Thursday October 19, 2017
Wellington among medals at synchro-swim nationals Wellington Synchronised Swimming won seven medals, including four golds, at the recently concluded New Zealand Synchronised Swimming Championships in Invercargill. More than 150 competitors, including swimmers from China, New Caledonia and nine New Zealand clubs competed in the event. This is a significant result and is reflective of the growing strength of the squad and the club. Wellington scored gold medals for the duet and combo and figures. The combo in particular impressed with their innovative choreography which was developed by French head coach Maud Montgrenier. Among the winners from Wellington’s south and east were Polly Winter of Island Bay in the winning aqua combo team, and Lili Boyer-Shadbolt of Brooklyn, Tamon Smith of Brooklyn, Mairead Elliott of Berhampore and Scarlett Hardy of Strathmore in the Dolphins combo. Members of the Wellington team will now be trialling for the New Zealand development squad in November and Wellington Synchro will host the North Island Championships in 2018.
The winning Aqua combo Team: From left to right Lucia Marull, Samantha Fowler, Zoe Gasson and Polly Winter. PHOTO: Supplied
Synchronised swimming is a hybrid form of swimming, dance, and gymnastics. It is fantastic for kids as it develops advanced water skills, strength, endurance, flexibility and creative artistry. It also develops personal
commitment and stro ng friendships due to the teamwork required to perform complex water moves in a precisely synchronised fashion. Members of the public who have children interested in
synchronised swimming can contact the club through their Facebook page Wellington Synchronised Swimming. The club are running a “Have a Go Programme” in term four and welcome enquiries.
Garden-Bachop named year’s top Lion First five-eighth Jackson Garden-Bachop has been named Wellington Lions Player of the Year at the 2017 Wellington Representative Rugby Awards. Lions head coach Chris Gibbes also scooped the Coach of the Year award after winning nine of 10 regular season Mitre 10 Cup Championship matches in his first season in charge. Garden-Bachop won his award after a season that saw him in all 10 of the team’s matches including nine starts, and tally 109 points heading into the semi-finals. The 23-year-old’s game management and steady goal kicking has been a feature for a player who debuted for the Lions in 2013 and has grown into one of the senior leaders of the squad. Gibbes has wasted little time stamping his mark on the Wellington squad after returning to New Zealand from a stint with Welsh club Ospreys to take the Lions head coaching role. Under his guidance, and that of assistants Andre Bell and Rodney So’oialo, the Lions topped the Mitre 10 Cup Championship ladder with 10 successive bonus-point performances in 2017 to earn home advantage for the playoffs, and scored 59 tries in the process. Unheralded players that emerged in the Lions under Gibbes’ tutelage included Old Boys University midfielder Regan Verney, who has been rewarded with the Wellington Lions Rookie of the Year Award. Outstanding hooker Asafo Aumua has been recognised as the Wellington Rugby Supporter’s Club Player of the Year.
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