Sam McKenzie with the Wendy Fryer Cup and Belsham Trophy for Swimmer and Swim of the Year.

Sam McKenzie wins top award


Waimea College’s Sam McKenzie has been named Nelson Marlborough Swimmer of the Year, winning the Wendy Fryer Cup at their annual awards held in Blenheim last weekend.

Sam, 16, from Tasman Swim Club also won the Belsham Trophy for the Swim of the Year after breaking a New Zealand age-group record for the 100m freestyle. He also won a gold medal representing New Zealand at the Australian Age group champs and has collected many national medals and regional medals and records – he broke eight meet records at the winter champs and had the highest points for males of any age group.

Waimea Intermediate’s Ruby-Lou Stuart, 12, was also recognised at the awards for breaking a meet record by the highest percentage margin, blitzing the 400 metre individual medley record by 25 seconds. Other record beakers were from the Tasman team: Bree Anderson (12, Waimea Intermediate), Bendi Kepess (12, Waimea Intermediate), Caitlin Delaney (17, Waimea College), Talya Harwood (16, Waimea College), Thomas Heaton (16, Garin College) and Leah Friend (12, Waimea Intermediate).

The Tasman Swim Club, with a strong team of 50 swimmers, got the highest points for a club and won four relays. Tasman also had the highest medal tally, winning 11 medals for swimmers with the overall highest points in their respective age groups.
Nelson South won eight medals, Blenheim three and Waimea two medals.