Six swimmers from the Waikato are part of a 16 strong team representing New Zealand at the 14th FINA Short Course World Championships in a wintery Hangzhou, China from the 11th-16th December, continuing a long and proud history of success in the sport for the Region.
This is a massive opportunity for the New Zealand swimmers to take on the very best in the World and to lead the way for future waves of talent coming through the ranks in our country. Also travelling with the team is St Peter’s Swimming Club Head Coach, Carl Gordon.
The swimmers were selected from some fantastic results at the New Zealand Short Course in September which acted as the trails meet for the World Championships. It was great watching several of the region's swimmers stepping up and grabbing national berths with two hands and bookings their tickets to China as a result.
The Kiwis will be up against some big names in the sport of swimming, such three times Olympic Champion and World Record Holder, Katinka Hosszu of Hungary as well as American superstar, Michael Andrew to name only a few.
The New Zealand Team have arrived safely and are putting together their final preparations ahead of the six day meet. The competition will take place in the atmospheric 10,000-seater Olympic Tennis Centre with a temporary competition and swim down pool.
With the World Long Course Championships (Korea) and Olympic Games (Japan) on the horizon, this competition will be a fantastic international learning opportunity for our swimmers as they gear for their individual campaigns to qualify for these pinnacle meets.
We wish our Waikato Swimmers and the whole Aquablack team the very best in China!
Waikato Swimmers: World Short Course Schedule
11th Dec (Day 1)
200 Freestyle – Paige Flynn
100 Backstroke – Paige Flynn
400 Freestyle – Matt Hyde
100 Backstroke – Bradlee Ashby
200 IM – Bradlee Ashby
12th Dec (Day 2)
100 Freestyle – Paige Flynn
100 Butterfly – Bradlee Ashby
200 Butterfly – Vanessa Ouwehand
13th Dec (Day 3)
50 Backstroke – Andrew Jeffcoat
100 IM – Gina McCarthy
100 IM – Bradlee Ashby
50 Butterfly - Vanessa Ouwehand
14th Dec (Day 4)
50 Backstroke – Paige Flynn
50 Butterfly – Bradlee Ashby
15th Dec (Day 5)
200 IM – Gina McCarthy
100 Butterfly – Vanessa Ouwehand
16th Dec (Day 6)
200 Backstroke – Bradlee Ashby
Further meet information can be found at the following websites:
A few months ago, we asked for registrations of interest from anyone within our swimming community who would like to complete a First Aid Course and thanks to those of you who indicated that, depending on the date, you would be keen to attend.
From the initial replies, it looks like we will be able to run the course at a cost of $105.00 per participant (GST inclusive).
The course details are –
Saturday 23 February 2019 –
8.00am – 5.00pm
63-65 Seddon Road
If you would like to confirm a place on this course, please email email@example.com. Please also confirm who will be paying for the course so we can arrange to send invoices to you.
Our Regional Swimmer Pathway includes a number of combined training opportunities and trips for qualified swimmers.
Attached is a breakdown of the 2019 Calendar by squad (TAPs, Potential, Pathway, XLR8- 2.5K) which provides a brief background to each camp/competition involving the regional squads.
We have already received a number of application forms for positions on the squads and we would encourage you to check the qualifying criteria (which you can find below) so you can take part in these additional development opportunities if you qualify.
There is a cost to improving as a swimmer, that is the reality of the sport and not one that is likely to change. Instead of stopping at the planning stage due to the financial road block, we must be prepared to meet this challenge. Swimmers will know very early on in the year if they have made squads, most of them will have known as soon as they applied in 2018 (barring any exclusion by our Hub Head Coach or Club Coach) - we are giving swimmers as much time as possible to budget and fundraise to be part of these opportunities.
The success of our regional squads is largely down to us all collectively, we will get out what we put in. We have a very good number of enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and experienced coaches, and talented swimmers, in the region so we really already have a great head start.
The Regional Squad camps and competitions will complement the day to day work being done in club programs and we're really looking forward to finishing off what has been a positive 2018 and setting about raising the bar for 2019.