Virtus Oceania Games



The New Zealand delegation is thrilled with a fantastic first day of swimming at the Virtus Oceania Asia Games.


Lance Dustow (S19) who won 3 silver medals and a bronze described representing New Zealand:

“It’s amazing! It’s the best thing I could ever be a part of, left me in tears standing up there.”

Swimming New Zealand’s Disability and Para Swimming Participation Manager, Cameron Leslie, is with the team in Brisbane. He says there were tonnes of proud moments for New Zealand throughout Tuesday. One that stood out for him was the NZ Men’s II1 relay team, Cuda Tawhai-Hamilton, Jack Bugler, Denver Xavier and Asher Smith-Franklin winning bronze.


“I loved seeing Cuda, Jack, Denver and Asher winning bronze in the 4x50m freestyle relay. The team set a NZ record in the process, but more importantly supported each other and overcame the challenge.”

Day Four

New Zealand swimmers today brought the country's tally to 26 medals as they rounded out the swimming events in the Virtus Oceania Asia Games in Brisbane. The day also saw Personal Bests for many of the athletes and several New Zealand Records were broken in the S14 sports class. Finn Russ (S19) was glad to collect another silver medal to add to 2 silvers and 2 bronze medals he had already won - even if he would have liked it to be gold. He raced the 50m butterfly in 30.29, a Personal Best.


"Today's race was the 50m fly. I was so close to getting a gold medal, but instead I got a silver medal." Speaking of the OA Games as a whole, Finn explains that a highlight has been meeting athletes from around the globe.


"I've had fun and gotten to meet new people - from here in Australia, some from China and Japan, some from Malaysia, one from Colombia and some from America."






Session Medals & New Zealand Records:


New Zealand Open Records:
  • Asher Smith-Franklin - S14 200IM

  • Asher Smith-Franklin - S14 200 Butterfly

  • David Beck - S14 400 Free

  • Rylee Sayer - S14 100 Free

  • 4x50 men’s free relay (S14)

  • Asher Smith-Franklin - S14 100 butterfly

  • Helen Mackay - S14 800 freestyle

  • David Beck - S14 800 freestyle

  • 4x100 freestyle men S14 - David Beck, Jack Bugler, Bailey Conlon, Asher Smith-Franklin

  • 4x100 medley mixed S14 - Jack Bugler, Rylee Sayer, Asher Smith-Franklin, Helen Mackay

  • Rylee Sayer - SB14 50 Breaststroke

  • Asher Smith-Franklin - SB14 100 Breaststroke

  • Rylee Sayer - SB14 100 Breakstroke

  • 4x50m S14 Medley - David Beck, James Haydon, Asher Smith-Franklin, Bailey Conlon

  • 4x100 freestyle mixed S14 - Cuda Tawhai, Helen Mackay, Denver Xavier, Rylee Sayer

New Zealand Age Records:
  • 16/U = Rylee Sayer - S14 50m Freestyle

  • 16/U = Rylee Sayer - S14 200m Freestyle


Day 1 results:
  • 50 back (S14/II1): James Haydon PB!, Denver Xavier 10th, Cuda Tawhai 11th, Helen Mackay 7th

  • 50 back (II3): Lance Dustow PB! + 🥈, Finn Russ PB! + 🥉, Tate Pichon 7th

  • 200IM (S14/II1): Asher Smith-Franklin PB! + 6th, David Beck 14th

  • 200IM (II3): Tate Pichon 4th

  • 100 Free (S14/II1): Bailey Conlon 8th, Denver Xavier 11th, Cuda Tawhai 14th, Rylee Sayer PB!

  • 100 Free (II2): Luka Willems PB! + 🥉

  • 100 Free (II3): Finn Russ PB! + 🥈, Lance Dustow 🥉, Tate Pichon 6th

  • 100 Back (S14/II1): David Beck 14th, Denver Xavier 17th

  • 100 Back (II3): Lance Dustow 🥈, Tate Pichon 6th

  • 200 Butterfly (S14/II1): Asher Smith-Franklin PB! + 🥉

  • 400 Free (S14/II1): David Beck PB! + 7th, Jack Bugler PB + 8th, Bailey Conlon 10th

  • 400 Free (II3): Lance Dustow 🥈 , Tate Pichon PB +🥉

  • 4x50 men’s free relay 🥉- Cuda Tawhai, Jack Bugler, Denver Xavier, Asher Smith-Franklin

Day 2 results:
  • 50 freestyle (S14/II1): Bailey Conlon 13th, Denver Xavier 15th, Cuda Tawhai 18th, James Haydon PB, Rylee Sayer PB + NZR 16/U

  • 50 freestyle (II2): Luka Willems PB + 4th

  • 50 freestyle (II3): Finn Russ PB + 🥈, Lance Dustow PB + 🥉, Tate Pichon PB + 7th

  • 100 butterfly (S14/II1): Asher Smith-Franklin PB, NZR + 11th, David Beck 17th, Denver Xavier PB + 19th

  • 100 butterfly (II3): Lance Dustow PB + 🥈, Finn Russ PB + 🥉

  • 200 breaststroke (S14/II1): James Haydon PB

  • 800 freestyle (S14/II1): David Beck PB, NZR + 5th, Jack Bugler PB + 6th, Bailey Conlon 7th, Helen Mackay PB, NZR + 🥈

  • 800 freestyle (S14/II3): Tate Pichon PB + 🥇

  • 4x100 freestyle men (S14/II1): David Beck, Jack Bugler, Bailey Conlon, Asher Smith-Franklin

  • 4x100 medley mixed (S14/II1): Jack Bugler, Rylee Sayer, Asher Smith-Franklin, Helen Mackay


Day 3 results:
  • 50 breaststroke (S14/II1): James Haydon PB, Denver Xavier PB + 8th, Rylee Sayer PB + NZR

  • 50 breaststroke (S14/II2): Luka Willems PB + 4th

  • 50 breaststroke (S14/II3): Tate Pichon PB + 5th

  • 200 freestyle (S14/II1): Jack Bugler 15th, Bailey Conlon 19th, Cuda Tawhai 22nd, Rylee Sayer PB + 16/U NZR

  • 200 freestyle (S14/II3): Lance Dustow 🥉, Tate Pichon PB + 5th

  • 200 backstroke (II3): Lance Dustow PB + 🥈

  • 50 butterfly (S14/II1): Bailey Conlon PB + 9th, Denver Xavier 13th, Cuda Tawhai PB + 14th, Helen Mackay 7th

  • 50 butterfly (II3): Finn Russ PB + 🥈, Lance Dustow 🥉

  • 100 breaststroke (S14/II1): Asher Smith-Franklin PB, NZR + 🥉, Denver Xavier 19th, James Haydon PB, Rylee Sayer PB + NZR

  • 100 breaststroke (S14/II2): Luka Willems PB + 4th

  • 100 breaststroke (S14/II3): Tate Pichon 4th

  • 1500 freestyle (S14/II1): Jack Bugler PB + 4th

  • 1500 freestyle (S14/II3): Tate Pichon PB + 🥈

  • 4x50 medley men (S14/II1): David Beck, James Haydon, Asher Smith-Franklin, Bailey Conlon NZR + 4th

  • 4x100 freestyle mixed (S14/II1): Cuda Tawhai, Helen Mackay, Denver Xavier, Rylee Sayer NZR + 🥉



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