Harlequin team members Zack Sterling, Bailie Schick, Will Douglas, Kaitlyn Smith and Summer Curnow

Swimmers making waves

by Jill Dickie

Swimmers from the Dargaville Swim Club are putting the Kaipara region on the map with their consistent results in the pool.

Recently five junior swimmers from the club competed at the New Zealand Junior Festival of Swimming, a nationwide competition, which saw more than 1,300 entrants.

“To compete in this competition swimmers had to meet entry times and they were the only swimmers from Dargaville and Northern Wairoa that competed,” said Dargaville Swim Club secretary, Sam Simons.

The New Zealand Junior Festival of Swimming is one of the largest swimming events in New Zealand, attracting 9 to 12-year-old children competing simultaneously in four venues including Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Invercargill.

In addition, 13-year-old Dargaville High School student, Brayden Smith, has met strict qualifying times to compete in an upcoming Division II nationwide competition in Dunedin. Brayden has qualified for four events in the competition and will compete against swimmers up to 18 years old.

“Brayden is focussed and puts a lot of effort into his training and at each swim meet. He is a bit nervous as he will be competing against some of the best swimmers in his age group from around the country, but proud to be representing Northern Wairoa and Northland at this meet,” said Simons.

Trained by grandfather, Glen Smith, Brayden has been swimming at least four times a week, every week, all year-round to achieve this goal and competed in Northland wide meets once a month to achieve qualifying times.