XLR8 Achievers Club

The Talent Identification tier of our Regional Swimming Hub summarises the importance of our younger swimmers focusing on “broad skill development, acquiring the skills of swimming the four competitive stokes.”

And we’ve developed our XLR8 Achievers Club to encourage our swimmers to focus on this aspect of their development.

The Club is based on Swimming New Zealand’s XLR8 programme, where swimmers score points across a combination of events and are ranked nationally on their performance.  The programme recognises versatility and all-round ability, rewarding correct application of the processes necessary for long term athlete development.

We’ve taken our Club one step further –

Our XLR8 Achievers Club is for our junior competitive and club swimmers (aged 12 and under).  It’s all about providing these young swimmers with training and competitive opportunities designed to keep them in the sport longer and develop all the skills they need to become great swimmers.  And it rewards these swimmers for their improved performances as they work their way through the three levels of the Club –

  • 1.5k Club
  • 2k Club
  • 2.5k Club

Click HERE for more information about our XLR8 Achievers Club.  And please note that the 100m IM event can not be used as part of the XLR8 points calculation.


We calculate our XLR8 points using the Take Your Marks website which allows us to update our records every two months.  So every few months, (depending on how many meets have been held) we’ll update our XLR8 Achievers Club membership, award badges to those who have earned new ones, and update the list below.

And at the end of each year, we’ll name our XLR8 Achievers Club Members for that calendar year.  Many of our swimmers may be XLR8 Achievers Club members over many years which is a great achievement.  But it’s important to note that they’ll only receive one set of XLR8 Achievers Club badges.

Below is the list of swimmers who were members in 2017 because they had achieved a minimum of 1,500 XLR8 points.

And we’re underway with naming our 2018 list – you’ll find that document below also.


For those that are curious to know how the XLR8 points system works here is a brief explanation.

The XLR8 points system was created up by Clive Rushton when he was head coach at SNZ many years ago.  It’s based heavily on the UK “Bagcats” system.

The XLR8 points formula is 10 to the power of (4 – ($time / $base_time))

The base times change every year (like FINA base times) and are recompiled from the TYM NZ results database.  They are the average of the top 10 times for each age group, sex, stroke, and distance covering the last 10 years results.

Base times are for LC only – SC times were converted to LC before sorting and averaging.  So in the XLR8 points formula above, it is necessary to first convert any swimmer time from SC to LC using the standard SNZ conversions.