Term 2 2018 Newsletter
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018
Swimgym is the commercial arm of the Howick Pakuranga Swimming Club…basically the work horse that lets the glory boys (and girls) get all the results at the national and international swimming competitions. Recently 4 of our athletes and 2 of our coaches competed at the Commonwealth Games. Corey Main, Tupou Neiufi (Para), Daniel Hunter, Bobbi Gichard and Kirsten Fisher Marsters (Cook Islands). Jana Wilkitzki proved herself once again to be one of the best coaches in the country joining the NZ team and our Director of Coaching Horst Miehe fronting for the high pressure role of Cook Islands Head Coach (Aquatics).
Each of the swimmers made it through to the next round or broke National Records. Kirsten set 2 Cook Islands records (50 and 100 Breaststroke). Each of the other swimmers at least made it through to the next round with Corey, Tupou and Daniel making it into finals. That means 3 of our swimmers were in the top 8 in the commonwealth. Pretty exciting stuff. Daniel Hunter broke 1 New Zealand open record (100 Free) and swam to 5th in the 50 Butterfly.
They call the Commonwealth Games the friendly games and it certainly was. There was significantly less pressure than at a World Championships, or an Olympic Games. However the stadium at Southport had more seats in it than there are people on Rarotonga. Swimming was clearly a crowd favourite and the locals loved watching it with the stadium being a sellout for both heats and finals on all of the days. The crowd was well versed in swimming terminology and while the hosts were spectacular the regularity of e Aussie national anthem certainly grated by the end of the swimming. Well done them though…The village had some nice touches and it was easy to get around the village to the food hall and some treats like free smoothies and ice creams.
Where they came from
All of our swimmers who travelled to the Commonwealth Games have been members of HPK Swim Club for a number of years. Corey and Tupou came through the Swimgym Mini Squad programme into our squad programme and then onto the international scene. Our other 3 swimmers came to us in their mid teens and progressed to a point where they made it onto a national team. It speaks well of our programme that we are only getting better at providing these opportunities for our athletes. Keep an eye out all of these swimmers will be competing at our Open Nationals July 2-6 2018.