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February 5, 2018

Early last year, Warren Bird from Hecs Aquatic rang up me and Justin Lee to see if we would be interested in another competition. He mentioned a film project and New Zealand Nationals. All we heard was summertime in New Zealand and we were in. We had zero details aside from dates. He said he would organize everything. All we had to do was show up. 

Fast forward a few months and I’m in Portugal scouting for next years World Champs and I bump into team NZ. No surprise there we had the same idea of scouting at the same time of year as the Worlds. We sit down to dinner and Nationals come up. They ask if I’m ready to swim. I’m confused. Warren has already lined up two boats for us why am I swimming? They say it’s a swim comp like the Interpacific Championships. I reply with, “that can’t be right because I would never agree to a swim competition I don’t swim well”. I’ve never done Interpacs because I’m more of a boat-drop-me-off-over-there, then I’ll spend 5 minutes breathing up, then do a 40...

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