National freediving champ Kathryn Nevatt plans to dominate next week’s Pan Pacific Pool Freediving Championship.
The Arrowtowner left for Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday for the three-day comp with five other Kiwis, including Queenstowner Damien Jones.
She’s competing in three disciplines: the static apnea, where she lies face down in the water in a still position, Dynamic With Fins (DWF), where she’ll hold her breath while swimming lengths, and Dynamic No Fins (DNF), swimming breaststroke underwater as far as she can.
Nevatt, who helped Team New Zealand clinch victory at the inaugural Trans-Tasman Freediving Championship in 2016, says training’s been good.
That included four pool sessions a week and about two dry ones.
“I’ve a couple of lunch-time sessions in the park, holding my breath, sitting still.
“I am not sure how many people have noticed me sitting there, turning blue,” she laughs.
Nevatt admits she clinched a personal best last week and says training is “coming together”.
“It is generally a good sign that I am getting back to my best. I’d like to win across the board in all three events.”
The Pan-Pacific champ will be the athlete who gains most points across all three events.
Queenstowner Damien Jones is also prepping to go.
Nevatt, who has been coaching the newbie, says it’s his second competition.
She reckons his performance is improving and he’s recorded a couple of personal best results in training.
He’s also competing in all three disciplines.
“He’s pretty new, he is pretty much a beginner, but he was keen to travel and quite excited about the sport, so he decided to go.”
The pair, both part of Queenstown Freediving Club, will compete in the three-day Tokyo event next week.
Nevatt defended her national championship title in September last year, smashing the international competition.
In the static division she managed 6 minutes 45 seconds. She also won DNF and placed second in DWF during the NZ Freediving Pool Nationals three-day event, taking the overall win.