Ben Gould at the ParaFed Training Camp by

Geraldine High School Swimmers in action

A group of 7 Geraldine High School swimmers has been active during the last few weeks, training in Timaru and Ashburton 3-4 times weekly since the end of the season in mid-March when the outdoor pool closed.

Ben Gould was selected to attend a ParaFed training camp in Christchurch the weekend of 12 & 13th May which was a great opportunity to train with other para-swimmers including Celyn Edwards, a Commonwealth Games medalist.

Ben along with brother Daniel and sister Sarah, Conor Foley- Smith, Robert and Marcus Furrer and Rafael Johnson all competed at the Ashburton Splash meet held on 19 & 20th May. Some outstanding swims were recorded.

Ben (14) logged 6/8 Personal Bests (PB's) with his best placing being 7th in the 14/15 Year Boys 100m Butterfly.

Daniel’s (13) highlight was winning a gold medal in his 12/13 Year Boys 200m Butterfly and a 7th placing in the 200m Breaststroke.

Sarah (11) logged 4/8 PB's and did exceptionally well tackling a gruelling 400m Individual Medley for her first time with a very good 10th placing. She also gained a 5th placing in her 200m Backstroke and a 4th placing in her 100m Butterfly with a big 6 second PB - all 3 events are renowned for being challenging so well done Sarah!

Conor (14) had a very consistent meet logging 3/5 PB's including a whopping 15.5 second PB in his 400m Freestyle and placing 5th in 4/5 races in the 14/15 Year Boys group.

Marcus (14) logged 7/9 PB's including a huge 14 seconds off his 200 Individual Medley time. He also won a bronze medal in the 14/15 Boys 200m Breaststroke and just missed out on another bronze, getting 4th place in the 100 Breaststroke.

Robert (14) also logged 7/9 PB's including a 9 second PB in his 200IM. Backstroke proved to be his strength with two 8th placings in the 100 and 200 Backstroke in a tough age group (14/15 Year old Boys).

Rafael (13) produced some outstanding performances, logging a 100% 8/8 PB's as well as 2 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze medal in the 12/13 Year Boys age group .

Conor and Rafael have been selected for the Swim Canterbury West Coast Bronze Level Tri series in early July. This is a 4 day event with 36 swimmers divided into 3 teams who compete against each other over 6 racing sessions at different venues to develop their racing skills and pushing their comfort zones.

Between the 7 GHS swimmers, they have collected a plethora of qualification times for South Island Town and Country 2019, National Division 2 Champs 2019, South Island Champs 2018 and NZ Secondary School Champs 2018.

Well done!