We're taking a team of 69 Waikato swimmers to the 2018 New Zealand Short Course Champs this year. The meet kicks off in Auckland on the 2nd of October and with 54 Waikato Records having been broken over the past four months, we're expecting to see some great performances in the water.
You can view our full Waikato team below and make sure you've downloaded the Meet Mobile App so you can follow all the progress live !
Below you'll find our 2019 Swimming Waikato Calendar.
Pulling this together has been some task - juggling our club hosted meets, development programmes, regional meets, out of region meets, zonal meets and national championship meets !! Thanks to our senior coaching group for their input into this.
The good news is it’s all come together and when you have a look, you’ll see we’ve got a pretty full year of swimming ahead !
While the calendar is based largely on this year, there are a few things I’d like to make you aware of–
Any questions, please ask.
You may be aware that a number of swimming regions, both internationally (states in Australia and the US) and throughout New Zealand (Swimming Otago, Canterbury West Coast and Swimming Auckland) have banned the use of Technical / Performance Race Suits for their junior swimmers (swimmers age 12 years and under).
As a result of those decisions, the Board of Swimming Waikato has looked into whether banning these suits was also the right decision for the Waikato region.
After researching this issue, and after having discussions with a number of our Coaches and with Club representatives at our 2018 Annual General meeting, the Board of Swimming Waikato will introduce a ban on these suits, for swimmers aged 12/U, at all swim meets hosted in the Waikato. Please note that this ban does not include “Jammers” (knee length swim suits/togs).
This ban will come into effect from 15 December 2018 (our Waikato Christmas Meet).
What is a Technical / Performance Race Suit ?
Our Rationale –
Over the next few weeks, we will provide more information about how this ban will be enforced. The purpose of this ‘heads up’ is to ensure that our families do not purchase new technical / performance race suits for their young swimmers in the meantime.
If you have any questions, please direct them to email@example.com.
We're talking about the Waterworld upgrade - of course ! A deeper pool, new pool deck flooring, new air conditioning, new filtration, new blocks, new soundsystem, new acoustic tiles, new lane ropes, improved viewing, even a new marshalling area. To all intents and purposes, the 50m pool at Waterworld will feel like a brand new venue when it opens later this year.
The first meet we'll be hosting in this almost totally renovated venue is our annual Waikato Christmas Meet and with teams confirmed from as far south as Canterbury, we're looking forward to christening the new venue with two days of awesome racing.
This meet doubles as our Reverse Distance Championships (for competitive swimmers) but the main meet is open for all our club and competitive swimmers, no restrictions ! So if you'd like to dive into the deeper water from the flash new blocks, hear your name called over the new soundsystem, maybe even have a little dance on pool deck to some Christmas tunes, put the dates in your diary today. Entries open at 11.00am on the 16th of October !
Waikato Christmas Meet
15-16 December 2018
Swimming is a sport that's been around in New Zealand for a long long time. It dates back to the 1890's when the first Amateur Swimming Association of New Zealand was formed, an organisation that is now called Swimming New Zealand, In the 114 years since then, the sport has grown to encompass 165 affiliated clubs and 19,028 registered members nationwide.
In the Waikato, our knowledge of our swimming history is a little hazy. An old 75th jubilee booklet confirms that the Hamilton Swimming Club was established 1890 and you can scroll through their jubilee booklet below for some great insights into the early days of the club.
We'd like to capture as much of the histories of our clubs as we can, in the form of memories shared with us by people who have been involved in the clubs over the years.
And to do this, we need your help.
We need you to spread the word to everyone you know who has had some involvement in swimming in the Waikato and ask them (or you) to send through a favourite memory, and a photo if possible. Nothing too long, just a date, and an insightful, interesting, even funny memory that was significant enough to have stayed in your mind.
We'll collate all this information, in a timeline Memoir for each club, one which we'll be able to continue adding to as more stories come to hand.
We're ready to go whenever you are so please, start sending these memories through today !