New coach for swim team

Andy Daly with his medals from the Bay of Islands T2 swimming event

The Dargaville special Olympics swimming team is underway with training thanks to new coach, Leesa Andrews.

After a few months without a coach, Greenways team manager, Ros Gilmour said the swimming team welcomes Leesa onboard to “guide our swimmers to achieve their goals.”

Recently swimmer Andy Daly competed at the Bay of Islands T2 swimming event alongside the rest of the team that he will compete with at Nationals in Wellington later this year.

“Andy won a gold medal for 25-metre freestyle, a silver medal for 25-metre backstroke and a silver for the relay. He competed against swimmers from the Bay of Islands, North Harbour, Taranaki, Counties, Howick/Pakuranga, and the Waitakeres,” said Ros.

She said the competition was a good opportunity for Andy to become more familiar with his new teammates.

At this stage Andy will be the only representative from Dargaville joining with Whangarei for the combined nationals’ team.

“In preparation Andy is perfecting his flip turns, diving and making sure everything is done correctly. He has also been working on his fitness and conscientiously working on healthy eating.”

The team trains at the Dargaville High School pool on Thursdays from 4.30–5.30pm. They also participate in athletics and football, and attend ‘Ribbon Days’ and other events competing throughout Northland and Auckland during the year.

The group is often on the lookout for new volunteers to help with training, transport and managing the team. For more information call Ros Gilmour on 09 439 8133 extension 3.


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