Today, the first races for swimming kick off at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Bronagh Ryan, 24, of Ngāti Porou will be competing as the breaststroke swimmer for the women's medley relay.

She says her goals are to keep positive and get as far as possible within her sprints.

“My goal is to make semi-finals, and if I get a chance at the final then I’m going to take it. I’m trying to keep that positive energy going so that I’m not, kind of overthinking everything.”

There are a total of 18 swimming competitors from NZ, four of them Māori. Laticia-Leigh Transom is one of them, and at just 16 years old, she’s one of the youngest athletes in the team.

The Brisbane-based Ngāi Te Rangi descendant says being part of the NZ team is a way to stay connected to her Māori side.

This will be 23-year-old Corey Main’s second time at the Commonwealth Games. The Ngāti Porou and Ngāpuhi uri also competed at the Olympics in Rio.

On this outing, he has his sights firmly on the podium.

“Gold medals – [although] obviously any coloured medals would be nice, but I’m going for gold, for sure.”

Lewis Clareburt of Tainui rounds out the Māori athletes featuring on the aquatics team, and he and his teammates begin competing today.