Welcome to a New Era of Performance Swimming in the Waikato

Delivering a comprehensive training program that immerses athletes in a daily, athlete-centered environment for swimming development.

RPC’s VISION – To create an athlete centric environment that drives swimmers to win medals at pinnacle international events.

RPC’s PURPOSE – Bringing together like-minded swimmers to achieve a common goal, through world-class coaching and accountability to the process of becoming professional/elite athletes and leaders within the community.

RPC’s VALUES 

  • Accountability – Honest application to the standards you have set for yourself.

  • Perseverance – Learning through experience and never giving up in pursuit of your goal.

  • Support – Celebrating teammate’s successes.

  • Excellence – Aiming to perform at a world-class standard daily.

 

Coaching & Program Administration

Training Times

Pool – Waterworld Aquatic Centre 

  • Mon 5.30-7.30am and 5.30-7.30pm (25m)
  • Tues 4-6pm (25m)
  • Wed 5.30-7.30am (50m lanes), 4-5.30pm (25m)
  • Thurs 4-6pm (25m)
  • Fri 5.30-7.30am (50m), 4-5.30pm (25m)
  • Sat 7.00-9.30am (25m)

Gym – Tu Tonu on Karewa Place

  • Wednesday 6pm and Friday 6pm

 

 

Facilities & Resources

Career & Academic Development

It is encouraged that all RPC swimmers are studying or working alongside swimming. One of the key philosophies is that we develop people and not just swimmers. The University of Waikato has one of the most comprehensive scholarships to elite athletes, The Hilary Scholarship, for more information please see here. Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship – Scholarships: University of Waikato

Applications & Info

  • Contact Coach Woofe via contact link below with any relevant questions
  • Face to face discussion with coach will be arranged
  • Notification of the outcome of the application will be processed as soon as possible
  • Successful swimmers to sign swimmer agreement and code of conduct

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Additional Information

RPC FAQ's

Are out of region swimmers allowed to join?

A. Any swimmer can apply for the Waikato RPC. Swimmers can speak with Coach Mat Woofe and/or apply via the link provided

 

Which club would I represent at Nationals (RPC or Home Club) ?

A. All RPC members will have a dual membership within Swimming New Zealand as members of the RPC and their home club. For all international (non SNZ) and national level competitions the swimmers will swim under the RPC, allowing relay teams etc irrespective of club membership. For all regional and club meets swimmers will represent their home Swimming Waikato club.

Will I be able to study or work?

A. It is encouraged that all RPC swimmers are studying or working alongside swimming. One of the key philosophies is that we develop people and not just swimmers. The University of Waikato has one of the most comprehensive scholarships to elite athletes, The Hilary Scholarship, for more information please see here. Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship – Scholarships: University of Waikato

 

Will there be Long Course training?

A. The RPC squad will train long course throughout the year. Availability does change, however we swim long course a minimum of twice a week.

 

Can I continue to swim for my home club as well as the RPC?

A. You will be able to swim for your home club, however this would need to be a Swimming Waikato member club. You will be expected to race at Nationals and designated ‘Qualification Meets’ under the RPC, all other meets you will represent your Home Club.

Will the RPC team travel to international events

A. Yes. The RPC will travel to relevant meets outside of NZ on a regular basis. Meets would be identified to maximise athlete development and give athletes the experience to make New Zealand teams and then compete successfully.

Governance Structure

The RPC is a join venture between Hamilton Aquatics, & Swimming Waikato . Both parties are signatories of a joint Memorandum of Understanding, committing us to act in good faith throughout the duration of our agreement (2024-28); pledging to uphold the principles of honesty, integrity, and mutual respect in all our interactions.

RPC-Waikato has formed  a Working-Group with representation from all parties which will provide a report back to their respective Committee or Board

Athlete Safeguarding

All swimmers are required to belong to a Swimming Waikato club, therefore will be affiliated members of Swimming Waikato. The Swimming Waikato Code of Conduct applies to all its members and persons participating/connected to Swimming NZ activities.

Athlete wellbeing is central to the operations of the RPC and like any Swimming Waikato affiliated Club, it will be bound by the member protection policy and codes of conduct of our regional federation. In addition, all swimmers will have access to Swimming Waikato’s Member Protection Advisor (MPA), in the event that this service is required.

Any ongoing concerns can also be raised with Swimming Waikato by contacting our CEO: [email protected]
If a female staff member is preferred, please contact our GM: [email protected] 

Code of Conduct

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