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Cultivate & Celebrate


We exist to provide equal opportunity for all New Zealanders to enjoy the freedoms of being in the water. 

We cultivate and celebrate our national talent to reach their potential and achieve global success. 

We take pride in responsibly delivering world-leading water safety programs that protect our nation's future.





Swimming New Zealand was formed in 1890, then called the New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association, which was 10 years after the first club was formed in Christchurch.

One Of The First

At this time, few other national swimming organisations were formed (the English Amateur Swimming Association and a club or two in the United States).

B.C Freyberg

The first national swimming championships were held in Wanganui in 1905. A year later B.C Freyberg (later to become the Governor General of New Zealand) won the 100 yard freestyle and the 400 yard freestyle.

Olympic Gold

New Zealand swimmers have competed in the Olympic Games since the 1912 Stockholm Games when Malcolm Champion was part of the gold medal winning 4 x 200m freestyle relay for the Australasian Team. 

Danyon Loader

Danyon Loader is one of New Zealand's most successful swimmers, achieving double golds at Atlanta, a silver in Barcelona, and a World Record. 


Download a printable PDF of the 2023 Swimming New Zealand Annual Report


Responsible for overseeing and directing Swimming New Zealand's long term success. Our management team guides the strategy, vision and culture to help get more people swimming more often. 

Chief Executive Officer
Steve Johns
Swimming Connect Implementation Manager
Carter Swift
Finance Manager
Peter Carroll
Diversity, Inclusion & Well-being
Cherie Harris


The friendly faces on the other side of most of your emails. We're fortunate to have a passionate crew who deliver world class events, facilitate equal opportunities for anyone to enjoy the water and make sure that every member has a great experience. 

Head of Participation, Competitions & Engagement
Dale Johnson
Disability & Para Swimming Participation Manager
Cameron Leslie
Membership Services Manager
Amber Piggott

Participation & Competitions Coordinator

Tonya Osborne

Technical Official & Volunteer Development Lead
Carlrine Gillespie


No matter where you are on your swimming journey, our team are here to help you love the water. We're all swimmers, coaches, parents and ordinary people ourselves. So go on, give us a buzz, drop us a line. Whatever you call it, we're here to help you have the best experience. 

Performance & Coaching

Cultivating our national talent to succeed on the world stage. Our High Performance team fuses cutting edge of innovation and old school work ethic. To help our best swimmers maximise their potential.

High Performance Manager
Amanda White
Olympic Programme Lead
Gary Francis
Paralympic Programme Lead
Simon Mayne
Performance Support & Innovation Lead
Graeme Maw

HP Team Logistics Coordinator

Bex Bowden


& Safety

We're proud of the difference our Education & Safety team make in the community every day. It's their hard work that makes sure everyone has the opportunity, ability and knowledge to enjoy the water safely.

National Education and Water Safety Manager
Karen Dalldorf

Jaynie Hudgell

President  – ex office

Anna Tootill

Elected Member - Chair

Wayne Rollinson

Elected Member - Deputy Chair

Dame Sophie Pascoe

Associate Board Member

Pip Jamieson

Appointed Member

Mark Pirikahu

Appointed Member

Debbie Pattullo

Appointed Member

Tim Bowen

Elected Member

Kate Holtmeier

Appointed Member


 Acting in the best interests of Swimming New Zealand. Our board is responsible for providing good governance to our organisation. As per the Swimming New Zealand Constitution the board of Swimming New Zealand consists of six members, with three elected and three appointed.


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About Us

Swimming New Zealand is the National Sports Organisation (NSO) for competitive pool and open water swimming in New Zealand. 


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