Olive Pearce | Sport2020
My name is Olive Pearce; I am 16 years old and am in Year 12 at Tauranga Girls’ College.
This year, 2019, I won the Under 16 New Zealand Secondary Schools open water swimming 1.25km championships and I won five medals (two golds, two silvers and one bronze) at the New Zealand National Surf Lifesaving Championships. I was then named in the Surf Lifesaving New Zealand national youth (Under 19) squad. In April I competed in the National Age Group swimming championships, in Wellington, making two finals (top 10 in the country), I won the silver medal in the 16 year old girls in the 50m Freestyle at the New Zealand swimming nationals (October, 2019). Being a national champion, in two different sports this year, has been a thrill.
I am a current National Champion and multiple medallist, both in the surf and in the pool championship version of the sport and really enjoy giving back to the community. I am a qualified lifeguard and really enjoy serving the community by helping protect those in the water. I am equally passionate about my academic success and wish to study Health Sciences to become a Doctor.
In my spare time I swim to stay competitive in the sport and have won multiple Wellington championship and Bay of Plenty championship medals over the years. I hold a Wellington swimming relay record and have been multiple club champion for my age group at Otumoetai swimming club (now called Evolution). I have also been Bay of Plenty Secondary School champion for my age group.
I won three medals (two gold and a bronze) at the Australian Pool Rescue championships on the Gold Coast in August, I also set two New Zealand records. My short term goal is to represent New Zealand at the Lifesaving World Championships in Italy in 2020. I would compete in the Youth section; the team will be selected from the squad I was named in on completion of Surf Lifesaving Nationals.
My longer-term goal is to make the full New Zealand senior team in years to come.
My values are around hard work, excellent preparation, having fun and playing fair.