2022 Junior Pan Pacific Games - Honolulu, Hawai'i
New Zealand has named a 23-swimmer strong team for the 2022 Junior Pan Pacific Games to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii from 24 – 27 August. The team consists of 16 girls and 7 boys, headlined by Aquablack Laura Littlejohn (St Pauls) returning to the pool after she will have recently competed at the 2022 FINA World Swimming Championships.
With this being the first opportunity for our next generation of age group swimmers to race internationally since the 2019 Australian State Teams, it’s a great opportunity for these swimmers to come up against other young swimmers from around the Pacific. For many, this will be their first time racing overseas so it an exciting time for the team.
A big congratulations goes to team, which consists of:
· Keira Allott – Evolution Aquatics
· Hope Chmiel – Vikings
· Melissa Cowan – North Shore
· Zoe Crawford – North Shore
· Aimee Crosbie – Coast
· Isabelle Gibson – United
· Laura Littlejohn – St Pauls
· Talitha McEwan – Evolution Aquatics
· Summer Osborne – North Shore
· Liv Peebles – TBSS Central City
· Molly Player – Ngā Tai Tūātea a Taraika
· Zyleika Pratt-Smith – Coast
· Neve Tassicker – Ngā Tai Tūātea a Taraika
· Charlie Twose – Waitakere
· Tess Whineray – TBSS Central City
· Rebecca Wilkins – Phoenix Aquatics
· Hunter Dobson – Waitakere
· Alex Esposito – Ngā Tai Tūātea a Taraika
· Larn Hamblyn Ough – Coast
· Finn Harland – Capital
· Ollie Lutton – Aquagym
· Gus Shivnan – Mount Maunganui
· Kale Twist – Kiwi
· Michelle Gillies – North Shore
· Todd Mason – Vikings
· Graham Smith – St Pauls
National Development Leader and Team Leader, Alastair Johnson, is looking forward to seeing this team race in Hawaii. "I am delighted that we have now confirmed a team of 23 athletes to compete at the 2022 Junior Pan Pacs. A huge well done to these athletes and to their coaches for navigating such a challenging 12 months to achieve the selection criteria. For most of these athletes, JPP will be their first international event and whilst their overseas experience will be limited, their enthusiasm to do themselves and New Zealand proud will be very high. I am looking forward to seeing the team achieve their best in Hawaii, and to make meaningful strides towards 2024 and beyond."
The team will be involved in the Tri-Series and a micro camp from 9 – 11 July in Christchurch as they tune up for their trip to Hawaii.
Congratulations to the team selected, we look forward to seeing you swim in Hawaii in August.
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