Athlete Report: MICHAEL MINCHAM - SWIMMING Feb 2014


16th-17th November 2013, Queensland Long Course Qualifying Meet 2, Brisbane Aquatic Centre

  • 1500 Freestyle Open Agen Group placed 1st

  • 400 Freestyle Open Age Group placed 2nd

  • 200 Freestyle Open Age Group placed 3rd

  • 200 Fly Open Age Group placed 5th

23rd November 2013, DOWELLS HELENSVALE PENTATHLON & Qualifying Meet 2013, Runaway Bay, Gold Coast

  • 200 Freestyle Open Age Group placed 1st

14th – 20th December 2013 – Queensland State Championships, Brisbane Aquatic Centre

400 Freestyle 17-18 y/o Age Group placed 1st

  • 1500 Freestyle Open Age Group placed 3rd

11th – 12th January 2014 – State 201 New Zealand Open Water, Taupo

  • 5000m Open Water placed 1st 16-17 /o Age Group and 2nd Open Age Group

  • 2500m Open Water placed 1st Open Age Group & 16-17 y/o Age Group

23rd January – 26th January Walker & Hall 2014 Anthony Mosse Classic, Westwave Aquatic Centre, Auckland

  • 400 Freestyle Open Age Group placed 2nd

  • 200 Freestyle Open Age Group placed 5th

Upcoming Events March (date tbc) - GPS (Greater Public Schools) Championships - Brisbane 14th-15th March – Gold Coast Regional Championships, Queensland, Australia 8th-11th April –State 2014 NZ Open Championships, Westwave Aquatic Centre, Auckland

I also attended the Swimming New Zealand Training Camp on the Gold Coast during November/December, it was awesome been part of such a professional group of athletes, and train alongside the likes of Lauren Boyle (past DOYSF receipient). I continued my training over the Xmas holidays at home with a number of this group and really enjoyed the experience.

I had the opportunity at the end of last year to teach some younger children in learn to swim classes, with several of the classes having high level special needs children. I really enjoyed the experience so hope to be able to do more of this.

Letter from Coach

Michael is now entering his 4th and final year at The Southport School, during the past three years Michael has had some outstanding results both domestically and internationally. His performances however have become more consistent over the last six months whilst still in full training.

This was highlighted at the Queensland State Championships where Michael was training and competing with NZ High Performance Coach David Lyles, Michael swam his best set of times in the 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle whilst not being rested or tapered. This was the first time that Michael has been able to perform close to his best following a period of intensive training. I feel that this is a significant indication of his progress during the second half of 2013 and an indication that he is starting to mature and develop into a reliable senior competitor capable of success internationally.

I look forward to assisting Michael during his final year at TSS in achieving selection at the International level and representing NZ. Michael also has a clear ambition to train with the National Performance Group in Auckland from December 2014 and prepare for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. I fully support Michaels continued scholarship from the Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation.


Chris Nesbit

High Performance Coach

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