Strong Capital contingent for Junior Nationals

Twenty-two Capital swimmers have qualified for this year’s New Zealand Junior Championships being held at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre from 20-22 February.

Coach Cliff Threadgold says this is a significant achievement with the number of swimmers qualifying this year considerably higher than last year.

“The increase shows a great improvement at the junior level but is not totally unexpected,” says Cliff.

“At the beginning of the season our Director of Coaching Craig Albery sat down with Timon and myself and we studied the list of Junior swimmers in the Club and discussed how many we felt could qualify for the Championships.

“Craig challenged me to achieve a target of 15 swimmers to qualify for Juniors.  It was a tough target but I love a challenge and my goal was to meet it while helping all the squad achieve along the way.

“The balance of the 22 strong team comes from Timon’s squad who have also stepped up their training in order to meet the tougher standards set this year by Swimming NZ.

“It’s been a great team effort from the three coaches, as well as the swimmers, and of course the parents who have supported the athletes throughout the year.

“I’m sure the entire Club would like to wish the team ‘Good Luck’ for the Championships beginning 20 February and the team would welcome your support during the weekend,” says Cliff.