WMG2017 sport(s)

Swimming (pool 50m and 100m freestyle)

WMG2017 competition goal

I’ve been trying to convince my coach my training pool is actually 50 metres – I think he knows it’s 33 1/3 yards.  Goal is to complete the 50 metres with less than four gasps for air and for my coach to say “you still know how to race” at the end of the 100 metres.

Four gold medals and four world records at the 1996 Paralympics mark Duane Kale as one of New Zealand’s greatest para athletes.  Equally impressive are his roles as Chef de Mission for the New Zealand Paralympic team to Beijing in 2008 and London 2012 and as a board member of Paralympics NZ and member of the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board.

Duane is a strong believer in the unique ability sport has to create social change.  “The coming together of athletes to a multi-sport event such as the World Masters Games brings a wide and diverse range of people into one place with a common purpose.  The values of sport which encourage camaraderie, competition, personal success and growth are ones I am always delighted to be part of and World Masters Games 2017 epitomises these very values.”

According to Duane, the combination of one of New Zealand’s biggest passions, sport, with its uniqueness as a destination makes the World Masters Games 2017 a perfect recipe for the anticipated 25,000 athletes.  “It will be a unique and exciting place to be.”

At a personal level, Duane will take to the pool in April 2017 and is looking forward to competing in the newly opened, international standard pool at competition venue AUT Millennium on Auckland’s North Shore.