2018 kicks off with the New Zealand Open Water Champs which are being held in Taupo during the weekend of the 13th and 14th of January. Check out the 31 swimmers from the Waikato who are taking part. Good luck you lot !!
|Madison||Chapman||Ace Swimming Club|
|Danyon||Hardie||Ace Swimming Club|
|Carlos||Hardie||Ace Swimming Club|
|Claudia||Ashby||Fairfield Swimming Club|
|Libby||Cumming||Fairfield Swimming Club|
|Lucy||Farrell||Fairfield Swimming Club|
|Ella||Kennedy||Fairfield Swimming Club|
|Hamish||Kennedy||Fairfield Swimming Club|
|Jaxyn||Mihaka||Fairfield Swimming Club|
|Kaitlyn||Sosa||Fairfield Swimming Club|
|Maddison||Williams||Fairfield Swimming Club|
|Jordyn||Williams||Fairfield Swimming Club|
|Hannah||Knighton||Hillcrest Swim Club|
|Jordan||Rogers||Matamata Swim Club|
|Dominic||Fawkner||St Paul's Swimming Club|
|Thomas||Griffin||St Paul's Swimming Club|
|Ben||Littlejohn||St Paul's Swimming Club|
|Sarah||Miller||St Paul's Swimming Club|
|Sam||Ratima||St Paul's Swimming Club|
|Charlize||Tordoff||St Paul's Swimming Club|
|Ciaran||Watson||St Paul's Swimming Club|
|Hannah||Blackwood||St Peter's Swimming Club|
|Moira||Hunt||St Peter's Swimming Club|
|Luke||Mitchell||St Peter's Swimming Club|
|William||Prescott||St Peter's Swimming Club|
|Thomas||Raymond||St Peter's Swimming Club|
|Maxwell||Stubbs||St Peter's Swimming Club|
|Tyler||Tapper||St Peter's Swimming Club|
|Caleb||Thomas||St Peter's Swimming Club|
|Shay||Dickson||Te Awamutu Swim Club|
|Keegan||Dufty||Thames Swim Club|
Just a quick note from the team at Swimming Waikato - to say thanks to everyone who is involved in swimming in our region. Your enthusiasm, commitment and passion for swimming is a key reason why there's a bit of a buzz in the water in the Waikato !
We're looking forward to a great 2018 which kicks off with the arrival of our Hub Coach Darren Ward, and our Waikato Senior Championship meet which is part of our Hamilton Summer Meet. Then the upgrade to Waterworld and the roll out of a few new initiatives that we're not quite ready to tell you about !
But before all this kicks off, we're sending our best wishes for a safe and happy Christmas to you, your families and your friends.
And in case you haven't seen it, click here for a wrap of our Very Merry Christmas Meet movie.
Cherie and Nanette, and our Board - Sean Lewis, Susan Barriball, Aly Fitch, Gavin Ion, Julie Richards and Craig Thomas
Here's a note from Swimming Auckland, advising of their decision to ban Technical Swim Suits for junior swimmers and their rationale behind this decision.
The Board of ASA has been in discussion for most of the year in regards to the use of Technical Swim Suits by Junior Swimmers.
After much deliberation and research, the Board of ASA has decided to restrict the use of Technical Swim Suits by competitors 12 years of age and under at ALL Auckland Championship, Level and Club meets.
This restriction will take effect as from 01st July 2018.
Technical suits will still be able to be worn by ASA 12/U swimmers at SNZ meets i.e. Junior Festival, Div II and NAGS.
A Technical Swim Suit is one that has bonded seams, kinetic tape or meshed seams.
Only swim suits that have all stitched seams will be permitted to be worn.
Swimming Victoria and Southern California have both introduced Tech Suit restrictions for Junior Swimmers and NCAA has also restricted the use of Tech Suits at dual college meets. Other regions in New Zealand are also in discussions around this.
Our sport is already expensive to participate in and the cost of technical suits makes them unattainable for many families. We do not want to add any extra financial pressure on parents with unnecessary purchases.
Technical swim suits are not designed for young swimmers. The manufacturers design these suits for older athletes. One of the main benefits of wearing a technical suit is for muscle compression. Children, who are not yet developed, are not impacted by this benefit. Swimmers cannot ‘grow into’ these suits.
Our aim is to build mentally-strong swimmers, confident in their own ability and training ethic rather than an athlete depending on a technical suit to get an improved result. There is no documented evidence that supports performance benefits of technical suits for athletes 12 years and under.
Further information and detail will come out in the New Year.
Exciting news - the 2017 Junior Aquaknights Tri-Series being hosted by Swimming Bay of Plenty, from the 9th to the 11th of December. This event is a real highlight on our annual calendar, and we'd like to congratulate the following swimmers from the Waikato who have been selected to take part. Swimmers are still confirming their availability but we think their selection is worth celebrating -
Ace Swimming Club -
Fairfield Swimming Club -
Hillcrest Swimming Club -
Huntly Swimming Club -
St Paul's Swimming Club -
St Peter's Swimming Club -
Thames Swimming Club -