June 2018

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 !!!

2018/19 Affiliation Fees

During the last week, Swimming New Zealand have advised that there will be a small increase in the Affiliation Fees for the 2018/19 year (starting 1 July 2018).  Our Swimming Waikato affiliation fees are unchanged.

In 2018, all Competitive and Club affiliation fees will be collected through the Swimming New Zealand database and we will circulate information on this process over the next week.

The total Fees (SNZ and SW) are -

Learn to Swim - $3.50 pa

Club - $35.23 pa

Competitive - $94.00 pa


Athlete Welfare

Here's an interesting and thought provoking article from Kiwi middle distance runner Rosa Flanagan on mental and physical health of female athletes.

An insightful look at the equilibrium between performance and well-being.


2018 Queensland Champs - Waikato Team Trip

Swimming Waikato will be taking a team to compete at the Queensland Championships, 15 to the 22nd of December 2018.

The rationale behind this competition is to give our qualified swimmers the opportunity to have a set competitive goal, post NZ National Short Course (World Short Course Trials). Currently we have a big gap from early Oct leading into the end of the calendar year, we do of course have our Christmas Meet (December) and our Waikato Champs (February) but to further challenge the region’s top swimmers we need to be accustomed to competing against the standard set in Australia.

This competition was originally on the Aquaknights Swimmer Pathway calendar for 2018 and is included in our Swimming Waikato Swimmer Development Pathway.

The standard of the meet is high as most of you are aware, this is no reason to avoid it. The meet will be a huge learning opportunity as well as a chance to put in some tough racing in before the end of the year, this I feel justifies our attendance alone. I hope that it will be seen as an exciting opportunity to represent the Waikato and continue to form a positive working team culture in the region.

Cherie is working on costing the meet, as always, we will do everything we can to ensure that the costs are made reasonable.

If you have reached the Swimming Waikato qualifying standard and would like to be considered for this trip, please email and include the details of your qualifying swim(s).

The following criteria for team selection will be as follows:

Points must be from Long Course only and have been set in any registered event between

1st of January 2018 to 31st October 2018. Age as of 31st December.

Making the points standards will not guarantee selection. Final say on selection will be made between the Swimming Waikato Hub Head Coach and the individual Home Club Coaches. This decision will be based on recent training standards, attitude, and performance.

14 Yrs. 550 Fina Points
15 Yrs. 600 Fina Points
16+ Yrs. 650 Fina Points

15 Yrs. 550 Fina Points
16 Yrs. 600 Fina Points
17+ Yrs.650 Fina Points

Darren Ward
Hub Head Coach