Posted on Saturday 11th June, 2022

The New Zealand Para swimming team at the World Para Swimming Championships

Five excited Kiwi Para swimmers are in Madeira, Portugal for the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships.

The team is led by Paralympic gold medalists Cameron Leslie and Nikita Howarth, who have over two decades of international experience between them. Gaby Smith, Joshua Willmer and Lili-Fox Mason are debutantes competing at their first World Para Swimming Championships.

How to watch the World Para Swimming Championships

The events will be broadcast live and free via the Paralympic Games YouTube channel. You can watch live or watch the recordings later.

When to watch – schedule and results

With the time difference, events will be mostly during the night in New Zealand. Competition starts from this Sunday night (12 June) and runs through to Saturday night (18 June).

Here is a link to the Madeira 2022 schedule and live results.

All times are estimated. The schedule may change.

EventEst. time in NZCompetingResultPlacing
Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9Mon 4.28am Gaby Smith1:21.05, +5.52 behind 1st place6th;
U16 National Record;
Men's 100m Freestyle S4Tue 4.24am Cameron Leslie1.21.80Gold
Women's 200m individual Medley SM10Tue 5.36am Gaby Smith2:42.24, +15.04 behind 1st place6th;
Women's 100m Breaststroke SB7Wed 4.34am Nikita Howarth1:33.45, +1.54 behind 1st placeSilver
Women's 400m freestyle S10Wed 6.36amLili-Fox Mason5:06.62, +31.22 behind 1st place7th;
Women's 400m freestyle S10Wed 6.36amGaby Smith5:01.75, +26.35 behind 1st place5th;
U16 National Record
Men's 50m Backstroke S4Thu 5.37am Cameron Leslie42.54, +0.60 behind 1st placeSilver
Women's 100m Backstroke S7Thu 6.50am Nikita Howarth1:29.19, +8.16 behind 1st place6th
Men's 50m Freestyle S4Fri 4.43am Cameron Leslie36.71, +0.46 behind 1st placeSilver;
Oceania Record
Women's 50m Butterfly S7Fri 5.08am Nikita Howarth36.68, +2.67 behind 1st place4th
Women's 100m Butterfly S10Fri 4.28am Lili-Fox Mason1.12.40, +4.33 behind 1st place8th
Men's 100m Breaststroke SB8Sun 4.10am Joshua Willmer1:15.85, +4.28 behind 1st place6th
Men's 200m freestyle S4Sun 5.05amCameron Leslie2:59.71, +8.80 behind 1st placeSilver;
Oceania Record

What events will the NZ Para athletes compete in?

Nikita Howarth

  • Coach: Mat Woofe
  • Club: Hamilton Aquatics
  • Events: – 50 Butterfly – 100 Breaststroke – 100 Backstroke

Follow Nikita on social media @nikita_howarth

Cameron Leslie

  • Coach: Tom Onley
  • Club: Whangarei Swim Club
  • Events: – 50 Freestyle – 100 Freestyle – 50 Backstroke

Follow Cameron on social media @camtron1990

Lili-Fox Mason

  • Coach: Matt Houston
  • Club: Wharenui Swim Club
  • Events: – 400 Freestyle – 100 Butterfly – 200 Individual Medley

Follow Lili-Fox on social media @lilifoxmason.swim

Joshua Willmer

  • Coach: Sheldon Kemp and Shaun Foley
  • Club: Pukekohe Swim Club
  • Events: – 100 Breaststroke

Follow Joshua on social media @joshua_willmer

Gaby Smith

  • Coach: Carl Gordon
  • Club: Wharenui Swim Club
  • Events: – 400 Freestyle – 100 Backstroke – 100 Breastroke – 200 Individual Medley

Follow Gaby on social media @gabyy.smithh