Carina Doyle competes in a heat of the 400m freestyle at the Otago championships at Moana Pool yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Otago swimming no longer offers Carina Doyle the environment
she needs to become an international swimmer and she has
decided to try her luck in Wellington.
Doyle (19), who was a member of Andy Adair's Waves squad from
the age of 11, will join the squad of former Olympian Gary
Hurring in Wellington.
''I'm leaving for Wellington because I've been offered a
place in the Wellington Regional High Performance Centre,''
''The Waves club is falling to pieces and I need a more
stable training environment.''
Doyle has switched her university psychology course from
Otago to Victoria.
Adair had big plans for Doyle and was convinced she had the
potential to become an Olympian.
She performed well at New Zealand age group championships and
won a gold medal in the 200m freestyle in Wellington last
year. She also won silver medals in the 100m and 800m
freestyle and a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle.
After Adair took up his coaching appointment in Nelson, Doyle
was the only serious senior female swimmer left at her own
''It was quite tough to train,'' Doyle said.
''I am going to a high performance environment where there
are several swimmers at the same level as me, who know what
it takes and are more dedicated.''
Doyle started serious swimming at the age of 11, when she
joined Adair's squad. The inspiration she got from Adair
dissipated when he left for Nelson.
''Andy had been my coach since I was young and Gary has a
similar coaching style,'' she said.
''I want that continuity.''
She said it had been a difficult time for Waves club members
since Adair left.
''The club has kept going but it has been tough. There have
been big changes and it has been different.''
Waves swimmers lose their temporary coach, Geoffrey Calder,
when the Otago championships end tomorrow. Rhys Pryde-Wall,
the assistant to Adair, has accepted a position in Gore.
''It's quite unnerving for us and is especially hard on the
younger kids,'' Doyle said. She is targeting the Olympic
Games and believes her task will be made easier in Hurring's
''I will just have to take one step at a time,'' she said.
''At Rio de Janeiro I could make a relay team and in 2020
compete in individual events.''
She will also target the Commonwealth Games and other New
Zealand teams, like the Pan Pacifics.
''I haven't represented New Zealand in swimming yet but
hopefully I will sometime soon.''
Doyle cut short her participation in the Otago swimming
championships to represent St Clair at the Eastern Region
surf life-saving championships, at Whangamata Beach at the
She represented New Zealand at the world under-20 surf
life-saving championships in Adelaide last year, where she
won silver medals in the 4 x 50m obstacle relay, the surf
race, the 200m obstacle race, the tube rescue, the taplin
relay and as a member of the New Zealand team. She also won a
Education: Kavanagh College, University of
Clubs: Waves (swimming) and St Clair (surf
Swimming: Gold in 200m freestyle at New Zealand age group
Surf life-saving: New Zealand team at world under-20
championships (six silver medals), 2012.