Thursday, 4 September 2014

Kurt Crosland - New World Record Holder in the 100m Men's Backstroke (25-29years)

NZMS awarded Kurt a certificate of achievement at the AGM this year for breaking a world record in 2013 and he also received a letter of congratulations from Aquatics NZ.
100m Back - Old Record - Chris King - South Africa - 00:56.89 -  15.06.12
25-29yrs -  New Record - Kurt Crosland - Dunedin -  00:55.87 -  12.04.13

Prior to the 100m backstroke world record, Kurt won 5 silvers and a gold at the Oceania Games 2012.  He says getting to stand on the podium with the NZ National Anthem playing for him was pretty awesome.  Kurt has also broken about 80 Otago Open Records and a few of Danyon Loaders' and was the overall points champion at the NZ Short Course Champs in 2013. In 2014 he was National 50m backstroke champ and 2nd in the 100m and 200m, just missing the Commonwealth Games qualifiers by .2 of a second.  Kurt says he has many achievements of which he is proud and he hopes to go on to inspire others.

Surrounded by an awesome large extended family, he lives with his beautiful girlfriend Riki-lee, her daughter Paige and his main man, son Riley.  Oscar the dog and Max the cat complete the Crosland clan. Kurt works as an aluminium joiner at Morlit Aluminium and says his goal is to own his own business one day.  When he is not in the pool or working he does what a swimmer does - eats and sleeps, although, he does say he loves to build things, hang out with his family and go for the occasional surf.  Good coffee and the odd beer, also form part of his healthy diet.
Being extremely passionate about swimming Kurt would love to coach swimming at a competitive level so that he can pass on his knowledge in the hope that it would help others to become successful not only in the pool but as a person too.
Kurt would like to give a special thanks and mention to Mr Duncan Laing.  Duncan, played a massive part in building the foundations of Kurt's swimming and was an incredible coach and a great man for whom Kurt has an enormous amount of respect.  He would also like thank the Dunedin Masters Swim Club for their support,  especially Steve Clarke and Richard Jongens.
Kurt in his own words: "Have a laugh whenever you can. Keep your elbows up, make your thumb touch your thigh, try 3 stroke breathing."

Congratulations, Kurt!  You are an inspiration and we wish you all the best for your future swimming career.

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