Swimmer wins gold
by Ann van Engelen
Selwyn Special Olympics swimmer Charlotte Rozen has returned from the Australian Down Syndrome swimming championships with a gold and three silver medals.
“Charlotte is 23 years old and follows a demanding training schedule with Special Olympics Canterbury at Rolleston, and is a squad swimmer with the Selwyn Swim Club,” says mum Tracey.
“She competed in eight events and was proud to win medals in four races.
She won gold in the 25m breaststroke, and silver in the 25m freestyle, 25m backstroke and 100m individual medley. Charlotte could not take the title of Australian champion in her winning breaststroke race, as she is a New Zealand citizen, so the second-placed Australian swimmer shared the top spot, and also received a gold medal.”
The Australian championships are held every two years.
“On the Saturday night of the competition the swimmers, officials and families were invited to a gala dinner at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane.
“This was a very glamorous event, and after a lovely dinner, the athletes and support staff danced the night away. The party did not deter the athletes from putting in another top effort on the Sunday for the second day of the meet, again under sunny skies.
“Swimming outdoors in late August was certainly a novelty for the New Zealand delegation of six swimmers who competed.”