Swimming champ putting in hard yards

JO BELWORTHY
Last updated 11:18 04/12/2012
Hoani Rogers-Brown and Conor Willy
TOP SWIMMERS: Hoani Rogers-Brown, left, and Conor Willy are in top shape.

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Hoani Rogers-Brown jumps in a car for a one-hour trip to Bream Bay four days a week.

Once there, the Dargaville teen puts in another two to three hours in the pool before heading back, usually arriving home about 9pm.

But the young man's commitment to swimming is paying off with Hoani recently winning a gold medal in the 12-13 year 800m long distance swimming event in the Northland swimming championships at the Dargaville Community Pool.

Hoani has been swimming for about five years, training with both the Te Kopuru and Dargaville swimming clubs before switching to Bream Bay to further challenge his ability.

It's a hard slog but a commitment Hoani and his family are ready for.

"I have to drag him out of bed in the mornings," his mother Sharlene says.

She is full of praise for the Dargaville swimming clubs, but says Hoani needed more competition.

He will receive his medal at the age group finals to be held in Dargaville in January.

Conor Willy came fourth in the same event.

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