Division 2 – 2019 Dunedin

Well done to our awesome team who recently competed at the Div 2 champs in Dunedin.

9 Pirates swimmers headed away for 4 days of racing in Dunedin competing against over 550 other swimmers from around the country. Moana pool proved an excellent venue with great facilities for our swimmers (and an efficient coffee cart to keep coach Liam happy.) 4 of our swimmers picked up NAGs times and the team bought home 5 medals. The team had an impressive total of pbs with many swimmers achieving a pb rate of 100%.

It was fantastic to see the swimmers come together as a team, supporting each other, and making new friends with swimmers from other Wellington clubs. Pirates made a special connection with Masterton who we welcomed with Liam coaching them.

Dunedin’s location and size meant we even had time to head up the steepest street in the world, blow out the cobwebs running down the sand dunes on St Kilda beach and for a hardy few a dip in the sea. Thanks to Coach Liam for his enthusiasm – motivating and coaching the swimmers through the long days. He showed more of his talents when helping with homework. Div 2 is a great place for our swimmers to learn and hone racing skills in a fun supportive environment. Bring on 2020!


WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Reaching for the Podium scholarship

Congratulations to swimmer Julia Borlase who has been awarded a WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Reaching for the Podium scholarship.

Julia Borlase is currently 16 years old and swims with the Pirates Swim Team under coach Steve Francis. She has been swimming competitively for 5 years and was encouraged to join by her sister after she began. Since joining, Julia has found a love for the sport and has gone on to achieve many goals.

At her first New Zealand Age Group Nationals, Julia surprised everyone by getting a gold medal in the Girls 14 year old 200m breaststroke. A year later she gained a bronze medal at the New Zealand Open Championships in the same event, qualifying her for the New Zealand Development Squad. Last December she also won a bronze medal at the Queensland State Championships in the 200 Breaststroke in a massive 2 second personal best, gaining her a spot on the Youth Olympics Long List.

This year, after a successful National Age Group Nationals (2 Golds, 1 Silver and a Bronze) she was placed on the New Zealand 2018 Australian State Team. At the moment she is training hard to achieve goal times and enjoy the sport as much as she can.

She hopes that the WHiPA Scholarship will enable her to take the next step in the sport and push her to greater success as well as providing important support.

Congratulations Julia!