July 2018

2018 Kick Start Camp

Hopefully you have all seen our Coach Development Pathway which was circulated to our Clubs earlier this year (copy attached).  The Pathway is available for all our Coaches who have achieved their Teacher of Competitive Strokes (TOCs)  qualification and one of the key development opportunities for our TOCs Coaches is the opportunity to attend our Kick Start Camp which is taking place on 12 to 14 October 2018 – check out the attached flyer for more details.

This camp replaces the SportsForce Camp that Chris Jolly used to deliver to our rural / summer only clubs, except we’re taking it one step further.  Led by our Hub Head Coach, Darren Ward, the camp is available for any Coach who has achieved the TOCs qualification and provides an opportunity for our coaches, and a group of their swimmers, to ‘kick start’ the season with a live in camp which will deliver –

  • education and info sharing sessions for the coaches
  • technique sessions for the swimmers (who will be nominated to attend by their club coaches)
  • an opportunity to attend the Hillcrest Festival meet on Sunday the 14th of October

Seeing this is the first year of our Coach Development Pathway, and we’re aware that it was introduced when many of our summer only clubs were out of the water, we are happy to facilitate the delivery of a TOCs course during the camp weekend.  The TOCs course is delivered by Swimming New Zealand and there is a cost per coach of $200 (+ GST).  The course details are attached for your information.  Please note that Coaches who do not have their TOCs qualification, and are not interested in gaining this qualification during the camp, will not be able to attend.  Swimmers will not be able to attend unless there is at least one coach from their club taking part.

If you have any questions about this Coach and swimmer development opportunity, or to book your space on the camp, please contact cherie@swimmingwaikato.co.nz


June 2018

Waikato Team Shirts

After much discussion, the Board of Swimming Waikato has decided to do away with the tradition of giving swimmers a Waikato Team Shirt when they attend National meets.

This is purely a financial decision. The provision of shirts was a significant cost in our annual budget and we believe we can better support swimming across the region by investing these funds into our Regional Swimming Hub programme. We are very confident that the benefits of the development opportunities offered through our Hub programme are far more important for the advancement of swimming in our Region.

Although many of you will be disappointed, we hope you understand this decision.

A tribute to Don Stanley

Yesterday we received some very sad news.

Swimming Waikato Life Member, long time supporter of swimming in our region, grandad of Olympian Matt Stanley and friend to many of us passed away.

An ex swimmer of some repute himself, Don (with some help from the lovely Jackie) passed on his love of the water, solid work ethic and great genes to his children, and his grandchildren, many of whom swam competitively at a high level.

Over many decades, Don gave back to the sport he loved. He gave hands on and financial support to the Matamata Swimming Club, established and supported the NZ Swimming Trust (supporting hundreds of swimmers with thousands of dollars over almost 30 years), and championed all of his own progeny through their swimming careers.

Don’s positive and constructive contributions have been recognised at both Swimming Waikato and Swimming NZ Board level, and he was a Life Member of both organisations. Don served as Director of Swimming for the 1990 Commonwealth Games.

Don was recognised nationally for his contribution in 1991 when he was awarded an OBE for his support of swimming and local government.
Just last year he was named as Swimming New Zealand’s Volunteer of the Year.

Don was a generous man in every sense of the word. He was generous with his time, his money, his expertise, his smiles, and his love. He will be remembered in Waikato Swimming circles as a true gentleman – we will miss him, the Grandad of swimming in the Waikato.

Our hearts go out to Jackie and the whole Stanley family.

Swimmers - it's almost time to make yourself 'financial' for the upcoming swimming year

As you’ll be aware, swimming membership in New Zealand runs from 1 July to 30 June, and all our swimmers are required to pay their affiliation fees to Swimming New Zealand and Swimming Waikato AFTER 1 July 2018 to enable them to continue swimming.

Just to confirm, the affiliation fees for the upcoming year (1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019) are -

Competitive Swimmer –
$53.50 – SNZ affiliation fee (increase from $52.50)
$  5.50 – SNZ awards levy (unchanged)
$  1.00 – SNZ Swimmers Trust Levy
$34.00 – SW affiliation fee (unchanged)

Club Swimmer –
$15.25 – SNZ affiliation fee (increase from $15.00)
$20.00 – SW affiliation fee (unchanged)

Learn to Swim / Recreational -
$  3.50 – SW affiliation fee

Please note that going forward, all our Competitive and Club swimmers must pay their affiliation fee at the time they make themselves a ‘financial’ swimmer in the database.  The database allows swimmers to change their status to ‘financial’ and not pay the affiliation fee at the same time – it is important that swimmers do NOT select this option.  Fees can be paid online using either a debit or credit card.  If a club carries out this process on behalf of its swimmers, we need the club to use a debit or credit card to complete this transaction.

A COMPETITIVE swimmer is a swimmer who wants to compete at a Waikato Championship Meet, the Zonal Junior Meet or any National meet.

A CLUB swimmers is a swimmer who wants to compete at any other meets on the calendar.

The key things to remember when you update your membership are –

  1. If you are not sure whether you should be affiliating as a Competitive or Club swimmer, please talk to your Coach.  If you start the season as a ‘Club’ swimmer, you are able to change your membership to ‘Competitive’ during the year.
  2. If you've forgotten your password,  click on the “forgotten password” link which will prompt you to enter your email address.  Please check their junk mail if you don’t received the password reset email in your usual inbox.
  3. When you are in your 'My-Page', just click on the subscriptions button and follow the prompts, ensuring that a payment is made as part of the process!  As a Club or Competitive swimmer, you should be familiar with your my-page as it’s the portal you use when entering swim meets.  This is also a good time to check that your personal detail are correct.

Any questions, please just ask.

2018 AON NZ Open Championships

The 2018 AON NZ Open Championships kick off in Auckland on the 2nd of July and we've got a team of 35 swimmers representing their Clubs and the Waikato during the five days of racing.

You can find the full team list below.  Good luck !!!