April 2018

Finally - it starts today !

Today marks the start of  what is a pinnacle meet for many swimmers in the Waikato and throughout New Zealand.

And we're wishing our Waikato Team of 69 swimmers all the very best as they take to the water this morning at the 2018 National Age Group Champs.  You can follow all the action on Meet Mobile or if you're lucky enough to be near your computer, SNZ are live streaming all heats and finals.

You can check out our Waikato team here.

Update on the sale of NAGs tickets from Swimming New Zealand

Over the weekend, there has been a large amount of email traffic relating to the sale of NAGs tickets that included some inaccuracies particularly the number of seats available to spectators for purchase.  So, notwithstanding that fact that many of you do not agree with how the tickets have been allocated and/or sold and have made many suggestions about how this could be improved moving forward, I would like to take this opportunity to provide some facts around the number of tickets available for sale at each session as follows:

  1. There are 1,274 seats available within the pool hall (706 permanent seats upstairs and 568 temporary seats on poolside) for swimmers, coaches/managers and spectators.
  2. With entries closing tonight, we are forecasting at least 700 swimmers and approximately 200 coaches and managers to be registered/attending.
  3. Therefore, 71% of all seats available are allocated to swimmers and coaches/managers.
  4. Of the 369 spectator seats available per session for purchase (there were only 70 spectator seats per session available last year in Wellington) 130 (or 35%) have been pre-allocated to regions and 180 (49%) were sold online last week.
  5. The (min) of 59 seats per session still available will go on sale next Monday at 12 noon  - max 2 tickets per purchase.
  6. There will be door sales available to re-sell tickets from ticket holders who leave part way through the sessions (as has been the case in previous years).
  7. There will be live streaming of all heats and finals sessions free of charge to all (significantly improved production quality from previous years).

There is no question that as the numbers of swimmers qualifying for these events increases, it is putting increased pressure on our ability to accommodate all spectators.  We simply don’t have facilities big enough to cater for all swimmers and all spectators wanting to attend (maybe the new pool in Christchurch will change this?).  The solutions being suggested eg increasing qualifying times, splitting the event (boys/girls or by age groups), North and South with a ‘finals meet’ etc all have their own pros and cons and will therefore be liked by some and criticised by others but we are looking at all options and will be discussing these with regions soon.

Further details re the final allocation of tickets will be circulated later this week once entries have closed and we can then confirm the actual numbers of tickets available.

Kind regards

Steve.

 

Steve Johns
Chief Executive Officer

Swimming New Zealand
14 Antares Place, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 0632
P O Box 30 2145, Auckland 0751
P +64 9 478 2916  M +64 21 773 173
www.swimming.org.nz

March 2018

Waikato Academy for Young Achievers

It is coming to that time of year again where Wilss are going through the final stages of planning for their Waikato Academy for Young Achievers.

This year, they're excited to present their programme to the 2018 Athletes with confirmed presentations by;

  •  Dr Matt Kritz from Athlete Nation
  • Matt Gordon – NZ Representative in Power lifting
  • Kristie Baillie – NZ Representative in Athletics Track

With more to be confirmed in the weeks coming…

This year, they're delivering in 3 Districts -

  • Hamilton – Friday 11th May – Friday 29th June 5.30 – 7pm
  • South Waikato – Saturday 5th May & 19th May 1pm – 5pm
  • Thames/Hauraki – Sunday 12th and 19th August 10am – 3pm

Attached is a programme brochure and if you'd like to nominate your athletes, please follow this link:

https://wilss.ac.nz/registration/waikato-academy-achievers-registration-form/

Or return a completed nomination form to the Wilss offices.

And if you have any queries, please contact Katie Horne - katie@wilss.ac.nz

Our Swimmer Development Pathway

Our Regional Swimming Hub programme includes a Swimmer Development Pathway which is designed to support our club programmes through the provision of additional support for identified swimmers.   The Pathway provides a great opportunity to bring together the top swimmers and coaches in our region, providing combined training and education programmes and the opportunity to have some fun as our swimmers are challenged with new concepts and activities.

With the arrival in January of our new Hub Head Coach, Darren Ward, we’ve been looking at all the programmes that form part of our Regional Swimming Hub programme to ensure they are supporting swimmers at the right stages of their development.  And as a result, we’ve finalised a Swimmer Development Pathway which we believe will support identified swimmers to achieve their competitive goals.  In doing this, we have amended the qualification standards for the previous squads that operated within the Waikato.  Our new Swimmer Development Pathway includes the following squads –

  • TAPs
  • Potential
  • Pathway
  • XLR8

Attached is the selection criteria for the three top squads (Pathway / Potential / TAPs) which includes an overview of the Squad programmes.

Please note that the Swimmer Development Pathway starts with our XLR8 Achievers Club and attached is a brochure providing more information about this programme.

A few things to note –

  • Swimmers have the 2018 calendar year to qualify for a place on one of these squads for the 2019 year so now is a great time to get a clear understanding of what is required to qualify.  Swimmers should be encouraged to work with their club coaches to identify goals and set target.
  • The selection criteria for Pathway, Potential and TAPs squads is based around FINA points – there are a number of ways to calculate FINA points – here’s the link to one option – www.fina.org/content/fina-points.
  • The criteria document includes an application form.  It is the individual swimmers’ responsibility to apply for a position in a squad.

Hopefully the attached is self-explanatory but if you have any questions, please just ask !

2018 Division II

Eighty-one of our Waikato swimmers are competing at Division II in 2018.  And it's awesome to see swimmers from some of our smaller clubs, like Mercury Bay, Te Aroha, Te Kuiti and Whangamata,  taking part this year.  With just over a week until they head to the meet, we wish them all the very best of luck.  You can see the full team list below.