Nine-year-old Joshua Amyes of Motueka Swimming Club, swimming in his first regional competition, went home with five gold medals and the Life Members Cup for most points accumulated by a country club swimmer at the Swimming Nelson Marlborough 2013 Country & Town Championships held Saturday at Hampden Street pool in Nelson.
Motueka's Samantha Trevurza (14) scooped four golds and a silver, Ben Price (12) picked up five silvers and a bronze, and Hannah Price (10) got one gold, three silvers and two bronzes to help their team win the Crest Cup for best country club.
Young Tara Hagan of the Nelson Swimming Club took home the most medals of the region's swimmers, collecting nine golds and one silver in the 9-year-old girls age group. Teammates Caitlin Oldridge (10) collected seven golds and a bronze, Sam McKenzie five golds, and Bendi Kepess (10) four golds and two silvers.
Matai McGuinniety of Nelson South was another standout performer, winning gold in all eight events he entered in the 12-year-old boys age group, with six of his times improving on his own personal bests. Teammates Fraser Neill (16) picked up four golds and Ellie Rukuwai (15) got three golds, two silvers and two bronze medals for her efforts.
Visiting swimmer Hannah Bates of Christchurch's QEII Swimming Club swept through the girls 12-year-old age group, winning all 13 events she entered.
Swimmers from Kaikoura, Christchurch, Hokitika, Greymouth, Westport and Queenstown swelled the number of competitors at the meet to 126, the most at a Nelson Marlborough meet in recent years.
Posted: Sun 13 Jan 2013