June 2019

We're collaborating with the University of Waikato

Over the last few months we have had the pleasure of being involved with the University of Waikato’s Work Integrated Learning programme.

The programme is designed to support student-coaches studying at the University to get some practical experience at the coal face of sport.

Helping to support coaches at the beginning of their development is vital in ensuring we have well-educated leaders with the practical experience to work with our future athletes.

We had two student-coaches working with St Paul’s and St Peter’s respectively, and we are very pleased that one of these was our very own Claudia Ashby.
Both students worked with our Hub Head Coach leading into the project and have integrated well into the two clubs; both of them working on flexibility testing with the athletes.

We look forward to continuing our great relationship with the University and we wish both student all the very best with their report.


Swimming Instructors wanted at St Peter's


• Part time positions working within our Learn to Swim School
• A great opportunity to develop your teaching skills in a high quality environment
• Mid-July 2019 start

About the Role -

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from self-motivated, enthusiastic people to teach our Learn to Swim programme. Based within the purpose built indoor Perry Pool, at the St Peter’s Swim School which delivers high quality programmes to pre-schoolers and primary school aged children as well as to promising young swimmers who are keen to develop in the sport.

What experience and skills do you need?

You will need to be an approachable, friendly and professional communicator, who can connect with young swimmers and parents alike. You will be passionate about swimming and working with young people helping them to develop skills and confidence to master each level of our programme. The work is part-time so there is opportunity to match your work with your study or lifestyle. Ongoing training and development in the programme is a core requirement of the role.

To be the successful you would ideally -

• Have experience with working with young children and adolescents
• Possess swimming confidence and enjoyment within the water
• Be confident with strong communication skills, to interact openly and honestly with staff, children and parents
• Committed, reliable, team orientated and well presented
• Display great customer service ethic
• Be prepared to learn and implement our LTS programme

This is an opportunity to join an established successful Learn to Swim programme, which is the foundation of St Peter’s Swimming.
If this sounds like a working environment you would thrive in, please click here.

May 2019

Education Opportunities for new Coaches

Most of our clubs are operating LTS and/or junior squad programs utilising their senior swimmers as coaches/swim teachers.  This is a great way of not only retaining swimmers in our sport but also ensuring that they can pass on their vast experience and know-how to the next generation.

The importance of our LTS  & early club development is key to the future success of our programs.  As a result, providing these upcoming swim teachers/coaches with additional Professional Development support is a must.

In conjunction with Waikato Institute of Leisure and Sport Studies (WILSS), we would like to offer these developing coaches an opportunity to take part in the New Zealand Certificate in Sports Coaching Level 3 course. The qualification will carry with it 40 NZQA credits as well as an innovative program that will carry swimming specific practical swimming skills.  The Level 3 Coaching course will be tailored for swimming through my collaboration with WILSS.  It will also be my hope to support the coach development further by integrating this course with practical sessions, likely in conjunction with the XLR8 2.5K Squad or at our annual Kick Start Camp.

There are a few different delivery options for the Sports Coaching Level 3 course.  Our preference would be for it to be delivered in our Hubs over consecutive Saturdays. This will minimise the travel component and ensure it doesn’t clash with school or coaching/teaching hours.

WILSS are also offering a Smart Coach program which is an introduction to coaching.  This would be a great programme for your club members who are who are looking to get involved with coaching.  Again, depending on interest, this programme could be delivered in each of our three Hubs.

The cost of each programme is noted below.

Smart Coach Course - $60 for one 3 hour delivery (group session – Swimming Waikato will cover this cost)
New Zealand Certificate – Sports Coaching Level 3 - $150 +GST per person (cost to be covered by the Club or Coach/Swim Teacher)

You can find the programme outlines below.   We have the option of delivering these programmes now (for our clubs who are operating all year round), and later in the year for our summer only clubs.

If you're a swimmer delivering in the coaching/LTS space and you think you'd benefit from either of these programmes , please let Cherie know – cherie@swimmingwaikato.co.nz.


Good Luck to our 2019 Aon NZ Open Championships Team

From the 17th to the 21st of June, our team of 28 swimmers will be heading to the Owen Glenn National Aquatics Centre to compete at the 2019 Aon NZ Open Championships.  Everyone heading to this meet has their own personal goals and we wish all of you the very best in achieving these.  Below you can find a list of our Waikato team.

Hamilton Aquatics announces Head Coach

Hamilton Aquatics has appointed Mat Woofe as its inaugural Head Coach.

Hamilton Aquatics, the recently amalgamated Ace Swimming Club and Hillcrest Swimming club is thrilled to welcome Mat on-board. Mat’s experience and commitment to the sport, combined with the vision of the new club bode well for an exciting future for swimming in Hamilton.

“Hamilton Aquatics amalgamation committee is working hard to achieve the best for their members and this appointment of Mat is one of the important foundation blocks in the new club formation,” says the Ace Swimming Club President Edward Hardie.

Hillcrest Swimming Club representative Richard Coombes emphasises, “The level of engagement and excitement at all levels that Mat will bring is something we are looking forward to."

Joining us from Swimming New Zealand, Mat brings a wealth of knowledge across the board, including a deep understanding of swimming at the highest level. Mat has achieved numerous successes in his role as a Performance Coach based at the National Training Centre on Auckland’s North Shore, including placing swimmers on several senior pinnacle teams, most recently guiding Bradlee Ashby to two 5th placings at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Prior to this role, Mat worked as a National Coach in one of Australia’s most renowned programs at Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club.

Commencing on the 4th of June, Mat says “This is an exciting opportunity for me and swimming in Hamilton. What has already been achieved with the two clubs coming together shows a lot of forethought from the parties involved, I’m looking forward to the challenge of building one of New Zealand’s premier swimming programs at all levels.”

Swimming New Zealand’s Gary Francis is supportive of the change in Waikato’s swimming landscape and see’s great opportunities for both Mat and the club. He added “I believe this is a wonderful opportunity for both Mat and Hamilton Aquatics. Mat brings international experience and excellent philosophy on long term development of swimmers. At the same time, we at Swimming New Zealand will really miss the contribution and commitment that Mat has made over the past four years. We wish him all the success that his work ethic, knowledge and commitment to excellence will surely bring to the Hamilton program, which will benefit not just the Hamilton club, but New Zealand Swimming as a whole.”

Hamilton Aquatics is eager to have him inspire and nurture our swimmers to do extraordinary things and furthermore watch him take the Hamilton club from a strong regional program to an outstanding national force.