And just like that, it’s the end of 2018. 

A year that saw Swimming Waikato welcome Scotsman Darren Ward and his family to our region to take up the role as our Hub Head Coach.  For those of you who have met our resident Scot, you’ll know that he’s been a fantastic addition to swimming in the Waikato and he’s looking forward to building on the progress made in 2018, and to getting out and visiting  more of our clubs during their pool deck sessions.

It’s been a great year – and here are a few stats that reflect just some of the achievements that we think are worth celebrating –

    • 116 Waikato Records broken this year
    • 16 Aquablack Representatives
    • 414 swimmers attending National Meets
    • 90 swimmers acknowledged at our annual Awards evening
    • 53 new XLR8 Achiever Club members
    • Awesome learning opportunities for identified swimmers through our combined squad trainings and camps
    • Our first Waikato team trip to the Queensland Championships (and lots of gutsy personal best swims by that team)
    • Hundreds of Personal Best beads presented
    • Lots of swimmers being presented their Trainer of the Week kickboards each week
    • A fantastic facility upgrade at Waterworld
    • Held our first ever Para Camp with great support from both swimmers and coaches


Next year, at our Waikato Summer Meet (1-3 March), we’ll be announcing our 2019 Waikato Regional Squad members and those swimmers are in for a fantastic year of exciting educational and developmental opportunities.

And keep an eye out for next our new social media feature – Blether.  Blether is a Scottish word used to describe “a person who regularly and often indulges in fairly inconsequential chatter, about everything and nothing in particular, usually all at once, and for quite a long time”.  Our resident Bletherer will be none other than our own Scotsman Darren and he’ll “blether” with members of our swimming community so you get the chance to learn just a little bit more about them.

Last couple of things – remember we’re looking to hold a First Aid course in Hamilton on the 23rd of February.  The cost is $105 per person.  If you’re interested, please email

Make sure you check out the flyers for our first two meets of 2019 – February’s Hit Out Meet – and our Waikato Relay Meet – (speak to your coach if you want to take part in this one).

As always, a huge thank you goes to our family of funding partners.

Thanks to everyone who has taken part in a swimming event or lesson, or coached or volunteered, or driven their children to the pool to help them achieve their swimming goals. You make all this great stuff happen. Have a safe and happy Christmas with your family and friends. See you on pool deck in 2019.

Kind regards