Making Every Stroke Count

2022 Apollo Projects Junior Festival Summary



The 2022 Apollo Projects Junior Festivals have been held over the past few weekends across 4 zones – Makos (Dunedin), Harlequins (Auckland), Aquaknights (Hamilton) and All Stars (Wellington). There were 1113 swimmers aged 12 years or under who made every stroke count as they got involved in the activities occurring in and out of the pool. The kids were dancing along to songs during the sessions, with the Macarena being the most popular, and the swimmers got dressed up in theme for their final session.



It was great to have some of our Aquablacks along to support the kids. Cam Gray and Hazel Ouwehand jumped on the microphone help build the atmosphere, whilst Lewis Clareburt, Zac Reid and Erika Fairweather had kids flocking to meet them for a photo and an autograph.



These festivals were designed to provide a fun racing environment and had a strong focus on celebrating personal best swims. There were strong swims across the board, with just over 2 out of 3 swims (68.57%) being personal bests for a total of 4951 swims. The kids received PB ribbons for the first time in 2022 to help celebrate their great swims.




The results of PB % for each clubs have been calculated, comparing the number of entries with the number of PB’s, and we are excited to announce the winners for each zonal category. These results are calculated on all individual swims, excluding the freestyle kick event.


All Stars

  • 1 to 50 entries = Palmerston North Swim Club

  • 51 to 100 entries = Dolphin Swimming Club

  • 101 to 200 entries = Whanganui Swimming Club

  • 201+ entries = Porirua City Aquatics


Aquaknights

  • 1 to 50 entries = Swim Waipa Club TASC

  • 51 to 100 entries = Hamilton Aquatics

  • 101 to 200 entries = St Peter’s Swimming Club

  • 201+ entries = Liz van Welie Aquatics


Harlequins

  • 1 to 50 entries = Northwave Swim Club

  • 51 to 100 entries = TBSS Central City Swimming Club

  • 201+ entries = United Swimming Club


Makos

  • 1 to 50 entries = Port Chalmers ASC

  • 51 to 100 entries = Kiwi

  • 101 to 200 entries = Wharenui Swim Club


These zonal winners for each category will receive their trophies over the coming weeks.

For the national categories, the winners are:


National

  • 1 to 50 entries = Palmerston North Swim Club

  • 51 to 100 entries = TBSS Central City Swimming & Dolphins Swimming Club

  • 101 to 200 entries = Whanganui Swimming Club

  • 201+ entries = United Swimming Club


These winners will receive a skill development session for the club hosted by Alastair Johnson. He will be in touch in new year to organise a date and time.


Congratulations to all the kids who took part in the 2022 Apollo Projects Junior Festivals.




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