Thursday February 11, 2016
Local swimmers earn spots in national swim squad Two Wellington girls have just earned places in a coveted national junior swim squad. Thirteen-year-old Sophie Irving from Island Bay and 11-year-old Tamrah Titcombe from Lyall Bay won their age groups at last Sunday’s Capital Classic swim held in Wellington, which was the third event in the seven swim New Zealand Ocean Swim Series. Their wins in the 200m OceanKids event have secured the two talented swimmers a place each in the Jetstar Super Swim Squad, which means they will travel to Auckland with a caregiver for a weekend camp with some top name elite swimmers and coaches in April. Throughout the season, each event will give six children the opportunity to earn a place in the 36 member squad. Sophie has been a regular at the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series for several years and has participated in a variety of swimming distances, including the 3.3km option. However, this will be her first time participating in the camp. “I'm excited. I’m looking forward to improving my swimming, having fun and making new friends,” she said. Sophie took the plunge alongside her younger brother Harrison and cheering both of them on at the sidelines were family and friends, with her grandparents also coming down to watch the Capital Classic for the first time. Another cheer squad at the swim was Tamrah’s, she was supported by her mum and dad and family and friends from her swimming and surf life saving clubs.
Two Wellington girls are among those to earn places in a coveted national junior swim squad. PHOTO CREDIT: Simon Watts
It will be Tamrah’s fourth time attending the camp, as she has won her age group every year she has participated in the series. Her mum, Hirata said she was thrilled at Tamrah’s success and was well aware of the benefits of the coaching from experts like Ricks Wells and the other elite swim-
Sportsinbrief Waitangi Day a “win” for Wellington Last Saturday’s cricket one day international, where Australia won, creating a series tie between New Zealand and Australia, was a win for Wellington’s economy on a busy Waitangi weekend. Wellington City Council’s Chair of Economic Development and Arts, Jo Coughlan, said many cricket fans were not only here to see the game but experience Wellington on the holiday weekend. “Unfortunately, while the match didn’t go the Black Caps way, attendance wise, the match was one of the bigger one’s the Black Caps have seen in Wellington – outside of a Cricket World Cup match – in years, with many cricket fans from outside the region taking advan-
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tage of a long weekend stay in the capital.” Jo said there were plenty more events on this summer’s calendar that would bring millions more into Wellington’s economy. “[This] weekend’s test at the Basin Reserve between the Black Caps and Australia is looking to be a sell-out. The Chinese New Year Festival and parade will also be taking place over the weekend, at the TSB Arena and Shed 6. “Then we have the New Zealand Festival beginning in late February. This festival will pump tens of millions of dollars into the city over the month it’s on. The 2014 New Zealand Festival brought $70 million into Wellington’s economy.”
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mers who are on hand at the camp. “I can’t speak highly enough about it. Rick Wells is a legend in swimming and triathlon circles. “His easy to follow, low-key, no nonsense approach to teaching the kids how training in the water can be fun- so long as they follow a few fundamental things like listening
and using correct technique, is so cool. “That is another reason why Tamrah was motivated to win a place in the Jetstar squad again as really enjoys seeing Rick and meeting the other superstars who help in to run the weekend event,” said Hirata. For more information head to www. oceanswim.co.nz
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