News Archive

October 2017

We need more Technical Officials

We’re on the hunt again – there’s no other way to say it, we need more Technical Officials.

As our swimmers progress through the different stages of our swim meets, they become more and more focussed on swimming personal best  times and qualifying for target meets.  And our Technical officials play a key role in supporting this swimming pathway.  Without the required number of Technical Officials on pool deck for our Festival, XLR8 and Regional meets, the meets won’t be approved and our swimmers won’t be able to use those swims as qualifying times.  That’s why we’re always asking for more technical officials – so we have the opportunity to develop our current group of officials, and train a whole bunch of new ones.  It means our swim meets will be approved by Swimming New Zealand, and our swimmers will get to celebrate their swimming goals.  Currently, we have 38 qualified Technical Officials which means we need most of them to attend every swim meet that we host.  It’s a huge ask, particularly as many of them no longer have swimmers involved in our sport.  If we can grow our base of Technical Officials, we can spread the load across all the meets that are hosted in the Waikato each year.

What we need is for each Club to have a minimum of one technical official for every four competitive swimmers.  It sounds a lot – but in reality, it means we can rotate officials during our two day swim meets, give our officials a break during meets, and even give them weekends off !   So please – as a swimming parent, consider joining our family of Technical Officials and help us deliver quality swimming opportunities to our members.  We provide all the training (and a flash Waikato shirt) – all we need from you is an email to say you’re keen, and we’ll get your training underway.

Click HERE for more information about our Technical Officials.

Hi from Darren Ward, our new Hub Coach

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you all and to express my eagerness to take up the role of Swimming Waikato's Hub Coach in early 2018.

There are a number of factors that attracted me to Swimming Waikato - one being the enthusiasm of those who, along with Clive and Cherie, decided to challenge the norm and to take a chance on a new concept. I have been encouraged by the Hub, its vision for the future and the long-term planning to make these visions a reality. It is, for this reason, I believe the Hub can match my own ambitions and drive.

I have every confidence that the region has the talent pool and resources to produce exciting waves of competitive swimmers, these athletes should be expected to challenge themselves and their competitors on the Worlds biggest stages. It will require an incredible amount of hard work, dedication, resilience, and self-belief on the part of Swimming Waikato, individual club management, club coaches, parents, and of course the swimmers themselves, to reach these ends.

Swimming is a discipline that brings multiple benefits to those that participate, many of whom wish to remain non-competitive. The beauty of a swimming pathway is that it should combine the goals of each participant and as such it will be my goal to ensure we promote and support the goals of all swimmers, regardless of ability, age or sex.

From now until January, I will continue as I have been to liaise with both Clive and Cherie in order to be up to date with the all the appropriate updates. I have also passed on my details to all club coaches to discuss any matters that they wish to raise, a thank you to all those who coaches who have already been in touch.

I look forward to working alongside the individual clubs, coaches swimmers and all stakeholders in the new year. Until then I hope the remainder of 2017 is productive and that your days are warmer and drier than mine here in Scotland.

Best wishes
Darren Ward

A NZSC Champs overview from Fairfield Swimming Club


17 swimmers proudly represented Fairfield Swimming Club recently at the New Zealand Short Course Champs in Auckland.

We are very pleased to say that Fairfield finished 5th club overall out of 81 competing clubs.

Within this group we had 4 rookies competing at their first National event, so a big experience for them - well done to Ella, Kelly, James-Hardy and Calib. We also had Bradlee and Jesse who train with High Performance squad representing us as well.

A big congrats to the rest of the squad - Claudia, Andrew, Sophie, Peyton, Jaxyn, Hamish, Michiel, Jessica, Kaitlyn S, Maddison and Jordyn for your superb efforts. The whole squad supported all swimmers cheering from the sidelines with great enthusiasm- it’s a wonder some had a voice afterwards.

There were many PBs attained with all swimmers giving their utmost in their events with some our swimmers making open finals in some of their events.

Acknowledgment to the follow swimmers for their results:

Andrew Jeffcoat - A Gold and 2 Silver age group medals. He swam 7 events and made finals in all 7. Most impressively he had a 100% PB rate.

Jordyn Williams - 4 Bronze Age group medals

Jesse Reynolds - 2 Gold, 5 Silver and a Bronze

Bradlee Ashby- 8 Gold, 5 Silver Open Medals and a NZ record.

Many thanks to our Head Coach Ken for his ongoing support of all our swimmers. And to Jane and Maree who gave their time to Team Manage our team for the week.


2017 NZ Short Course Champs ... a summary from Ace

Ace Swimming Club arrived back from the New Zealand Short Course Championships held on the North Shore of Auckland after a successful week of competition.

It has been a time of renewal on two fronts for the Hamilton club that are the only year round residents at the Waterworld pool in Te Rapa. Firstly, this month saw the arrival of a new director of coaching for the club, Paul Dowey. Secondly, the announcement made by Hamilton Pools and Hamilton City Council for the $10 million upgrade of the Te Rapa facility.

However the changes have seemed to have only had a positive impact upon the 7 athletes that made the commitment to travel and compete on the North Shore. The resilience of this current bunch of Ace athletes has been noted; Kayla Ansley, Maddie & Jess Chapman, Sarah Wilson, Carlos & Danyon Hardie and Caleb Parsons all took part in the meet. Over 56% of their races were personal bests.

Medals for age groups were presented from results in the morning heats whilst the evenings saw athletes compete against an ‘Open’ age range from all around New Zealand. The team took home 5 age group medals (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze). There were 25 swims from 5 athletes that ranked inside the top 10 for their age groups. There were 13 finals (A2, B4, D7) from 4 Open finalists.

“All the swimmers did well especially those who made finals.” said Director of Coaching at Ace Swimming Club, Paul Dowey. “However Danyon Hardie deserves a special mention.” he said. Danyon took 4 medals for his 16yr age group. Two gold medals in the 200 & 400 IM events, silver in the 1500m freestyle and a bronze in the 100 IM. He placed 8th & 6th respectively overall in New Zealand in his 200m & 400 IM events, a great result. In true sibling style, the other medal winner was younger brother Carlos who took home a bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle.

“The club is always open to new members.” said assistant coach Abbie Armstrong. “If we have inspired the ‘Olympian within’ come and try us out.” Ace is an an ideal accompaniment to your current learn-to-swim programme. If you can swim 25m on your back and front Ace Swimming Club are keen to hear from you. Take your swimming further and get in touch via email or see us on poolside from 3:30pm each weekday at Te Rapa Waterworld, Hamilton.

2017 NZ Short Course Champs - a Hillcrest perspective

Not on Facebook ?  Here's an awesome overview of all of Hillcrest Swimming Club's thrills and spills from the 2017 New Zealand Short Course Champs ...

#NZSCC17 - The final morning session over and it was the longest one yet! The girls finished their morning swims and then waited through the 1500's to compete in the 4 x 100 Medley Relay. We had another swimmer getting on to the podium with Grace taking GOLD in the 200 Fly. Last session is tonight!

Session 9 Recap:
- Emma placed 27th.
- Gina placed 9th and qualified for the 'D' Final.
- Grace with a 0.54s PB to win GOLD and qualify TENTH for the 'A' Final.
- Amber with a 1.05s PB to place 6th and qualify for the 'D' Final.
- Amber with a 0.07s PB to place 11th.
- Hannah placed 28th.
- Gina, Hannah, Grace, and Amber dropped 0.85s off their seed time to WIN their heat and go into tonight ranked 2nd with the final heat to go.

#NZSCC17 - The penultimate night of racing done and dusted! Just the two girls raced tonight with Gina swimming three times and Grace swimming twice. TWO more medals to add to the collection including another Open BRONZE! One more day, two more sessions to go!

Session 8 Recap:
- Gina with a 1.96s PB to get a BRONZE medal in the Open 'A' Final, and reset her WAIKATO RECORD.
- Grace placed 5th in the 'B' Final.
- Gina placed NINTH in the 'A' Final.
- Grace placed 9th in the 'B' Final.
- After the final heat tonight, Gina came away with a SILVER medal.
- After the final heat was raced tonight our team of Grace, Hannah, Amber, and Gina came 14th overall.

#NZSCC17 - PHEW what a tough morning! All the big races were today but the girls gritted their teeth and finished strong. In the end we came away with 2 Gold Medals, 5 other top-10 finishes, 2 'A' Finals, and 3 Waikato Records. We also said goodbye to Stella who finished the meet with 100% PB's!

Session 7 Recap:
- Amber took 3.37s off her PB to place 9th.
- Gina won GOLD, set a new WAIKATO RECORD, and qualified SIXTH for the 'A' Final.
- Grace with a 7.23s PB to place 4th and qualify 8th in the 'B' Final.
- Briony placed 10th.
- Stella with a 0.47s PB to place 17th.
- Hannah placed 14th.
- Gina with a 2.55s PB to win GOLD, break the age group WAIKATO RECORD, break her first OPEN WAIKATO RECORD, and qualified SEVENTH in the 'A' Final.
- Briony placed 17th.
- Grace placed 5th and qualified 3rd for the 'C' Final.
- Amber placed 9th.
- Emma with a 10.37s PB to win her race and place 14th.
- Grace, Hannah, Amber, and Gina took 2.16s off their seed time to finish 3rd in their heat and head into tonight in 4th place with the final heat to be swum.

#NZSCC17 - Not too many PB's but a lot of finals tonight! We had a few swimmers bumped up so had six finals being swum including an 'A' Final for Gina. We've said goodbye to the boys while the girls have their toughest day yet with the 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Back, 800 Free, and 4 x 50 Free Relay all on tomorrow. Good luck to you all!

Session 6 Recap:
- Gina came NINTH in the 'A' Final.
- Grace WON the 'D' Final with a 2.15s PB.
- Amber placed 7th in the 'D' Final.
- Logan placed 10th in the 'C' Final.
- Thomas placed 8th in the 'D' Final.
- Gina placed 6th in the 'B' Final.
- Gina, Hannah, Amber, and Grace placed 12th overall after the final heat was swim tonight.

#NZSCC17 - We're at the halfway point, and our little club from Hamilton is performing better than ever! After last night we're ranked inside the top 20 clubs based on points, which is a big improvement on our 30th placing last year. More medals, more PB's, and more Waikato Records to add to the collection from today with the boys making their first finals session too! Let's keep the ball rolling, go Hillcrest!

Session 5 Recap:
- Amber with a 1.25s PB to place 10th.
- Grace with a 0.56s PB to place 9th.
- Gina with a 0.54s PB to take SILVER, break the WAIKATO RECORD, and qualify for the 'B' Final.
- Hannah placed 29th.
- Thomas with a 7.10s PB to place 9th and qualify for the 'D' Final.
- Logan with a 2.99s PB to place 6th and qualify for the 'C' Final.
- Hannah placed 16th.
- Gina with a SILVER medal, another WAIKATO RECORD, and qualify for the 'B' Final.
- Gina, Hannah, Grace, and Amber took 0.67s off their seed time to WIN their heat and are ranked 2nd with the final heat to be swum tonight!

#NZSCC17 - We started Session 4 off with a bang in the 200 IM! In the 'A' Final, Gina bagged our first Open medal of the meet as she was pipped for silver by 0.08s to take BRONZE! It was a big PB and another Waikato Record to add to the collection! Grace kept the momentum going with another PB in her final too! Hannah and Gina rounded off our evening in the 50 Breast and 400 Free. Looking forward to getting back into relays tomorrow!

Session 4 Recap:
- Gina dropped 2.45s off her morning time to take BRONZE medal in the 'A' Final. Re-breaking her WAIKATO RECORD in the process!
- Grace dropped 1.16s from her morning time to take 7th in the 'C' Final. 3.32s taken off overall.
- Hannah placed 7th in the 'C' Final.
- Gina placed NINTH in the 'A' Final.

#NZSCC17 - Another wicked morning for Hillcrest with 9/15 personal bests, 2 medals (1 Gold, 1 Silver), 2 Waikato Records, 2 'A' Finals, and Top-10 finishes for Gina, Hannah, Grace, Thomas, Stella, and Amber. Hannah even managed to come within 0.07s of a bronze medal with a broken cap after it snapped putting it on! Way to show some resilience!

Session 3 Recap:
- Logan with a 0.07s PB to place 21st
- Briony placed 23rd
- Amber with a 0.35s PB to place 11th
- Gina won GOLD, set a new WAIKATO RECORD, and qualified FIFTH for the 'A' Final.
- Grace with a 2.16s PB to place 6th, and qualified for the 'D' Final
- Stella with a 1.20s PB to place 18th
- Hannah placed 32nd
- Grace with a 0.13s PB to place 9th
- Amber placed 10th
- Thomas with a 0.98s PB to place 8th
- Logan placed 18th
- Hannah placed 4th in her age group and qualified for the 'C' Final.
- Stella with a 4.11s PB to get 9th
- Emma with a 3.58s PB to get 15th
- Gina with a 0.08s PB to get SILVER, break another WAIKATO RECORD, and qualify EIGHTH for the 'A' Final!

#NZSCC17 - Four finals tonight from our team with Gina, Hannah, and Grace in action. Finals means more bright clothing by the looks! We also had our medals presented from age group finals this morning!

Session 2 Recap:
- Gina TENTH in the 'A' Final.
- Gina 7th in the 'B' Final.
- Hannah going 0.03s faster than this morning to place 4th in the 'D' Final. 0.56s taken off overall.
- Grace took another 0.07s off from this mornings PB to win the 'C' Final. 0.68s taken off overall.
- The girls ended up 12th overall after the final heat was swum tonight. Well done girls!

#NZSCC17 - A great first morning for Hillcrest with THREE medals (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze), an 'A' Finalist, TWO Waikato Records, and a PB rate over 70%! It must have been down to Gina's 70's inspired get up and the support of new 'club mascot' Herbie the Octopus. Looking forward to what these guys produce over the remainder of the week! Stay tuned!

Session 1 Recap:
- Stella with a 3.15s PB for 10th place.
- Emma with a 2.18s PB for 15th place.
- Gina with a 1.35s PB for SILVER medal, TENTH in tonight's 'A' Final, and a new WAIKATO RECORD!
- Thomas 15th in his age group.
- Logan 14th in his age group.
- Hannah with a 0.53s PB for the BRONZE medal and a place in tonight's 'D' Final.
- Gina won the GOLD medal, qualified for tonight's 'B' Final, and broke another WAIKATO RECORD!
- Grace with a 0.61s PB for 5th in her age group and qualified for tonight's 'C' Final.
- Amber with a short course PB to get 10th in her age group.
- Logan with a 1.66s PB for 15th in his age group.
- Grace, Emma, Amber, and Gina placed 3rd in their heat and were a huge 5.01s under their seed time! Final heat to be swum tonight and determine overall place.

September 2017

Saturday's Ace Chocolate Carnival

Only one more sleep until hundreds of chocolate bars are up for grabs at the annual Ace Chocolate Carnival.

Good luck to everyone who is taking part and if you're looking for the meet programme, you can find it below.

Waikato Relay Trophy Winners

In a recent email, we highlighted the challenges that had arisen as a result of the Championship Relay Trophies being included in the programme for our 2017 Waikato Relay Meet.

Our Board has discussed this issue at length and whilst we acknowledge that these trophies should be awarded from a Championship meet, our intention to host a FUN and INCLUSIVE meet that enabled these events to be contested in an exciting and well supported atmosphere was a real positive for our sport.  As a result of our discussions, and seeing these relay events were included in the Meet Flyer, we have agreed that in 2017 we will award the Trophies to the swimmers who entered the meet with the intention of contesting these trophies.

Congratulations to the following Clubs and Swimmers who will be awarded these Trophies at our 2018 Swimming Waikato Awards Evening.

Noumean Trophy:  St Peters Swimming Club – Luke Mitchell, Dan Caldwell, Jackson Caldwell, Thomas Raymond

McNamara Trophy:  Fairfield Swimming Club – Sophie Lewis, Kaitlyn Sosa, Peyton Tofaeono, Claudia Ashby

Thames Cup: St Pauls Swimming Club – Ben Littlejohn, Sarah Miller, Charlize Tordoff, Ciaran Watson

Little Adam & Evette Trophy:  Ciaran Watson (St Pauls) and Amelia Glover (St Peters)

Adam & Eve Trophy:   Grace Soo Choon (Hillcrest) and Dan Caldwell (St Peters)

Jacobs Cup:  St Peters Swimming Club – Mathew Peacock, Savanna Bourke, Spencer Cleland, Isabella Wilson

Waikato Team for the New Zealand Short Course Champs

From the 3rd to the 7th of October, our 79 strong team of Waikato swimmers are heading to Auckland to compete at the New Zealand Short Course Championships.  It's a much bigger team than the 50 who competed in 2016 and we wish them all the very best for the event.

Thanks to Tony Blackwood who is carrying out the role of Regional Manager for the Waikato Team.

You can see the full team list below.

Results from our Waikato Relay Meet

Finally - the results are through for our 2017 Waikato Relay Meet!

And just because we can - we've awarded not one, but TWO trophies. One for our TOP RELAY CLUB, who entered 30+ swimmers into the meet, and one for our TOP LITTLE RELAY CLUB, who entered less than 30 swimmers.

And the Winners are -

Top Relay Club -

1st:  St Peter's Swimming Club
2nd:  Fairfield Swimming Club
3rd:  St Paul's Swimming Club

Top Little Relay Club -

1st:  Ace Swimming Club
2nd:  Hillcrest Swimming Club
3rd:  Te Awamutu Swimming Club

Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part - we're looking forward to presenting these trophies next week.

And just because we love our movies-

Welcome to Swimming Waikato's new Board Members

Our 2017 Annual General Meeting presented the opportunity to have a change of faces at the Swimming Waikato Board table and it was great to have received nominations from Gavin Ion, Craig Thomas and Chris Wynne.

Under the Constitution of Swimming Waikato, the two longest serving Board members were required to resign (but were eligible for re-election).  Craig Blackmore chose not to stand again, and Matt Watson added his name to the candidate list for the two available spots.

The resultant voting saw Gavin Ion and Craig Thomas elected to the Board - here's the full list of Swimming Waikato Board members for 2017/2018.

Susan Barriball
Alison Fitch
Gavin Ion
Sean Lewis - Board Chair
Julie Richards
Craig Thomas

We'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the significant work that Matt and Craig have put into swimming in the Waikato over many years and on behalf of our whole swimming community, we'd like to thank them sincerely for their contribution.

You can read an online version of our Annual Report below.

Ace Swimming Club appoints a new Coaching Director

Ace Swimming Club is excited to announce that Paul Dowey, Auckland based HPK Head Coach, is commencing with Ace as their Coaching Director at the start of term 4. Paul says he is looking forward to the challenges and expectations ahead with Ace; he knows the Club’s history and is excited that he will be a part of it. Paul currently leads a team of 11 coaches at HPK with the Club regularly ranked within the top 3 for New Zealand. His passion for swim coaching is spread over nearly 20 years with success being demonstrated many times such as personally training over 25 swimmers who have exceeded 600 FINA in the last three years. Another success was his coaching in Wales, having 44 athletes on the Welsh Development Teams collecting 117 medals at Welsh Age Group level with 8 becoming Welsh Age Group Champions.

Ace Swimming Club President, Edward Hardie, says it’s great to have Paul on board “we are looking forward to having Paul lead our coaching programme; he has tremendous skills and knowledge with a real genuine enthusiasm of getting the best out of swimmers of whatever age in a fun way”

Paul is looking forward to being part of the Hamilton community and will bring with him his wife and two children.

August 2017

Introducing our new Hub Coach

When Clive first let us know of his intent to stand down as our Hub Coach, it’s fair to say we were filled with a degree of dread!

In his three years in the role, we’ve referred to him as our “Water Whisperer’’ and it’s been fantastic to have the opportunity to share his incredible knowledge and passion for the sport with our coaches and swimmer alike.

So the past two months have been a challenge – we’ve been tasked with finding someone who has the capability to pick up where Clive has left off and take our Swimming Hub to the next level.   We needed someone who fundamentally believed in the philosophy behind our Regional Development Pathway, who would work well alongside our senior coaches, provide great development opportunities to our junior coaches, and inspire our swimmers to achieve their swimming goals, no matter what they might be.

And we’re pretty excited to say that just yesterday, we were able to confirm our appointment to that role.

Scotland’s Darren Ward is our new Hub Coach and we’re looking forward to introducing you all to him later in the year.

We’ve been through an extensive skype interview process with Darren and we’re confident he’s the ‘man for the job’’.   Here’s a wee insight into just some of Darren’s swimming background –

He holds a MSc Honours in Performance Coaching which he attained at the University of Stirling, as well as a MA Honours in Scottish History from the University of Edinburgh, both in the United Kingdom.  He has developed and implemented a long term athlete development pathway in Budapest, working alongside the high profile Shane Tusup and Olympian Katinka Hosszu.  He has held the role of Senior Elite Coach for Hamilton Aquatics (Dubai), coached with the Serbian National Team, and carried out a Development and Coaching role for Portobello ASC in Edinburgh.

He’s supported world class athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 Kazan World Championships, and the 2016 European Champs as one of the Serbian team’s Coaches, and has also qualified swimmers for many other international meets – I’ve included a full list below for your interest.  We understand that he was a pretty talented swimmer himself too!

• Team Serbia Coach, Olympic Games  (Rio, 2016)
• Team Serbia Coach, European Championships  (London, 2016)
• Team Serbia Coach, World Championships  (Kazan, 2015)
• Coaching swimmer to double European Long Course Championship Gold (Berlin, 2014)
• Coaching swimmer to Bronze Medal at World Short Course Championships  (Doha, 2014)
• Placing swimmer on the Serbian Olympic Team (Rio 2016)
• Three qualified swimmers for the European Long Course Championships  (London, 2016)
• Placing five swimmers into the World Long Course Championships  (Kazan, 2015)
• Placing three swimmers into the European Short Course Championships  (Netanya, 2015)
• Placing two swimmers onto Team Europe for Duel in the Pool (Glasgow, 2014)
• Placing three swimmers into the European Long Course Championships  (Berlin, 2014)
• Placing five swimmers into World Short Course Championships  (Doha 2014)
• Coaching two swimmers onto their respective national Commonwealth  Games Squads (Glasgow, 2014)
• Coaching swimmer to Asian Games (Incheon, 2014)
• Scottish District Regional Program Coach 2012
• Scottish National Swim Team Member
• Scottish Junior Swimmer of the Year
• Double British Junior Record Holder
• Multiple Scottish Senior and Junior Record Holder

More recently, Darren has been working alongside Swim Ireland’s Education Department where he has designed and presented Coaching Resources for use by the National body.

Darren will be joined in New Zealand by his New Zealand born wife who’s just waiting for their ‘kilted kiwi’ to be born, before making the trip down under.

This is a really exciting appointment for Swimming Waikato and we’re confident that you’ll really enjoy having Darren involved in swimming in our Region.

Te Awamutu are looking for a new Coach too...

Are you an energetic, motivated person who enjoys working with children and young adults? Do you have a genuine interest and commitment to push children to the next level?

The Te Awamutu Swimming Club is looking for a new coach. It involves coaching the morning and afternoon sessions, planning the training sessions, liaison with our junior coach and attending swim meets. You need to be flexible with working hours.

Experience will be an advantage but training will be offered to the right person.

To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to Inge via

Applications close on Sunday 9th September.

We're hosting the 2017 New Zealand Secondary Schools

The New Zealand Secondary School Swimming Championships is a chance for secondary schools from across New Zealand to battle it out in the pool for swimming supremacy and from the 15th to the 17th of September, we're hosting this meet in Hamilton.

Recently there have been some concerns raised with the depth of the pool at Waterworld, Te Rapa facility. and we're pleased to confirm that the meet will go ahead as planned.

Hamilton City Council is this week conducting urgent remedial works to to 50m pool to increase the depth to 1.205 metres (from 1.15 metre) which brings the pool into line with Swimming New Zealand’s position statement on dive entries (June 2017) given that the starting blocks are less than .75 metres (the height of the blocks is .64 metres) from the water line.

Steve Johns, CEO of Swimming New Zealand says “Hamilton City Council have done a great job moving quickly to find a solution which enables long course meets to be conducted at Waterworld and we look forward to working with Swimming Waikato to hold a successful secondary school meet”.

Thames are looking for a new Head Coach / Aquatic Programmes Manager


Based in Thames, this role is responsible for developing and delivering programmes, activities and events relating to the aquatic programme.  You will be required to effectively manage the aquatic programmes and assist in the delivery of classes from Learn to Swim to coaching squad swimmers of all ages up to Gold Squad levels.

This role is critical, as we already have national age group champions within our squad structure who we wish to progress.  We also have a growing learn to swim programme that we are hopeful will develop more future champions!

Along with your passion for coaching, to be successful in this role you will need knowledge of the aquatic industry along with proven skills and experience in developing and executing aquatic programmes.

This successful candidate will need to be flexible with working hours as this position is required to work split shifts and attend swim meets on weekends.

Additionally you will have:

  • Proven effective relationship skills
  • Excellent time management
  • A positive and proactive leadership ability
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

This is an opportunity to work in a great organisation where integrity, innovation and teamwork are values.

Sound like you?  If so, we would love to hear from you.

For more information or to apply, please visit our website

Applications close on the 31st of August 2017.



July 2017

2017 Awards Evening

What a fantastic night - in our invite, we talked about having the opportunity to acknowledge great performances and remarkable people in the Waikato.  And that's exactly what we did - more than 240 swimmers, their families, our coaches, officials, volunteers and funding partners all coming together to celebrate the last 12 months of swimming in our Region.  Add to that the fabulous food provided by Agora and the swimming jokes and chocolate fish which were (literally) thrown about by our MC, Darren Mills, and it all added up to an awesome night.

Congratulations to our all our Winners (you can find the details in the attached documents) but we'd particularly like to mention -

Volunteer of the Year - Jamie Soo Choon (Hillcrest Swimming Club)

Emerging Technical Official of the Year - Kazuko Tapper (St Peters Swimming Club)

Merit Award - Alison Fitch (St Peters Swimming Club)

Like Membership - Tim Rogers (Matamata Swimming Club)

NZ Swimming Trust Emerging Swimmer of the Year - Andrew Jeffcoat (Fairfield Swimming Club)

Swimmer of the Year - Bradlee Ashby (Fairfield Swimming Club)

Coach of the Year - Matt Teokotai White (Hillcrest Swimming Club)

Club of the Year - Fairfield Swimming Club


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.

A David Galbraith Workshop

Lots of you heard him speak at our 2016 Swimming Waikato Awards Dinner, and now David Galbraith is delivering a workshop here in the Waikato.

The topic is "Unleash Your Greatness as a Cool Human and A Successful Athlete" and David describes the content as unique, raw, challenging, inspiration and life changing.

The workshop is being held at the Waikato Stadium on Sunday the 25th of June.

It's targeted at Parents, Athletes and Coaches (or anyone wanting to unleash their greatness !!!)

Sound like you?  See the flyer below for details about how you can secure a place ...

Selection Criteria for our Waikato Combined Training Squads

As part of our Regional Swimming Hub programme, we are working with our Coaches to deliver additional combined squad training opportunities for identified swimmers.

Although we will continue to reassess this selection criteria, as our swimming programmes develop, we wanted to share this criteria with you (you'll find it below).

It's important to us that every one of our swimmers realise that the selection for these squads is always open - once a swimmer achieves the selection criteria, they have the opportunity to be added to that squad.  We'll be able to measure how effective our programme is by the increase in swimmers qualifying for these squads.

Also below you can find lists of all the swimmers who are currently part of our squads.  Please note that a number of our swimmers have qualified for more than one squad.  Where this is the case, they are included only in the squad that provides the best development opportunity for them.  This is determined by Swimming Waikato's Hub Head Coach.

We've updated our Records Policy

With swimmers taking part in electronic meets, manual meets, meets in our region and meets spread throughout the country, we needed to update our Records Policy to ensure that we are able to capture all the Record breaking swims by our members.

You'll find the updated Records Policy below, along with the form that needs to be completed if a record is broken at a meet using manual timing. Please make sure you're familiar with this Policy so that it's easy for us to celebrate outstanding achievements by our swimmers.

Who is Gina McCarthy - really ...

You've probably seen Gina around the pool - often dancing, sometimes wearing a giraffe hat, always socialising, always willing to stop for a chat.  What you might not know about Gina is that she currently holds 25 Waikato Long Course Records, and 30 Waikato Short Course Records.  She'll tell you that none of those are in butterfly - but she's working hard at that stroke!

She also holds the New Zealand Long and Short Course 200m IM records (for 14 year old girls), and the New Zealand Short Course Record for 800m Freestyle (13 year old girls).

You might be aware that Swimming NZ send out certificates to New Zealand's top XLR8 points winners (by age group) every two months, and Gina has been at the top of her age group since November 2014.  It's got to the point where SNZ just send the certificates to Gina every six months !!

Pink is her favourite colour - and she has an array of pink training gear.  There is one exception, and that's her purple kick board.

Gina trains at Hillcrest, under Head Coach Matt Teokotai-White.  Her weekly programme includes 8 pool sessions, and a couple of strength and conditioning sessions across the road at Athletes House.

We knew there was way more to Gina - so we sent our roaming Reporter, Nanette Felton, over to the Hillcrest Club to ask her a few questions.