With the perfect name for a swimmer, Finn Kennard-Campbell has had a meteoric rise since he began swimming competitively five years ago.
Recently the Arkles Bay teenager was selected to represent NZ at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas in July and also for the Swimming NZ national team and High Performance Sport NZ and Sport NZ’s ‘pathway to podium’ programme.
After taking part in a school swimming meet at the age of 12, Finn joined Coast Swim Club. “After learning properly how to swim, nine months or so later I set a NZ record in the 50m backstroke in my age group,” Finn says.
He has continued to break age group records and win medals and is currently the country’s fastest youth backstroker.
The Junior Commonwealth Games will be Finn’s biggest event by a country mile; 1300 athletes aged 14–18 from 70 countries will take part. The 100m backstroke is his strongest event but he will also compete in the 50m and 200m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 50m and 100m fly.
A Golden Homes scholarship will go towards the cost of competing at the games, but Finn’s family has also set up a Givealittle page and is grateful for any support to help him get there.