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Kirsten set to make waves at Games

Thursday March 29, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
Cook Islands swimmer Kirsten Fisher-Marsters is looking forward to competing at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, starting from Tuesday next week. 18032820 Cook Islands swimmer Kirsten Fisher-Marsters is looking forward to competing at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, starting from Tuesday next week. 18032820

Cook Islands swimmer Kirsten Fisher-Marsters is all set to create ripples in her first Commonwealth Games.

The 20 year old will compete in the 50m and 100m breaststroke events at the Games, which will run from April 4 to 15 on the Gold Coast in Australia.

After making a successful international debut in Kuki colours at the Asian Indoor Games in Turkmenistan, Fisher-Marsters is hoping for another grand performance at the Commonwealth Games.

“This will be my second time competing internationally. I completed at the Ashgabat Indoor and Martial Arts Games last year, where I made a final, swum personal best times and achieved two Cook Islands swimming records,” Fisher-Marsters said.

“It’s hard to put into words how I feel right now. I have never been so excited and I’m so proud to be representing the Cook Islands.”

Achieving the dream of representing the Cook Islands at the Commonwealth Games has not come easy for the Maraetai lass from Auckland, New Zealand.

It took long hours of training and practice in and out of the pool to make it this far.

She also juggles swim training with her job at Hyundai, a position she took on as part of her involvement in the Pinnacle Mentoring Programme, which provides leadership skills and mentoring to help build a foundation for success.

“My preparation for the Commonwealth Games has been my main focus for a number of months,” said a determined Fisher-Marsters, who has been swimming competitively for the past 10 years and holds the Counties Manukau 50m breaststroke record.

“I train 23 hours a week. I leave home at 5am and drive 30 minutes to training then I do two hours in the pool before going to work. After work, I go back to the pool and do another two hours.

“I do this most days in the week. I also add three gym sessions per week, which I fit in around family and work. Let’s just say I don’t really have much of a social life,” she added with a laugh.

For Fisher-Marsters, swimming at the moment is above all, even her dream of becoming a police officer, which she shelved to compete at the Commonwealth Games.

“Swimming is my life at this stage. I’m pretty realistic about my expectations. I’m still getting stronger and improving my technique,” said the finalist in last year’s Miss Auckland competition.

“(At the Commonwealth Games) I realise I’m going to be up against the best swimmers in the world and I intend to give it everything I have.

“I would be happy knowing I achieved the best race times possible at this stage of my swimming career.”

1 comment

  • Comment Link Sarah  John Stacey Thursday, 05 April 2018 19:14 posted by Sarah John Stacey

    Little did we know 10 years ago when John kept bumping into you & Karen at the Papakura pools, that we would see you taking part in the Commonwealth games. So proud of you,
    All the very best of luck, will be following you all the way.
    Sarah, John & Paddy Stacey xxx