Gold and Bronze in the Aquathon Champs

On Tuesday 15 February, Westlake was represented by a team of 12 athletes at St Kentigern for the Aquathon Championships. This is an event that consists of an open water swim in the Tamaki Estuary, followed by a run, with students completing the event as either an individual or as part of a team.

The most notable performance from the Westlake Girls contingent at the event was that of the Senior girls team, who won gold with Zoe Crawford completing the 750m swim who handed off to Kalei Morgan-Tafea for the 6km run, storming to victory in the event, a full minute clear of the closest challenger.

Next was the turn of the Intermediate age-group, with 3 teams and 2 individuals representing Westlake Girls. A strong run from Kate Borton (pictured left) on the back of a solid swim leg by Savannah-Eve Martin, led them to a Bronze medal in the Intermediate team’s event. Kaira Wohlfarth also had an excellent swim-leg, swimming up from the Junior Age-group and exiting the water with the fastest of the Intermediate Girls.

Special mention must also go to Chloe Dowson & Mia Stanley-Hunt, who completed the grueling 500m swim followed by 4km run as individuals, finishing a respectable 5th & 7th overall.

Last to compete were the Juniors, a 400m swim followed by the same 4km run. Some valuable learnings taken no doubt by the two Year 9 students competing, as swimmer Cayleigh Blackburn along with runner Eva Gardiner came home an admirable 6th in the team event, with this being their first opportunity to represent the school.