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November update 2021

November 2021

What’s happening at Swimming Wellington…….

November is here and we have finally run our first meet since August! Since the last regional update we have seen; a nation wide lockdown, cancelation of Swimming New Zealand's Short Course Championships, numerous versions and plans created for both regional and national events and within the last few weeks, the announcement of a traffic light system to go live which will hopefully ensure nationwide lockdowns are a thing of the past. Its safe to say we are all keen to see a return to normality and competitive racing returning in Wellington and our respective regions.


2021 Tier 1


The 2021 Tier 1 series has been significantly disrupted in 2021, with the second event of the year giving way to the postponed Short Course Championships and Saturday's event reduced to comply with level 2 restrictions.

The event however, was a fantastic opportunity for the community to re-connect, and saw a return to racing for Welington swimmers, many of which will be looking forward to the prospect of Wellington Long Course Championships and the subsequent national meets in early 2022. Committing to your squad and supporting each other to jump in the pool and enjoy your swimming has never been more important. We hope those who attended the meet enjoyed their opportunity to race once again against clubs from around the region. 


Rescheduled 2021 Junior Championships


The 2021 Junior Champs has been through a number of revamps and we are excited to finally be able to host the event on November 20/21 at Coastlands Aquatic Centre, the venue's second large regional Championships for the year. Entries have been open for two weeks and will close on Sunday November 14th. Preference will be given to Wellington swimmers in the event that we exceed 100 swimmers-per-session, entries made from out of region swimmers will remain in the event on a first come first serve basis. We do not expect the limitation of 100 swimmers per session to be exceeded due to the structure of the event, however please check in on the event page next week to ensure your place at the meet.

The meet will be a fantastic chance for our Junior swimmers to experience a regional championships, after a prolonged wait that dates back to September 2020. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Relays, 2022 Long Course Champs and beyond

With Government and subsequent MoH and Swimming New Zealand guidance on vaccinations expected over the coming weeks, we will communicate out decisions on any change to our scheduled Relay Champs next week. A 90% vaccination rate across all the countries DHBs is the current target that will see event restricitons ease, therefore we are putting together plan Bs in the event that we are not able to run our Relays, which last year saw 380 attendees!

Wellington Long Course still remains scheduled for late January and we will also being updating the region on this event in due course. Qualifying times and the event schedule are avaible via the event page here.




College Sport Wellington Awards 2021


A huge congratulations to Molly Player (Samuel Marsden Collegiate) and Sam Brown (Rongatai College) who won the Male and Female Swimmer of the Year Awards at the 2021 College Sport Wellington Awards. Both have seen a rise to new heights in 2021 as they have notched regional and national records across a series of events. Ka pai Molly and Sam!



2021 Annual Awards

As we approach the end of the 2021 calendar year, we are looking back at those that have achieved some fantastic results over the last 12 months. Swimming has once again been disrupted by the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, but we have had some memorable results over the last year, much of which comes down to the hard work done within club squads at events, training and behind closed doors. There are countless volunteers that drive club spirit and initiatives and they should all be commended. 

Nominations have now closed and we will be reviewing the applications along with the performances from the past year, after which, we will be announcing our finalists in each category. Look out for an announcement via our socials on the finalists over the next two weeks.


Coach training in the Wellington & Manawatu regions






Palmerston North

Lido Aquatic Centre




Te Rauparaha Arena



There is one Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety course coming up in the Manawatu region as well as a Teacher of Towards Competitive Strokes course in Wellington in January next year. 

Both courses will be covered by funding obtained by Swimming Wellington. If you are interested in attending then please get in touch with your club who can nominate you for the course.

The AUSTSwim teacher of swimming & water safety course is a full on weekend packed with information to assist with teaching water safety and basic swimming to anyone. The course is 60:40 Theory to Practical (in the pool) and does assume a basic knowledge of the swim strokes and requires practical assessment of your teaching competency and a training log to be completed within 12 months of the course. The qualification is recognised overseas and the course is a pre-requisite for most other teaching/coaching courses.


 SNZ Event updates for 2022


Swimming New Zealand have made a number of changes to events held within 2022. The full breakdown can be seen here, with focus on the following:

- 17-18 year old age group to return to NAGS for 2022

- Development meet times can be used as qualification times for NZ Champs, NAGS and Div II

- Open Water & Epic Swim Update

- Contingency Plans for 2022 SNZ Events Updated

- Vaccination Requirements, Covid-19 and Health & Safety Updates

Swimming New Zealand are also calling for Expressions of Interest for a new Participation Working Group. Two sub-groups will be developed to support the SNZ Participation team in developing new initiatives that look to increase the number of people participating in swimming. If you are interested, please get in touch with the region or SNZ.

With guidelines and policies in a constant state of review, make sure you keep up to date with all things from Sport NZ, Swimming NZ and Swimming Wellington via our Covid-19 page here


 Staffing changes


After 3 years working in the events role Angus Pashley has taken up the newly created role of Executive Officer for the region. He is looking forward to the challenge of guiding the region into the new year, and will be looking to build on the success of Wellington's clubs at national events over the last 2/3 years.

'Lewis Clareburt's success at two Olympic finals in 2021 was built over many hours at Freyberg Pool, swimming prior to, or sometimes in the lane next to, recreational swimmers of all abilities. With a diverse membership we have the opportunity to impact the lives of many in the Hutt Valley, Kapiti Coast, Porirua City, the Wairarapa and Wellington City, and there are plenty of opportunities for swimmers of all abilities to engage with a club or social group and enjoy the many benefits of participating in regular swimming.'

September also saw Mike Heath and Nathan Thomas elected onto the Swimming Wellington Board. Both have significant experiences in swimming at club level and are looking forward to the challenge of leading the region in 2021/22. Chris Birkinshaw was also re-elected onto the Board and voted back as Chair of the Board at the following Board meeting in mid-October. Brigid Borlase continues in the role of Deputy Chair.

The team has now grown with Fiona and Kokoro leading the events and comms space, and with Angus at the helm the board is looking forward to 2022 and beyond, with a focus on getting more Wellingtonians in the water and driving our competitive clubs to new heights, both in and out of the pool.

Chris Birkinshaw - Swimming Wellington Chair


Dates for your calendar


Sat 6th Nov – SW Tier 1 – 3, WRAC

Sat 20th to Sun 21st Nov - 2021 SW Junior Championships, Coastlands

Sat Dec 4th - SW Relays, WRAC

TBC - 2021 Swimming Wellington Awards

Sat 22nd to Mon 24th Jan - 2022 SW Long Course Championships, WRAC

Sat 19th Feb - 2022 Wellington Harbour Challenge, Queens Wharf


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

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