Last week I returned home from an amazing experience. Joining 30 of New Zealand’s top junior athletes, we set our sights for the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man. Our team covered many disciplines including my sport of swimming, along with gymnastics, boxing and athletics.
I was very pleased with my results at this competition. I had an awful lead up as I had an injury and also re-occurring tonsillitis – I also went through the entire competition with a chest infection – yet I came out of the competition with two bronze medals. I raced my three main races at the games, including all distances of breastroke (50m, 100m and 200m.) In the 50m and 100m I come in fourth. This was very pleasing and I came out being the fastest 15 year old girl in the Commonwealth. My times were also promising as they were right on my PB’s. Although 4th is a great outcome, I personally hate fourth, because first of all you don’t get a medal and secondly; when you are only 0.18 seconds behind the person that got third you want to tear your hair out!!
Finally, on the last day I had my main event which was the 200m. This is where I medalled. I won the bronze and broke the New Zealand Age Group record with my time being a huge PB. This time of 2.27.31 was 0.2 short of the NZ Open record, so behind the frustration of missing out on breaking it, the result is promising and it’s generated an overwhelming amount of determination to break this at my next given opportunity.
Also, to put icing on the cake of an amazing night, the New Zealand Girl’s Medley relay got third!! This was such an unexpected result as we were not ranked highly in this event. Yet we all went in and swam our absolute bests and managed to get a medal! This was so exciting and topped the meet off.
I had such an incredible experience. I can’t explain how much fun and what a great learning opportunity this was for me. I love representing my country and this has certainly made me more determined than ever to continue representing NZ, so qualify for the Junior Pan Pacific Games next year is my next target – as well as breaking some NZ Open records!
Thank you very much for your support. I couldn’t do this without the collective support of my entire team of sponsors, coaches and family around me.
I look forward to updating you again soon.