The Kowhai Swimming Club put on their best performance yet at its biggest swimming event of the year, the Junior Nationals.
More than 80 per cent of the results for the club’s team of 13 swimmers were personal best times.
Coach Jill Fayerman says it was the club’s largest team ever to qualify for the nationals.
“We are a small club, but I am really pleased how they are performing. You don’t get a personal best every time you leave the back door,” she says.
The Junior Nationals see thousands of children compete at the same time in Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Invercargill.
One of Kowhai’s star swimmers Siina Cooke, 11, swam the 50-metre breaststroke in 42.53 seconds, coming 9th in the Auckland region.
“The secret is hardwork and dedication. We were at the pool for 11 hours on a Sunday and the kids are expected to do that. We have a keen little group and they push each other,” says Fayerman.
Two of the club’s members have qualified for Division 2, swimming at the highest national level.