QEII scoop the pool to win top club title
A Christchurch club without their own pool have again won the top prize at the New Zealand Junior Swimming Championships.
The QEII Swim Club dominated the weekend competition held jointly at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie and the Westwave Aquatic Centre in Waitakere, Auckland.
The club lost the use of their pool in the earthquakes, and use the Jellie Park facilities. QEII were the top club last year and repeated that effort at the weekend, claiming 1028 points, followed by the powerful North Shore club with 688, United (Auckland) 546, Stratford 508, Coast (Whangaparaoa) 501, King's (Auckland) 429, Otumoetai (Tauranga) 370, Howick Pakuranga 341, SwimZone (Hutt Valley) 324 and Wharenui (Christchurch) 321. The championships attracted a record 92 clubs.
"It was an outstanding effort from QEII to back up from last year and tremendous considering their challenges both as a swim club and, in general, in the city," Swimming NZ events manager Kent Stead said.
The leading individual was Gina Galloway, 11, from King's Swim Club in Auckland, who won nine gold medals and one silver in a brilliant display. Her overall tally of 10 medals was equalled by Thomas Wilson (QEII) with seven gold, two silver and one bronze and Kyra Forrest, from Wharenui, who won seven gold medals and three bronze. Hannah Bates and Mine Nel, 10, were other title winners from QEII.