Jack brings home two bronze

Jack Bugler trains in the Blenheim pool. Photo: Peter Jones.

Marlborough swimmer Jack Bugler single-handedly ensured the Blenheim Swim Club had a strong presence at the New Zealand Open championships in Auckland last week.

Thanks to Jack’s results the Blenheim-based club placed 16th overall on points among the 70 clubs represented, “a huge effort from a single swimmer”, said club coach Jenni Gane.

“Jack had a wonderful week at the pool”, she added.

He brought home two bronze medals, placing third in both the 100m breaststroke and 200m freestyle finals.

Overall, Jack took off a staggering 49.67 seconds off his previous personal bests across 10 events.

Other placing included a fourth, four fifths and two sixths, with one event not counting as a para event.

Para swimmers in all classes compete together in the final and are scored against the world record in their classification.

The 16-year-old Marlborough Boys’ College year 12 student swims in the S14 category and has his sights set on representing his country at the Tokyo Olympic Para Games.

Racing in Auckland, the biggest meet of his career so far, Jack showed he can perform on the national stage despite being up against some exceptional swimmers, including a national S14 record holder, world para qualifiers and NZ para representatives.

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