October 2018

Swim Waipa are looking for a Learn to Swim Manager

• Do you excel at customer service?

• Are you a great people manager?

• Do you want to be part of a fun and positive team?

If so this could be the role for you!

Go Waipa are looking for a dynamic person to lead, deliver and grow the Learn to Swim and Schools programme across the Waipa region.

You will be part of positive and innovative team who are focused on leading swimming in a new direction.

The successful applicant must have outstanding customer service skills, be community focused and have the ability to coordinate multiple activities and staff for a variety of stakeholders at any given time.

A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a supervisory or management role in a Learn to Swim programme is a necessity, and proven people management experience is essential.

Commitment to ensuring great experiences for our customers and delivering our strategic vision is a must, along with the ability to supervise, train and develop a diverse part time team.

This is a full-time position

A job description is available on request.

Please send your cv and cover letter to sharlene.charleston@gowaipa.com.

Applications close Friday 26 October 2018.

Para Swimming in the Waikato

Inclusivity is one of Swimming Waikato's big focuses and growing para swimming in the region is just one opportunity that has been identified to achieve this goal.

Our Hub head coach, Darren Ward, is teaming up with St Paul's Swimming Club head coach Graham Smith and Bay of Plenty's Henk Greupink to put on a free para-swimming camp in Cambridge next month.

The aim of the camp, which is targeted at primary and intermediate aged swimmers who are ready to leave their learn to swim programmes, is to identify a pathway for these swimmers, but also to educate coaches and officials.  The camp is taking place at St Peter's School on the 10th of November and already, there has been a lot of interest.

Prior to this camp taking place, Darren is attending the Paralympics NZ Para Swimming National Development Camp in Auckland and is looking forward to bringing his learnings back to our November camp, and to future development opportunities that are delivered in the Waikato.

Below is the Camp Flyer.  For more information on the para-swimming camp in Cambridge on November 10, email Darren Ward at darren@swimmingwaikato.co.nz.


First Aid Course opportunity

We’ve been in touch with St John with a view to holding a Private First Aid Level 1 Course for Coaches, Team Managers and any other members of our swimming community who would benefit from holding this qualification.

The cost of the course will be passed on to those attending and at this stage, we’re just looking for registrations of interest.  If we have sufficient numbers, we’ll be back in touch to confirm a date.

If you're interested in this opportunity, please contact cherie@swimmingwaikato.co.nz (by the end of October).

Five Waikato Swimmers qualify for World Championships

What a week it has been for Swimming Waikato at the 2018 Swimming New Zealand Short Course Championships (25m) in Auckland.

Over the last week, the Waikato region picked up 34 National Age and Open titles, 26 Silver and 24 Bronze medals along with a large Waikato and National record haul.

The big talking point was the qualification of five Waikato Swimmers onto the NZ National Team for the upcoming Swimming World Short Course Championships in China in December 2018.

Congratulations to the following swimmers who have booked their ticket to China; Matt Hyde (Matamata), Gina McCarthy (Hillcrest), Paige Flynn (St Peter’s), Vanessa Ouwehand (St Peter’s) and Andrew Jeffcoat (Fairfield), as well as your individual Clubs and Coaches on selection for the World Championships.

The region saw several of its senior swimmers stepping up and racing without fear and putting in some life time best results. Their actions and positive attitude have been infectious throughout their respective camps and throughout the region, they have been fantastic ambassadors for their individual teams and for the upcoming stars in the Waikato.

Another big positive from the meet has been the performances of several our younger age-group swimmers, they have had a largely positive and professional attitude from Day 1 to 5 and have in many cases showed maturity beyond their years. Yes, there was a big medal tally for these swimmers, but the main reward has been the competitive experience and the valuable feedback that will help to support their future development into their senior competitive years.

Meet Entry Fees

In line with our Board Work Plan, we are required to annually review the cost of meet entries for our Swimming Waikato hosted swim meets and this was carried out at our 26 September 2018 Board Meeting.

From 1 January 2019, there will be a small increase to meet entry fees and these increases are detailed below –

Non-championship Meets:          Increase from $8.50 per event to $9.00 per event
Championship Meets:                    Increase from $9.25 per event to $9.75 per event

The increase of 0.50c per entry will be re-invested back into our Regional Swimming Hub programme to ensure that all our membership have the opportunity to benefit from the grassroots initiatives, the education opportunities, the forums, the competitive opportunities and the camps and trips – all which form part of our Swimming Hub programme.  If you’re not familiar with our Regional Swimming Hub programme, below is a brochure which we use extensively to update interested parties on what we are delivering.  We thought it might be interesting for you to have a read through this too.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at lots of our meets over the summer period and we’re especially excited about welcoming you onto pool deck at the newly renovated Waterworld in just a few months time!