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Twist to Become 5th Otago Athlete to Compete at JPP

After a breakout year domestically, Kiwi ASC athlete Kale Twist will make his international debut for New Zealand at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Hawai'i from 24 August 2022 (25 August NZST).

It has been a whirlwind year for Kale, who only rejoined competitive swimming last year after a hiatus from racing at the competitive level that lasted more than 12 months. Kale competed at his first national competition (other than NZ Secondary Schools) in April of this year when he attended the New Zealand Swimming Championships, a meet where he broke his first Otago Age Group and Open Records, as well as booked his spot on the team to attend the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. Kale then backed up with another successful national meet, this time at the New Zealand Age Group Swimming Championships, where he posted more impressive times and came home with a bronze medal.

We are absolutely stoked to see Kale gain selection to represent New Zealand at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. It is a competition where we have consistently seen Otago athletes excel in the past - with four Otago athletes taking part in the previous editions of the championships.

Current Aquablack and New Zealand Record Holder Erika Fairweather (Neptune) competed at the 2018 edition in Fiji, where she notably placed 4th in the 400m Freestyle. Multiple Otago Record Holder Andrew Trembath (Neptune) competed at the 2014 edition in Hawai'i, where he, too, placed 4th - instead, in the 100m Backstroke. Phoebe Williams and Shane Patience (both of Waves) competed at the 2009 edition which was held in Irvine, California - where they both placed in the Top 8 in various events. Upon debut, Kale will become the fifth Otago athlete to compete at a Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, joining the above athletes in this prestigious club.

The individual events Kale will contest at these championships can be found below. Note: Kale may also be competing in relays - more information to follow closer to the time.

Kale's Individual Races at Junior Pan Pacs
Approx. Time of Race
Male 100m Freestyle Heat - Fri 26 Aug @ 7:00AM NZST
Final* - Fri 26 Aug @ 3:00PM NZST
Male 50m Freestyle Heat - Sun 28 Aug @ 7:00AM NZST
Final* - Sun 28 Aug @ 3:00PM NZST
*subject to qualification

For more information on the Junior Pan Pacific Championships, including a link to the live stream, click here