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Records Fall in Melbourne

Event Wrap of the 2024 Citi Para Swimming World Series and Victorian Open LC Champs

The New Zealand Para team had a very successful weekend in Melbourne breaking 5 NZ Records, winning 6 medals, and achieving 6 new International classifications with their sights set on LA 2028 Paralympic Games.

With some fierce competition from countries around the world, our swimmers needed to produce strong heat performances to qualify their spot in the final. The team rose to the occasion and came away with an impressive 26 finals.

SNZ's Paralympic Programme Lead, Simon Mayne, was pleased with how the team went across three days of competition.

"Melbourne presented us a great opportunity to bring our young development athletes to race against world class opposition from over 20 countries. Everyone worked hard through the week and we were rewarded with lots of finals."

Asher Smith-Franklin (North Shore) was in record breaking form breaking the 400m Freestyle (S14) and the 200m Individual Medley (S14) in the heats. Asher was our solo medallist in the Para World Series in the 200m Individual Medley where he took home the bronze medal in a time just outside his NZ Open Record from that morning.


Charlotte Murphy (Aquagym) also wrote her name in the record books breaking both the 16 & Under NZ Age Record in the Women's 100m Backstroke and twice in the 200m Individual Medley.

Citi Para Swimming World Series

Asher Smith-Franklin

Bronze - Men's 200m IM

Victorian Open LC Championships

James Haydon

Gold - Men's 50m Breaststroke

Jack Bugler

Silver - Men's 50m Back

Rawiri Tristram-Brown

Bronze - Men's 400m Free

Lili-Fox Mason

Bronze - Women's 50m Back

Congratulations to the team of 10 swimmers and we look forward to seeing more performances from our Para team throughout 2024!

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