Blether from our resident Weegie (Chat from our resident Glaswegian)

I am writing this exactly one month from the date which I stepped into the role as Hub Head Coach of Swimming Waikato. In that month, I have had the fortune to have met numerous swimmers, coaches, volunteers, parents and board members, all of whom make up the key elements of the sport of swimming in this region. You have all made me feel very welcome and at home here in the Waikato, I thank you all for this.

It is easy to step into a new position and identify key areas that need improvement, this always comes with a set of fresh eyes. The hard part is to convince those around you that change is required and that your vision for change is the correct path. Where I am fortunate is that my predecessor had identified similar key areas and began the process of improvements, all with the buy-in from the vast majority of key players within our region.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thanks Clive for his efforts in building a working swimmer pathway in the region and for inspiring and energising so many swimmers and coaches. On behalf of Swimming Waikato, I’d like to wish Clive the very best for his retirement.

I am very much looking forward to our first Pathway Squad meeting and to having the opportunity to speak to many of our young and emerging talent. More information on the run-down of the day will be emailed to that group closer to the date.

As mentioned in previous correspondence, there will be alterations to the 2019 qualifying procedure for Swimming Waikato Squads. This will be made available on our website in March, there will be set reminders sent out by social media and by email, so you can all stay updated.

That’s it for me, all that is left to say is that I hope all our swimmers are working hard and having fun!

Best wishes
Darren Ward