Ace Swimming Club arrived back from the New Zealand Short Course Championships held on the North Shore of Auckland after a successful week of competition.
It has been a time of renewal on two fronts for the Hamilton club that are the only year round residents at the Waterworld pool in Te Rapa. Firstly, this month saw the arrival of a new director of coaching for the club, Paul Dowey. Secondly, the announcement made by Hamilton Pools and Hamilton City Council for the $10 million upgrade of the Te Rapa facility.
However the changes have seemed to have only had a positive impact upon the 7 athletes that made the commitment to travel and compete on the North Shore. The resilience of this current bunch of Ace athletes has been noted; Kayla Ansley, Maddie & Jess Chapman, Sarah Wilson, Carlos & Danyon Hardie and Caleb Parsons all took part in the meet. Over 56% of their races were personal bests.
Medals for age groups were presented from results in the morning heats whilst the evenings saw athletes compete against an ‘Open’ age range from all around New Zealand. The team took home 5 age group medals (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze). There were 25 swims from 5 athletes that ranked inside the top 10 for their age groups. There were 13 finals (A2, B4, D7) from 4 Open finalists.
“All the swimmers did well especially those who made finals.” said Director of Coaching at Ace Swimming Club, Paul Dowey. “However Danyon Hardie deserves a special mention.” he said. Danyon took 4 medals for his 16yr age group. Two gold medals in the 200 & 400 IM events, silver in the 1500m freestyle and a bronze in the 100 IM. He placed 8th & 6th respectively overall in New Zealand in his 200m & 400 IM events, a great result. In true sibling style, the other medal winner was younger brother Carlos who took home a bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle.
“The club is always open to new members.” said assistant coach Abbie Armstrong. “If we have inspired the ‘Olympian within’ come and try us out.” Ace is an an ideal accompaniment to your current learn-to-swim programme. If you can swim 25m on your back and front Ace Swimming Club are keen to hear from you. Take your swimming further and get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org or see us on poolside from 3:30pm each weekday at Te Rapa Waterworld, Hamilton.