News Archive

February 2019

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:

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

If you would like to confirm a place on this course, please email   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

Waikato District Council

Teresa Hancock
Communications Advisor


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                   





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

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


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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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:

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

St Peter’s – SILVER


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
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

Day Four Results from the 2018 NZ Short Course Champs

The penultimate day of the NZ Swimming Championships proved fruitful for the Waikato clubs with a big medal haul and another FINA B Cut!
There was a big fight for the spoils in the 100 Fly tonight with St Peter’s, Vanessa Ouwehand coming out on top with a gritty last 25. The swim brought home the gold for Vanessa along with a FINA B cut for the World Championships in China
.Way to go Vanessa!
Was a big morning for our Age Group swimmers, putting in some solid swims and coming away with an impressive medal collection. A highlight from this morning was the Waikato 1-2-3 in the 14 yr 100 FLY with Laura Littlejohn (SPC) taking the honours ahead of her Pathway Squad Teammates, Kaitlyn Heaslip (STP) & Rylee Britton (STP), great racing girls!
More highlights from DAY 4 below:

A Finals = 6
B Finals = 7
C Finals = 4
400 IM
Gina McCarthy (HIL) – BRONZE
100 FLY
Vanessa Ouwehand (STP) – GOLD + FINA B CUT
Sam Perry (STP) – BRONZE
Jesse Reynolds (FFD) – Para Multi Class SILVER
St Peters - SILVER
St Peters - BRONZE

400 IM
Laura Littlejohn (SPC) – 14 yr GOLD
Rylee Britton (STP) – 14 yr SILVER
Gina McCarthy (HIL) – 16 yr GOLD
Madison Chapman (ACE) – 16 yr BRONZE
200 BACK
Amelia Glover (STP) – 14 yr GOLD
Holly Isaac (STP) – 15 yr SILVER
Gina McCarthy (HIL) – 16 yr GOLD
100 FLY
Tristan Eiselen (MAT) 16 yr GOLD
Laura Littlejohn (SPC) 14 yr GOLD
Kaitlyn Heaslip (STP) 14 yr SILVER
Rylee Britton (STP) 14 yr BRONZE
800 FREE
Jordan Williams (FFD) – 14 yr GOLD
Kaitlyn Sosa (FFD) – 16 yr SILVER

Day Three Results from the 2018 NZ Short Course Champs

That’s all for Day 3 here in Auckland!
A special mention to Matt Hyde (Swim Matamata) who put in a solid effort in tonight’s 400 Free, coming away with the National Title as well as a FINA B Cut for the World Short Course Championships. Excellent performance Matt!
Gina and Paige on fine form again this evening, both picking up silver medals in personal best times. 
Pleasing to see so many positive Age Group results from the Waikato swimmers, plenty of trips to the podium and a tonne of personal best swims. The future looking bright for the Mighty Waikato!
Roll on Day 4!!!!

More highlights from DAY 3 below:

A Finals = 10
B Finals = 6
C Finals = 11
400 FREE
Matt Hyde (MAT) – GOLD + FINA B CUT
100 IM
Gina McCarthy (HIL) – SILVER
Jesse Reynolds (FFD) – SILVER
Andrew Jeffcoat (FFD) – 8th
Paige Flynn (STP) - SILVER
Sam Perry (STP) – 5th
Andrew Jeffcoat (FFD) – 8th
Dan Caldwell (STP) – 9th


100 IM
Tristan Eiselen (MAT) – 16 YR GOLD
Savanna Bourke (STP) – 13 YR BRONZE
Laura Littlejohn (SPC) – 14 YR GOLD
Gina McCarthy (HIL) – 16 YR GOLD
Rylee Britton (STP) – 14 YR SILVER
Tristan Eiselen (MAT) – 16 YR GOLD
Jack Lees (THA) – 16 YR SILVER
Laura Littlejohn (SPC) – 14 YR GOLD
200 BRST
Rylee Britton (STP) – 14 YR GOLD
Laura littlejohn (SPC) – 14 YR BRONZE
Chelsea Sharp (STP) – 16 YR SILVER

Affiliation Fee Increase for the 2019 / 2020 Swimming Year

Annually in about September, we review and set our Affiliation Fees for the following swimming year.  In this case, we’re referring to the period starting 1 July 2019 (nine months away).  We do this in plenty of time to ensure our membership are fully aware of any fee increases well before they are implemented.

Whilst we have been able to hold our affiliation fees at the same level for the current year (starting 1 July 2018), there will be a small increase in fees for the 12 months starting 1 July 2019.  The increases are noted below –

Recreational Swimmers:                $  0.00 pa to $  5.00 pa
Learn to Swim:                                 $  3.50 pa to $  5.00 pa
Club:                                                   $20.00 pa to $22.00 pa
Competitive:                                     $34.00 pa to $35.00 pa

Although small, these increases provide valuable financial support to assist with our administrative costs, allowing us to focusing on delivering the programmes and initiatives that make up our Regional Swimming Hub programme.

If you have any questions about these increases, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Day Two Results from the 2018 NZ Short Course Champs

Another superb day of racing from the MIGHTY WAIKATO here at New Zealand Short Course.

A special mention to both Gina McCarthy (Hillcrest) & Paige Flynn (St Peter’s) who both put in some hugely impressive swims tonight, both coming away with FINA B Cuts for the FINA World Short Course Championships along with their National titles. Gina also walks away with the 16 yr NZ National 200 IM record which was last set in 1998. WAY TO GO GIRLS!
Tomorrow we reset and go again, let’s keep the momentum going WAIKATO! 

More highlights from DAY 2 below:

A Finals = 5
B Finals = 10
C Finals = 8
200 IM
100 BACK
Paige Flynn (STP) – GOLD + FINA B CUT
Andrew Jeffcoat (FFD) – BRONZE
Josh Pickett (MAT) – BRONZE
Hannah Morgan (SPC) – 8th


200 IM
Jack Brunning (HUN) - 15 YR BRONZE
Laura Littlejohn (SPC) – 14 YR SILVER
Sarah Wilson (STP) – 15 YR BRONZE
Gina McCarthy (HIL) – 16 YR GOLD
100 BACK
Amelia Glover (STP) – 14 YR SILVER
Holly Isaac (STP) – 15 YR SILVER
Jack Brunning (HUN) – 15 YR BRONZE
Tristan Eiselen (MAT) – 16 YR SILVER
Hannah Morgan (SPC) – 15 YR GOLD
400 FREE
Jordyn Williams (FFD) – 14 YR GOLD
Kaitlyn Sosa (FFD) – 16 YR BRONZE

Day One Results from the 2018 New Zealand Short Course Champs

A very impressive way to kick-off on DAY 1 here at the 2018 New Zealand Short Course Championships in Auckland. Some BIG swims thrown down in both morning and evening sessions with no doubt more to follow tomorrow. Way to go WAIKATO!!
A few highlights from this DAY 1 below:

A Finals = 12
B Finals = 5
C Finals = 7
Matt Hyde (MAT) - GOLD
Luke Mitchell (STP) - BRONZE
Matt Hyde (MAT) – BRONZE
Paige Flynn (STP) – SILVER
Josh Pickett (MAT) – BRONZE
Gina McCarthy (HIL) – 5th
Sam Perry (STP) – BRONZE
Vanessa Ouwehand (STP) – GOLD + FINA B cut

50 FLY MALE (PARA Multi-Class)
Jesse Reynolds (FFD) – SILVER
St Peter’s Swimming Club – GOLD
St Peter’s Swimming Club - BRONZE

Thomas Griffin (STP) – 16 yrs BRONZE
Jordyn Williams (FFD) – 14 yrs GOLD
Rylee Britton (STP) – 14 yrs BRONZE
Hannah Morgan (SPC) – 15 yrs GOLD
Gina McCarthy (HIL) – 16 yrs GOLD
Tristan Eiselen (MAT) – 16 yrs GOLD
Kaitlyn Heaslip (STP) – 14 yrs SILVER
Rylee Britton (STP) – 14 yrs BRONZE
Vanessa Ouwehand (STP) – 17-18 GOLD

September 2018

Banning Technical Race Suits for swimmers aged 12 years and under

Back in August, we let you know of our intention to ban Technical/Performance Race Suits for our swimmers aged 12 years and under.

We've now developed a Policy setting out the details of the ban and how this will be enforced.  You can find that policy below and in summary-

  1. In the interests of athlete development and retention, the Board of Swimming Waikato is banning the use of Technical / Performance Race Suits for swimmers aged 12 years and under.
  2. This ban will be effective at all swim meets hosted by Swimming Waikato or a Swimming Waikato member club.
  3. This policy will come into effect on 15 December 2018.
  4. For an initial period of three months (through until 14 March 2019), swimmers aged 12 years and under who inadvertently wear a Technical / Performance Race Suit will be reminded (by Coaches, Team Managers and Technical Officials) that these suits are no longer allowed to be worn.
  5. From 15 March 2019, swimmers aged 12 years and under, who are wearing a Technical / Performance Race Suit, will be disqualified from that event.

The next opportunity to train to be an IOT

We’re holding an IOT (Inspector of Turns) theory session for everyone interested in training to be an IOT – here are the details –

Saturday 13 October 2018
2.00pm – 5.00pm
Aaron Court Motor Inn
250 Ulster Street

It’s hugely important for the ongoing delivery of our sport that we continue to grow our numbers of Technical Officials and the IOT role is the start of the Officials Pathway.  If you've always been thinking you'd like to give back to swimming, this is your chance !  Please confirm your attendance to


Our 2018 New Zealand Short Course Champs Team

We're taking a team of 69 Waikato swimmers to the 2018 New Zealand Short Course Champs this year.  The meet kicks off in Auckland on the 2nd of October and with 54 Waikato Records having been broken over the past four months, we're expecting to see some great performances in the water.

You can view our full Waikato team below and make sure you've downloaded the Meet Mobile App so you can follow all the progress live !

August 2018

Our 2019 Competitive Calendar

Below you'll find our 2019 Swimming Waikato Calendar.

Pulling this together has been some task - juggling our club hosted meets, development programmes, regional meets, out of region meets, zonal meets and national championship meets !!  Thanks to our senior coaching group for their input into this.

The good news is it’s all come together and when you have a look, you’ll see we’ve got a pretty full year of swimming ahead !

While the calendar is based largely on this year, there are a few things I’d like to make you aware of–

  • Our Swimming Waikato Relay Championships are being held in February 2019.  This is to give our summer only clubs the opportunity to take part, ensuring that those swimmers have plenty of time in the water before they join the rest of the region for this event.  We’ll circulate the flyer in a few months’ time.
  • Our Caro Cup meet has been moved to November.  A key reason for this change is to ensure the date doesn’t clash with other winter sporting codes.  In addition, we’re introducing a ‘Bruce Whinnery Inter District Challenge’.  The exact format for this is still to be finalised but it’s a dual meet challenge against Auckland for our senior swimmers (aged 14+) and provides a great pathway for our swimmers as they grow out of the Caro Cup format.  Being held on the same day means we can expect a lot of vocal support for all the swimmers as they compete for regional pride.
  • You’ll also see that the 2019 New Zealand Secondary Schools Champs is being held in Hamilton so we’re expecting in excess of 600 swimmers checking out our newly renovated pool.
  • From a swimmer development perspective, the calendar includes the camps for swimmers who have qualified for our 2019 squads, plus our 2019 Kick Start Camp and clinics for our XLR8 Club members who have achieved 2,500+ points.  These activities all provide coach development opportunities also.
  • From a club perspective, and because of how congested the calendar is, it’s not possible to make significant changes to the date of your club hosted meet.  If you’d like to change your club meet from a Saturday to a Sunday, or vice versa, please let me know.  Or if you’d like to swap meets with another club on the calendar, please also let me know.
  • Attached is the 2019 Duty Club Roster for your info, along with an outline of the Duty Club responsibilities.
  • To help simplify the types of meets on the calendar, I’ve attached a summary document which many of you will have seen previously.  It clarifies which level of swimmer each of our types of meets are best suited for.

Any questions, please ask.

Banning Technical / Performance Race Suits for Swimmers Aged 12 and Under

You may be aware that a number of swimming regions, both internationally (states in Australia and the US) and throughout New Zealand (Swimming Otago, Canterbury West Coast and Swimming Auckland) have banned the use of Technical / Performance Race Suits for their junior swimmers (swimmers age 12 years and under).

As a result of those decisions, the Board of Swimming Waikato has looked into whether banning these suits was also the right decision for the Waikato region.

After researching this issue, and after having discussions with a number of our Coaches and with Club representatives at our 2018 Annual General meeting, the Board of Swimming Waikato will introduce a ban on these suits, for swimmers aged 12/U, at all swim meets hosted in the Waikato. Please note that this ban does not include “Jammers” (knee length swim suits/togs).

This ban will come into effect from 15 December 2018 (our Waikato Christmas Meet).

What is a Technical / Performance Race Suit ?

  • A technical / performance race suit is a specialized swimsuit designed with bonded/meshed seams or kinetic tape. In simpler terms, tech suits don’t even appear to have seams.  These suits have water-repellent properties that add little textile weight and help mature swimmers cut through the water. The conforming carbon fiber cage (and other approved textiles) give the biggest performance benefit: compression. Extreme muscle compression streamlines the body in order to reduce drag, thus leading to greater improvements in performance.

Our Rationale –

  • Very good research suggests that there is no determinable speed advantage for a young person 12 years old and under.
  • These race suits are expensive and have a short life span.  Whilst we recognise that this may not be an issue for everyone, we want to encourage participation in our sport and the cost is likely to be a barrier for some.  Swimming Waikato does not wish to place unnecessary financial pressure on parents or create an environment where it is thought to achieve at this level, a technical / performance race suit is required.
  •  At the junior level, refining technique and skills is more likely to contribute to improved race performance, rather than the swimwear the young person is wearing.

Over the next few weeks, we will provide more information about how this ban will be enforced.  The purpose of this ‘heads up’ is to ensure that our families do not purchase new technical / performance race suits for their young swimmers in the meantime.

If you have any questions, please direct them to

It's looking sensational

We're talking about the Waterworld upgrade - of course !  A deeper pool, new pool deck flooring, new air conditioning, new filtration, new blocks, new soundsystem, new acoustic tiles, new lane ropes, improved viewing, even a new marshalling area.  To all intents and purposes, the 50m pool at Waterworld will feel like a brand new venue when it opens later this year.

The first meet we'll be hosting in this almost totally renovated venue is our annual Waikato Christmas Meet and with teams confirmed from as far south as Canterbury, we're looking forward to christening the new venue with two days of awesome racing.

This meet doubles as our Reverse Distance Championships (for competitive swimmers) but the main meet is open for all our club and competitive swimmers, no restrictions !  So if you'd like to dive into the deeper water from the flash new blocks, hear your name called over the new soundsystem, maybe even have a little dance on pool deck to some Christmas tunes, put the dates in your diary today.  Entries open at 11.00am on the 16th of October !

Waikato Christmas Meet
15-16 December 2018
Hamilton's Waterworld
Garnett Avenue

Capturing our Club Memoirs

Swimming is a sport that's been around in New Zealand for a long long time.  It dates back to the 1890's when the first Amateur Swimming Association of New Zealand was formed, an organisation that is now called Swimming New Zealand,  In the 114 years since then, the sport has grown to encompass 165 affiliated clubs and 19,028 registered members nationwide.

In the Waikato, our knowledge of our swimming history is a little hazy.  An old 75th jubilee booklet confirms that the Hamilton Swimming Club was established 1890 and you can scroll through their jubilee booklet below for some great insights into the early days of the club.

We'd like to capture as much of the histories of our clubs as we can, in the form of memories shared with us by people who have been involved in the clubs over the years.

And to do this, we need your help.

We need you to spread the word to everyone you know who has had some involvement in swimming in the Waikato and ask them (or you) to send through a favourite memory, and a photo if possible.  Nothing too long, just a date, and an insightful, interesting, even funny memory that was significant enough to have stayed in your mind.

We'll collate all this information, in a timeline Memoir for each club, one which we'll be able to continue adding to as more stories come to hand.

We're ready to go whenever you are so please, start sending these memories through today !