Sofia Deaflympics Update 3


Santana Chapman at the start of the 100m freestyle

On Monday 29th July, Santana had her first competitve swim at the Deaflympics. She had the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly heats at Spartak. The New Zealand team was supporting her from the stands. Given Santana’s age, and having only 18 months of training, she should be proud of herself. Santana had a time of 38s.07ms in the 50m butterfly. She has improved her International Deaf Swimming ranking by 4 places to be 22nd out of 40 in the 100m freestyle with a time of 1m:10s.09ms. This was her first international swim, and it was a whole new level to national swimming competitions in New Zealand.

At the same time, Daniel Carruthers had his Men’s Individual Time Trial. He came 14th with a time of 57m:51s.99ms for a 35km race.

He was only 7 minutes behind the winner from Russia, so that was still a good effort from him.


Talor with his dad after the 1500m Semi Final

The next day on Tuesday 30th July, Talor Gilmer had his 1500m Semi Final at Vasil Levski National Stadium. Again the New Zealand team were in the stands to provide support. Talor is also appreciative of the support he got from those who watched his race live on It was a very hot day with temperatures reaching 37°C! Talor has qualified for the 1500m final with a time of 4m:15s.81ms. Talor will run his 1500m final at 6pm on the 31st July (1st August 3am in New Zealand)


The three New Zealand athletes, Daniel Carruthers, Santana Chapman and Talor Gilmer

Following Talor’s race, the full New Zealand team got together for lunch. This was the first time the full team had met together, and we enjoyed sharing stories and laughter. It was good team bonding, and there are already plans for a Turkey 2017 campaign!


Team New Zealand at Sofia


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