This year we were proud to send Laura Quilter, Mitchell Donaldson and Glenn Snyders to the Commonwealth Games. For Mitchell and Laura this was the first time competing at a major international event of this calibre and whilst they didn’t win any medals both gained valuable experience and made important progress toward success at future competitions.
Just two weeks after the Commonwealth Games Mitchell, Laura and Glenn were back in action at the Pan Pacific Champs, held on the Gold Coast. All put in some impressive performances, with Glenn winning a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke. This is a major achievement in Glenn’s career, and has earned him a place alongside an exclusive company of Kiwi Pan Pacific medal winners.
The Club once again won the Duncan Laing trophy, the award presented to the top club in New Zealand also the national points score by a large margin, a testament to some great results from individual swimmers.
Continuing the success of NSS swimmers, Rebecca Dubber achieved a Gold medal and Silver medal in the 100m Backstroke and 400m Freestyle respectively, at the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships. Tayla Clement also qualified for the event and achieved some great PB’s.
Both Rebecca and Tayla’s achievements have been acknowledged locally with Tayla a finalist for the ASB Young Sports person of the year 2014 and Rebecca also a finalist for the North Harbour Sports Women of the Year Awards.
One of our youngest top swimmers Jacob Garrod also had an impressive 2014, qualifying for the Youth Olympics held in Nanjing, China. This was the first international experience for Jacob and we look forward to watching this young man progress in years to come.
In other news, one of the greatest additions to NSS this year has been the increased support of our principal sponsor Golden Homes. Not only do they support the Club with coach education, but now also assist our swimmers through the Golden Homes Swim Scholarship. The 6 Swim Scholarships have been established to provide swimmers with financial support, enabling them to focus on achieving their swimming goals, rather than the burden of training expenses. AUT Millennium and Speedo have also added their support to the Swim Scholarship package.
The 6 swimmers that received this year’s swim scholarship are:
Jacob Garrod; Wilrich Coetzee; Yeonsu Lee; Laura Quilter; Monique King and Hayley Edmond.
North Shore is looking forward to 2015, and in particular the opening of the Sir Owen G. Glenn National Aquatics Centre. An important focus for the club is our aim to enable as many of our members as possible the opportunity to train at AUT Millennium, giving the club a greater centralised base. The new pool will help provide this and will also offer the club a fantastic venue to host our competitions. We look forward to sharing more of our swimmers outstanding swims and successes with the community here at AUT Millennium!