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August update 2021

August 2021

What’s happening at Swimming Wellington…….

August is upon us, and we are in the midst of a busy Short Course schedule with 700+ swimmers heading to Auckland for what is set to be a fiercely competed Short Course Nationals. For those staying in Wellington, a number of Designated meets will be run in September and we look forward to an Olympic-inspired surge of swimmers hitting the water across the region!


2020 Tokyo Olympics      


Gipping to watch and an Olympic games like no other, Tokyo stepped up to the plate and ran a ‘behind closed doors’ festival of sporting excellence. Swimming New Zealand’s team of 6 came away with some brilliant times, performances and memories that will last a lifetime. Lewis’ performances in both the 400IM and 200IM showcased the potential that we have all seen at regional and national meets over the last few years in Wellington.

Huge congratulations to both Gary and Lewis on two top 8 finishes and NZ records in both events. Erika Fairweather’s swims also gave the country something to shout about as the 17-year-old from Otago ran amuck in the 400 Free. For highlights from all the Kiwi swimmers at the games see our review here.


Postponed 2021 Short Course Championships


As the swimming wrapped up in Tokyo, Swimming Wellington hosted its first regional championships at Coastlands Aquatic Centre, after the original event was postponed due to Wellington’s week-long stint at Level 2 in late June. Whilst the event was reduced to 242 swimmers, with a large contingent of out-of-region swimmers having to withdraw due to the postponement, it did provide a fantastic opportunity to run a regional championships in Paraparaumu.

The event was condensed over 4 sessions, inside 2 days and Pirates continued their form from Div II in Dunedin to win their first SW Short Course championships and take down Capital’s dominance after 25 years at the top. A huge achievement for head coach Steve Francis and a club that is making strides at both regional and national events.

A note that clubs will be receiving refunds for all those who withdrew from the original event on August 20th. If you have any queries on this please contact the office and/or you club for further details.

           Results      Age Group Winners     Club Points


Our Strategy - Update

“we’re focusing on what we want to create together” this is the guiding principle that has been applied to the process that the board is currently working through in refreshing the organisations strategic direction over the next four years. 'Adapt and respond’ is a catch phrase that is used often due to the impact on society that COVID has revealed across our existing sporting system and structures. What it means is that the future will be different but the value of sport is better placed to show how it can contribute to the health and prosperity of our country. For Swimming Wellington we need to ensure that our systems and process are aligned to the changing needs of society.  

Two weeks ago the board presented its draft shared vision for swimming in the Wellington region to the swimming community. The  primary purpose of the meeting was to get feedback from the community on the five initiatives high lighted in the shared vision. 

1. Swim Wellington identity

2. Communication and marketing

3. Inclusive pathways

4. Financial sustainability

5. Accountability - voice of our stakeholders

These initiatives were identified through a process that has been undertaken by the board in producing the shared vision. This process has included an environmental scan involving a community survey, consultations with Swimming NZ and Sport NZ, internal perception check on the current strategic plan. 

It was encouraging to see the number of members who attended and the depth and quality of feedback received was most appreciated as its helps the board to ensure that it is listening to what its membership is saying and to develop a strategy that is owned by the swimming community.

 We are looking forward to redrafting the shared vision and then working with the community in making it come to life over the next 4 years and beyond and deliver a sport that is recognised as one of significance in our region and around New Zealand. 

 If you would like a copy of the draft Shared Vision please feel free to contact the office.


 Swimming attends Good Sports conference


Swimming New Zealand, Swimming Canterbury and Swimming Wellington all attended a Good Sports conference, hosted by Sport New Zealand, in early July. The conference ran workshops focusing in on the negative impacts of early specialisation and emphasising the importance of prioritising the mental wellbeing of youth in sport. Other sports involved included football, golf, netball, rugby and a host of RSTs from around the country.  

The Good Sports campaign has worked alongside Balance is Better over the last few years and will now be seen more widely across sports at both regional and national level. Swimming New Zealand’s recent changes, implementing a new national event pathway and removing record taking of junior times has begun the discussion on how and why New Zealanders take part in sport (swimming) at a young age.


Coach training in the Wellington & Manawatu regions







Te Rauparaha Arena



Palmerston North

Lido Aquatic Centre



There are two Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety courses coming up in the Wellington and Manawatu regions in the coming months. 

Another reminder that courses will be covered by funding obtain by Swimming Wellington for these courses. If you are interested in attending then please get in touch with your club who can nominate you for the course.
A further 3 coaches are scheduled to attend the course on October 16th, and there are still a number of places remaining, further details can be found on the SNZ site here, or contact your club for more information. There will be further opportunities for coaches to upskill at a number of different levels in the coming months.


 SNZ Tri – series, 2021 ADP Squad


Bronson Lloyd, David Zhu, Finn Harland, Georgia Wills, Jenna Rolston-Larking, Molly Player and Sam Brown were all selected to be a part of the SNZ Tri-series, which toured the Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. The tour was designed to not only test the athlete competitively, but help the development of performance behaviours, organisation, self & time management, performance under stress and performance within a team. Those who toured will have gained valuable experiences that can be applied for any future NZ representation. Janelle Harland also travelled with the team as TM, gaining a great insight into working alongside SNZ’s staff and swimmers from around the regions.

26 swimmers from the ADP squad will be attending NZSC this coming week, a number of swimmers have been benefiting from additional HPSNZ dryland training, along with an additional sports psychology session, confronting topics such as dealing with pressure and optimising your performance.


 New staff come on board!!


We have been lucky enough to welcome Fiona Morrison to the Swimming Wellington team over the last 2 months. As many of you will have seen, Fiona is now working on SW’s events and has bought her local knowledge of the Coastlands facility to the fore at the most recent Short Course event in Paraparaumu. Fiona will be leading the Swimming Wellington Juniors event in late September and can be contacted on

Kokoro Frost has also joined us in a part time communications role, Kokoro brings a wealth of experience from his years competing at regional and national level, he is currently in his second year at Victoria University and will be involved in SWs coming meets.

A reminder to all clubs and members that we are looking for nominations for the SW Board at September's AGM. If you are interested in giving back to the community or feel like you could gain some new experiences by joining the board, see the position description below or reach out to your club to discuss further. 

Board Member Position Description


Dates for your calendar


Tues 17th Aug to Sat 21st Aug – SNZ Short Course, NAC

Thur 23rd Sept – Swimming Wellington AGM, Pelorus Trust Sportshouse

Sat 25th to Sun 26th Sept – SW Juniors, WRAC

Sat 6th Nov – SW Tier 1 – 3, WRAC

TBC - 2021 Swimming Wellington Awards


That’s all for now – Kind regards from the team - Angus, Fiona, Kokoro & Sharon                                                                 


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