Country swimmers vie for top honours


Sunscreen and sunhats were de rigueur at the Swimming Nelson Marlborough Country & Town Meet on Saturday, and it wasn’t just the weather that was sizzling as spectators were treated to an outstanding day of swimming.
Eighty-seven competitors from around the region and as far away as Christchurch and Westport competed for age-group and club honours at Hampden St Pool.
The Country & Town Meet recognises the region’s country clubs, with trophies for top country club and top country club swimmer.
Charlie Thain of Motueka Swimming Club won the Life Members Cup for top country club swimmer, winning all eight events that she entered and notching up seven personal bests. This secured her a double gold for top overall 11-12 year old girl as well as top country club swimmer in her age group.
Daniel Trevurza of Motueka also won double gold for top overall and top country and swimmer for 11-12 year old boys. Completing the swimming trifecta for Motueka, Joshua Aymes, was a convincing double gold winner in the 10 and under boys category.
However, the meet did not go all Motueka’s way. Waimea Swim Club put in many strong performances to claim the Crest Cup for top country club, just pipping Motueka who had won it the previous five years.
Many of the region’s swimmers are heading to Wellington next week to test themselves against some of New Zealand’s top clubs as they move into the main competition season.
The town clubs will get their chance at top honours and trophies at the next big regional meet, the Swimming Nelson Marlborough Age Group Champs in Blenheim on 1-2 February.