The Selwyn-based swimming team has returned from the National Special Olympics in Wellington with a large haul of medals.
The team has been training hard at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre for the past year under the guidance of coaches Di Hunter and Jessica Waters and represented Canterbury with distinction at the four-yearly national event, which was attended by 1,200 athletes from around New Zealand.
Ethan Hamilton-Currey from Southbridge returned with the largest collection, winning three golds and a bronze medal.
Ethan won gold in the 25m and 50m freestyle events, as well as in the 4x50m relay with Canterbury teammates Shawn O’Rourke, Nathan Winkelman and Jonathan Smitham. He also won a bronze in the 50m backstroke.
Special Olympics swimmers compete in various divisions depending on their qualifying times and Jason Webster collected a gold medal in his 50m free division, as well as a silver in the 50m backstroke.
In the 25m backstroke, Ben Marshall claimed gold and Shawn O’Rourke silver in their respective divisions.
Selwyn swimmers Hayley Butler and Bella Lammers claimed a gold medal in the 4x25m freestyle relay alongside Canterbury teammates Josh List and Kayla Wood.
Bella Lammers added a silver medal to her tally in the 25m breaststroke.
Canterbury also picked up a second relay medal in the 4x50m freestyle with Charlotte Rozen, Rochelle Waters, Georgia List and Teresa Edgecumbe grabbing silver. Charlotte also grabbed a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke.
Jessica Peters completed the Selwyn swimming team’s success by picking up a silver medal in the 25m backstroke.