Board

  • Matt Watson

    Chairman

    Matt is into his second year as Chair of the Board of Swimming Waikato, and he’s proud to be part of a Board who are brave enough to continually challenge the status quo and are focussed on ensuring they improve and enhance the swimming model we have in the Region. Matt sees there are four key areas that need to be developed to grow swimming in our region: growing and developing our coaches and coaching structures; providing our Clubs with the support they need to provide fantastic swimming opportunities to their local communities; looking after our supporters and sponsors; and encouraging more people to swim, to swim for longer and to swim faster.

  • Alison Fitch

    Board Member

    Alison (Aly) was voted onto the Board of Swimming Waikato at its 2015 Annual General Meeting and brings with her a wealth of knowledge about swimming.  Aly represented New Zealand in the pool at two Olympic Games (1996 and 2004) and won a bronze medal in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.  A former Board Member of Swimming New Zealand, Aly is currently a member of the NZ Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission and a member of the NZ Olympic Committee’s Integrity Commission. 

  • Craig Blackmore

    Board Member

    I have been involved in general and financial management positions for a number of commercial sporting and not for profit organisations over the past fifteen years, currently I am the CFO for the Perry Group in Hamilton. I have and am still a board member of some commercial and not for profit organisations.  I am a keen sports person having played, coached and managed to representative level. My interest in swimming comes through being a keen swimmer when I was younger and my hope is to see as many people enjoy being in the water as much as I do.

    I am married to Belinda and we have two young children.

  • Julie Richards

    BOARD MEMBER

    I feel extremely fortunate to have combined my passion for sport with a finance and accounting role, working for the past 15 months as Finance Manager for Cycling NZ

    My husband Murray & I have 3 grown up daughters and over the years have been heavily involved in many sports with the girls competing to national level in cycling, swimming, triathlon and multisport. Coming from swimming backgrounds we continued to be involved in the sport by taking on coaching and administration positions within a local club. Guiding swimmers to medal at National level was a highlight of my time as competitive squad coach as was building lifelong friendships within the swimming community.

    Working within a National Sporting Organisation has given me further insight into the challenges and opportunities both athletes and supporting organisations are faced with on their pathway to sporting success – at both community and high performance level. It has also highlighted the incredible widespread benefits that involvement in sports has on us all.

  • Susan Barriball

    Board member

    Susan and her husband run a 110 ha dairy farm in Waitakaruru, milking 360-380 cows each day.  Susan plays a hands on role on the farm when she’s not running her five children to their activities which include swimming.

    Susan is employed in a number of part time roles for not-for-profits in the Thames area.  In addition, she holds a number of volunteer roles in the region including Treasurer on the Board of Waitakaruru School and Treasurer for the Thames Swimming Club.  Susan is a qualified IOT, is learning the Recorder role and is also involved with the Thames Valley Swimming Academy.

    Susan feels she can add value to the Board of Swimming Waikato by being from a club outside of Hamilton and being able to bring some country perspective, an open minded approach and a willingness to learn and is looking forward to having the opportunity to support our Waikato swimmers on the right path into the future.

  • Sean Lewis

    Sean is a Chartered Professional Engineer, currently working for Transpower New Zealand Limited as an Engineering Manager. He was a member of the Woodstock School Board of Trustees for the last 7 ½ years (with the last three as Chairperson). Sean has two daughters who swim competitively for Fairfield Swimming Club and when needed, he assists at Regional Swim Meets as an IOT and more recently, a Starter. Sean and his family have enjoyed their involvement with swimming in the Waikato, meeting new people and making new friendships as part of this participation. Sean is keen to use his governance skills to support the development and growth of swimmers in the Waikato Region.