March 2018

2018 Division II

Eighty-one of our Waikato swimmers are competing at Division II in 2018.  And it's awesome to see swimmers from some of our smaller clubs, like Mercury Bay, Te Aroha, Te Kuiti and Whangamata,  taking part this year.  With just over a week until they head to the meet, we wish them all the very best of luck.  You can see the full team list below.

February 2018

Blether from our resident Weegie (Chat from our resident Glaswegian)

I am writing this exactly one month from the date which I stepped into the role as Hub Head Coach of Swimming Waikato. In that month, I have had the fortune to have met numerous swimmers, coaches, volunteers, parents and board members, all of whom make up the key elements of the sport of swimming in this region. You have all made me feel very welcome and at home here in the Waikato, I thank you all for this.

It is easy to step into a new position and identify key areas that need improvement, this always comes with a set of fresh eyes. The hard part is to convince those around you that change is required and that your vision for change is the correct path. Where I am fortunate is that my predecessor had identified similar key areas and began the process of improvements, all with the buy-in from the vast majority of key players within our region.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thanks Clive for his efforts in building a working swimmer pathway in the region and for inspiring and energising so many swimmers and coaches. On behalf of Swimming Waikato, I’d like to wish Clive the very best for his retirement.

I am very much looking forward to our first Pathway Squad meeting and to having the opportunity to speak to many of our young and emerging talent. More information on the run-down of the day will be emailed to that group closer to the date.

As mentioned in previous correspondence, there will be alterations to the 2019 qualifying procedure for Swimming Waikato Squads. This will be made available on our website in March, there will be set reminders sent out by social media and by email, so you can all stay updated.

That’s it for me, all that is left to say is that I hope all our swimmers are working hard and having fun!

Best wishes
Darren Ward

Emerging Secondary School Technical Official of the Year

It's a new trophy, and one that we hope will encourage our swimmers to give back to the sport.  After all, our swimmers have attended many, many meets that have taken place because we have people within our community who love the sport and are happy to give up their time to volunteer for the cause.

The trophy also provides the opportunity for any student, with a passion for volunteering, to support the delivery of swimming and become a member of our swimming community.

We'll be awarding our Emerging Secondary School Technical Official of the Year Trophy for the first time at our 2018 Swimming Waikato Awards Evening so if you are one of our current swimmers, or a student with a passion for philanthrophy, email and she'll let you know how to get on the Technical Officials Pathway.

You've Heard It All Before

We need more officials - it's that simple.  We need to give our current team of officials the opportunity to develop their officiating knowledge, and have a break during some of our swim meets.  And we need to ensure some sustainability in this area going forward.

In an endevour to grow our team of officials, we have implemented a minimum ratio of one official for every four competitive swimmers at each club.

We’re sure you can work out if your club has the minimum number of officials required based on this ratio and if not, please consider giving it a go at one of our upcoming meets.  You'll be making a huge difference to the hundreds of young people in the Waikato who have chosen swimming as their sport.

And here's a fun fact - at one of our recent swim meets, one of our Judges of Stroke walked 9.6kms, so it's a great form of exercise too !

Our next meet - Waikato Juniors

It's that time of the year again, when hundreds of our junior swimmers come together to showcase all that they've learned and practised over the previous 12 months.  Our 2018 Waikato Junior Champs are being hosted at St Peter's School on the 10th and 11th of March and we're looking forward to a great couple of days of racing.

Yes, it's about medals, finalist ribbons and trophies, but it's also about swimming your best, never giving up, and maybe even achieving some personal best times.  It's about cheering for the other swimmers from your club and making friends with swimmers from neighbouring clubs.  It's about two days of celebrating swimming and this year, it's about dressing up in your best disco threads and maybe even busting out some disco moves as we introduce a fancy dress session.

Looking forward to seeing heaps of  you there !