Wairarapa News : January 23rd 2013
35 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 23, 2013 SPORT 4803475AL *Ask instore For Details OPSM Masterton 125 Queen Street Masterton Ph: (06) 377 5542 Contact us today on 06 370 0060 Ex 26 Genesis Energy Recreation Centre, Dixon Street North, Masterton www.swimmagic.co.nz RECREATION CENTRE Swimming lessons save lives!! swim school Book now for term-1 2013 Start date 4th February Pay only $11.50 per lesson per week (conditions apply) 4726389AQ Big swims at Wellington champs Victorious: Masterton Swimming Club team at the Wellington long course championships last weekend, back from left, Emma Samuel, Ella Sims, Sian Dale, Logan Allen, Ben Ruback, Emma-Lee Rainbird, Sven Tobias, Asher Rayner, Teysha Deal; middle, Max Spencer, Gracie Donaldson, Maya Champion, Oliver Donaldson, Mitchell Cockburn, Noemi Leinfellner, Kate Warren, Kate Sims; front, Tabitha Leinfellner, Eternal Thompson, Ryan Sullivan, Siena Cockburn, Camryn Watt, Lilly Hamill-Harris and Mika Tobias. Masterton swimmers aged 8-17 turned on impressive perform- ances at last weekend's Welling- ton long course championships, winning nine gold, five silver and 10 bronze medals, and breaking five Wairarapa long course records, yet to be ratified. The team's gold medal tally was seven more than at the same event last year. The 24-strong Masterton Swim- ming Club team clocked a total of 129 personal best times at the three-day meet, the highlight of the Wellington regional swim- ming calendar that attracted clubs from throughout New Zea- land. A host of medals and top-10 placings put the Masterton under- 12s in third place out of 33 clubs, behind the two largest Wellington clubs. Standout performances came in the girls age groups from Eternal Thompson, 9, Kate Sims, 11, and Emma Samuel, 13. Eternal Thompson was the overall winner in her age group taking gold in the 50m and 100m backstroke, and 50m breast- stroke. She broke the Wairarapa under-10 girls 100m breaststroke record, winning gold in that event. Eternal picked up silver medals in the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle. She broke her own Wai- rarapa record in the 100m butter- fly picking up the bronze. She set the Wairarapa record in the 200m freestyle, the first time that event's standard time has been met. Kate Sims won gold medals in the 11-year-old girls 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly and in the 400m individual medley, all in personal best times. She took sil- ver in the 400m freestyle and was overall runner-up in her age group. Emma Samuel won gold in the 50m backstroke in a time 32.17 seconds, smashing the Wairarapa under-14 girls record by two seconds. She followed up by carv- ing 1.5 seconds off the 100m back- stroke record which has stood since 2002, winning bronze. Noemi Leinfellner, 11, won sil- ver in the 200m individual medley and 100m freestyle and bronze in the 400m freestyle and 100m breaststroke, all in personal best times. Ben Ruback, 17, Mitchell Cockburn, 12, and Oliver Donald- son, 11, each won two bronze med- als. It was an exciting weekend of swimming with outstanding results across the board and a strong and supportive team spi- rit,'' head coach Anna Kitching said. This meet is a valuable learning experience because it simulates national meets with heats and finals for all age groups. It's great to see some remarkable younger talent coming through now at a time when our most senior member Ben Ruback is moving on to university and to train with Wellington's Capital Club.'' The club will field teams at the New Zealand Junior and Age Group Championships, both to be held in February. Good form with mallet Swing low: Defending champion and New Zealand rep David Wickham, from Masterton, is hoping for a good day at the Rose Gardens today. Photo: FAIRFAX NZ Masterton croquet player David Wickham has found some timely form ahead of a busy period on the green. With work commitments in the lead up to Christmas keeping him out of the game for more than a month, Wickham went into the open singles of the Palmerston North City Clubs' tournament at the Rose Gardens last week very much under-done. But after a slow start the defending champion eventually got his game together beating Aiken Hakes in a tense final. Wickham is playing in national championships in Christchurch this week ahead of the trans-Tasman event from February 4-9. The 29-year-old has made a good fist of the game since he got back into it three years ago after a six-year break. He was reasonably young when he started, but it didn't take him long to learn how to wield a mallet properly. I could see the potential to make representative level. I represented Wairarapa in my first season, when I was 15, then won the New Zea- land junior tournament when I was 16 in singles and doubles. I started off with a hiss and a roar but unfortun- ately had to give it away.'' He focused on family and work for a while but was doing well now he was back into it. I put my shoulder out and life took over really. Being a non- professional sport you've got to put a lot of time into it.'' With his game down to a -31G2 handicap, he is aiming to make the New Zealand team for the MacRobertson International Croquet Shield in 2018 -- the prem- ier world teams' event. He was also in the New Zea- land squad that competed at the world championships in Ade- laide in May. Pro-Am golf tournament A strong field of profes- sional golfers will con- tend the Masterton- Eketahuna Pro-Am this weekend. It is the first event for 2013 in the NZ Pro- fessional Golf calendar which sees teams of three amateurs com- bine with one profes- sional or celebrity. The first round will be played at the Eketa- huna Golf Course on Saturday and the sec- ond round at the Masterton Golf Course on Sunday. Play starts at 9.30am.
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