Swimming News

Swimming has had a long standing history at Westlake Boys High School with the inter house swimming trophy being an annual highlight in the school calendar. We hold this Swimming meeting at the National Aquatic Centre in Albany where our top swimmers really show their skills and shine in front of their peers. We use this competition to help select teams to represent Westlake in the College Sport Zone Heats. A full team is sent to the College Sport Events made up of the fastest individual swimmers in Junior, Intermediate and Senior level in all strokes as well as full relay teams in each age group. Westlake has been well represented at the finals each year with medals being won at both individual and team level.

In 2012 NZ Swimming hosted the inaugural NZ Secondary Schools Swimming Championships in Hamilton, where we came 5th we steadily improved this position and have held the National title for the past two years (2015 and 2016), and hope to be the first school to successfully defend it for the 3rd year in a row. This competition is swum over 3 days with qualifying times under FINA rules. All of our swimmers train and compete at Club level and enjoy the opportunity of being able to represent their school at Auckland and National Level.

Our current up and coming talent that are swimmers to watch are Jason Churches (2017 captain and deputy head boy) and Finn Kennard-Campbell. These young men have done exceptionally well at age and National level. Finn has recently been named as one of Swimming’s Pathway to Podium athletes, will be representing NZ at the upcoming Youth Commonwealth Games and is training towards the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He has his eye on the 2020 Olympics. We wish both these boys every success as they race towards the finish.

We have a number of Westlakers (Old Boys) who have succeeded in achieving their goals including: Nick Sanders 1988, John Steele 1990, Cameron Gibson 2003, Mark Herring 2006 and Glenn Snyders 2006.

Cameron Gibson has qualified for two Olympic Games (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008) and two Commonwealth Games (Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006).  He won bronze at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in the 200m backstroke and in the medley relay at the world short course championships in 2008. In Beijing he produced a superb 47.00s anchor leg as the medley relay team of Daniel Bell, fellow Westlaker Glenn Snyders, Corney Swanepoel and Gibson finished fifth in the final, the first time New Zealand had qualified for an Olympic final in a relay. Cameron is a Board member of Auckland Swimming and the New Zealand Swimmers Federation. Glenn Snyders is currently the NZ breast stroke champion. Cameron Stanley, another Westlaker twice set a NZ record for the 200m backstroke (breaking his own record in December 2008). Cameron has represented New Zealand at the World University Games, Oceania, and Trans-Tasman competitions. He is currently ranked 3rd in New Zealand in the 200 backstroke and 4th in the 100 backstroke and is currently the New Zealand Open Record holder for the 200 backstroke short course. He aims to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games in the future.

Students who want to swim for Westlake should bring their official times for long and short courses at the beginning of the school year as competition begins early February.

Teacher in charge: Mrs T Houzet

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