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Matamata’s Graeme Laing is off to Kazan

Graeme Laing

Graeme Laing has been named an assistant coach of the New Zealand swimming team for the World Swimming Championships.

The Matamata Swimming Club coach will be working with Matamata’s Matthew Stanley and Auckland’s Lauren Boyle, who both are based in Australia.

Laing flew to Australia last week to time them and work on their techniques so that they are on target for the world champs. Stanley will be competing in 400m freestyle at the champs. Laing coached the Olympian swimmer for seven years.

The FINA world championships, in Kazan, Russia in early August are the stepping stone to the Rio Olympics.

Laing never represented his country at the Olympics or Commonwealth Games, but he is a former national age group champion in freestyle and fly and won the New Zealand Nationals in freestyle.

He was part of the NZ H2O team, he was a New Zealand surf life saving representative from 1980 – 1982 and was a New Zealand water polo representative in 1982. Previous to coaching in Matamata, Laing coached and taught swimming in Dunedin for 20 years with his father Duncan Laing.

Laing senior coached the New Zealand swimming team for the world swimming champs on and off from 1974 to 2006. “It is a great honour to part of the New Zealand coaching team since dad did that and it’s great to keep up the family name,” Laing junior said.

Laing junior hopes his first time coaching this team will see him be part of the coaching team for the Olympics.

THE NZ TEAM

The coaching staff will be headed by Swimming New Zealand talent identification and development coach Gary Hurring. Laing and Sue Southgate are the assistant coaches.

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The rest of the New Zealand team which will contest the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia on August 2-9 includes Bradlee Ashby (Fairfield, Waikato), Nathan Capp (Greerton), Bobbi Gichard (Greendale, Hawkes Bay), Corey Main (Howick Pakuranga, University of Florida), Kane Radford (Rotorua), Emma Robinson (Capital, Wellington), Glenn Snyders (North Shore, Trojans USA) and Charlotte Webby (Aquabladz, Taranaki).

Source:  Stuff – 18 05 2015