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Published on 13-Aug-2018

NZ Para Swimming Team takes medal tally to 10 at 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships

Sophie Pascoe won another gold medal in the Women’s 100m Backstroke on day 4 of the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships. Pascoe said: “It was great to go faster than the heat this morning which is the main aim. It was pretty tough in that last 15 metres. I have another two races tomorrow - 50m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly. I’ve been training particularly hard for the 50m Freestyle and I think that will be a great race between Aurelie and myself. The 100m Butterfly is one of my favoured events so I would like to be as close to my personal best as I can in this race. So with two races tomorrow it will be a different day in terms of how I prepare and recover. Everything will have to be absolutely on time tomorrow as there is only 1 hour between each race.”

Jesse Reynolds has now won 3 medals at the meet including a bronze medal in the Men’s 100m Backstroke on day 4. Reynolds said: “To come away with the bronze was awesome. It’s the first time I have ever beat Brendon Hall who is one of the top ranked S9 Para swimmers. Although I’m not 100% happy with the time – not too sure what happened as we nailed the race plan. But we have the 100m Butterfly to focus on tomorrow. So I’ll put tonight’s race behind me and focus on tomorrow. The key is to get into warm down, ice bath and move my focus.”

Roly Crichton (Para Swimming Performance Coach) said when asked about tomorrow’s race schedule: “You have to keep the mental factor up and focus on the racing. I really like having back to back races. That is why we are here to do some hard racing. It is getting to the back end of the season for everyone so it is about getting the work done.” He continued talking about Celyn Edwards and his coach Ben Close: “Ben is doing an excellent job with Celyn and really doing great things. Celyn is growing all the time and chipping away at his personal bests and developing his world rankings quite nicely as we head towards Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.”

Graeme Maw (Para Swimming Programme Leader) said: “It was a mixed evening for the team with 6 finalists in the pool. However a gold, bronze and big personal best for Celyn was a strong result. I would say that was our swim of the day with a huge PB in both the heats and finals for Celyn. I was really pleased to see Sophie medal as she fought hard for the gold and really brought decade long race experience to the pool. The team will go away reflect, learn and improve. However our focus right now is to get the job done tomorrow.”

The total medal tally for the New Zealand Para Swimming Team is 10 including 4 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze.

Day 5 of racing (Monday 13 August) for the New Zealand Team will see:

  • Heats at 12.00pm NZT Women’s 50m Freestyle: Sophie Pascoe
  • Heats at 12.20pm NZT Women’s 100m Butterfly: Sophie Pascoe, Bryall MacPherson
  • Heats at 12.29pm NZT Men’s 100m Butterfly: Celyn Edwards, Jesse Reynolds, Chris Arbuthnott
  • Heats at 12.44pm NZT Men’s 150m Individual Medley: Cameron Leslie
  • Finals (pending qualification):
    • 7.14pm NZT Women’s 50m Freestyle: Sophie Pascoe
    • 8.15pm NZT Women’s 100m Butterfly: Sophie Pascoe, Bryall MacPherson
    • 8.44pm NZT Men’s 100m Butterfly: Celyn Edwards, Jesse Reynolds, Chris Arbuthnott
    • 9.25pm NZT Men’s 150m Individual Medley: Cameron Leslie

Live streaming is available both at the event’s Facebook page and the event website.

 

Results to date include:

Para swimmer

Classification / Impairment

Club

Event

Result

Day 4 – 12 August 2018

Sophie Pascoe

S10/SB9/SM10 - Limb deficiency (Amputee - left below knee)

QE11

Women’s 100m Backstroke

Gold

Tupou Neiufi

S9/SB8/SM9 - Hypertonia/Left side hemiplegia

Howick Pakuranga

Women’s 100m Backstroke

4th

Bryall McPherson

S8/SB8/SM8 - Limb deficiency (Amputee - right through shoulder)

North Shore

Women’s 100m Backstroke

4th

Jesse Reynolds

S9/SB8/SM9 - Limb deficiency (Proximal Focal Femoral Deficiency PFFD)

Fairfield

Men’s 100m Backstroke

Bronze

Celyn Edwards

S8/SB8/SM8 - Limb deficiency (Amputee - left upper arm)

Selwyn

Men’s 100m Backstroke

4th

Chris Arbuthnott

S9/SB9/SM9 - Limb deficiency (Congenital - right below elbow)

Ice Breakers

Men’s 100m Backstroke

4th

Day 3 – 11 August 2018

Sophie Pascoe

S10/SB9/SM10 - Limb deficiency (Amputee - left below knee)

QE11

Women’s 200m Individual Medley

Gold

Hamish McLean

S6/SB6/SM6 - Short stature (Achondroplasia)

Wanaka

Men’s 200m Individual Medley

Silver

Jesse Reynolds

S9/SB8/SM9 - Limb deficiency (Proximal Focal Femoral Deficiency PFFD)

Fairfield

Men’s 200m Individual Medley

Bronze

Amanda Lowry

S3/SB2/SM3 - Loss muscle power (Tetraplegia)

Otumoetai

Women’s 50m Backstroke

PB

Celyn Edwards

S8/SB8/SM8 - Limb deficiency (Amputee - left upper arm)

Selwyn

Men’s 200m Individual Medley

DISQ

Day 2 – 10 August 2018

Hamish McLean

S6/SB6/SM6 - Short stature (Achondroplasia)

Wanaka

Men’s 100m Freestyle S6

Gold

Sophie Pascoe

S10/SB9/SM10 - Limb deficiency (Amputee - left below knee)

QE11

Women’s 100m Freestyle S10

Silver

Jesse Reynolds, Celyn Edwards, Christopher Arbuthnott, Hamish McLean

Various

Various

Men’s 4 x 100m Medley relay

Silver

Amanda Lowry

S3/SB2/SM3 - Loss muscle power (Tetraplegia)

Otumoetai

Women’s 100m Freestyle S2

PB

Chris Arbuthnott

S9/SB9/SM9 - Limb deficiency (Congenital - right below elbow)

Ice Breakers

Men’s 100m Freestyle S9

PB

Day 1 – 9 August 2018

Hamish McLean

S6/SB6/SM6 - Short stature (Achondroplasia)

Wanaka

Men’s 400m Freestyle S6

Gold

Jesse Reynolds

S9/SB8/SM9 - Limb deficiency (Proximal Focal Femoral Deficiency PFFD)

Fairfield

Men’s 100m Breaststroke SB8

Bronze

Celyn Edwards

S8/SB8/SM8 - Limb deficiency (Amputee - left upper arm)

Selwyn

Men’s 100m Breaststroke SB8

4th

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