Bring on 2018 after record swim challenge

GOING THE DISTANCE: Team KaukauNutz Take 3 won the team prize with a total of 997 kilometres completed in this year’s Swim the Distance Challenge. From left are Sonia Turnbull, Karryn Heaps, Tess McCormick, Treva Rice, Viki Lee-Taylor, Don Pearson and Liz Lee-Taylor. Tess won top individual overall with a total of 310km. Picture supplied

THE Swim The Distance Challenge has broken all the records this year with 226 registered participants.

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti was delighted with this year’s event, with record distances completed in the individual and team sections.

“We’ve had lots of positive feedback, with many looking forward to 2018,” said SGT community events adviser Debbie Hutchings.

“The top 10 on the leaderboard all completed the challenge distance more than twice, with the overall leaderboard participant Tess McCormick accumulating a staggering 310km.”

At a prize-giving at Peppers on Sunday, KaukauNutz Take 3 were awarded the top team prize for travelling 997km and breaking the previous team record.

Brigette Scammell, who swam 200km, said she thoroughly enjoyed her first Swim The Distance Challenge.

“I've made new friends and rekindled old friendships. The staff have been so supportive. It’s been great fun and I feel healthy and fit and ready for summer.

"After years of not swim-training, I'm now really enjoying being back in the pool and will continue swimming two kilometres three times a week.

“When I signed up for this challenge I hoped to complete the 45.5km to Mahia, which was easier than I thought, so I kept moving my goal: first person to Waikaremoana before my 50th birthday, then a personal goal to finish the challenge at 200km (in 35 days).

"I’m so pleased I achieved my personal goal.”

Organised by Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti, the Swim the Distance Challenge has been running for seven years.

It requires participants to swim the 45.5km distance from Midway to Mahia at the Olympic Pool complex and is a low-impact way for participants of all ages and abilities to build water fitness and stamina.

THE Swim The Distance Challenge has broken all the records this year with 226 registered participants.

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti was delighted with this year’s event, with record distances completed in the individual and team sections.

“We’ve had lots of positive feedback, with many looking forward to 2018,” said SGT community events adviser Debbie Hutchings.

“The top 10 on the leaderboard all completed the challenge distance more than twice, with the overall leaderboard participant Tess McCormick accumulating a staggering 310km.”

At a prize-giving at Peppers on Sunday, KaukauNutz Take 3 were awarded the top team prize for travelling 997km and breaking the previous team record.

Brigette Scammell, who swam 200km, said she thoroughly enjoyed her first Swim The Distance Challenge.

“I've made new friends and rekindled old friendships. The staff have been so supportive. It’s been great fun and I feel healthy and fit and ready for summer.

"After years of not swim-training, I'm now really enjoying being back in the pool and will continue swimming two kilometres three times a week.

“When I signed up for this challenge I hoped to complete the 45.5km to Mahia, which was easier than I thought, so I kept moving my goal: first person to Waikaremoana before my 50th birthday, then a personal goal to finish the challenge at 200km (in 35 days).

"I’m so pleased I achieved my personal goal.”

Organised by Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti, the Swim the Distance Challenge has been running for seven years.

It requires participants to swim the 45.5km distance from Midway to Mahia at the Olympic Pool complex and is a low-impact way for participants of all ages and abilities to build water fitness and stamina.

Results

Individuals, top 10

1. TESS McCORMICK 310 kilometres
2. HOLLY FISHER 213.9km
3. EMMA NIVEN 205km
4. BRIGETTE SCAMMELL 200km
5. KATHERINE ARMSTRONG 188km
6. JAMIE JOBLIN 167.2km
7. TREVA RICE 150km
8. GRAHAM TORRIE 138.8km
9. MIKE GLASSFORD 131.1km
10. BRITTA CARROLL 95km teams, top 10

1. KAUKAUNUTZ TAKE 3 997km
2. MISFITS + 2 GEESE 608.8km
3. MISFITS + 1 GOOSE 480.6km
4. TURANGA HEALTH 388.1km
5 HERALD 178.025km
6. FREEDOM 117.0km
7. INDEVIN 92.3km
8. INITIATION 74.7km
9. J16 HOROUTA 20.6km

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