Raumati Raptors swimmer Rebecca Moynihan has a slew of new medals to add to her collection.
Representing New Zealand for the first time at the Oceania Swimming Championships in Papua New Guinea, Rebecca triumphed with seven medals, only to return to NZ to get two more.
Rebecca won a sensational silver in the 50m freestyle at Oceania, just 0.01 seconds behind first place. It’s her first individual medal representing NZ, something she describes as “really special”.
Rebecca also got bronze for 100m freestyle, and helped the NZ team to three relay golds in the mixed 4x100 freestyle, the women’s 4x100 medley and the mixed 4x50m freestyle, plus two silvers in the women's 4x100m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relays. She says she loved the whole experience, and the really positive atmosphere. “I hoped to come away with a medal but I never expected seven!”
Held every two years, the Oceania Swimming Championships took place at the end of June, featuring teams from nations around the Pacific and Australia. Rebecca,19, is the first member of the Raumati Swimming Club to make a senior national team since the 1990 Commonwealth Games. She describes herself as a late developer who sets herself high standards, adding “if you put your mind to something it can be done.”
Rebecca flew straight from Port Moresby to Auckland to the NZ Opens Championships, considered to be the pinnacle of the domestic competition calendar. There she took out a national title, winning gold for 50m freestyle, and a bronze medal for 100m freestyle.
Proud mum Jacqui Moynihan says it’s been a very busy time for Rebecca, and “very special”. And as for Rebecca? “It’s been a massive couple of weeks. Overwhelming in a really positive way, with so much support from everyone. Now it’s back into training for NZ Short Course Championships in October” Rebecca will then return for her second year to Florida Gold Coast University on her ‘full ride scholarship’.
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