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Success at the 2017 Australian State Team Championships

The 2017 Australian State Age Short Course Championships were again held at the Australian Institute of Sport, and the 35 strong New Zealand Representative team travelled to Canberra, to compete against representative teams from each of the six Australian States.

The competition pits teams of some of the best up and coming age group swimmers from each Australian State, and one team from New Zealand, against each other, giving athletes a taste of high level competition in a fun and exciting, team orientated format. This meet is an essential competition at the base of Swimming New Zealand’s high-performance swimmer pathway.

The New Zealand representative team members were selected from swimmers who had satisfied the selection criteria, and were made based on their individual performances at the 2017 NZ Age Group Championships.

Four Swimming Canterbury West Coast swimmers: Kaylee Jackson (Jasi), Quinton Hurley (Jasi), Thomas Wilson (QEII) and Holly Rahurahu (North Canterbury) were selected to the NZ Representative Squad, and they each produced some outstanding performances.

We were not only treated to some amazing personal bests from the Canterbury swimmers, it was also a New Zealand Age Group Record breaking meet for 16yr old Kaylee Jackson, in the 15-16yrs Girls 50m Breaststroke (to be ratified).

Kaylee’s record breaking swim in the 50m Breaststroke saw her take first place in a new personal best, and she finished second with another outstanding swim in the 100m Breaststroke. Kaylee also swam a new personal best time in her 50m Freestyle.

16yr olds Quinton Hurley and Thomas Wilson both swam 3 new personal bests with Quinton improving his times in the 100 Backstroke, 200m Butterfly, and the gruelling 1500m Freestyle. Thomas took time of his 50m and 200m Freestyle times, as well as the 200 IM.

One of the youngest members of the NZ team, 13yr old Holly Rahurahu, achieved personal bests in all of her events, improving her times in the 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle events, as well as the 100m Backstroke.

In all there were three New Zealand Age Group Records broken at the meet, and all of these talented and dedicated young athletes, including our four Cantabrians put in outstanding performances and represented New Zealand with pride.

Congratulations to our SCWC athletes on their selection to the New Zealand team and fantastic results. Special congratulations also to our two Canterbury Coaches, Peter Burgon and Brigitte Mahan who were selected as the Head Coach and Team Coach respectively, for leading and guiding the team to achieving better than their best ever. You both did a fantastic job of making this special experience, one to remember for our athletes.