Thursday, 8 June 2017

NZMS Swimmer of The Year - Jolie Fenwick

"Jolie swims for the Hamilton Masters club. During 2016 she broke NZ records a total of 12 times.

She broke 50m records in Freestyle, Butterfly and Breaststroke; 100m records in Breaststroke and IM; as well as the 200m Breaststroke. She broke the 50m Breaststroke by a 3 second margin and the 100m Breaststroke by 6 1/2 seconds.

The 50m fly record was last broken by commonwealth Gold Medallist Rebecca Perrot 20 years ago.

The 50m Freestyle record had stood for an incredible 25 years since it was set by commonwealth games gold medallist Jaynie Parkhouse in 1991.

Jolie is a well deserving recipient of our Masters Swimmer of the Year.
" SNZ Awards

Meet Jolie Fenwick

Jolie's swimming career started in the Wairarapa where she was the first swimmer from the Wairarapa to make the NZ Opens, get a gold medal and get NZ Records. Jolie later moved to the North Shore under Jan Cameron and Donna Boizaid where she qualified for a few NZ teams. Jolie says the thing she loves about Masters is that it is fun and social, keeps her fit, and you can make it as competitive as you want it to be. 

Jolie is married to Dan Fenwick and they have three gorgeous boys, Jayden 10, Harrison 7 and Riley 4. She currently works at their family company, Dan Fenwick Builders, doing admin and Health & Safety work. The family has a lively Lab called Chobe named after the Chobe National Park in Botswana and also has 3 chickens.

What does Jolie do when she is not in the water?  You can find her on the beach or waterskiing and in her down time she loves watching Netball, Rugby, The Blackcaps, eating chocolates and drinking wine.

Jolie's hero and inspiration is her mom! She says her mom only started swimming when Jolie was very young and she has been doing Masters for quite a few years now and does crazy events like the 200m Fly. She lives in Sanson so Jolie gets to catch up with her mom at most Masters meets and usually makes herself an honorary Fielding Club member. Sophie Pascoe also inspires Jolie and she thinks Sophie is amazing and the times she swims is unbelievable.

One of Jolie's most memorable swimming achievements was going to the Pan Pacific Games in Sydney in 1999 as she got to see some amazing swimmers like Ian Thorpe, Grant Hackett, Penny Heyns, Leisel Jones, Geoff Huegill, Susie O'Neill, Lenny Krayzelburg and Pieter van den Hoogenband. She made the semi final in her 200m breastroke. Unfortunately, the following year Jolie just-just missed out on qualifying for the 2000 Olympics.

Some of her future swimming goals are to always try and do PB's and break the NZ Masters Records, she would love to make it to a World Masters Swimming Champs or Pan Pacific Games but says at this stage of her life that that's not an option. One of her main goals was to become the NZ Master Swimmer of the year which she has now achieved and feels very honoured to have received it.

Some advice from Jolie herself: 

"Swimming: We all train and practice DPS - Distance Per Stroke, when it comes to a race we seem to throw that out the window, so don't throw it out the window! Also knowing 'HOW' to swim a race is key, the best way to know how is by doing lots of swim events & racing!!  Out of the Pool: Life is too short, make the most of it and just enjoy it and have fun!!!"

Well done Jolie on being selected as NZMS Swimmer of The Year 2016 and all the best for the future.

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