Monday, April 12, 2010

Cara Baker is making a bit of a splash

Open water swimmer Cara Baker has popped "home" to NZ to make her debut at this weekends King of the Bays ocean swim (last of the Sovereign series) in Auckland. Cara is having a dream year, having been the only NZ swimmer to gain a spot at the World Open Water Swimming Championships to be held in Canada in July, but it's not all been plain sailing for her.

Cara’s rise in the world of swimming included a few hurdles, like a serious bout of illness, major surgery, further illness and an understandable lack of confidence in her ability to cope with the rigorous training required of an international swimmer, let alone the mental demands of racing.

But the past summer Cara has shown she can leap hurdles as well as swim like a fish. Her health has returned, her fitness is as good as it has been and she is winning titles along the way.

Under the expert guidance of Australian Dennis Cotterell at her Gold Coast home, Cara has made every post a winner this summer, finishing second in the 10km and winning the 5km races at the Australian Open Water Championships and cleaning up both in New Zealand. This girl has more talent than you can shake a stick at, and we’re pretty excited to have her on the blueseventy team!

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