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Selwyn Times: January 31, 2018

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32 Wednesday January 31 2018 Latest Christchurch news at Bates breaks Olympian’s record • By Gordon Findlater PROMISING young Lincoln swimmer Hannah Bates has broken one of Canterbury’s longest standing records in the pool. Bates, 17, set the fastest time ever recorded at the Swimming Canterbury West Coast championships in the women’s 200m individual medley. The open record was previously held by three-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Helen Lesslie (nee Norfolk). The Aquagym swimmers time also broke the 17-year-age-group record which was also previously held by Lesslie. Hannah swam the evening session in a scorching 2min 17.29sec shaving .06sec off Lesslie’s open record of 2min 17.35sec which has stood since 2000. “After my first race in the morning my coach told me he thought I could get the record,” said Bates “He was poolside smacking his programme against his hand while I was in the pool. When I came up he was clapping and cheering. I looked over at mum and she was almost in tears so I knew I had broken the record.” After the accomplishment Lesslie commented on a Facebook post by Swimming Canterbury West Coast to congratulate Bates. The 17-year-old then messaged Lesslie privately to show her appreciation. RECORD BREAKER: Hannah Bates has broken one of Canterbury’s longest standing records in the pool. COMPARISON: Helen Lesslie reached the 200m individual medley semi-final at the 2004 Athens Olympics. “It was really cool. She didn’t have to take time out of her day to do that,” said Bates. “She told me she had been keeping an eye on me since youth Commonwealth Games and I could talk to her if I ever needed advice.” Lesslie’s best performance in the 200m individual medley came at the 2004 Athens Olympics where she qualified for the semi-final. In the semi-final she swam in a time of 2min 17.41sec. At the Canterbury West Coast championships Bates also competed in breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and butterfly events and won seven gold and one silver medal in total. For the seventh year in a row, the championships were held in Dunedin due to Christchurch not having a 50m pool. It was also a successful event for Christchurch club JASI which won the club points competition at Otago-Canterbury-West Coast championships. The Jellie Park-based club finished on 3806 points ahead of Dunedin’s Neptune Swim Club, 3391pts, Wharenui, 2615pts, QE II, 2505pts, and Aquagym, 1982pts. THE RICCARTON Knights (above) and Rolleston Warriors (below) were crowned champions at the Rolleston Nines on Saturday. The Knights reached the final by defeating last year’s winner, the Linwood Keas, 11-10 in the last play of their semi-final match. They then claimed the title with a 17-10 win over the Halswell Hornets, who finished SPORTS SELWYN TIMES Knights, Warriors win Rolleston Nines runner-up in Rolleston for the second consecutive year. The women’s competition was taken out by the Warriors who defeated the Celebration Lions 18-0. The Warriors’ men’s team recovered from a first up 0-29 loss to the Keas to eventually finish the tournament in fourth. They will now turn their attention to the Crosbie Nines tournament at Crosbie Park on Saturday.

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday January 31 2018 33 FREE TRAINING SERIES February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March 6th, 13th South Hagley Park (by the netball courts) Meet at 6.15pm, run at 6.30pm Free entry, all welcome Are you up for it?