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Chilton Saint James School Swimmer Strikes Gold

31 August 2011

Chilton Saint James School Swimmer Strikes Gold

Chilton Saint James School Year 13 student Emily McGill took part in the Inaugural New Zealand Secondary School Swimming Championships on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August in Hamilton.

In a hugely successful outing she won 7 individual titles and 1 silver medal – Gold in 50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley and 200m Backstroke. She also won the 50m Breaststroke (equalling the Wellington 50m record) and 50m Butterfly Skins, where swimmers complete the event four times in 8 minutes – 8 swimmers start with the two slowest swimmers dropping out of the event after each 50 metres.

To complement her golden run she also won a silver medal in the 50m Butterfly.

This is a continuation of her record-breaking efforts after the Swimming New Zealand Short Course Championships held 3 weeks ago where she broke both the Wellington 50m, and 100m Breaststroke records for 17-year-olds, although she swam in the Open category where she was ranked 5th in New Zealand.

Emily McGill Background Information
After starting swimming competitively at the age of eight, 17-year-old Emily McGill has gone from strength to strength. Every year since then she has taken out the national age group Gold medal for 50m Breaststroke, making for an impressive haul of eight gold medals in 8 consecutive years.

With 5am starts and only one day off a week sustaining this level of achievement doesn’t come easy. Emily trains with the Capital Swim Club under former Commonwealth Games representative, Gary Hurring, clocking up almost 20 hours a week in the pool over 9-10 swim sessions.

Looking to the future Emily has set her sights on the Commonwealth Games in three years’ time.

About Chilton Saint James School
Established in 1918, Chilton is an Independent school, affiliated with the Anglican Church. Chilton Saint James School is a girls’ only day school from Year 1 through to Year 13 with a co-educational Preschool based in tranquil surroundings in central Lower Hutt.

With a high-achieving academic record and strong participation in both sports and arts the School has a long history of nurturing students to become independent lifelong learners.


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