results at Opens right through to Junior Carnivals, which you can read about under "News" on our website. This really shows the depth and strength of the North Canterbury Swim Club.
We are very fortunate to have good relationships with Wai Swim and the council who are very supportive towards us and also the support from our sponsors making all of this possible.

Please take time to have a look around the new website and also see the new committee members we now have.

In this Newsletter, I wish to cover some of the following points.... Fundraising, "Swimmer of the month", Time keeping and entering events online.

FUNDRAISING
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Following the earthquakes with more travel required, fundraising has become more necessary to help cover the associated costs and help subsidies our swimmers when away. During 2011/2012 season our club doubled the amount raised in fundraising compared to the previous 2010/2011 season by selling firewood, chocolate bars, entertainment books and cutting the skin from wool, which most of us know about......

I am pleased to tell you we have secured 3 more bales of skin wool, which we are planning on doing Sunday the 12th of August. Clare Pitt will be sending out more information about this soon, please keep this day spare. It is an excellent way for the swimmers to get together to fundraise.

The money raised was spent in the following ways..... Subsidising the swimming camp in Hanmer Springs last year, Coaches and Managers costs when travelling away, Subsidising away trips such as Canterbury Champs, Town and Country, Div II, Canterbury Developments and Nationals, which covers the bulk of our memberships.

As financial grants are now getting harder to obtain, PLEASE support your clubs fundraising events. So sharpen your scissors and mark Sunday the 12th of August in your calendar.

SWIMMER OF THE MONTH
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The Wai Swim programme have kindly initiated the award "Swimmer of the Month", rewarding the swimmer by crediting their fees for the month. This swimmer is chosen by Brigitte Mahan and Michaela Norman based on their attendance, attitude,and input at training. All these factors are taken into consideration and not just the fact that they have swum some amazing races.
In May this award went to Sophie Daly and in June it went to Bryn Atkin, Congratulations to these swimmers.

TIME KEEPING AND ENTERING ONLINE
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When you enter your children for swim meets please put your name down for time keeping for at least one session during the meet.
For those parents who have not tried it yet, it is not scary, you have the best seat at the pool, you get fed and watered and it is a really great way of meeting other parents.
So next time you enter your children for a swim meet which we would encourage you to do on the website, please ensure you put your name down for time keeping.
Once you have done your entries please also make payment at the same time (NCSC bank account number 01-0877-0083500-00) Following making payment you should send an email to the treasurer (treasurerncsc@yahoo.co.nz) with details of what the payment is for. With new people taking on new roles in the committee it makes it a lot easier for all concerned.

Becoming an "IOT" There will be an informal gathering soon (times TBA) at Clare Pitt's house to give an outline of what is needed pool side for this job. As a club we need to have a certain number of officials at each meet. Swim Canterbury now specify the number of officials needed per meet. Please give this some consideration to becoming an "IOT" (Inspector of turns).

Finally Swimmers, keep up the great work at training so you continue to achieve the awesome results. We are ALL very proud of you.

JASI WINTER MEET 2012

On Friday the 22nd of June until Sunday the 24th of June, 27 members of the North Canterbury Swim Club competed in the Jasi Winter Meet at Jellie Park Pool in Christchurch.

Brigitte Mahan from Wai Swim who coached these swimmers said there was some great racing in the weekend and also commented how nice the environment was at Jellie Park Pool with very nice natural light and air. The swimmers really enjoyed competing at Jellie Park Pool for the first time.

Following are the results:
Bryn Atkin, gold: 100m freestyle, silver: 400m freestyle, bronze: 50m freestyle and 200m breaststroke
Kiri Atkin, bronze: 400m freestyle
Julie Briden, silver: 100m freestyle, bronze: 50m freestyle
Natasha Lloyd, gold: 200m breaststroke, 200m and 400m individual medley, silver 100m breaststroke and 400m freestyle
Sara-Jane Lloyd, bronze: 100m fly
Michael Pitt, gold: 100m fly, silver: 100m individual medley, bronze: 50m and 200m backstroke, 100m breaststroke
Oliver Rayner, gold: 200m fly, bronze: 50m fly and 200m freestyle
Gendi Roberts, silver: 50m fly, bronze: 50m freestyle
Willie Steele, bronze: 200m fly
Total 24 medals, 6 gold, 6 silver and 12 bronze medals.

In the mixed 12-13 years 200m medley relay, Julie Briden, William Roberts, Oliver Rayner and Bryn Atkin got placed first.
In the mixed 12-13 years 200m freestyle relay, Julie Briden, William Roberts, Oliver Rayner and Bryn Atkin got placed second.
In the mixed 14-15 years 200m freestyle relay, Gendi Roberts, Nicholas Steyn, Campbell Kershaw and Michael Pitt got placed third.

Out of the 118 events swum in by the NCSC, 80 (67%) were personal best times.

Oliver Rayner broke the 50m freestyle North Canterbury Swim Club record.

NEPTUNE SWIMMING CLUB QUEENS BIRTHDAY MEET 2012

On Friday the 1st of June until Sunday the 3rd of June, 13 members of the North Canterbury Swim Club competed in the Neptune Swimming Club's Queens Birthday short course meet at the Moana Pool in Dunedin.
Brigitte Mahan from Wai Swim who coached these swimmers commented how pleasing it was to see the swimmers who are new to competing doing so well. Pushing and challenging themselves, gaining really good personal best times. Brigitte said this group of swimmers all mixed in well gaining some excellent results during the course of the meet.

Following are the great results:
George Eglesfield, gold: 200m fly, silver 100m fly, Natasha Lloyd, gold: 100m and 200m breaststroke, silver: 400m individual medley, bronze: 50m breaststroke, Michael Pitt, silver: 100m breaststroke, bronze: 50m breaststroke and 100m backstroke, Reagan Pitt, silver: 100m and 200m breaststroke, Oliver Rayner, silver: 100m freestyle and 100m fly, bronze: 50m backstroke, William Roberts, silver: 50m and 200m breaststroke, 50m fly, bronze: 100m breastsroke and 200m individual medley, Nicholas Steyn, silver: 200m breaststroke.
Total 20 medals, 3 gold, 11 silver and 6 bronze.

In the mixed 15 years and over 200m freestyle relay, George Eglesfield, Natasha Lloyd, Willie Steele and Gendi Roberts got placed third.

Out of the 128 events swum in by the NCSC, 66 (52%) were personal best times.

18 North Canterbury Swim Club records were broken.
Natasha Lloyd: 100m and 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 400m individual medley, Oliver Rayner: 50m freestyle, 100m fly, William Roberts: 50m and 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, Reagan Pitt: 100m and 200m breaststroke, George Eglesfield: 50m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m fly, and 400m individual medley.

During this meet there were several more South Island short course qualifying times achieved by these swimmers.

New Zealand Division 2 Competition

The New Zealand Division 2 Competition was held on the 11th of April until the 14th of April in Dunedin at which the North Canterbury Swim Club had two swimmers Bryn Atkin and Campbell Kershaw competing. Michaela Norman from the Wai Swim programme coached the two Boys in Dunedin during the meet and said Bryn who was swimming in the 13 year old age group and Campbell who swam in the 14 year old age group really stepped up in every final they were in. Michaela also said it was excellent to have support from fellow swimmers and parents who were following the live results and texting them congratulations. The Boys really appreciated the support from back home.

Following are the top 10 placings achieved:
Bryn Atkin, gold: 100m freestyle, silver: 200m freestyle, bronze: 200m individual medley, 5th: 50m and 400m freestyle
Campbell Kershaw, bronze: 100m individual medley and 4x50m Canterbury relay, 4th: 400m individual medley, 6th: 200m freestyle and 7th: 200m fly

Out of the 16 events the two boys swam in, 15 were personal best times, an awesome result, congratulations Boys you can be very proud of your results!!!!

State Insurance New Zealand Open Championships

New Zealand’s premier swim competition – The State Insurance New Zealand Open Championships – were held between the 25th and 30th of March 2012 at the West Wave Aquatic centre in Auckland with 298 swimmers competing in 1117 entries. The North Canterbury Swim Club sent the following four swimmers who had qualified: Natasha Lloyd, George Eglesfield, Reagan Pitt and Gendi Roberts along with the Wai Swim head coach Brigitte Mahan. This competition includes all the top swimmers from around the country including all our NZ Olympic swimmers and some swimmers from overseas. Brigitte commented the atmosphere at the pool was amazing with lots of great swimming and seeing the crowd get right behind them all in the relays. It was quite an experience for our young swimmers to be right amongst it and competing so well at this level.

Natasha Lloyd had an amazing clean sweep in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke wining a gold medal in all three events, In doing so breaking the Canterbury West Coast record for the 200m breaststroke event. George Eglesfield won a silver medal in the 200m fly event, with another fantastic personal best time. Reagan Pitt broke through the 1.09.00 time for his first time in the 100m breaststroke and Gendi Roberts did fantastic personal best times in the 400m and 800m freestyle events. All four swimmers can be extremely proud of their achievements.

Eight North Canterbury Swim Club records were broken:
Natasha Lloyd: 50m and 200m breaststroke
George Eglesfield: 50m, 100m and 200m fly, 400m and 1500m freestyle.
Reagan Pitt: 100m breaststroke.

Another highlight The North Canterbury Swim Club finishing 10th overall in points out of the 69 clubs which were represented there, which considering the club size shows the outstanding performance of the swimmers and the progress the club is making.

Wharenui Junior Olympics 2012

On Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th of March, 17 members of the North Canterbury Swim Club competed in the Wharenui Junior Olympics 2012 short course meet.
It was great to see all these young swimmers there competing and doing so very well, it was a real credit to them.

Following are the great results:
Bryn Atkin, gold: 50m freestyle, silver: 100m freestyle and 100m IM
James Kirkland, silver: 50m breaststroke and 100m backstroke, bronze: 50m fly and 100m breaststroke.
Sam Polsen, bronze: 50m breaststroke.
Oliver Rayner, silver: 50m fly
William Roberts, gold: 200m breaststroke, silver: 50m breaststroke
Angus Syme, silver: 200m backstroke and 200m fly, bronze: 50m and 100m breaststroke and 100m fly
In total 16 medals: 2 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze.
Relays:

First placing:
200m freestyle boys 12-13yrs
Angus Syme, Bryn Atkin, Oliver Rayner and William Roberts

Second placings:
200m freestyle boys 16yrs and over
James Kirkland, Sam Poulsen, Nic Steyn and Campbell Kershaw

300m freestyle mixed 12yrs and under
Amelia Sharpe, Angus Syme, Oliver Rayner, Johnathan Gell, Saxon Morgan and William Roberts

Third placings:
200m freestyle girls 14-15yrs
Sophie Daly, Amelia Sharpe, Rebecca Gell and Tamara Gurden

200m mixed medley 12yrs and under
Oliver Rayner, William Roberts, Amelia Sharpe and Angus Syme

200m boys medley 12-13yrs
Johnathan Gell, Saxon Morgan, Harry Hall and Liam Pyott

200m girls medley 14-15yrs
Rebecca Gell, Amelia Sharpe, Tamara Gurden and Sophie Daly

200m boys medley 16yrs and over
Nic Steyn, Sam Poulsen, Campbell Kershaw and James Kirkland

Out of the 102 events swum in by the NCSC, 73 (72%) were personal best times - well done!!.

The following swimmers gained Div II qualifying times: Bryn Atkin: 100m and 400m IM, 50m fly, Campbell Kersahw: 100m and 400m IM

4 North Canterbury Swim Club records were broken.
Angus Syme: 200m backstroke, 100m and 200m fly, Oliver Rayner 50m fly

2012 New Zealand Age Group Championships

From Tuesday the 6th of March to Saturday the 10th of March, the following nine members of the North Canterbury Swim Club competed in the 2012 New Zealand Age Group Championships in Wellington : Natasha Lloyd, George Eglesfield, Reagan Pitt, Gendi Roberts, Willie Steele, Michael Pitt, Courtney Churchill, Jemima Allison and Sarah-Jane Lloyd. Brigitte Mahan from Wai Swim coached these swimmers at this meet. Competing at this meet there were 656 swimmers representing 78 clubs from all over New Zealand.
Out of the 78 clubs competing, the North Canterbury Swim Club was ranked in 21st place. It is something the swimmers and all club members can be extremely proud of. It reflects the commitment from the swimmers and the incredibly high standard of coaching we have.

Apart from long distance events, swimmers swum in heats in the morning and finals in the afternoon. The top ten swimmers from the heats competed in the finals. Following are the finals results:

Natasha Lloyd, gold: 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and 400m individual medley, silver: 200m individual medley, 8th: 400m freestyle, 10th: 50m and 100m freestyle.
George Eglesfield, gold: 200m fly, bronze: 100m fly and 1500m freestyle, 5th: 50m fly, 7th: 400m freestyle, 10th: 100m backstroke.
Reagan Pitt, bronze: 200m breaststroke, 5th: 100m breaststroke, 9th 50m breaststroke.
Gendi Roberts, 5th: 800m freestyle 7th: 400m freestyle and 10th: 400m individual medley.
Willie Steele, 9th: 100m freestyle and 10th: 50m fly.
Michael Pitt, 10th: 200m breaststroke

In total an awesome 9 New Zealand medals: 5 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze, 23 placings in the top 10 in New Zealand.

Swimming for Canterbury West Coast in the Regional relays:
Natasha Lloyd: silver: 16yrs and over girls freestyle relay and 16yrs and over girls medley relay.
Willie Steele: bronze: 15yrs and under boys freestyle relay.

13 North Canterbury Swim Club records were broken.
Natasha Lloyd: 50m and 200m breaststroke, 200m and 400m individual medley and 400m freestyle .
Courtney Churchill: 50m freestyle.
George Eglesfield: 100m and 200m fly, 400m and 1500m freestyle.
Reagan Pitt: 100m and 200m breaststroke and 400m individual medley

Natasha Lloyd qualified for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships to be held in Hawaii in August.

2012 South Island Country and Town competition

On Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th of February, 11 members of the North Canterbury Swim Club competed in the 2012 South Island Country and Town competition held in Cromwell. It was great experience for these swimmers and for most of these swimmers this was their first time they had swum in this annual meet and for some it was their first meet travelling away.
There were 205 swimmers from all over the South Island competing, from 30 different clubs. Out of these 30 clubs the North Canterbury Swim Club came away with the 4th highest overall points, a fantastic result and quite possibly the North Canterbury Swim Clubs best result ever at this meet. Congratulations to these swimmers and also Michaela Norman from Wai Swim who coached these swimmers in Cromwell, an excellent result.

The following swimmers gained places:

Charlie de la cour, 2nd: 100m backstroke, 3rd: 50m and 100m breastroke
Edward de la Cour, 3rd: 200 breaststroke
Tamara Gurden, 3rd: 100m and 200m freestyle, 200m breaststroke, 200m freestyle regional relay
James Kirkland, 2nd 100m individual medley
Saxon Morgan, 1st: 200m freestyle and 200m freestyle regional relay, 2nd: 50m and 100m fly, 3rd: 100m individual medley
Sam Poulsen, 2nd: 200m breaststroke, 3rd: 200m individual medley
Nic Steyn, 1st: 100m and 200m freestyle, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 2nd: 100m individual medley

Out of the 82 events swum by the 11 NCSC members 62 (76%) were Personal best times, well done to all.

2012 New Zealand Junior Championships

The 2012 New Zealand Junior Championships were held on the 18th and 19th of February in which the North Canterbury Swim Club had the following four swimmers competing:
Harry Lloyd, Oliver Rayner, William Roberts and Angus Syme. Michaela Norman from Wai Swim coached these swimmers over the weekend achieving excellent results.
Swimmers from the Hamilton and Auckland region swam in Hamilton and the rest of New Zealand competed in Wellington, So within each region there were regional placings and then overall national placings. In total there were 576 swimmers, 2591 entries.

Following are the individual results: regional placings (top ten) / national placings (top fifteen) achieved:
Angus Syme, 400m freestyle 2nd / silver NZ medal, 200m freestyle 2nd / 4th, 400m individual medley 6th / 7th, 100m freestyle 6th / 10th, 100m backstroke 6th / 10th
Oliver Rayner, 50m backstroke 9th / 13th, 100m fly 9th / N/A, 100m freestyle 10th/ NA,
William Roberts, 200m breaststroke 5th / 14th, 100m breaststroke 6th / 14th, 50m breaststroke 9th / NA, 200m freestyle 9th / NA,
Harry Lloyd, 50m breaststroke 7th / 13th, 100m breaststroke 8th / 15th, 200m breaststroke 8th / 15th

Relays:
There were four regional relays with 19 teams competing nationally in each relay. Canterbury West Coast came away with two silver New Zealand medals in the Boys relays and two bronze New Zealand medals in the girls relays. Considering the lack of covered 50 meter pools in Canterbury, this is an incredible result and shows the strength of young swimmers in the Canterbury West Coast region.
Oliver Rayner won a silver NZ medal in the Canterbury West Coast Boys 200m freestyle relay and in the Boys 200m medley relay.
Angus Syme won a silver NZ medal in the Canterbury West Coast Boys 200m freestyle relay.

Out of the 20 events swum by the four Boy's 16 were personal best times (80%) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! An awesome result.

Angus Syme achieved two National Age group qualifying times in 200m and 400m freestyle.

Five North Canterbury Swim Club records were broken:
Angus Syme broke the 400m individual medley record, the 100m, 200m, and 400m freestyle records
Harry Lloyd broke the 200m breaststroke record.

New South Wales State Open Championships

The New South Wales State Open Championships were held on the 10th to the 12th of February in Sydney. Brigitte Mahan the head coach from Wai Swim travelled there with Natasha Lloyd and Reagan Pitt from the North Canterbury Swim Club to compete, gain some experience and exposure at a very high level.

Both Natasha and Reagan did pb's in their 50m and 100m breaststroke. Brigitte commented Reagan went under 1.10 in the 100m breaststroke for the first time which was very exciting. Natasha was in the a final for the 200m breaststroke and the b final for both 50m and 100m breaststroke.

The Australians (as were our swimmers) are still in heavy training as their trials are 5 weeks away so it was a good hit out for all concerned to gauge where they are at coming into the Olympic selection trials. NZ Olympic Trials trial start on the 25th March.

It was a brilliant meet and amazing for Natasha and Reagan to stand besides Olympians that have won many medals and attended numerous Olympics. A great learning experience for both swimmers to see these top athletes and the way they operate around the pool.

The complex in Olympic Park where the meet was held was built for the 2000 Olympics so all the other facilities about are also very impressive.

It was exciting to see swimmers at this stage going under the qualifying standards for the Olympics.

Both Natasha and Reagan broke the North Canterbury Swim Club records in the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke, a great effort.

Canterbury West Coast Development Championships for 2012

The Canterbury West Coast Development Championships for 2012 were held in the Greymouth short course pool on the 4th of February.

For many of the North Canterbury Swim Club team it was their first travelling meet and it was pleasing to see everyone swim personal best times and qualify for the South Island Town and Country competition which is being held on the 25th and 26th of February in Cromwell.
Lots of places were achieved and Amelia Sharpe and James Kirkland were placed 2nd and 1st in their ages respectfully.
Michaela Norman from the Wai Swim programme coached them and commented it was a great learning experience for all, with awesome results.

Following are the fantastic results achieved:
Amelia Sharpe
1st 50bk, 100im / 2nd: 50fly / 3rd: 50fr, 100fr, 50br, 100br
Liam Pyott
2nd: 100fr, 200fr / 3rd: 100bk
James Kirkland
1st: 50fr, 100fr, 50bk, 100bk, 100im / 2nd: 50br, 100br, 50fly
Sam Poulsen
1st: 50br, 100br, 200br, 200im / 2nd: 50fr

Relays
4 x 50fr - 5th
4 x 50IM - 1st

Overall Age group place getters:
Amelia Sharpe - 2nd in 11/12 girls
James Kirkland - 1st in 15 & over boys

Congratulations to all these swimmers.

Canterbury West Coast Championships for 2012

The Canterbury West Coast Championships for 2012 were held in Dunedin at the Moana 50 meter pool from the 25th to the 29th of January with heats in the morning and finals in the evening. This swim meet would have normally been held at QEII, but since Christchurch no longer has a covered 50 meter pool it was decided to hold it in conjunction with the Otago Championships in Dunedin.
225 swimmers from 13 Canterbury West Coast clubs travelled south to compete. The North Canterbury Swim Club had 20 swimmers competing.
During the past twelve months these North Canterbury Swim Club members have trained at eight different pools following the closure and part closure of their own home town pools. This however did not hold them back from achieving many medals, ribbons, personal best times and qualifying times for the nationals which are to be held during the next two months. All these swimmers can be extremely proud of the way they have dedicated themselves to training and the way they competed so well during this Championship meet.
It is also a true reflection of the very high standard of coaching and dedication given by Brigitte Mahan from the Wai Swim programme, assisted by Michaela Norman.

Following are the placings achieved:
Angus Syme, gold: 100m and 1500m freestyle and 400m individual medley, silver: 200m and 400m freestyle and 200m fly, Bronze: 100m backstroke, 200m individual medley, and 50m fly.
Ben Douglas, silver 200m backstroke
Bryn Atkin, silver: 50m freestyle, bronze: 100m and 400m freestyle.
Campbell Kershaw, bronze: 200m fly
George Eglesfield, gold: 400m and 1500m freestyle, 100m fly (also opens) and 200m fly (also opens), silver: 50m fly, bronze: 100m back and 200m freestyle
Max Gills, bronze: 1500m freestyle
Michael Pitt, gold: 200m breaststroke, silver: 400m individual medley, bronze: 200m backstroke.
Oliver Rayner, silver: 50m fly, bronze: 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke.
Willie Steele, bronze: 50m fly
Reagan Pitt, gold: 200m breaststroke, silver: 50m and 100m breaststroke.
Courtney Churchill, silver: 100m and 800m freestyle, bronze: 200m fly.
Jemima Allison, silver: 400m and 800m freestyle, bronze: 50m and 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley.
Natasha Lloyd, gold: 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke (also opens in each) and 200m individual medley, silver: 400m individual medley
Samantha Harnett, gold: 800m freestyle
Sara-Jane Lloyd, silver: 50m and 100m freestyle, bronze: 400m freestyle
Total = 54 medals, 19 gold medals, 17 silver medals and 18 bronze medals

Following are the placings achieved by the North Canterbury Swim Club in the relays:
2nd in the Male 13yrs and under 200m freestyle relay: Oliver Rayner, Saxon Morgan, Bryn Atkin and Angus Syme
3rd in the Male 13yrs and under 200m medley relay: Angus Syme, Harry Lloyd, Oliver Rayner and Bryn Atkin
3rd in the Male open 200m medley relay: Willie Steele, Reagan Pitt, George Eglesfield and Ben Douglas
3rd in the Male open 200m freestyle relay: Willie Steele, Reagan Pitt, George Eglesfield and Ben Douglas
3rd in the mixed 750m open freestyle relay: George Eglesfield, Ben Douglas, Willie Steele, Reagan Pitt, Natasha Lloyd, Max Gills, Michael Pitt, Campbell Kershaw, Jemima Allison, Courtney Churchill, Sara-Jane Lloyd, Bryn Atkin, Oliver Rayner, Julia Hope, Angus Syme.

17 North Canterbury Swim Club records were broken:
Willie Steele: 50m freestyle
Bryn Atkin: 50m freestyle
Angus Syme: 100m and 1500m freestyle
Reagan Pitt: 400m individual medley
Max Gills: 400m and 1500m freestyle
George Eglesfield: 400m freestyle, 50m and 100m fly
Samantha Harnett: 400m and 800m freestyle
Natasha Lloyd: 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 200m and 400m individual medley

The following swimmers achieved national qualifying times:
National age group championships: Jemima Allison, Sara-Jane Lloyd, Angus Syme
NZ Division two competition: Bryn Atkin
NZ Junior Championships: Harry Lloyd, Oliver Rayner

52% of all times swum were personal best times.

Samantha Harnett has quite possibly swum her last pool competition meet for the North Canterbury Swim Club, however she will continue with open water meets. Sam has been with the club for ten years, starting at the age of eight, During these ten years Sam has swum at the NZ Juniors, National age group and NZ Opens. She is now off to Wellington University to study Design, we wish her all the very best for this. It is also worth mentioning her great achievement at The State Ocean Swim Series event in Wellington on the 29th of January where She was placed 5th in the overall female category with an awesome time of 45.43 minutes in very rough, choppy and cold conditions.

We wish all the swimmers all the very best for the up and coming nationals.

New Zealand Swimming Awards

The New Zealand Swimming Awards night was help on Saturday at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland. These are the main swimming awards for the year and include not only the naming of NZ top swimmers but also the NZ Olympic team.

The awards also recognise many areas of swimming including the coaches, clubs, administrators etc.

Last year the North Canterbury Club was named NZ Club of the year. This year the club was a finalist in 3 categories:

· Club of the Year

· Club Coach of the Year – Brigitte Mahan

· Volunteer of the Year – Paul Lloyd

Both Brigitte and Paul won their categories which is a huge honour and a reflection of the work that both have done during the Year.

Brigitte Mahan from Wai Swim, who coaches the North Canterbury Swim Club has had a very successful year both nationally with her swimmers winning several National Open titles but also in being named as the NZ Coach for the Commonwealth Youth Games held last September in the Isle of Man. The team under Brigitte won more medals than any other NZ swim team ever before at this event.

Paul Lloyd is the North Canterbury Club president and along with many of the committee put in a lot of hours to allow the swimmers and club to prosper. It was however the work he has done in trying to secure a new 50m pool for Christchurch that saw him win this award.. Paul has been the driving force in looking at possible options, seeking out corporate support and funding options and trying to move a 50m pool from a medium to a high priority.

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