The Diary of a NZ International Swimmer
Laura at the World University Games
"The whole experience so far has been incredible. I've managed to maintain focus, despite how exciting everything and everyone is! (Especially the food hall, its hard to stick to toast for breakfast when theres croissants, bacon, pastries etc!) Day two of competition and I have pb'd in both events, which gives me more confidence heading in to my main event the 100fly. The complex is awesome, two 50m pools and a dive well. The atmosphere is like nothing ive experienced in nz so far and the energy walking out for the semi final is almost daunting."
"Pin swapping is the biggest craze here, so far ive collected italian, south African, hong kong and Russian pins. Everyone here is really friendly and for the first time ever I do not stick out at all! There are girls walking round the village that dwarf me, and im 183cm tall..."
Laura swam a Personal Best of 26.8 in the 50m Fly, 4th equal to reach the semi final. Later that day she narrowly missed out on the final swimming 26.9 in the same event.
Another pb 100m freestyle 56.4. She missed the semi final by 0.1 seconds, which is frustrating but is happy with a pb!
Another update on results. Yesterday was tough, missed the semi final by 0.1 seconds for 100m fly: 1.00.9, she was just off her pb of 1.00.7. Laura was first reserve again for 100 backstroke, pb 1.03.3.
During the weeks competition Laura posted 5 personal bests and one season best. Hayley Palmer and Laura made the most progress with two semi finals each. Laura ended with the highest ranking, 10th in the 50fly.
"I am absolutely thrilled by this entire experience. No competition has ever made me want to come back and train harder this badly. The village has been a new experience and I have enjoyed every moment, thank you Northern Arena for giving me this opportunity."