July 2019

We're hiring!

It is with a heavy heart that I must advise our members that Cherie McCleery has made a difficult decision to resign from her position at Swimming Waikato and take up a new opportunity within the Non-for-Profit sector. Since her resignation, Cherie has been working tirelessly with the Board over the past 4 weeks to ensure a seamless transition of duties and the ongoing success of Swimming Waikato. Cherie’s last day will be the 26th July 2019.

Cherie has been with Swimming Waikato for a little over 5 years and within that short time we have seen the vision of the Regional Hub realised; the communications between Swimming Waikato and its members improve; as well as the continual raising of the bar with events delivered. Cherie’s energy and passion for all things swimming has been instrumental in getting Swimming Waikato to where it is today – and on behalf of the Swimming Waikato Board and our members, I would like to thank Cherie for all her efforts during this period and wish her all the best with her new and exciting role.

The Swimming Waikato Board is now in the middle of a robust process of reviewing our admin structure to ensure our delivery programme is fully supported, and to find a suitable replacement for Cherie.  You can view the Job Advertisement and Position Description below.

In the mean-time, the on-going delivery of the Swimming Waikato functions continues with Darren Ward leading our Regional Swimming Hub Programme with full support from the Board.

Any questions regarding this communication can be directed to the Board Chairperson.

Kind regards
Sean Lewis
Chairperson, Swimming Waikato
M – 021 345 300
E - chairperson@swimmingwaikato.co.nz

Lead Development Coach - Hamilton Aquatics

Hamilton Aquatics is looking for a Lead Coach for junior and age group development. This role will be based at the Hamilton City Council Te Rapa 50m Waterworld facility to lead the Junior program for transition into Age Group swimming.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the recently formed Hamilton Aquatics based out of Waterworld and Hamilton Boys High School.

We are looking for a highly motivated coach who wants to work as part of a coaching team to develop an innovative club program that caters for swimmers of all abilities and goals from Learn to Swim through to National Representation. Hamilton Aquatics is committed to
developing our coaches professionally and this position would suit a coach with long term aspirations within the sport.

The successful applicant will be empowered to implement a holistic program that develops our large junior squads technically and skillfully across all facets of the sport. As the club grows it is expected that the role will also continue to challenge and develop.

This role is a full time position and requires the following:

● Design a training and competition plan that optimises athlete development at appropriate stages.
● Lead the delivery of daily training sessions for assigned squads.
● Work alongside the Head Coach to help deliver senior squad sessions.
● Oversee and manage the delivery of all programs and coaches within the junior squads.
● Maintain quality of standards of junior swimming across all facilities.
● Ability to interact effectively with a diverse range of athletes.
● Strong communication skills across all identified stakeholders.
● Attend swim meets as required.
● Cover the Head Coach when required.

Ideally applicants would possess the following;

● NZSCAT member and hold a silver coaching license (desired)
● Hold a current First Aid Certificate (desired)
● Have previous, relevant coaching experience (essential)

Remuneration will be competitive and in line with the candidates experience.

All applications should be sent to Head Coach Mat Woofe at matwoofe.coach@gmail.com and will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

2019 Swimming Waikato Annual General Meeting

The details of the 2019 Swimming Waikato Annual General Meeting are –

Sunday 25 August 2019
Aaron Court Motor Inn
250 Ulster Street

As detailed in our Constitution, all our Member Clubs are eligible to be represented at this meeting, either as an observer or as the representative authorised to vote on behalf of the Club.  The number of votes held by each Member Club is equal to the number of 'members' recorded in the database on the last day of the financial year immediately preceding the meeting date (ie. 30 June 2019).  That’s one of the reasons why it’s important that we get our membership numbers accurate in the database before the rollover each year.    For voting purposes, 'members' refers to -

-  Competitive swimmers
-  Coaches (both professional and volunteer)
-  Regionally or higher qualified inspectors of turns officials and nationally or higher qualified time keepers
-  Swimming NZ Life Members
-  Swimming Waikato Life Members

We are still waiting on Swimming New Zealand to confirm our membership numbers as at 30 June 2019 and I will forward this information by separate email as soon as I receive it.

To have a quorum at our AGM, we require Club Representatives from not less than 50% of the total members or, if post, email or electronic voting applies, at least 50% of the total votes are cast.  Please note that proxy votes are not permitted.  Please let me know, by the end of July 2019, who your club representative will be at this meeting so we can confirm, prior to the AGM, that we will have a quorum present.

Section 7 of our Constitution requires our Member Clubs to provide us with the following, at least two weeks prior to our AGM –

  • a copy of its Annual Report and/or
  • a copy of its annual financial statements as approved by its members at a general meeting of the club
  • the names and contact details of the person(s) with the authority to vote on behalf of the Club at the AGM of Swimming Waikato
  • the names and contact details of the club’s officers

Please ensure that we receive this information from you prior to the 9th of August 2019.

Positions on the Swimming Waikato Board -

The Constitution also requires us to give written notice to our Member Clubs calling for nominations for Board Members and I have attached the nomination form for this purpose.  Please note that based on our Constitution, our two longest serving Board members, Sean Lewis and Susan Barriball, are required to stand down at the AGM, and both have confirmed their intention to re-stand for the Board.   Julie Richards will resign from her role on the Board at this meeting.   Attached is a Nomination form for positions on the Swimming Waikato Board – nominations must be received by 16 August 2019.

Panel Appointments

As set out in our Panel Appointments Policy (which is attached) , please find attached nomination forms for appointments on the following panels –

  • Technical Panel
  • Awards Panel
  • Commercial Panel

Attached is a nomination form for positions on these Panels.  Nominations must be received seven days before the Swimming Waikato Annual General Meeting – by Friday 16 August 2019.

Our AGM is also a fantastic opportunity for us to provide our Clubs with an update so we’d love it if you could join us on the 25th.

Swimming New Zealand - Applications for Elected and Appointed Board Members

Swimming New Zealand is the national organisation leading the strategy for swimming in New Zealand. At its 2019 Annual General Meeting in September, two incumbent board members (one elected and one appointed) will retire by rotation. Due to the maximum term being reached by the elected member, the incumbent will not be seeking re-election. The incumbent appointed member will be seeking re-appointment.

Swimming New Zealand is therefore calling for applications for two vacant board positions from individuals who believe that they have what it takes to be provide collaborative and focussed leadership for the sport of swimming in NZ as a board member of Swimming New Zealand.

Applications are now invited for one elected and one appointed position on the Swimming New Zealand Board, both for three-year terms, to commence from the conclusion of the 2019 Swimming New Zealand AGM, to be held on Sunday 29 September in Auckland.

The Swimming New Zealand Board Appointments Panel will look to combine a strong collective skill-set on the board including governance experience, strategic ability, commercial experience, business skills and relationship management. The board will comprise a good mix of independence and connection to the sport.

If you are motivated to be at the forefront of the growth and development of a cornerstone sport within New Zealand and to further develop a positive culture based on trust, collaboration and disciplined focus we welcome your application for this voluntary position.

A board member application form and position description can be found on the Swimming New Zealand website www.swimming.org.nz

Your completed Application Form, together with a covering letter, should be sent in confidence to the Swimming NZ CEO at steve@swimming.org.nz .

Applications close at 4pm on Friday 26 July.

If you have any questions about the role or process please contact Swimming NZ CEO, Steve Johns, at steve@swimming.org.nz or 021 773 173.

June 2019

We're collaborating with the University of Waikato

Over the last few months we have had the pleasure of being involved with the University of Waikato’s Work Integrated Learning programme.

The programme is designed to support student-coaches studying at the University to get some practical experience at the coal face of sport.

Helping to support coaches at the beginning of their development is vital in ensuring we have well-educated leaders with the practical experience to work with our future athletes.

We had two student-coaches working with St Paul’s and St Peter’s respectively, and we are very pleased that one of these was our very own Claudia Ashby.
Both students worked with our Hub Head Coach leading into the project and have integrated well into the two clubs; both of them working on flexibility testing with the athletes.

We look forward to continuing our great relationship with the University and we wish both student all the very best with their report.