Our Team

CHERIE MCCLEERY – Executive Officer

Cherie McCleery was appointed as Executive Officer for Swimming Waikato in July 2014.

Cherie has a strong background in sports management and administration, having served as Executive Officer for Midlands Hockey since 2010. In 2013/14, she completed a Sport Management qualification at Wintec which has supported to knowledge in this area. Prior to her role at Midlands Hockey, Cherie oversaw the marketing and communications of the Perry Foundation and brings with her a broad range of experience and skills.

Cherie has lived in Hamilton most of her life. She’s an avid sports fan and admits to having spent some years undertaking swimming training at the Hillcrest Swimming Club.

Cherie is married to Mike and their two children, Ellie and Keenan, are well into their young adult years!

e – cherie@swimmingwaikato.co.nz
t – 07 834 4289
m – 021 994 585

NANETTE FELTON – Events and Administration Support

With an extensive background working with not for profit organisations, Nanette joins us with plenty of enthusiasm and expertise.

Whilst she hasn’t been involved with swimming before, she has been happy to dive into the deep end, immersing herself in the swimming community and learning the ropes, getting our new ‘Swimming for Life’ programme underway and helping out at the recent Hamilton Winter meet.

She has literally spent many years ‘living on the water’. Commuting daily in a small runabout boat, she spend 8 years living on an Island in Sydney and also spent two years sailing around the South Pacific with her husband and two young daughters.

She now lives in Matangi, on a ten acre property, with ‘far too many horses’ and enjoys finding the time to swim a few laps.

She is excited to be poolside, working with Swimming Waikato, providing support to ensure that events run smoothly so that everyone can have fun.

e – nanette@swimmingwaikato.co.nz
t – 07 838 3633


CHRIS JOLLY – SportsForce Development Officer

Chris has been in the SportsForce Swimming Development role since 2005. Prior to moving to Hamilton in 1993, she was a volunteer in a summer only swimming club which was the start of  her involvement with the sport. Once she moved to live in Hamilton, she worked at Waterworld, Gallagher Aquatics and was an assistant coach for Rovers Swim Club. These jobs led to Chris gaining her Swimming New Zealand Diploma and level one coaching qualifications.

Chris’s role as SportsForce Swimming Development Officer is to work with swimming clubs to assist with training, club capability and professional development for school teachers. A recent example of this is the affiliation of Putararu swimming club which will assist them with building  club capability, increasing participation developing pathways for their swimmers.

e – christinej@sportsforce.org.nz
t – 07 858 5388
m – 027 223 6149


CLIVE POWER – Waikato Regional Coaching Coordinator

Clive is Swimming Waikato’s Regional Coach Co-Ordinator and has held this role since 1 July 2014.

A major part of Clive’s role is to support our region’s coaches in the implementation of a regional high performance swimming programme.  This includes visiting our clubs and providing advisory services as required, along with providing ongoing email and telephone support to our club coaches.

Clive has made a significant contribution to the sport of swimming over a 45-year period as a swimmer, an administrator and most significantly as a coach. Clive is a life member of the NZ Swim Coaches and Teachers Association; was Regional Director of Coaching for the Four Regions, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Taranaki and Hawkes Bay, and has had 26 years working with Paralympics New Zealand, most recently as the Swimming Programme Director leading up to the London Paralympics. He has also coached a number of swimmers to both Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games.

e- c-power@xtra.co.nz
m – 021 660 293