Timaru trio take on the best

18:58, Feb 13 2013
US VS NZ: South Canterbury swimmers, from left, Eva Cloake, 11, Olivia Moore, 12, and Jack Sands 11, will compete at the New Zealand Junior Championships in Wellington this weekend.

Three South Canterbury swimmers are about to dive head-first into competition with the best age-group swimmers in New Zealand.

Jack Sands, Eva Cloake and Olivia Moore will represent Swim Timaru at the New Zealand junior championships in Wellington this weekend.

It will be the second time 11-year-olds Sands and Cloake will compete at the biggest event for swimmers their age, but it will be a new experience for 12-year-old Moore who took up the sport only a year ago.

The meeting runs simultaneously at two venues and allows swimmers under the age of 12, who have met the qualifying standard, to compete and have their time nationally ranked.

Moore will compete in seven events, including the 400m individual medley. She had been having seven pool sessions a week to prepare and said her rapid rise in the sport could be put down to technique .

Fast times were her main objective. "I'd hoping for PBs (personal best times) because this age group is quite strong."


Cloake will compete in four events and was hopeful of earning a medal in the 50m butterfly.

She said she enjoyed the competitive aspect of swimming.

"It's good to set goals in the water and then work towards them," she said.

Sands will compete in seven events, but said his best chance of a top finish would be in the shorter freestyle events.

He said a top-10 placing was a realistic goal.

He said it was good to have raced at the level last year, meaning he would not have to battle nerves on the starting blocks this time.

The Timaru Herald