February 2019

2019 Aquaknights Junior Festival - Team Waikato

From the 15th to the 17th of February, 118 of our junior swimmers, their coaches, team managers and parents, will be heading to Rotorua for the 2019 Aquaknights Junior Festival.

That's two pages of names !!  You can see our full team list here.  It's fantastic to see swimmers from our summer only clubs - Otorohanga, Te Aroha and Waihi, competing this year.  A huge congratulations to all of you and good luck !!

2019 Waikato Regional Squads Announced

On behalf of Swimming Waikato I’d like to congratulate all swimmers that have qualified onto the 2019 Waikato Regional Squads.
A full list of the Squads was made available on our social media accounts at the weekend and posted at the Waikato Hit Out Meet.

It was great to see so many applications being sent through, a very telling sign that we have plenty of swimmers who are willing to act on their own initiative and actively seek ways to better themselves.

I appreciate many of you will have some questions around how we will operate the squads from now until December, so to help I have put together a 2019 Regional Squad Information Handbook. The handbook should provide you with an overview of the year for whichever squad you have been selected for and some additional information also.

I will also be inviting you all, parents included, to attend a Regional Squad Information Evening which will be an opportunity to discuss the squads and an opportunity to raise any questions.

As always, we will endeavour to update you all on as much as we can, as early as we can around travel dates, costs and camps etc. There will also be emails around proposed fund-raising opportunities which will be able to complement any individual or club fund-raising that is being planned.

In the next few weeks I will be conducting IPP Talks with all swimmers in Potential and TAPS Squads, this will be arranged with the home coaches in the next few days.

I’m proud of the effort from everyone involved in the 2018 Regional Squads, we had a great group of swimmers, coaches and volunteers who helped make such a huge success of our many camps and of the Queensland Championships campaign.  2018 is now in the past and we now look towards an exciting 2019, a year which I hope will see the Region once again making more giant leaps forward.

Darren Ward,
Regional Hub Head Coach

Fairfield Swim Club - Head Coach

Fairfield Swim Club is a large friendly swimming club based in Hamilton, catering to swimmers of all ages and abilities.

The club train at the Fairfield College outdoor heated pool during summer, and in winter we relocate to Waterworld at Te Rapa. We offer a wide variety of lessons and training regimes for swimmers of ALL ages and competency levels. From Learn to Swim right through to competitive swimming at the highest levels (national and international competition). We also cater for athletes focusing on multi-discipline events such as triathlon.

The Fairfield Swim Club is seeking a Head Coach who is passionate about swimming and has the ability to be involved in the development of our swimmers to their full potential, whilst maintaining their enthusiasm and enjoyment of the sport. It is envisaged that the successful applicant would be able to readily develop a collaborative and productive relationship with the club committee, coaching team, swimmers and their families.

The head coach will:
• Develop the annual and long-term club training plan to meet club objectives
• Design individual and group training and competition programmes.
• Lead the delivery and execution of daily training programmes in accordance with the annual and long term training plan.
• Deliver the top squad(s) daily training sessions
• Oversee and manage the delivery of training programmes by the assistant coach and junior coaches
• Work with the committee to establish an environment that fosters a positive team spirit and encourages commitment, sportsmanship and responsibility in all swimmers
• Attend swim meets as required, including club nights and local, regional and national meets.
• Have the ability to interact effectively with a diverse range of individuals of different ages, abilities and needs
• The ability to work effectively both independently and as a valued member of the team
• Solid, professional attitude, boundaries and standards.
• Minimum silver level coaching accreditation (or ability to obtain)
• Experience as a Head Coach (highly desirable)
• Demonstrated leadership, mentoring skills, and the ability to work as part of a team
• Current First Aid/CPR certificates (or ability to obtain)
• Current Lifeguard certificate (or ability to obtain)
• Current NZSCTA /ASCTA member

A police check will be carried out prior to employment commencing.

All enquiries and applications are in the strictest confidence.

Please email Club President Neil Shirreffs at neil_shirreffs@yahoo.com

A tribute to Ken Nixon

It is with deep regret that we announce the unfortunate passing of Fairfield Swimming Club Head Coach, Ken Nixon, on Saturday 12th of January.

Ken was a hugely influential and well-respected coach within the Waikato region and he will be missed by the whole Swimming Waikato family.

There are many other swimmers and coaches throughout New Zealand who have also worked alongside Ken and will greatly miss his expertise and knowledge.

Ken positively influenced the lives of many swimmers, dedicating so much of his time and energy to supporting them, in and out of the water.

We know that he will be leaving a legacy that will live on for many years to come in the results of those who were fortunate enough to have worked with him.

On behalf of the Swimming Waikato community, we would like to offer our deepest condolences to Ken’s partner Ang and to their family and friends at this challenging time, our thoughts are with you all.