Webby makes history at Christchurch Crown Swim




The fifth event in the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series kicked off today in Christchurch with Charlotte Webby securing a place in history. 


Winners of today’s 3.3 km Christchurch Crown were Charlotte Webby and Quinton Hurley.

 credit K & G Thompson.

New Zealand Open Water Champion and previous female winner of the Series, Charlotte Webby, made history by securing first place overall as well as the female title. She did this with a time of 41:09 minutes. Quinton Hurley was first home for the men with a time of 41:27 minutes.


New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, Event Director, Scott Rice, says; “Charlotte not only took out the female title but came first overall. This is only the second time this has happened in the 11 years of the Series. It was a class act. In amazing form, she was comfortably leading the majority of the race and managed to beat out the young boys.


Jun Dai, Colin Coombs, Stefannie Gillespie and Sammy Winward finished second and third in their male and female age groups, respectively.


Other distances in the Christchurch Crown event included the 500m ‘Give it a Go’, the 1km ‘Step it Up’, and the 200m Banana Boat OceanKids event.


“It was a great day. We had fine, calm weather, ideal conditions for the 700 participants who took the plunge. All the swimmers in the 3.3km ‘I’m Going Long’ swim were super-fast and finished well inside of the cut off times. The Banana Boat OceanKids event was awesome. It was great to see so many smiling kids,” said Scott Rice.


Today also marked the announcement of the newest members in the Jetstar Super Swim Squad. This elite swim squad is made up of talented youngsters (aged 7-12 yrs), who win their age group in the 200m Banana Boat OceanKids events throughout the season. This includes the opportunity to attend an end of season training camp in Auckland with top name elite swimmers and coaches.


New Jetstar Super Swim Squad members include Poppy Freeman (Hororata), Will Leech (Christchurch), Grace Hately (Christchurch), Aidan Blair (Dunedin), Chloe Newbigging (Christchurch) and Michael Lansdown (Hastings).


There are two remaining events left this season of the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, including; Bay of Islands Classic (18 March, Paihia) and King of the Bays (8 April, Auckland).


The New Zealand Ocean Swim Series caters for swimmers of all skill sets and ages, offering an opportunity for recreational swimmers to take the plunge with some top name swimming elites.


For more information or to register for this popular series, visit www.oceanswim.co.nz