After taking a funding hit from High Performance Sport yesterday, swimming had something to celebrate today with the return of the successful short course world championship team from Turkey.
It's not often New Zealand can boast a swimming world champion, and having a gold medal around her neck is something Lauren Boyle is still getting used to.
The 25-year-old was crowned world champion in the women's 800m freestyle at the short course world champs, to go along with a third in the 400 and a final in the 200, all in national record time.
“Doing a personal best time is the best you can hope for so I was really stoked with how the meet went, really happy to improve all of my events, not just one or two, and it was a lot of fun as well,” says Boyle.
The gold and bronze cap a strong year for Boyle, who finished just out of the medals in London.
“I'm glad that I kept my focus and improved my short course racing as well, and was able to produce something concrete I didn't get at the Olympics… it was a great way to finish off 2012 and I've enjoyed the year thoroughly.”
Boyle's medal haul is also good news for swimming after receiving a cut to their High Performance funding.
New Zealand's first world champion since 2008 might just be the early Christmas present the sport needed.