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Helena GASSON
Sport Swimming
NOC New Zealand   
GenderWomen
Born08 Dec 1994 in Auckland, NZL
Height1.72 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Michael Weston
Occupation
Athlete, Fitness Instructor
Languages
English
Higher education
Sports and Recreation - University of Waikato: Hamilton, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age seven.
Why this sport?
"I had to tag along to swimming with my sisters, so I decided to join them. When I was nine I competed in my first national competition and I've never stopped."
Club / Team
Coast Swim Club: Silverdale, NZL
Name of coach
Michael Weston [partner, personal]
Training Regime
She trains for 40 hours each week split between the gym and the pool.
General Interest
Nicknames
Lena (newsroom.co.nz, 18 Sep 2021; Instagram profile, 03 Dec 2021)
Hobbies
Horse riding. (newsroom.co.nz, 15 Mar 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (fitnessjournal.co.nz, 05 Apr 2015)
Injuries
She was affected by a shoulder injury in April and May 2021. (newsroom.co.nz, 18 Sep 2021)

In late 2018, she tore her quadratus lumborum [abdominal] muscle when her horse fell on her back while she was trimming its hooves. As a result of the injury, she pulled out of competitions for the remainder of the year. (newsroom.co.nz, 15 Mar 2021; waikato.ac.nz, 11 Nov 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The thing I love most about swimming is that it gives me a purpose. All the hours I put into it are helping me achieve my dreams and that is an amazing feeling." (fitnessjournal.co.nz, 05 Apr 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was named Domestic Swimmer of the Year by Swimming New Zealand. She shared the award with Erika Fairweather. (swimswam.com, 06 Apr 2020)

She was named the 2012 Waikato Swimming Sportswoman of the Year in New Zealand. (Waikato Secondary School Sport Facebook page, 02 Dec 2012)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Butterfly 2:12.18
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Butterfly 59.82
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly  DNS
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 32.08
22 2022 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:15.95
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 26.67
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:49.35
21 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:13.91 
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:13.71
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 27.37
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay