15 Nov 2012

Wigersma retires from swimming

1:16 pm on 15 November 2012

The Southland swimmer Natalie Wigersma who has announced her retirement from the sport.

The 22-year-old first came into prominence at age 16 when she won a gold medal in the 100 metres backstroke at the inaugural World Youth Championships in Rio de Janeiro in 2006.

She continued to develop, winning a medal in the FINA World Cup two years later, progressing to the national elite team to compete at the Pan Pacific Championships and Commonwealth Games in 2010.

Wiegersma's best effort was with her fourth placing in the 200 individual medley in Delhi, where she missed a medal by a fingertip, setting a New Zealand record in the process.

She competed at the London Olympics this year.