Twelve year old Darius Allsworth discovered swimming through his quest to take up his favourite water sport of body boarding.
He had to learn how to swim before being trained to surf.
“I wanted to go surfing two years ago, but my dad Andrew said I had to learn how to swim first,” said Allsworth.
“He taught me the basics of swimming, I picked it up and wanted to go further.”
Soon Allsworth was competing in local swimming events but none bigger and tougher than the annual national triathlon competition.
At the 38th Tinman Triathlon held earlier this month, the Apii Te Uki Ou student battled rough water conditions while completing in the 1200 metre swim.
Allsworth, who finished the event in a respectable time, underwent a month long strenuous training which included swimming three laps (a total distance of 1200 metres) around the buoys in Aroa.
“I felt like I was prepared because I had trained.”
Allsworth said, swimming coaches Kieran and Lesley Chan, Petero Okotai, and his mother Taimata also gave his valuable advice and instructions.
“Swimming is a good sport for other kids to learn. Because we are surrounded by the ocean, when you go swimming, it is best that you know about the water – the conditions, currents and water safety.
“Eating healthy is important too.”
Allsworth has set goals to pursue swimming and represent the country in the future.
He would like to participate in more triathlon events and maybe do the running leg, “to challenge my weakness, which is probably running.”
Football, Rippa rugby and body boarding are also sports activities that he loves and participates in.