July 2017

2017 Annual General Meeting

Our 2017 Annual General Meeting is taking place on ...

Sunday 27 August 2017
Hamilton's Waterworld

The AGM gives us a great opportunity to provide our swimming community with an update on the last 12 months, plus our vision for swimming going forward.   So please put this date in your diaries - we'd love it if you could join us.

This year, we have one board member who is standing down and we'd like to acknowledge the significant contribution that Craig Blackmore has made to swimming in the Waikato over many years.

Under the terms of our Constitution, Matt Watson, our current Board Chair, is required to resign from his Board position, but has indicated that he will put his name forward for re-election.

That means we have the opportunity for one or two new Board members to join our team.  If you're interested in joining the Board of Swimming Waikato, please complete the nomination form (which you'll find below) and forward it to by Friday the 18th of August 2017.

Calling for applications for Panel Members

July marks the time on our annual calendar when we call for nominations for our three Panels –

  • Awards Panel
  • Competitions Panel
  • Commercial Panel

Attached is our Panel Appointments Policy which details the process for calling for applications, and sets out the tasks of each Panel.

Also attached is the Application Form.

If you're interested in contributing to swimming in the Waikato by being a member of one of our Panels, the application process is simple. Interested parties need to complete the application form, have it ratified by a Swimming Waikato Club, and forward to Cherie at Swimming Waikato by Friday the 18th of August 2017 -

The Panels will be appointed by the Board of Swimming Waikato at the first meeting following the Annual General Meeting (27 August 2017).



June 2017

Assistant Coach Wanted - St Paul's Swimming Club

The St Paul's Swimming Club are looking for a new Assistant Coach.  If this sounds like you, please email

St Paul’s Swimming Club Inc
Position: Assistant coach

Hours:      To be negotiated 15 - 25 hours a week, includes some weekends
Location:  St Paul’s Collegiate, Hamilton, NZ

Assistant Coach duties - 
• Coach development squads & juniors who are working towards or are already at a National level
• Plan and implement swim training programs, overseeing land training
• Working alongside the Head Coach with emphasis on developing competitive swimmers
• Attend specified swim meets
• Help facilitate swimmers through the squad pathway
• Have the ability to take charge of the program in the absence of the Head Coach
• Help develop & mentor junior coaches

Requirements -
• Must have flexibility to work some early morning sessions 5.30am – 7.30am and afternoon availability between 3.30 pm – 7.00 pm, some weekend work will be required
• Great communication skills with all age groups, be able to actively engage in a training session while encouraging and motivating swimmers
• Must be reliable, punctual and have a passion for working with children
• Have a strong understanding of long term athlete development
• Be interested in upskilling and coach development
• A clear understanding of swimming technique

Essential -
• First Aid certificate
• Police clearance to work with children
• Preference bronze coaching certificate
• Have coached at squad level for minimum of two years or have been a competitive swimmer at a National level.
• Positive attitude

Rate of pay:    To be negotiated with the successful applicant
Application deadline: 5 pm, Friday July 28th
Please email C V & Cover letter to

2017 Awards Evening

Our 2017 Awards Evening is taking place on Friday 28 July 2017.

This year, we’re changing the venue and the format –

  • We’re focussing on celebrating swimming through the presentation of our Awards and the acknowledgement of great performances,
  • And we’re providing an opportunity for our swimmers to spend some time together (away from pool deck) and for their families to mix and mingle with other members of our Waikato swimming community.

We’re hosting the Awards at Agora Café which is in Kent Street, Frankton.  It’s a community based café and as such, we feel it’s a great venue for us to celebrate with our swimming community.  Agora has awesome facilities and absolutely fabulous food so we’re confident it’ll be a great night!  There is plenty of free parking across the road also.

The Awards Evening will take place from 6.00pm and finish about 10.00pm.  Once we’ve presented the Awards, there will be the opportunity for the adults to mix and mingle over drinks (which will be available to purchase) and some substantial and delicious finger food.  Our swimmers will have the opportunity to spend some time together over a menu designed especially for them !  And there’s nothing like an ice cream bar to finish of the evening!

Another change is that we have introduced a small ticket charge for our Award Recipients and you’ll find the rationale for this below.

Below you'll find the full list of swimmers who will be recognised for their fantastic achievements in the water - we'll be sending personal invitations to these swimmers next week.

In addition, we'll be offering a offer a complementary ticket to the Coaches in our clubs who are working with competitive swimmers and a complementary ticket to each of our clubs as a way to thank them for their support of Swimming Waikato.

Our Technical Officials, who qualify for recognition under our Scholarship Policy, will also be recipients of a complementary ticket.

Obviously, we’d like to host as many of our swimming community as would like to come along because everyone involved in swimming in the Waikato has something to celebrate.  All Swimming Waikato members are able to purchase a subsidised ticket at a cost $40 each.

Selection Criteria for Award Recipients -

The list of Award Recipients is based on our updated Scholarship criteria (which you'll find below).

Swimming Waikato has traditionally paid financial scholarships to swimmers, coaches and officials, based on criteria that has changed a number of times over recent years.  As an example of the cost of this scholarship programme, $19,000 was paid out to a total of 45 recipients in 2016.   This excludes the free and subsidised tickets for our Awards Dinner which were received by approximately 230 swimmers, coaches, officials, volunteers, parents, siblings and supporters who celebrated with us in 2016.

With the introduction of our Regional Swimming Hub, the Board of Swimming Waikato has made the decision to significantly reduce the number and value of scholarships paid and instead, invest these funds into the Regional Swimming Hub programme.  We believe that over the next few years, and with going engagement from our coaches and clubs, we will be able to provide support to our entire membership through coach development opportunities, the implementation of new initiatives and programmes to support swimmer development, and an excellent competitive calendar format.  The updated Scholarship Summary is attached.

What this means for our Awards dinner is that we’ll be asking our Award Recipients to make a small contribution to the cost of their tickets.  We have set this amount at $15.00 per swimmer.  Tickets for family members and other members of our Swimming Community are $40.00 and Swimming Waikato will  continue to subsidise a portion of these tickets also.

And please, if you are listed as an Award Recipient, email to confirm that you (and your family) would like to attend.

Waikato Relay Meet

We've been discussing (with a group of our senior Coaches) the concept of introducing a Waikato Relay Meet to our annual calendar.  It's an opportunity for our swimmers to focus on swimming for club pride and it provides an opportunity for one of our clubs to be officially recognised as the Top Relay Club.

In 2017, this meet is scheduled for Sunday the 27th of August (immediately following our AGM).

In addition to the sheer fun of swimming relays, this meet also gives us the opportunity to ensure that all our current relay trophies are contested by as many of our clubs as possible.

We're very aware that many of our Clubs are out of the water during the winter months, so we're happy to accept 'Secondary Hub' relay teams - there is more detail on this concept included in the attached flyer.

No doubt your coaches will be in touch soon to finalise team entries.