Teen swimmer collects 10 national medals

Last updated 11:37 25/10/2012
Ben Walsh
Second home: Teenage swimmer Ben Walsh at Porirua Aquatic Centre.

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A Tawa college student brought home 10 medals from the national short course swim championships in Kilbirnie this month.

Ben Walsh, 15, broke two national records for boys 15 and under on his way to gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and the 100m medley.

He also won silver in the medley relay for his age and bronze in the freestyle relay, 200m medley and 400m medley.

But the achievements he was most proud of were two third placings in the open men's 50m and 100m breaststroke events, "because I got two bronze medals against the hot people in New Zealand who were at the meet".

Ben said he had been swimming competitively for 12 years.

"I guess I started off young and I was doing well and I just didn't give up," he said.

"I was pretty stoked [at the nationals] because it's not easy to get a medal."

His fine results have earned him selection in the New Zealand team for the Australian Youth Olympics in Sydney in January.

Ben trains at Porirua Aquatic Centre twice a day, at 5.30am for 1 hours and again at 5.30pm, for two hours.

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- The Wellingtonian


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