Five to make a splash in Sydney

Five Tasman Swim Club swimmers have qualified for the Australian Age Championships, being held in Sydney this month.

Sporting sharp new uniforms, thanks to Nelson Pine, the five will swim at the champs, which run for a week from April 14.

The qualifying times for the Aussie champs are much harder to attain than the New Zealand equivalent.

There are also about three times the number of competitors as in the New Zealand age group champs, starting in Wellington on April 29.

Waimea College's Sam McKenzie, 14, leads the Nelson charge after qualifying for five freestyle events. Thomas Heaton, 15, of Garin College, has qualified for two freestyle events and Waimea's Talya Harwood, 14, will swim one freestyle event.

Sara Gane, 15, has qualified for two breaststroke events while Caitlin Delany, 15, will swim one. Both students are also from Waimea College.

Mandy Bishop, of the Tasman Swim Club committee, said the swimmers will represent New Zealand and Nelson with pride.

"The Tasman Swim Club committee are very proud that the hard work these swimmers have to do in order to reach these goals is giving them great opportunities and experiences," said Bishop.

"Attending such a big meet will better enable them to do well in all our national and local meets. They are also role models for younger swimmers to aspire to bigger things knowing it is possible."