May 2018

Check out these international selections

We're very proud to see the Waikato Swimmers & Coaches selected for upcoming NZ Swimming Squads!
We know you guys will rock these meets Waikato style!

Oceania Championship Team
Georgina McCarthy (Hillcrest)
Thomas Raymond (St Peter’s)
Paige Flynn (St Peter’s)
Daniel Caldwell (St Peter’s)
Andrew Jeffcoat (Fairfield)
Head Coach – Graeme Laing (Matamata)
Coach - Matt Teokotai White (Hillcrest)

Japan Open, Tokyo
Bradlee Ashby (Fairfield)
Vanessa Ouwehand (St Peter’s)
Cultural Support – Kazuko Tapper (St Peter’s)

Marathon Open Water World Series
Hannah Blackwood (St Peter’s)
Head Coach Carl Gordon (St Peter’s

2018 Australian State Team Championships Team
Peyton Tofaeono (Hillcrest)
Sarah Miller (St Pauls)
Danyon Hardie (ACE)

Food for Thought

You'll be aware that a number of the regions in New Zealand are banning the use of Technical Race Suits for junior swimmers and this is a topic that we'll be discussing later in the year.

Click here to read an article on Tech Suits that was published in the New York Times just a few days ago.   It's an interesting and timely international take on this topic.

Drug Free Sport New Zealand : THERAPEUTIC USE EXEMPTION

If you are competing at Open level events this year (both Long Course and Short Course National Championships), you are classed as a national level athlete by Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ). This means that you could be subject to drug testing, and there are a few things you need to be aware of.

If you’re currently taking prescribed medication which is on the Prohibited List, you will need to have a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in place BEFORE you compete in these events. The TUE will need to be applied for well in advance and will need to cover the duration of the event in which you are competing.

If you are drug tested and found to have a prohibited substance in your blood or urine sample and you do not have a TUE, then you are putting your swimming career at risk and could face a ban from all sport.

This year, some common medications which are permitted in sport have had their thresholds lowered. For example, Ventolin/Salbutamol which is used to treat asthma. The intake is now limited to a maximum of 1600 micrograms over 24 hours (for this brand, the threshold would be reached after 16 puffs over 24 hours). If you need to use your inhaler more often around competitions, then you will need a TUE.

If you are not sure what a TUE is, or if you are unsure about which medications are on the Prohibited List or the threshold limits, we strongly encourage you to visit the DFSNZ website, which has all the information you need to ensure you compete clean.

For information on the TUE process, please click here

To access the free online medication check, please click here

For overall anti-doping information, please contact Drug Free Sport NZ:

Phone: 0800 DRUGFREE
Web: www.drugfreesport.org.nz
Email: info@drugfreesport.org.nz
Medication Text service 4365 (cost 20c)

Jan Cameron a driving force behind Swimming New Zealand's high performance development has died suddenly.

Former New Zealand swimming coach Jan Cameron has died suddenly in Queensland, aged 70.

Cameron, who Swimming Australia confirmed on Monday night passed in the early hours of Monday morning, was widely seen as the driving force behind the setting up of New Zealand swimming's first high performance programme.

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Read more https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/103508055/former-nz-swimming-coach-jan-cameron-dies-suddenly-in-queensland?cid=app-iPhone

April 2018

Everyone's timing is different.

I thought I’d share this video with you all…
I believe it is extremely relevant, especially for our swimmers currently in High School.

I was 23 when I began University, roughly the same time when many of my friends were graduating and starting careers. Until this time, I had shown very little interest in Academics, it just didn’t inspire me. I felt like I was being left behind, that I had stepped off the path that was intended for me; This is of course a lot of nonsense.

The idea of 13 or 14 year old me dictating the rest of my life is a bizarre concept, this is a lot of responsibility for a young teenager with little life experience.

We all move at our own pace and there is no need to follow someone else’s timeline.

Do what you love and love what you do.

Darren Ward

Swimming Waikato - Hub Head Coach

https://youtu.be/6S9E0MVteEc