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Selwyn Times: July 18, 2018

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18 Wednesday July 18 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES • By Jacob Page LINCOLN’S WAYNE Rollinson believes his national swimming award is a testament to everyone in his organisation. THe chairman of the Swimming Canterbury West Coast earned the Swimming New Zealand volunteer of the year award in Auckland last week. “You certainly don’t get into this sort of thing for recognition like this but it reflects the hard work of everyone within our organisation,” he said. Mr Rollinson has been involved with the organisation since 2007 and chairman since 2011. “My focus at the time was more about rugby but my three kids all swam at that time and I looked at it like many parents probably do in terms of how I could give back to the sport,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to give back to a sport in some way and I felt the time was right. He said, while swimming numbers have been on the increase for many years, the February 22, 2011, earthquake changed his role as the head of SCWC in an instant. “I learnt a lot about swimming in the region in a short space of time,” he said. Mr Rollinson said the prospect of a 50m pool in the Metro Sports Facility as well as the emergence of the QE II pool and developments in Linwood, would make swimming more accessible and more affordable. “THere is a financial strain on parents at the moment getting to and from events,” he said. “Even getting to regional events like South Island meets is an added cost at this point SPORTS Rollinson wins NZ Swimming volunteer award Wayne Rollinson because we’re having to go to Nelson or Invercargill.” Rollinson said the emergence of top swimmers like Hannah Bates, Sophie Pascoe, Celyn and Ieuan Edwards, had pleased him immensely because they’d done it in their home pools in Christchurch. “THere’s a perception that to make it (internationally) that you need to go to Auckland and we’re producing swimmers in our facilities. Mr Rollinson has 12 months in his role before his term finishes and he is eager to ensure the Metro Sports Facility, which is scheduled for 2021 will deliver an impressive space for swimmers to excel. “I really think with the Metro, we’ll have a facility that other areas are envious of and will make them want to travel to compete here,” he said. Bates in the medals at swim champs • By Jacob Page LINCOLN SWIMMER Hannah Bates has made the New Zealand team for the junior Pan Pacific championships in Fiji next month. Her selection comes after a successful national championship campaigns last week in Auckland which was capped-off by her winning emerging swimmer of the year at the Swimming New Zealand annual awards. Celyn Edwards, from the Selwyn Swim Club, also won three national titles. Edwards will be part of the nine-strong Kiwi team to race at the Pan Pacific para-swimming championships in Cairns next month. Bates said she was thrilled to win medals in her first open nationals event. “It was a big step up from what I’m used to, racing against swimmers who have gone to international events and, while I didn’t post any personal bests, I’m happy with what I achieved,” she said. “Winning the (emerging swimmer) award just topped the week off for me,” she said. “I was not expecting to win it so I was blown away when I did.” Youth Commonwealth Games and Australian age group multimedallist Bates, representing IN FORM: Two Selwyn swimmers, Hannah Bates, of Lincoln, and Selwyn Swim Club’s Celyn Edwards, have earned New Zealand representative honours after strong campaign at that national championships. Aquagym, also conquered her nerves in the 100m butterfly heats, finishing in 1min 10.61sec to meet the selection criteria for both the junior Pan Pacific championships and Youth Olympic Games by just one onehundredth of a second. Bates backed this up in the final to take home bronze in the event. She went on to also win silver in the 200m individual medley. Edwards won two golds on the opening night of the national championship. The Selwyn club member won the 50m backstroke and 400m freestyle para mixed multi-class events. Edwards added to his medal tally as the meet progressed, taking out his third national title in the 100m butterfly and adding a silver and a bronze as well. SPEED: Selwyn Swimmer Hannah Bates is no stranger to representing New Zealand. New sections in Wilfield, West Melton A wide range of new sections are now available at Wilfield. Pop in to our sales and information office, Kingsdowne Drive, this Wednesday or Sunday from 1pm to 3pm to find out more. Contact us on 03 741 1340 or mail enquiries@yoursection.nz.

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