News Archive

May 2019

13 Waikato Records Broken at the 2019 Waikato Secondary Schools Meet

On the 2nd of April, more than 350 swimmers converged on Hamilton's Waterworld for the 2019 Waikato Secondary Schools Swimming Championships.

There was some fantastic racing, culminating in Waikato Diocesan School for Girls taking out the Top Girls School and Hamilton Boys High taking out both the Top Boys School and the Top Overall School.

In addition, we witnessed eight individual Secondary School Records being broken, along with a further five Relay Records.  Here are the details of these exceptional swims and a huge congratulations to the swimmers who were involved!

50m Butterfly Senior Boys 25.45 Ben Littlejohn St Pauls
100m Butterfly Senior Girls 1.05.78 Sarah Miller Dio
100m Butterfly Senior Boys 59.21 Thomas Griffin St Pauls
200m IM Senior Girls 2.22.88 Gina McCarthy Dio
50m Freestyle Intermediate Girls 27.16 Danielle Joblin St Peters
100m Freestyle Intermediate Girls 57.81 Laura Littlejohn Dio
200m Freestyle Senior Girls 2.05.67 Gina McCarthy Dio
50m Breaststroke Intermediate Boys 31.63 Jack Bruning HBHS


4x25m Medley Relay Boys 14/U 54.16 HBHS
4.25m Medley Relay Girls 15+ 58.16 Dio
4x25m Medley Relay Boys 15+ 52.03 HBHS
4x25m Freestyle Relay Girls 14/U 52.72 St Peters
2x25m Freestyle Relay Boys 14/U 49.32 HBHS

Our Region's Para programme is going from strength to strength


On Saturday the 4th of May, we held our first Waikato Para Swimming Camp of 2019, supported by United Aquatic Sports.

Huge thank you to all the swimmers, coaches, parents and both Parafed B.O.P and Parafed Waikato for all your support.

We were fortunate enough to have Swimming New Zealand’s National Para Swimming Development Coordinator, Cameron Leslie attending and passing on some incredibly valuable input and support for all swimmers, coaches, volunteers and parents.

The camp was also supported by Waikato Chiefs Physio, Teresa Te Tamaki who ran a really informative and enjoyable dry-land program for the swimmers.

We were treated to an incredibly inspirational talk from Paralympian, Rebecca Dubber, who took the group through her journey from her earliest days of swimming to winning her Paralympic bronze medal in Rio. Thank you for sharing your time with us and talking us on such an amazing journey through your swimming career Rebecca.

Thank you to all the Coaches who helped run the sessions and to the parents for your amazing feedback and support.

Next Camp – 23rd November

Pictured above:

Left:  Melissa Donoghue with her medals from the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games, with Swimming Waikato's Darren Ward
Right:  Our Para Camp swimmers

April 2019

XLR8 2.5k Squad Combined Training

On Sunday the 28th of April, our Hub Head Coach, Darren Ward, delivered the first of three development opportunities to our XLR8 2.5k Club squad.  The session was held at the indoor pool at FastLane Fitness and Darren was well supported by St Peter's Coach Allaynah Hill and Huntly's Michael Cresswell.

The 12 talented young swimmers took part in a 1.5 hour session focussed on skill development.  It was fantastic to have Waikato and New Zealand representative swimmer Ben Littlejohn working with the swimmers and running some demonstrations too.  It's always great to have our senior swimmers helping to develop the next generation!

The sessions for our XLR8 2.5k Squad form part of our Regional Squads programme.  The next two sessions are scheduled for the 29th of June and the 25th of August.

Waikato swimmers shine at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

A huge congratulations to Waikato swimmers Melissa Donoghue, Portia Johnson and Deshan Walallavita on representing NZ on the international stage at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi . We are all so proud of your efforts, hard work pays off !

It was great to receive this note from Melissa and some fantastic photos from the event.  Congratulations to the whole NZ Team from everyone involved with swimming in the Waikato.

I would like to say a big thank you so much for supporting me with my swimming dreams. Racing at the Special Olympics World Summer Games was an amazing experience for me and I am proud to have represented NZ.

I won a silver medal in 50m butterfly, silver in 4x50m Medley relay and a bronze in 100m freestyle. I did all pbs in these events.



Our first Potential and Pathway Camp

It was great to see so many of the Pathway and Potential Squad Swimmers at their first camp of 2019, hosted at St Peter's School on the 6th and 7th of April.

For many swimmers, this was their first time on the Regional Squad Pathway and it was a pleasure to meet them all and to welcome them into the Regional Squad set-up.

The main theme of the camp was ‘Bridging the Gap’, how we as a region develop our swimmers to match and exceed the top swimming nations.

A lofty undertaking you may think but in reality, it’s just about making small changes day to day, focusing on the margins – the 1%. The camp detailed a number of these marginal gains, the main one that all our swimmers across all our clubs should focus on is improving our technical skillset.

Another key part of the camp was to identify Squad goals and although these are confidential to the swimmers in each squad, we're excited to share "The Waikato Way" - the six key 'non-negotiables' that were identified as something our swimmers needed to keep front of mind at all times -

  • Together we hit all turns at speed
  • Together we avoid taking a breath on the last stroke into the wall
  • Together we avoid breathing on the first stroke off the wall
  • Together we make the most of every single stroke
  • Together we hold a tight streamline off the wall
  • Together we keep focus throughout the session

We would like to thank the fantastic team of Regional Squad Coaches who gave up their time prior to and during the camp to help support the ambitions of the Regional Squads and of the individual swimmers.

The Coaching group (below) have a phenomenal background and experience in the sport of swimming and it was, as always, a pleasure sharing the pool deck with them.

Alison Fitch (St Peter’s)
Graham Smith (St Paul’s)

Ross Fisher (St Paul’s)
Libby Gray (Thames)
Helen Barr (St Peter’s)

Also Clive Power (former Regional Head Coach) and Barrie Jennings – Regional Strength and Conditioning Coach.

We would also like to thank Philip Maultsaid and the St Peter’s parents for their help preparing the Sunday BBQ for the swimmers and coaches to enjoy post session.  Your support is greatly appreciated and another reason why we have a lot to be thankful for in the Waikato!

Lastly, a thank you to the swimmers who put in a great shift over the weekend and provided some really positive energy.  We hope that you managed to pick up some valuable information to take back to your home programs and that this feedback will not only benefit you but your teammates also. Turning those bad habits around can take time, be patient and willing to change.


Our Waikato Team for NAGs

The 2019 National Age Group Champs is the pinnacle meet for the many of our age group swimmers.  It's being hosted in Wellington from the 16th to the 20th of April 2019.   With more than 700 swimmers entered, the Wellington Aquatic Centre will be bursting at the seams - just lucky that you can watch the event live streamed from the comfort of your home (or your office).

Click here to see our Waikato Team - best of luck everyone !!

A great showing at Div II

Our Waikato team of 44 swimmers, from 10 of our Clubs, headed to Dunedin to compete at the 2019 National Division II meet which ran from the 13th to the 16th of March.

Four days of long sessions didn't deter our swimmers from putting in 100%, with plenty of PBs and podium finishes.  Congratulations everyone !!  You can check out a summary of the Waikato results here.

A stacked programme for our first TAPs Camp of 2019

With great support from High Performance Sport NZ’s Biomechanist, Jodi Cossor, we were able to put together a robust two day training camp at the Sir Owen Glenn Aquatics Centre in Auckland on the 16th and 17th of March 2019.

The focus of the camp and our overall regional direction is ‘bridging the gap; that is the technical gap between NZ and the top performing nations in the world.

22 of our region's top swimmers attended the camp and contributed to a refreshing and open discussion around where NZ currently sits in terms of World Swimming and how we can ‘bridge the gap’.

Gaining access to Jodi for the weekend was an opportunity we took with both hands and we are grateful for her time.  Our aim was to maximise the time we had with Jodi, collecting as much data as possible to be sent back to the swimmers' home programmes.

The swimmers were also privileged to have the opportunity to work alongside Olympian Gregor Tait, who travelled over from the Gold Coast to support the camp.  Gregor’s successful international experience was a great asset for the camp, providing the swimmers with plenty of useful feedback, support and vision.

The camp was also an opportunity to welcome our Regional Strength and Conditioning Coach, Barrie Jennings, into the Hub Programme.  Barrie has had a hugely successful international coaching career and has already had significant input into many of our club programs.  It was a pleasure having Barrie working with the TAPS Squad over the weekend, looking at swimmer athleticism on land / water and providing some great feedback for swimmers and coaches.

We pride ourselves on putting together the very best in swimmer and coach education and this weekend, we definitely hit the nail on the head.

Paige Flynn on the 2018 FINA World Short Course Champs

In December 2018, Waikato's Paige Flynn was part of an 18 strong New Zealand team that headed to the 2018 FINA World Short Course Champs, hosted in Hangzhou, China.

Paige, along with five other Waikato swimmers, learned huge lessons about swimming at the international level as they competed side by side with the world's best.  We'd like to again acknowledge the swimmers who were part of this New Zealand team -

  • Andrew Jeffcoat, Fairfield Swimming Club
  • Gina McCarthy, Hillcrest Swimming Club
  • Matthew Hyde - Matamata Swimming Club
  • Paige Flynn, St Peter's Swimming Club
  • Vanessa Ouwehand, St Peter's Swimming Club

We interviewed Paige to get her reflections on her World Championship experience and you can hear her thoughts here.

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 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

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
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


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 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.
• 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

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.