Congratulations to Capital Swim Club Members

Congratulations to Capital Swim club members Samantha Lucie-Smith, who won the Emerging Sportswoman of the Year Award and London Paralympic superstar Mary Fisher took out the Disabled Athlete of the Year in front of 500 guests at the Wellington Town Hall last week.

Sam made her senior international debut at the London Olympics last year in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay where the team finished eleventh and broke the national record. She is a New Zealand age group record holder who currently trains at the Swimming NZ HPC in Wellington. Sam was unable to accept her award in person as she is currently in Europe with the State AquaBlacks preparing for the World Championships in July in Barcelona.

Mary won a whopping four medals at her debut Paralympics in London last year, including gold in the 200m Individual Medley in world record time, as well as silver in the 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke, and bronze in the 50m Freestyle. This year that the New Zealand Open Swimming Championships she broke world records in the women's 50m butterfly S11, 100m butterfly S11, and 200m Butterfly S11 events, and was the winner of the People's Choice Award at the New Zealand Swimming Awards - an honour never won before by an athlete with an impairment.