Event Preview of 2023 Tri Series
The 2023 Tri-Series kicked off on Sunday with the arrival of the New Zealand, Western Australian and Swimming Victoria teams. An excited squad of 38 young Kiwi athletes have touched down in Hawke's Bay, where they’re set to represent New Zealand across five matches, scoring points for their teams (Team Black and Team White) via skills bonuses and placings.
The teams were selected from the 2023 Apollo Projects NZ Age Group Swimming Championships and are a mixture of internationally experienced juniors and up-and-coming age groupers looking to make their mark in a rare homegrown international swim meet.
Amelia Bray (TBSS Central City), Hanna Abdou (Wharenui), Caleb Carlisle (Napier Aquahawks), Danielle Asiata (HPK), Jasper Cornish (Coast), Hope Chmiel (Vikings), Larn Hamblyn-Ough (Coast) and Charlotte Parmenter (Jasi) are looking to back up their recent experience of the 2023 Youth Commonwealth Games and alongside 2022 National Junior Team representative, Neve Tassicker (Ngā Tai Tūātea a Taraika Swimming Club), they will be leading the charge against the Australian States.
The recent Tri-Series meets were brought in to develop the skills of our junior swimmers and show the importance of executing them on race day. The NZ Black Team Head Coach, Mat Woofe, is looking forward to seeing these skills celebrated during the match races.
"Skills are crucial for us to perform and to perform well as a team and Tri Series is a great tool to develop these under pressure."
Alongside the racing, the swimmers will have plenty of opportunities to engage with athletes from different countries in activities such as yoga, and media/personal branding skills sessions. The coaches will also be using the week to develop their own learning with presentations and 'roundtable' discussions as well as using film footage of racing to analyse the skills of the swimmers in the pool.
Swimming NZ's Paralympic Programme Lead, Simon Mayne, has been pleased with how the camp has started ahead of the racing.
"It's been great so far. It's exciting to see the next wave of New Zealand Junior Swimmers and in particular working closely with the next wave of Paralympic Pathway athletes."
For more information on the Tri Series Meet, head to our event webpage.
Stay tuned to our social media website for updates. You can view the results via Swimify. Morning sessions get underway at 9am NZST and finals from 4pm NZST.