We are excited to welcome Megan Farndale to Swimming Waikato and to her new role as Regional Swimming & Water Safety Officer. 

Megan’s role will be responsible for overseeing Swimming Waikato’s swimming development and water safety initiatives, as well as working with member clubs and all key stakeholders to promote increased swimming participation and keep young people safe in and around water.

“We are delighted to have Megan joining the growing team at Swimming Waikato, especially at a time when grassroots swimming has been significantly impeded and in need of a real shot in the arm. This new role will be key in supporting our drive to improve the overall health of our clubs by getting more people involved with swimming at all levels, whilst also supporting our drive to improve access to swimming and water safety opportunities in low-decile schools. I wish Megan all the best for her new role with Swimming Waikato and ask that you all make her feel welcome as she settles in” Darren Ward, CEO

A message and introduction from Megan:

“Hi, I’m Megan Farndale. I am excited to be returning to the Waikato as the Regional Swimming and Water Safety Officer after fifteen years teaching in primary and swim schools in the Manawatu. I am obsessed with water safety, and providing the fundamental swimming skills people need to make informed decisions while enjoying water. I learned about the differing perceptions the public have about what safe aquatic skills are in my previous role as an Aquatics Educator, and I am keen to get out into the community to support the great work being done in schools, clubs and community organisations in the Waikato region.

Dairy farming formed a large part of my background, and provided a stable practical environment to raise my two children, Logan and Ethan, which was a lot of fun. Now that my children have left home, I enjoy getting out into the outdoors- trail running, mountain biking and kayaking. To challenge myself, I compete in multisport and adventure racing events. At the moment I am training for the One Day Coast to Coast Multisport Race, in February 2022, and I am looking forward to exploring the local rivers, lakes and trails.”

Megan will be starting with us at the end of November and will no doubt be catching up with many of you in the near future. We wish her all the best with her move up north and to settling into her new home and role.