Swimming Waikato: Planning for the future

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Photo: Simon Watts | www.bwmedia.co.nz

For the past few decades, it has become apparent that our swimmers lag behind those of our “big brother” Australia and other swimming nations.

At Swimming Waikato, we’ve decided to invest in our swimmers’ development and as a result, have employed Clive Power as our regional coaching co-ordinator.  Clive has made a significant contribution to the sport of swimming over a 45-year period as a swimmer, an administrator and most significantly as a coach. He has coached a number of swimmers to both Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games.

Clive’s role is to work alongside a group of our senior coaches to plan and implement a Regional Development Pathway for the benefit of all the swimmers in the Waikato region.

It introduces a new and different way of looking at swimming, a change in direction to a more exciting progressive approach and one which we are confident will give great results in the water over the next four to six years.

This pathway has been endorsed by Swimming New Zealand’s high performance personnel and they, along with High Performance Sport New Zealand, have given us every encouragement.

A key part of the Regional Development Pathway is its three tiers –
– Talent identification
— – High performance
— – AquaBlacks

Wrapping around these three tiers is our Competitive Pathway which provides progressive competitive opportunities for our swimmers, also designed to help them achieve.

We’re doing away with the traditional meets where our swimmers, their families and our volunteers spend all day at the pools, and instead, we’re introducing meets with ‘no longer than’ time limits and ‘no faster than’ qualifying times which will ensure our swimmers are competing against others of like ability at every opportunity.

We’re running testing days and development camps for selected athletes and our scholarships for athletes, coaches and officials will ensure that we’re providing support where it’s needed most.

Swimming Waikato has partnered with Wintec’s Sports Science and Human Performance Centre and Athletes House to develop, teach and monitor a strength and conditioning programme, designed to help our swimmers succeed.

Athletes House will provide a unique training base for our swimmers during their dry land sessions, one that allows them to make connections with athletes from other codes.

Wintec’s swimming specific  Strength and  Conditioning Programme will develop physical capability, increase flexibility and reduce injury.

Did you know…

Swimming Waikato boasts 23 affiliated clubs with approximately 2700 swimmers.
The area covers Coromandel Peninsula to Waihi, Huntly and Piopio.

Swimming Waikato Clubs:
–  Ace Swimming Club
–  Cambridge Swimming Club
–  Coromandel Swimming Club
–  Fairfield Swimming Club
–  Hillcrest Swimming Club
–  Huntly Swimming Club
–  Marlin Swimming Club
–  Matamata Swimming Club
–  Mercury Bay Swimming Club
–  Morrinsville Swimming Club
–  Otorohanga Swimming Club
–  Paeroa Swimming Club
–  Piopio Swimming Club
–  Putaruru Swimming Club
–  St Peter’s Swimming Club
–  St Paul’s Swimming Club
–  Te Aroha Swimming Club
–  Te Awamutu Swimming Club
–  Te Kuiti Swimming Club
–  Thames Swimming Club
–  Tokoroa Swimming Club
–  Waihi Swimming Club
–  Whangamata Swimming Club

Photo Simon Watts | www.bwmedia.co.nz

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