Keegan Pook: Swimming
 
 
 
DOB : 06.03.1998
BIRTHPLACE: ROTORUA
Hi my name is Keegan , I have lived in Taupo all my life.  My mum,  Jan is a nurse and works in Turangi, my dad Sam works for Contact Energy and my little sister Tahlia is Yr 7 at Taupo Intermediate.  We have a cat called Snowy.
I have been a competitive swimmer for Taupo Swimming Club since I was 10. I am also a member of Tri Sport Taupo and play soccer.
 I have done my schooling at Waipahihi Primary, Taupo Intermediate and am now a Yr 10 at Taupo Nui A Tia College.  I am a member of the Junior High Performance Programme squad at Nui .
I am privileged to say I have been a member of the scholarship squad for 3 years and am very grateful for all the assistance given.
Some of the highlights of my swimming career to date is taking a silver and bronze medal at NZ Junior Champs when I was 12 and then 5 months later taking 2 NZ Gold and a Silver at the NZ  Div 2 Champs.  This year I took the 14yr and under NZ Open water title at the NZ Schools Open water Champs.
My favourite foods are lasagne (especially mums), and burritos and any seafood.
My hobbies are hanging with mates, watching sport on TV, fishing, camping and I love the beach.
My least favourite sports are running and breaststroke.
Thanks and hope you enjoy my updates
Keegs.
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13/12/2012
 
 

Hi everyone I just wanted to wish everyone all the best for Christmas and New Year and say thankyou to everyone for another fantastic year.

Two weeks ago I swam the State Insurance Across the Harbour swim - held  2/12/12 Bayswater to the Viaduct Basin in atrocious conditions, 25 knot winds, the race was put on hold on Saturday pending weather developments overnight. Competitors were told at race briefing that conditions were bad and offered a ferry ride back to Auckland City - 1419 swimmers raced compared to the 1550 when race entries closed.

I was so stoked to come 9th overall out of 1419 swimmers, 9th of 894 male swimers

1st in age group (00-14) time: 43:41 ( 32 swimmers)
 

I have registered to do the Takapuna Swim and the King of the Bays. 

I leave for the Victoria State Champs in Melbourne on Sunday and while I'm ranked quite well for finals, only 2 visitors are allowed into a final and that includes other swimmers from around the other Aussie states, so I'm going to aim for pb's, represent Taupo, BOP and NZ to the best I can, and soak up my first International Experience.

Thankyou all again for all your support in 2012

Merry Christmas from Keegan Pook and my family Sam, Jan and Tahlia


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7/10/2012
 
Hi everyone, here is what I have been doing over the last two months.
September 2012
 Bay of Plenty Short Course Champs : Competed in 7 events, making all my finals and gaining 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals, a 6th placing and 22nd in the Open Age Group 400 Free.
Competed in the State NZ Secondary School Champs in Hamilton,  gaining 2 NZ Silver Medals in the 50 Back and 100 Free and 2 NZ Bronze Medals in the 100 Back and 50 Free.  I also gained 5th, 6th, and 11th .  
I was nominated for the Youth Awards again by Taupo Nui A Tia in the Sporting category and was pleased to be announced as a finalist in the All Rounder Category.  
Taupo Nui A Tia Sports Awards
I was asked to give a speech as the team captain of the swimming team, got a few laughs.  I won the Junior male Swim Champion and the MVP Team Award for swimming and was acknowledged in the Parade of National Acheivers and also for Multisport, Mountain Biking, Cycling, Athletics and Cross Country.  I was also lucky to win the Junior National Achiever and WON the Alpine Scenic Tours Trophy.  I was also nominated for Junior Sportsman of the Year and was stoked to see my friend Terrell Wichman win it.
Coming up I have the Central North Island Champs at Labour weekend in Rotorua, however as part of my training schedule for Melbourne, I am only doing the 50m sprints at this meet.  The following weekend I will head to Hamilton to compete in a Long Course Meet.  The day after that I will complete my swim instructors certification and have an assessment.  I will continue competing 1-2 x a month but be focusing on stepping up my sessions in the pool by another 3 per week and some will now go to 2hours, all building towards the Victoria Champs in December in Melbourne.
Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support especially to : Youthtown, Taupo Times, More FM, AC Baths Fitness Studio, Chris, Cindy & Cameron Smith and the Cooper Family Trust. I really appreciate it.

Regards Keegan

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31/08/2012
 
Hi all, my new season is starting to pick up, which is cool but due to the pool closure we are now training in the outdoor 25m pool which has its challenges…… we can’t dive so I have to find another way to keep that technique going.
In June we had the Xlerate Your Points Meet which our club ran.  I competed in my new age group and although only doing a few PB’s, I achieved what my coach Pete wanted me to, which was refining my underwater work and turns.  I managed to win the overall age group and won all of my events except the 1500, where I placed 2nd but did a 3min PB.
In the first weekend of the holidays I competed in the Greerton Winter Champs, in the 14/15 age group.  I targeted specific races as planned by Pete and made all my finals.  I did 4 PB’s with massive results in my backstroke events which I havn’t PB’d for a while.  I won the 50 and 100 back and got 2nd in the 200 back, going under the 30 sec in the 50 back with a 29.72 – I was stoked. I also obtained another NZ Short Course Time, which now gives me 7 events.   I was also the only BOP swimmer to  qualify for the Skins Medley Race, which is a fun event with money at stake. There are 10 lanes, so 10 swimmers that have to swim a randomly drawn stroke on 1 min 30 sec’s, so the faster you swim the more rest you get.  Each time 2 swimmers are eliminated.  I was one of the youngest and did well until the breaststroke was called, even the announcer said “come on Keegs  its your best  loved stroke…..Not “  I gave it death but in the end it got me……..my good mate from Hamilton won , so I was pleased the $100 went to someone I knew.
I have been enjoying my soccer with the Nui development team and learning from coaches Ray Griffen and Scott McLeod.   I am also co-coaching my sister’s Taupo Soccer Club Girls team with Vanessa Carmichael and the girls are doing really well.
Coming up next weekend I have a meet in Rotorua and early August a 3 day meet in the Hawkes Bay for the Hawkes Bay/Poverty Bay Champs which is a lead up to the NZ short course champs in Wellington end of September.
Well that’s all for now, looking forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks, thanks for the support.
Keegan


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15/07/2012
 
TEAM TAUPO UPDATE
KEEGAN

Hi all, my new season is starting to pick up, which is cool but due to the pool closure we are now training in the outdoor 25m pool which has its challenges…… we can’t dive so I have to find another way to keep that technique going.
In June we had the Xlerate Your Points Meet which our club ran.  I competed in my new age group and although only doing a few PB’s, I achieved what my coach Pete wanted me to, which was refining my underwater work and turns.  I managed to win the overall age group and won all of my events except the 1500, where I placed 2nd but did a 3min PB.
In the first weekend of the holidays I competed in the Greerton Winter Champs, in the 14/15 age group.  I targeted specific races as planned by Pete and made all my finals.  I did 4 PB’s with massive results in my backstroke events which I havn’t PB’d for a while.  I won the 50 and 100 back and got 2nd in the 200 back, going under the 30 sec in the 50 back with a 29.72 – I was stoked. I also obtained another NZ Short Course Time, which now gives me 7 events.   I was also the only BOP swimmer to  qualify for the Skins Medley Race, which is a fun event with money at stake. There are 10 lanes, so 10 swimmers that have to swim a randomly drawn stroke on 1 min 30 sec’s, so the faster you swim the more rest you get.  Each time 2 swimmers are eliminated.  I was one of the youngest and did well until the breaststroke was called, even the announcer said “come on Keegs  its your best  loved stroke…..Not “  I gave it death but in the end it got me……..my good mate from Hamilton won , so I was pleased the $100 went to someone I knew.
I have been enjoying my soccer with the Nui development team and learning from coaches Ray Griffen and Scott McLeod.   I am also co-coaching my sister’s Taupo Soccer Club Girls team with Vanessa Carmichael and the girls are doing really well.
Coming up next weekend I have a meet in Rotorua and early August a 3 day meet in the Hawkes Bay for the Hawkes Bay/Poverty Bay Champs which is a lead up to the NZ short course champs in Wellington end of September.
Well that’s all for now, looking forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks, thanks for the support.
Keegan


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1/05/2012

Hi all, it’s been a busy few weeks again, but I’m now on a 3 week break from training, although am enjoying some running, some light swims and a few bike rides.  I’m also using the time to work with Jonti at Pilate’s and my Massage Therapist Paulette to work on my core strength and posture, which will help me in the pool and hopefully avoid injury.
 
I4.03.12 I competed in the Waikato/BOP Individual Tri for school- I had a great swim and a ride and after a tough run managed to hold off my old school mate Jack Davies and I won the under 14 title- I was completely stoked.
 
I also swam for Taupo at the BOP Relay Champs and came home with 5 ribbons from my teams, we took 3 2nds and 2 3rds, I was very happy and it was a fun day and kind of neat to swim as a team.
 
At the Taupo Swimming Club Champs I won the 14 year old boy’s title and broke a record.  We have prize giving in May so more news then.
Then it was the big one for me- the NZ School Open Water Champs, 28-03-12,  this event has never been held before and was run by Tri NZ at Lake Karapiro the day before the National Tri Champs.  I was in the Under 14 age group and there were a lot of competitor’s.  It was a 1k swim which was 2 x the course.  The conditions were fantastic and the Lake not too cold- still wore a wetsuit but!  I had a great start and managed to stay in the leading group dropping a few swimmer’s along the way, coming to the 750 mark I was in 4th position and knew I had to be in the top 3 to ensure a good finish.  Round the last buoy I dug in and looked for every bit of energy I had and managed to get into the top 3, but the other two weren’t ready to give it away.  It came down to who had the mental toughness and physical fitness to dig deeper- I was sure I was good for it.  Down to the last 100m, I coud hear everyone cheering and I just went for it, sprinted the last 100 and secured my first NZ National Title- it was hard to breathe and everyone was patting me on the back- mum cried !  My time was 12:49 (2nd was 12:51 & 3rd 12:52)
 
It was a great day- my younger sister won the NZ Silver in her age group also.
The next day it was the NZ School Triathlon Champs- I competed in the Under 14 Individual and in the afternoon the team event.  I had great swim’s in both events coming out from the water 1st and maintained top 10 in the cycle, which I was happy about, the run once again proved to be my major foe and I got cramp, finishing 22 overall, not my best day, but I had put everything into the lake the day before.  My team didn’t feature so well either, but I was happy with my swim leg.
 
31-03-12 I travelled to Auckland to compete in the State Insurance King of the Bay’s 2.8K Ocean Swim from Milford to Takapuna Beach.   It was the first time I’d entered the full distance of 2.8K and was a little nervous- however the conditions were great, there were many big name swimmer’s there and I decided to just go for it.  I completed the swim in a time off 37:55 mins 5th in my age group and 17th overall – a great swim.
Last weekend I competed in the “Nugget Race” an adventure race held in Waihi. consisting of a 24k road cycle, a 10k sea kayak in the Tauranga Harbour, a 10k road cycle, 10k Off-road run and then 24k mountain bike ride, to finish we as a team had to run 2k around the rim of the goldmine.  I competed in a team with my dad, uncle and a family friend Steve Richards and another friend. I did the 2 road cycles and recorded the 5th fastest time for the 24K and the fastest time for the 5k- I was really happy, our team came 7th overall
 
Thanks again for the support, I’m really looking forward to the 2012-2013 swim season.
 
Keegan.
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12/03/2012
Hi all, well my hectic but very successful 2011-2012 season is starting to wind down.  Here is what  have been up to recently.
January :
I did the 5k Swimming NZ Open Water Champs, which is the first time I have done this.  I was the only 13 year old to complete the entire swim, as the others all withdrew during the race.  I swam in the Under 15 age group and placed 8th overall with a time of 1:17.44.
 I also swam the Epic 1k swim and was the overall winner.
I attended the BOP Ribbon Meet in Rotorua, swimming 4 events and gaining PB’s in all 4.
I have been doing the Monday night triathlons and aquathons,  doing well most weeks before my swim coach said it was time to focus on my swimming for Nationals, so tonight  March 12 was my first night back.
February:
I competed in the Kinloch Tri 3:9:3 as an individual and had a great swim and ride and a better run than last year, finishing  8th overall.
I swam at The Lake Rotoma Open water champs, winning the 1 k and the 2.5 k swims overall.
I also spent 3 days competing in Hamilton at the Central Champs, gaining a Gold in the 50 Free and Bronze in 50 back, did 100% PB’s and also got another National Age Group Qualifying time, giving me 4 qualifying times.
Ironkidz I competed in 13-15 age group and came 5th.
Across the Lake swim with the altered course gave me a overall 7th placing and a time of 55.58 , faster than last year.
For school I was the swimmer at the Waikato/BOP Team Tri Tag Champs and was the first swimmer to exit the water.  Our team placed 3rd.
I made finals at the school athletics but was unable to attend Mid- Islands as this occurred while I was away swimming.
MARCH :
I have just returned from 7 days in Wellington at the NZ National Age Group Champs, were I had to qualify and compete as a 14yr old, as the meet started on my birthday.  It was quite tough and I nearly made a final in the 50 back, finishing 13 overall (top 12 for finals) but did a massive personal best ( PB.) I also PB my 100 free going under the minute for the 1st time ever and the 50 free, and swam my time in the 100 back.  I enjoyed the experience of been at NZ’s 2nd highest ranked meet, and have learnt a great deal for next year where I will be able to race as a 14yr old again.
In the next few weeks I am competing at Lake Karapiro in the Waikato/BOP Individual Tri (14-03-12), Representing Taupo at the BOP relay champs in Whakatane on the 18-03-12, the NZ Schools National Tri Champs- individual & team ( 29-03-12) the NZ Schools Open Water Champs (28-03-12) at Lake Karapiro,  Taupo Swim Club Champs (25-03-12) and then King of the Bay’s Open 2.8k water swim in Auckland on (31-03-12)
Thanks to everyone for the privilege of been part of the Scholarship Team again, I look forward to another great year.
Regards Keegan.

 

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