Finnerty shines at Auckland event
Harrison Finnerty's impressive deeds continue in the swimming pool as he remains one of the brighter prospects in the sport in Southland.
The 16-year-old was one of seven Southland swimmers who made the trip in the weekend to compete at the Auckland Winter Championships.
Southland coach Jeremy Duncan said the trip was introduced this year and would play a big part in the development of Southland swimmers.
''The numbers are really good in the sport at the moment because of the pathways from the clubs, but we are trying to get those kids into predominantly Auckland to start with. Because that is where the depth is, purely because of the population base. We want to give them a taste of something bigger than swimming in Southland.''
Finnerty was one of the shining lights in the first annual trip to Auckland returning to Southland with two medals.
He claimed silver in the 50m butterfly and and bronze in the 100m butterfly.
Duncan was impressed with Finnerty and said the hard work had paid off for the James Hargest College pupil who has had to battle through some back problems.
''A real standout for me was Harrison Finnerty. He's the classic late developer when everyone else was getting success he was the wee kid who just kept turning up, and kept turning up. Because of his hard work, consistency, and a growth spurt he's improving. He's competitive now with those top kids in Auckland, which happen to be the top kids in his age-group nationally as well.''
Southland's other medallist in Auckland was Michael Finlay, who picked up bronze in the men's 100m freestyle.
Duncan said it was a encouraging showing in Auckland, including from those younger swimmers in the Southland team.
''The young kids like Daniel Strang, Amy Crosswell and Jack Corkery all swam well, they swam PBs,'' he said.
The next major assignment for Southland top swimmers will be the national short course championships in Wellington next month.
Duncan was hopeful to have about 10 Southlanders competing in the national event.
- The Southland Times