sexta-feira, 12 de junho de 2015

GARRY HURRING SWIMMING NEW ZEALAND


Swimming Achievements
Olympic Games
1984 Los Angeles
FINA World Championships
Silver - 200m Backstroke - 1978 Berlin
Commonwealth Games
1986 Edinburgh
Gold - 200m Backstroke - 1978 Edmonton
Pan Pacific Championships
1985 Tokyo
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As the National Talent Identification and Development Coach Gary's role focuses on working with regions, clubs and coaches on development pathways for young swimmers with talent.

Swimming could be in the blood for Gary. His parents, Lincoln and Jean, were both Olympic swimmers.
His mother Jean was also an Olympic Bronze medallist.

Gary was a gold medallist at the 1978 Edmonton Commonwealth Games (which earned him the Sportsman of the Year award, now known as the Halberg Award).
His winning time of 2min 05.99s also setting a Games record. In the 100m he was disqualified in his heat for not touching the wall properly on his turn.

Shortly after he travelled to Berlin for the World Championships, where he turned in an impressive silver medal performance in the 200m backstroke.

The following year he won a gold medal at the FINA World Cup in Tokyo.

He was tipped not just as a medallist, but even as a gold medallist, for the Moscow Olympics, and took it hard when he was told he would not be competing due to New Zealand boycotting the Games.

Disheartened in 1980, he took some time away from the sport and spent a couple of years surfing and working as a labourer on the Gold Coast. His appetite for swimming was rekindled when he turned on the television and saw the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games swimming taking place.

He eventually took a swimming scholarship at a university in Hawaii and returned to top competitive swimming in time for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. There he finished fourth in the 100m backstroke and fifth in the 200m backstroke.

He continued swimming until 1986 and contested the 100m and 200m backstroke events at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games. He swam 58.97s in the 100m and 2min 10.2s in the 200m, which was not enough to make it to the finals.

In 1988 he moved to Wellington to coach swimming professionally. He helped set up the Capital Swim Club and has built his career steadily.

Gary has coached teams at an Olympic Games, a Commonwealth Games, six World Championships (short and long course) and a number of other Oceania and Junior and Youth teams.

He has won the New Zealand Swim Teacher and Coaches Association Coach of the Year twice, in 2011 and 2012 and was the Swimming New Zealand Coach of the Year in 2011.

He was the inaugural inductee to the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.

Gary was born in Auckland in 1961 and attended Takapuna Grammar.




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