News Archive

April 2019

A great weekend for our 2019 Waikato Junior Championships

On the 23rd and 24th of March, the St Peter's Swimming Club played host to our 2019 Waikato Junior Championships.  More than 230 swimmers competed over the two days and the weather gods shone on us once again this year.

Our Junior Championship Meet is definitely one of our favourites !  Imagine 230 swimmers, wearing brightly coloured swimsuits (not a technical/performance racesuit in sight), excited to be swimming and even more excited to share the success of their teammates.  We presented more than 1,000 medals and finalist ribbons and for every single presentation, a proud paparazzi of parents, team managers and coaches surrounded the medal dias, and swimmers cheered loudly for their friends.

Robyn Tuck was fantastic on the mic and the tunes got swimmers bopping behind the blocks.  The St Peter's senior swimmers did a fantastic job on the BBQ and The Bikery Coffee Cart served great coffee all weekend.

A huge thank you to Linda Bulman and her team of officials, and to all the other volunteers who supported the delivery of this meet.

Receiving feedback like "I just wanted to thank you and all the Waikato officials for hosting our small team and running such a fantastic swim meet.  We all had a wonderful weekend, thank you" and "Our family had such a great weekend, with some outstanding racing and most importantly superb sportsmanship.  My son  has certainly made some great mates over the competition. Thanks again to you and your team to make it all run so smoothly" make us proud to be associated with swimming in the Waikato.

You can check out the full meet results here.

March 2019

A change to the Day 4 schedule at NAGs

There has been a change of event order – Day 4.

As NAGs is the selection meet for the World Junior Championships, there has been an oversight with the order and placement of the female 100m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke back to back. There is never a perfect solution when placing a whole age group event programme into 5 days, and the best solution in this case is to separate the 100m events and where possible minimalize swimmers racing back-to-back events.

The SNZ Selectors and SNZ Events Advisory Committee have been consulted and the Female 100 Butterfly will now move to be the first event on Day 4. (it was previously before the Female 100 Breaststroke).

The revised running order, for Day 4 for both heats and finals will be as follows:

• Event 30: Girls 100m Butterfly
• Event 26: Girls 400m Individual Medley
• Event 27: Boys 200m Backstroke
• Event 28: Girls 200m Backstroke
• Event 29: Boys 100m Butterfly
• Event 31: Girls 100m Breaststroke
• Event 32: Boys 1500m Freestyle

After the entries have closed (3rd April) the event numbers will be reorder 26 – 32 for the psych sheets and the programme.

If a swimmer has already entered in (and paid for) the Female 100 Butterfly & the Female 400IM, and because of this change would now like to withdraw from either event, please advise them to email events@swimming.org.nz and SNZ will refund their fee for that event.
This will need to be received by Sunday 7th April 2019.

Click here for the amended event schedule for the Aon National Age Group Swimming Championships. (NAGS)

Additional Tickets -

Due to Health and Safety requirement, SNZ cannot exceed a set venue capacity. After Entries close on 3 April – SNZ will be in a position to determine whether or not, we will be able to release additional spectator tickets for sale. We will communicate to all clubs and regions via email and Facebook on Friday 5 April either way. If additional tickets are to be released, the timing of this will also be communicated on Friday 5 April – but we will not be pre-allocating tickets to regions or clubs.

The Craigs Mini Putt Challenge - what a great evening!

On Tuesday the 12th of March, we had the opportunity to help Craigs Investment Partners host their 2019 Annual Mini Putt Challenge.  And not just host, we were the not-for-profit organisation that they chose to support this year.   We were beyond stoked to have been chosen and the funds raised will contribute directly to the development of swimming in the region

It was a fantastic night - perfect weather, a great venue and plenty of food and refreshments.

28 teams took part, and congratulations to the winners – 1st:  Colliers;  2nd:  PAN Media; and 3rd: PwC #1.

It was an awesome opportunity for us to bring a number of our top age group swimmers to help out on the night.  They really enjoyed the opportunity to talk to the teams and we were really proud of the way they contributed to a great event – they are an awesome bunch of young people.

We’d like to acknowledge the businesses that partnered with Craigs Investment Partners to make this event the success it was –

  • ProDrive for the use of their facilities
  • New World Rototuna for donating all the food on the day
  • Little India |  FastLane Fitness | Mavis Made to Order for donating some fantastic prizes
  • WaiBoP Football Federation for allowing us to use their soundsystem
  • EBBETT Audi for donating the Hole In One prize

And to our individual hole sponsors –

  • PAN Media
  • ANZ
  • EBBETT Audi
  • PKF Hamilton
  • Braun Bond and Lomas Lawyers

A huge thanks also to Craigs Investment Partners whose commitment to facilitating this annual event in support of organisations like Swimming Waikato is really appreciated.  For us, the financial support is fantastic.  And being able to share a little bit about our organisation is a huge bonus for us too!

Club Amalgamation Update

The combining of the independent Hamilton Swimming Clubs moves a significant step forward.

The Hillcrest and ACE Swimming Clubs have now confirmed with members how the new club will be run.

As a result, the roles for the new Head and Site Coaches are being advertised from today and you can find the Role Advertisements and Position Descriptions below.

The shortlist of names for the new club has been identified and club members will review and vote on that in the coming weeks.

Over the last month, combined swim training for our senior squads has been occurring at the 50m Waterworld complex in Hamilton. This will be continuing as we merge co-ordination of the different squads at the Hamilton Boys High School, Hillcrest Normal School and Waterworld locations.

This is an exciting time going forward as an across Hamilton swimming club coordination and provision of services becomes a reality.

If you have any questions, please email:

Edward Hardie on behalf of the clubs merger committee
aceswimmingpresident@gmail.com

Craigs Investment Partners Annual Mini Putt Challenge

The Craigs Investment Partners Annual Mini Putt Challenge grows in popularity each year. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet other professionals, spend time with colleagues and friends, test your putting skills and, importantly, support a great cause.

The Craigs Investment Partners Annual Mini Putt Challenge grows in popularity each year. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet other professionals, spend time with colleagues and friends, test your putting skills and, importantly, support a great cause.

This year we are raising funds for Swimming Waikato, an organisation that works alongside 23 swimming clubs in the Waikato to deliver quality programmes, events and development opportunities.

This is another deserving organisation that Craigs Investment Partners via the Annual Mini Putt Challenge is proud to support.

Deloitte were the winners in 2018 and will be out to defend their title. Who will win this year?

Spots fill up quickly and teams are limited so please confirm your entry to Joni promptly. Multiple teams from each firm are allowed.

Enter your Team:        $195 inc GST (team of 4)
 
Hole Sponsorship: $140 inc GST
Whether you are entering a team or have other plans for the evening, we ask you to consider being a sponsor of the event. This will give your organisation exposure to a wide variety of businesses and professionals in the Waikato region and help support this great cause. You will be able to advertise your brand on the night by being able to dress a hole with your signage.
 
Entry Form: Download and complete the entry form here and email to joni.mccoy@craigsip.com
 
Rules: Read the Mini Putt Challenge Golf Rules here
 
When: Tuesday 12 March, 2019.
5:15pm registration for a 5:30pm start
 
Where: Prodrive Golf, Beetham Park, Ulster Street, Hamilton
 
Enquiries to: Joni McCoy on 07 959 1848 or email joni.mccoy@craigsip.com

 

Complimentary BBQ food & refreshments provided and the team at Craigs Investment Partners look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks to our main sponsors New World Rototuna and Prodrive Golf.

 

2019 Waikato Summer Meet

To the 320+ senior swimmers who are taking part in our 2019 Waikato Summer Meet this weekend - Good Luck !

Click here for the meet programme.

February 2019

2019 Division II

Wishing all our Division II swimmers the very best of luck as they head to Dunedin to compete from the 13th to the 16th of March 2019.  Click here for the full team list.

 

Changes to the Division II Entry Criteria

Here's an update from Swimming New Zealand -

After conversations with some Club Administrators and Coaches Swimming New Zealand have changed the entry criteria slightly for the Division II Championships.

Previously if a swimmer had qualified for any race in the AON National Age Group Championships or AON NZ Open Championships they were ineligible to enter Division II.

We have adjusted this so that the entry criteria now reads;

A swimmer who has qualified for either the AON New Zealand Open Championships or the AON New Zealand Age Group Championships (in an able-bodied event) is ineligible to enter the Division II Competition in that race.

Therefore a swimmer might qualify for the AON National Age Group Championships in the 100 Fly but not the 100 Free or 100 Back. The swimmer could therefore enter Division II in the 100 Free and 100 Back events but not the 100 FLY.

Swimming New Zealand want to encourage as many swimmers as possible to participate and this slight change of rule will now allow that.

Please also don’t forget Individual entries for Division II close on Tuesday 26 Feb at 11.59pm and Relay Entries close on Wednesday 27 Feb at 11.59pm.

All Coach and Manager accreditation needs to be submitted at https://form.jotform.co/90451090381855 by Thursday 28 Feb at 8am.

It's a Wrap - 2019 Aquaknights Zonal Juniors

Three great days of racing saw our Waikato team swim a tonne of PBs, and achieve a whole heap of Top Ten finishes.  Congratulations to all the swimmers, coaches, team managers, officials and supporters who made the weekend such a success.  Thanks also to Swim Bay of Plenty who once again, were fantastic hosts.

 

You can view the full Waikato results here.

2019 Aquaknights Junior Festival - Team Waikato

From the 15th to the 17th of February, 118 of our junior swimmers, their coaches, team managers and parents, will be heading to Rotorua for the 2019 Aquaknights Junior Festival.

That's two pages of names !!  You can see our full team list here.  It's fantastic to see swimmers from our summer only clubs - Otorohanga, Te Aroha and Waihi, competing this year.  A huge congratulations to all of you and good luck !!

2019 Waikato Regional Squads Announced

On behalf of Swimming Waikato I’d like to congratulate all swimmers that have qualified onto the 2019 Waikato Regional Squads.
A full list of the Squads was made available on our social media accounts at the weekend and posted at the Waikato Hit Out Meet.

It was great to see so many applications being sent through, a very telling sign that we have plenty of swimmers who are willing to act on their own initiative and actively seek ways to better themselves.

I appreciate many of you will have some questions around how we will operate the squads from now until December, so to help I have put together a 2019 Regional Squad Information Handbook. The handbook should provide you with an overview of the year for whichever squad you have been selected for and some additional information also.

I will also be inviting you all, parents included, to attend a Regional Squad Information Evening which will be an opportunity to discuss the squads and an opportunity to raise any questions.

As always, we will endeavour to update you all on as much as we can, as early as we can around travel dates, costs and camps etc. There will also be emails around proposed fund-raising opportunities which will be able to complement any individual or club fund-raising that is being planned.

In the next few weeks I will be conducting IPP Talks with all swimmers in Potential and TAPS Squads, this will be arranged with the home coaches in the next few days.

I’m proud of the effort from everyone involved in the 2018 Regional Squads, we had a great group of swimmers, coaches and volunteers who helped make such a huge success of our many camps and of the Queensland Championships campaign.  2018 is now in the past and we now look towards an exciting 2019, a year which I hope will see the Region once again making more giant leaps forward.

Darren Ward,
Regional Hub Head Coach

Fairfield Swim Club - Head Coach

Fairfield Swim Club is a large friendly swimming club based in Hamilton, catering to swimmers of all ages and abilities.

The club train at the Fairfield College outdoor heated pool during summer, and in winter we relocate to Waterworld at Te Rapa. We offer a wide variety of lessons and training regimes for swimmers of ALL ages and competency levels. From Learn to Swim right through to competitive swimming at the highest levels (national and international competition). We also cater for athletes focusing on multi-discipline events such as triathlon.

The Fairfield Swim Club is seeking a Head Coach who is passionate about swimming and has the ability to be involved in the development of our swimmers to their full potential, whilst maintaining their enthusiasm and enjoyment of the sport. It is envisaged that the successful applicant would be able to readily develop a collaborative and productive relationship with the club committee, coaching team, swimmers and their families.

The head coach will:
• Develop the annual and long-term club training plan to meet club objectives
• Design individual and group training and competition programmes.
• Lead the delivery and execution of daily training programmes in accordance with the annual and long term training plan.
• Deliver the top squad(s) daily training sessions
• Oversee and manage the delivery of training programmes by the assistant coach and junior coaches
• Work with the committee to establish an environment that fosters a positive team spirit and encourages commitment, sportsmanship and responsibility in all swimmers
• Attend swim meets as required, including club nights and local, regional and national meets.
• Have the ability to interact effectively with a diverse range of individuals of different ages, abilities and needs
• The ability to work effectively both independently and as a valued member of the team
• Solid, professional attitude, boundaries and standards.
Qualifications
• Minimum silver level coaching accreditation (or ability to obtain)
• Experience as a Head Coach (highly desirable)
• Demonstrated leadership, mentoring skills, and the ability to work as part of a team
• Current First Aid/CPR certificates (or ability to obtain)
• Current Lifeguard certificate (or ability to obtain)
• Current NZSCTA /ASCTA member

A police check will be carried out prior to employment commencing.

All enquiries and applications are in the strictest confidence.

Please email Club President Neil Shirreffs at neil_shirreffs@yahoo.com

A tribute to Ken Nixon

It is with deep regret that we announce the unfortunate passing of Fairfield Swimming Club Head Coach, Ken Nixon, on Saturday 12th of January.

Ken was a hugely influential and well-respected coach within the Waikato region and he will be missed by the whole Swimming Waikato family.

There are many other swimmers and coaches throughout New Zealand who have also worked alongside Ken and will greatly miss his expertise and knowledge.

Ken positively influenced the lives of many swimmers, dedicating so much of his time and energy to supporting them, in and out of the water.

We know that he will be leaving a legacy that will live on for many years to come in the results of those who were fortunate enough to have worked with him.

On behalf of the Swimming Waikato community, we would like to offer our deepest condolences to Ken’s partner Ang and to their family and friends at this challenging time, our thoughts are with you all.

December 2018

Follow our team as they compete at the 14th FINA Short Course World Champs

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.

  • Paige Flynn (St Peter’s Swimming Club)
  • Matt Hyde (Matamata Swimming Club)
  • Gina McCarthy (Hillcrest Swimming Club)
  • Andrew Jeffcoat (Fairfield Swimming Club)
  • Vanessa Ouwehand (St Peter’s Swimming Club)
  • Bradley Ashby (North Shore Swimming Club)

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.


Back:  Carl Gordon,  Paige Flynn
Front:  Vanessa Ouwehand, Gina McCarthy, Matt Hyde and Andrew Jeffcoat

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:
https://www.finahangzhou2018.com/cms/en

November 2018

First Aid

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

St John
63-65 Seddon Road
Hamilton

If you would like to confirm a place on this course, please email cherie@swimmingwaikato.co.nz.   Please also confirm who will be paying for the course so we can arrange to send invoices to you.

2019 Swimming Waikato Regional Squad Programme

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.

Huntly Aquatic Centre wins NZ Outstanding Pool Award

Huntly’s own swimming pool last week was awarded the New Zealand Recreation Association’s Outstanding Pool Award for 2018, recognition for being the best ran swimming pool in New Zealand. The award, which is judged on excellence, innovation and effectiveness in the provision of pool services recognized Huntly for its excellent customer service, innovative approach to teaching, access and inclusion along with its high percentage of the population participating in learn to swim.

General Manager of Belgravia Leisure (contract managers of Huntly Pool), Mark Blake said “He was extremely proud of Jordarne Wiggins (Manager) and her team who are passionate about service delivery and ensuring their customers are happy.”

“We are immensely proud of our Huntly Aquatic Centre team’s outstanding customer service and truly innovative programs that reflect the communities’ needs and the extremely attractive pricing structure,” said Nick Cox, CEO for Belgravia Leisure.

“Fairly quickly you will realise that the customers are happy, the staff are smiling and enthusiastic. We rank this facility in our top five operated pools internationally.”

Manager, Jordarne Wiggins said, “I am so proud of my team and the energy they bring to work every day. This award is reflective of our staff, the great support from Belgravia Head office and our outstanding partners in Waikato District Council. We are all truly humbled to be selected as the country’s best ran pool for 2018. “

Waikato District Council Parks and Facilities Manager Megan May said she was thrilled to learn Huntly Aquatic Centre had edged out its competition and won the Outstanding Pool Award at the NZRA Awards last week.

“The facility in Huntly provides a fantastic customer experience to our community and we are proud to partner with Belgravia who run this facility that is worthy of such a significant award. The best pool in the country right here in the Waikato district, how cool is that!”

Media Contacts:

Belgravia Leisure

Natalie Cazaux
Marketing Manager
ncazaux@belgravialeisure.com.au
Website: www.belgravialeisure.com.au

Waikato District Council

Teresa Hancock
Communications Advisor
communications@waidc.govt.nz

 

A new look for swimming in Hamilton City

In a bold, proactive and exciting move, two Hamilton Clubs, each with a proud history of swimming, have agreed to combine their resources and operations across Hamilton for the good of the sport.

The decision to bring the independent swimming clubs of Ace and Hillcrest together has been a process of consultation and discussion over the last 18 months, culminating in overwhelming support of the concept at last weekend’s Special General Meetings of the two clubs.

The respective Club Presidents, Ace Swimming Club’s Edward Hardie and Hillcrest’s Kieran McCarthy, are excited about the opportunities this merger will offer.  “It’ll create an opportunity to look at how the new combined entity can better encourage and deliver aquatic opportunities across Hamilton.  A real focus will be on ensuring all club members have the opportunity to achieve their swimming goals, no matter what they might be.”

Club members are open minded about possible structures going forward and a working party, charged with developing and implementing the changes, will draw on internal and external resources as they set up the new entity that will enable a significant change in the provision of aquatic opportunities across Hamilton. It is currently expected that the new entity will take 6 months to be formally set up with some gains in combined cooperation between the Clubs expected before then.

“Our vision is that the new entity will not only deliver an excellent swimming programme, but will offer opportunities for fitness and water skills, while also catering for the performance end of the sport”, says Edward Hardie.

“Without doubt”, says Hillcrest’s Kieran McCarthy, “this is a hugely exciting time for swimming in the Waikato.  When we take into account this opportunity, and factor in the significant upgrade of the Waterworld facility, which will provide one of the best competitive and training facilities in New Zealand, we’re confident that the new club will play a significant role in growing the profile of swimming, both in the Waikato and in New Zealand.

 

For further information

Edward Hardie                                                                  Kieran McCarthy
President                                                                            President
Ace Swimming Club                                                         Hillcrest Swimming Club
aceswimmingpresident@gmail.com                             president@hillcrestasc.co.nz

 

 

 

 

October 2018

18th FINA World Championships and 2019 University Games Qualifying Criteria

Have you been waiting for the 2019 Selection Criteria for some of the key international swim meets in 2019?

The 18th FINA World Championships and Open Water Championships are being held in Gwangju, Korea.  The date for the pool meet is 12 to 28 July 2019 and the Open Water event is 14-16 July 2019.  To view the qualifying standards, click here.

The 2019 World University Games are being held in Naples, Italy from 3 to 14 July 2019.  To view the qualifying standards, click here.

Swim Waipa are looking for a Learn to Swim Manager

• Do you excel at customer service?

• Are you a great people manager?

• Do you want to be part of a fun and positive team?

If so this could be the role for you!

Go Waipa are looking for a dynamic person to lead, deliver and grow the Learn to Swim and Schools programme across the Waipa region.

You will be part of positive and innovative team who are focused on leading swimming in a new direction.

The successful applicant must have outstanding customer service skills, be community focused and have the ability to coordinate multiple activities and staff for a variety of stakeholders at any given time.

A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a supervisory or management role in a Learn to Swim programme is a necessity, and proven people management experience is essential.

Commitment to ensuring great experiences for our customers and delivering our strategic vision is a must, along with the ability to supervise, train and develop a diverse part time team.

This is a full-time position

A job description is available on request.

Please send your cv and cover letter to sharlene.charleston@gowaipa.com.

Applications close Friday 26 October 2018.

Para Swimming in the Waikato

Inclusivity is one of Swimming Waikato's big focuses and growing para swimming in the region is just one opportunity that has been identified to achieve this goal.

Our Hub head coach, Darren Ward, is teaming up with St Paul's Swimming Club head coach Graham Smith and Bay of Plenty's Henk Greupink to put on a free para-swimming camp in Cambridge next month.

The aim of the camp, which is targeted at primary and intermediate aged swimmers who are ready to leave their learn to swim programmes, is to identify a pathway for these swimmers, but also to educate coaches and officials.  The camp is taking place at St Peter's School on the 10th of November and already, there has been a lot of interest.

Prior to this camp taking place, Darren is attending the Paralympics NZ Para Swimming National Development Camp in Auckland and is looking forward to bringing his learnings back to our November camp, and to future development opportunities that are delivered in the Waikato.

Below is the Camp Flyer.  For more information on the para-swimming camp in Cambridge on November 10, email Darren Ward at darren@swimmingwaikato.co.nz.

 

First Aid Course opportunity

We’ve been in touch with St John with a view to holding a Private First Aid Level 1 Course for Coaches, Team Managers and any other members of our swimming community who would benefit from holding this qualification.

The cost of the course will be passed on to those attending and at this stage, we’re just looking for registrations of interest.  If we have sufficient numbers, we’ll be back in touch to confirm a date.

If you're interested in this opportunity, please contact cherie@swimmingwaikato.co.nz (by the end of October).

Five Waikato Swimmers qualify for World Championships

What a week it has been for Swimming Waikato at the 2018 Swimming New Zealand Short Course Championships (25m) in Auckland.

Over the last week, the Waikato region picked up 34 National Age and Open titles, 26 Silver and 24 Bronze medals along with a large Waikato and National record haul.

The big talking point was the qualification of five Waikato Swimmers onto the NZ National Team for the upcoming Swimming World Short Course Championships in China in December 2018.

Congratulations to the following swimmers who have booked their ticket to China; Matt Hyde (Matamata), Gina McCarthy (Hillcrest), Paige Flynn (St Peter’s), Vanessa Ouwehand (St Peter’s) and Andrew Jeffcoat (Fairfield), as well as your individual Clubs and Coaches on selection for the World Championships.

The region saw several of its senior swimmers stepping up and racing without fear and putting in some life time best results. Their actions and positive attitude have been infectious throughout their respective camps and throughout the region, they have been fantastic ambassadors for their individual teams and for the upcoming stars in the Waikato.

Another big positive from the meet has been the performances of several our younger age-group swimmers, they have had a largely positive and professional attitude from Day 1 to 5 and have in many cases showed maturity beyond their years. Yes, there was a big medal tally for these swimmers, but the main reward has been the competitive experience and the valuable feedback that will help to support their future development into their senior competitive years.

Meet Entry Fees

In line with our Board Work Plan, we are required to annually review the cost of meet entries for our Swimming Waikato hosted swim meets and this was carried out at our 26 September 2018 Board Meeting.

From 1 January 2019, there will be a small increase to meet entry fees and these increases are detailed below –

Non-championship Meets:          Increase from $8.50 per event to $9.00 per event
Championship Meets:                    Increase from $9.25 per event to $9.75 per event

The increase of 0.50c per entry will be re-invested back into our Regional Swimming Hub programme to ensure that all our membership have the opportunity to benefit from the grassroots initiatives, the education opportunities, the forums, the competitive opportunities and the camps and trips – all which form part of our Swimming Hub programme.  If you’re not familiar with our Regional Swimming Hub programme, below is a brochure which we use extensively to update interested parties on what we are delivering.  We thought it might be interesting for you to have a read through this too.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at lots of our meets over the summer period and we’re especially excited about welcoming you onto pool deck at the newly renovated Waterworld in just a few months time!

Day Five Results for the 2018 NZ Short Course Champs

That’s all from the final day here at the New Zealand Short Course Championships here in Auckland. As the sun drops, signifying the end of these championships, we can now begin to reflect on what has been a very positive performance from the Waikato clubs.
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It was yet another night of BIG SWIMS from the Waikato contingent with impressive swims from Vanessa Ouwehand (STP) in the 200 Fly, Andrew Jeffcoat (FFD) & Paige Flynn (STP) in the 50 Back, all taking the national titles with FINA B CUTS! This takes the tally to 5 swimmers from the Waikato who will represent NZ at the World Short Course in China.
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One of the positives from the meet has been the performances of a number of our younger age-group swimmers, they have had a largely process driven attitude from Day 1 to 5 and have in many cases showed maturity beyond their years. Yes, there was a big medal tally for these swimmers but the main reward has been the competitive experience and the valuable feedback that will help to support their future development into their senior competitive years.
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It has also been great to see several of our senior swimmers stepping up and racing without fear and having what seems to be a bloody good time. Their actions and positive attitude have been infectious throughout their respective camps and throughout the regional clubs, they have been fantastic ambassadors for their individual teams and for the Waikato.
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Another special mention to Matt Hyde (MAT), Gina McCarthy (HIL), Paige Flynn (STP), Vanessa Ouwehand (STP) and Andrew Jeffcoat (FFD); congratulations to you, your Clubs and Coaches on selection to compete for NZ at the WORLD SHORT COURSE CHAMPSIONSHIPS in China!

More highlights from DAY 5 below:

EVENING SESSION (OPEN)
A Finals = 12
B Finals = 5
C Finals = 3
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200 FLY
Vanessa Ouwehand (STP – GOLD + FINA B
100 FREE
Sam Perry (STP) – BRONZE
Jesse Reynolds (FFD) – GOLD
50 BACK
Paige Flynn (STP) – GOLD + FINA B
Andrew Jeffcoat (FFD) – GOLD + FINA B

400 IM RELAY WOMEN
St Peter’s – SILVER

MORNING SESSION (AGE)

100 FREE
Jack Lees (THA) – 16 yr BRONZE
Laura Littlejohn (SPC) – 14 yr GOLD
Jordyn Williams (FFD) –) – 14 yr SILVER
Gina McCarthy (HIL) – 16 yr BRONZE
200 FLY
Tristan Eiselen (MAT) – 16 yr BRONZE
Rylee Britton (STP) – 14 yr SILVER
Vanessa Ouwehand (STP) – 17-18 yr GOLD
Kaitlyn Steedman (HIL) – 17-18 SILVER
50 BACK
Tyler Taper (STP) – 16 yr BRONZE
Minnie Glover (STP) – 14 yr GOLD
Holly Isaac (STP) – 15 yr BRONZE
1500 FREE
Thomas Griffin (STP) – 16 yr SILVER
Luke Mitchell (STP) – 17-18 BRONZE

Holly Isaac (STP) – 15 yr BRONZE
1500 FREE
Thomas Griffin (STP) – 16 yr SILVER
Luke Mitchell (STP) – 17-18 BRONZE