Raptor Rebecca to Represent New Zealand
Raptors swimmer Rebecca Moynihan is to represent New Zealand at the Oceania Swimming Championships in Papua New Guinea in June.
Rebecca is currently studying Biochemistry on a full scholarship at Florida Gold Coast University in America, thanks to her swimming ability.
Rebecca, who is 19, has been a senior member of the Raptors swim squad for five years, and is a New Zealand Age Group Champion. When she’s home she makes the round trip from Shannon to train with the squad at the Coastlands Aquatic Centre eight times a week.
Swimming New Zealand’s High Performance Manager Amanda White made the announcement Rebecca had made the National team, emailing her to say “you, your parents and your coach should be extremely proud of this achievement.” The Swimming New Zealand Board has also passed on its congratulations.
Mum Jacqui and dad Patrick Moynihan are indeed extremely proud of her determination and dedication. “It’s so good to see her succeeding at what she wants to do,” says Jacqui. “It’s her first time representing New Zealand, so that makes it very special. She has really blossomed in the the last year, which is so lovely to see.”
Rebecca will be swimming freestyle events at the Oceania Swimming Championships, which are held every two years. They feature teams from 14 member federations of the Oceania Swimming Association: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti and New Zealand.