Stroke victim relishes return to swimming but knitting may take longer

Jenny Laird thought her world had turned upside down when she suffered a stroke three years ago. An avid ocean swimmer, the 65-year-old New Plymouth gardener wanted to waste no time getting her life back together. “I was told by a close friend “you have a week to feel sorry for yourself, then you have […]

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Olympic Games medal hope Zac Reid wins record fourth Flannagan Cup ocean swim title in New Plymouth

Tokyo Olympic Games swimmer Zac Reid ticked off another milestone to become the first person to win four Flannagan Cup races in the event’s 105-year history. Swimming without a wetsuit, the 21-year-old swimmer, who has been selected to represent New Zealand in the 800m freestyle at this year’s Olympic Games, easily won the Open 3.6km […]

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Taranaki Olympic swimming qualifier Zac Reid makes late entry into Flannagan Cup

Taranaki’s top swimmer, Zac Reid, has made a late entry into this year’s Flannagan Cup. The open water swim off Ngāmotu Beach, New Plymouth, is usually held on Waitangi Day, and the Olympic qualifier will be away on that date. But this year the 3.6km competition, which was first held in 1916, is taking place […]

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Zac Reid makes history with threepeat in the Flannagan Cup

Star Taranaki swimmer Zac Reid has won the Flannagan Cup ocean swim race for the third year in a row. Since the competition began in 1916 just two people have won three times, chairman of the organising committee Neale Parkinson said. “But never three on the trot.” https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/110407272/zac-reid-makes-history-with-threepeat-in-the-flannagan-cup […]

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Zac Reid becomes back to back Flannagan Cup ocean swim champ

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Taranaki’s iconic ocean swimming race has served up some sibling success this year. Zac Reid, 17, and his younger sister Sasha Reid placed first and third respectively at this year’s Flannagan Cup, an open water swim off New Plymouth’s Ngāmotu Beach. Zac out swum 58 others who participated in the 3.6 kilometre race to claim […]

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Iconic Flannagan Cup set to be shelved

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One of the country’s oldest swimming events is in jeopardy of being cancelled because there’s no one around to run it. After a “mass start” for the centenary event of New Plymouth’s Flannagan Cup in 2016, a “mass exodus” of the cup’s committee members occurred. Sonia O’Connell of Swimming Taranaki, along with other volunteers, stepped […]

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2014 Hardie Boys claims Flannagan Cup at first go

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John Hardie Boys showed his sons how it’s done when winning the Flannagan Cup open water swimming race off Port Taranaki yesterday. The 54-year-old New Plymouth doctor was competing in the annual 3.6km ocean swim run under handicap conditions for the first time. Hardie Boys clearly sneaked under the handicappers’ radar, blitzing his rivals in […]

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