Butterfly champion flying high

Five weeks of illness, including a bout of flu and serious chest and sinus infections, was not the ideal build up to the recent NZ National Age Group Swimming Championships for Tindalls Bay swimmer Tori McTeigue.

But Tori, aged 17, is a focused and determined athlete. By the time she recovered, there were three weeks to go before the competition.

She came away as 100m Butterfly National Age Champion, as well as securing three bronze medals in Breaststroke and the 50m Butterfly.

There is no let up for Tori, who is the youngest member of the North Shore Swim Club’s elite squad, as she is heading to Thailand this week to take part in intensive training for the NZ Open Championships. These championships, which take place at the Millenium Institute in July are her main focus, as they are also trials for the Pan Pacific Championships.

The Wentworth College student is also on the long list for the World Youth Olympics in October in Buenos Aires but says her ultimate goal is the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Tori is looking for sponsorship to help her with the costs of travelling and competing in her chosen sport. If you would like to support her, email lmcteigue@hotmail.com