Taranaki athletes named in Commonwealth Youth Games squad

Taranaki athletes named in Commonwealth Youth Games squad


Taranaki athletes named in Commonwealth Youth Games squad

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Three Taranaki athletes have been included in the 34-strong New Zealand squad to compete at the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.

Middle distance runner Hannah O'Connor will compete in the 1500m and 3000m, Keegan Joe has been named in the beach volleyball team while swimmer Zac Reid will compete in the 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle.

The Games are for athletes aged between 14 and 18. 

Following in the footsteps of New Zealand Olympians, including cyclist Sam Bewley and swimmers Corney Swanepoel and Corey Main who also competed at Commonwealth Youth Games, athletes from athletics, beach volleyball, boxing, cycling and swimming will gain their first Commonwealth-style games experience.

New Zealand Olympic Committee  Kereyn Smith welcomed the young athletes to the team.

"We are delighted to name the 34 young athletes today as members of the Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games Team and wish them well as they head to their first mutli-sport event," New Zealand Olympic Committee chief executive Kereyn Smith said.  "We know how important this games will be in their future development as athletes."

Swimming will be represented by 11 athletes aiming to emulate the success of the previous Commonwealth Youth Olympic Games (Samoa 2015) where they brought home eight of New Zealand's total of 20 medals.

Australian based New Zealander Laticia Transom, who won two medals at the recent New Zealand Open Championships together with Lewis Clareburt who won six medals at the national age group championships headline the swimming team.

The Youth Games are part of the wider Commonwealth Games Federation's commitment to partner and support peaceful, sustainable and prosperous Commonwealth communities.

It will also be the first Commonwealth Games event to be held in the Caribbean for more than 50 years, with Commonwealth athletes last participating in the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The Bahamas Youth Commonwealth Games will host 1300 athletes from around the Commonwealth and take place between July 18-23.

- Stuff