November 2018

2019 Swimming Waikato Regional Squad Programme

Our Regional Swimmer Pathway includes a number of combined training opportunities and trips for qualified swimmers.

Attached is a breakdown of the 2019 Calendar by squad (TAPs, Potential, Pathway, XLR8- 2.5K) which provides a brief background to each camp/competition involving the regional squads.

We have already received a number of application forms for positions on the squads and we would encourage you to check the qualifying criteria (which you can find below) so you can take part in these additional development opportunities if you qualify.

There is a cost to improving as a swimmer, that is the reality of the sport and not one that is likely to change. Instead of stopping at the planning stage due to the financial road block, we must be prepared to meet this challenge.  Swimmers will know very early on in the year if they have made squads, most of them will have known as soon as they applied in 2018 (barring any exclusion by our Hub Head Coach or Club Coach) - we are giving swimmers as much time as possible to budget and fundraise to be part of these opportunities.

The success of our regional squads is largely down to us all collectively, we will get out what we put in. We have a very good number of enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and experienced coaches, and talented swimmers, in the region so we really already have a great head start.

The Regional Squad camps and competitions will complement the day to day work being done in club programs and we're really looking forward to finishing off what has been a positive 2018 and setting about raising the bar for 2019.

Huntly Aquatic Centre wins NZ Outstanding Pool Award

Huntly’s own swimming pool last week was awarded the New Zealand Recreation Association’s Outstanding Pool Award for 2018, recognition for being the best ran swimming pool in New Zealand. The award, which is judged on excellence, innovation and effectiveness in the provision of pool services recognized Huntly for its excellent customer service, innovative approach to teaching, access and inclusion along with its high percentage of the population participating in learn to swim.

General Manager of Belgravia Leisure (contract managers of Huntly Pool), Mark Blake said “He was extremely proud of Jordarne Wiggins (Manager) and her team who are passionate about service delivery and ensuring their customers are happy.”

“We are immensely proud of our Huntly Aquatic Centre team’s outstanding customer service and truly innovative programs that reflect the communities’ needs and the extremely attractive pricing structure,” said Nick Cox, CEO for Belgravia Leisure.

“Fairly quickly you will realise that the customers are happy, the staff are smiling and enthusiastic. We rank this facility in our top five operated pools internationally.”

Manager, Jordarne Wiggins said, “I am so proud of my team and the energy they bring to work every day. This award is reflective of our staff, the great support from Belgravia Head office and our outstanding partners in Waikato District Council. We are all truly humbled to be selected as the country’s best ran pool for 2018. “

Waikato District Council Parks and Facilities Manager Megan May said she was thrilled to learn Huntly Aquatic Centre had edged out its competition and won the Outstanding Pool Award at the NZRA Awards last week.

“The facility in Huntly provides a fantastic customer experience to our community and we are proud to partner with Belgravia who run this facility that is worthy of such a significant award. The best pool in the country right here in the Waikato district, how cool is that!”

Media Contacts:

Belgravia Leisure

Natalie Cazaux
Marketing Manager

Waikato District Council

Teresa Hancock
Communications Advisor


A new look for swimming in Hamilton City

In a bold, proactive and exciting move, two Hamilton Clubs, each with a proud history of swimming, have agreed to combine their resources and operations across Hamilton for the good of the sport.

The decision to bring the independent swimming clubs of Ace and Hillcrest together has been a process of consultation and discussion over the last 18 months, culminating in overwhelming support of the concept at last weekend’s Special General Meetings of the two clubs.

The respective Club Presidents, Ace Swimming Club’s Edward Hardie and Hillcrest’s Kieran McCarthy, are excited about the opportunities this merger will offer.  “It’ll create an opportunity to look at how the new combined entity can better encourage and deliver aquatic opportunities across Hamilton.  A real focus will be on ensuring all club members have the opportunity to achieve their swimming goals, no matter what they might be.”

Club members are open minded about possible structures going forward and a working party, charged with developing and implementing the changes, will draw on internal and external resources as they set up the new entity that will enable a significant change in the provision of aquatic opportunities across Hamilton. It is currently expected that the new entity will take 6 months to be formally set up with some gains in combined cooperation between the Clubs expected before then.

“Our vision is that the new entity will not only deliver an excellent swimming programme, but will offer opportunities for fitness and water skills, while also catering for the performance end of the sport”, says Edward Hardie.

“Without doubt”, says Hillcrest’s Kieran McCarthy, “this is a hugely exciting time for swimming in the Waikato.  When we take into account this opportunity, and factor in the significant upgrade of the Waterworld facility, which will provide one of the best competitive and training facilities in New Zealand, we’re confident that the new club will play a significant role in growing the profile of swimming, both in the Waikato and in New Zealand.


For further information

Edward Hardie                                                                  Kieran McCarthy
President                                                                            President
Ace Swimming Club                                                         Hillcrest Swimming Club                   





October 2018

18th FINA World Championships and 2019 University Games Qualifying Criteria

Have you been waiting for the 2019 Selection Criteria for some of the key international swim meets in 2019?

The 18th FINA World Championships and Open Water Championships are being held in Gwangju, Korea.  The date for the pool meet is 12 to 28 July 2019 and the Open Water event is 14-16 July 2019.  To view the qualifying standards, click here.

The 2019 World University Games are being held in Naples, Italy from 3 to 14 July 2019.  To view the qualifying standards, click here.

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

Applications close Friday 26 October 2018.