19 Oct 2016

Snyders retires from swimming

4:55 pm on 19 October 2016

The long time international swimmer Glenn Snyders has announced his retirement from the sport.

Snyders, 29, is now based in Los Angeles and is one of only four New Zealand swimmers to have competed at three Olympic Games.

Glenn Snyders

Glenn Snyders Photo: Ian MacNicol

Snyders currently holds the national records in all men's breaststroke events, both short course and long course.

He is the only New Zealander to have gone under the minute mark in the 100m breaststroke.

Born in South Africa, Snyders moved to New Zealand when he was 12 and joined the North Shore Swimming Club and was coached by Jan Cameron, Thomas Ansorg and Mark Regan at North Shore and the Swimming New Zealand High Performance Centre before his move to California.

He is a Commonwealth Games silver medallist and won the bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke at the Pan Pacific Championship in 2014.

Snyders was also part of the New Zealand team which finished fifth in the final of the 4x100m medley relay at the Beijing Olympics.

He joins Dean Kent, Helen Norfolk and Lauren Boyle as the only New Zealand swimmers to contest three Olympics.

Snyders says while retiring was not easy decision to make he knows it's the right one and hopes to maintain involvement with the sport.

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