Golden meet for Joshua Gilbert
Leading age-group swimmer Joshua Gilbert's hot form continued at the weekend at the New Zealand long course junior championships in Wellington.
Gilbert won four gold medals, broke two Taranaki records and was crowned national 11-year-old champion.
The Taranaki Flyers Stratford swimmer, who last month broke eight Taranaki 10 to 11-year-old boys' records, won the 50m and 200m backstroke and the 50m and 200m freestyle events at the national championships.
He also picked up silver medals in the 100m and 200m freestyle and the 50m and 100m breaststroke, as well as bronze in the 100m backstroke and the 200m individual medley.
Gilbert set Taranaki records in the 200m freestyle, recording 2 minutes 21.99 seconds, lowering his previous mark of 2min 23.26sec. He then took more than two seconds off his record in the 200m breaststroke to stop the clock at 2min 54.20sec.
Club-mates Christopher Johnson, 12, and Claudia Taylor, 11, were also in good form at the meet, helping their Stratford club to fourth in the standings behind QEII Christchurch, North Shore and Auckland United after the trio picked up 21 medals.
Johnson won gold in the 200m breaststroke and silver medals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 200m freestyle. He competed his medal haul with bronze in the 100m and 400m freestyle.
Taylor won five bronze medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle and the 50m and 100m backstroke.
National top 10 placings were: Tori Cox, Lucy North, Reebekaa Robinson, Nicole Wong (Aquabladz Taranaki); Zoe Williamson (Hawera); Maya Dickson, Keegan Joe (NP Aquatics); Emma O'Connell (Opunake); and Rebecca Brown, Lauree Collins (Stratford).
Taranaki Daily News