9 Principles

Balance is Better is about creating quality experiences for all young people to keep them active and in the game.

Free Webinars

Stay up to date with the latest educational webinars to learn more about how you can create positive experiences.


View the balance is better website to learn more about the initiative and get upskilled with other handy resources.

What We Have Done

What have we done to help educate our community.

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What We Are Doing

What are we doing to continue educating our community on balance is better.

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Balance is Better

Swimming New Zealand is committed to living out the Balance is Better approach. We are committed to improving the structures within our sport to support quality sporting experiences, and through the Good Sports program looking to educate our community of how everyone can play their role.


Balance is Better is a Sport NZ-led evidence-based philosophy to support quality sport experiences for all young people, regardless of ability, needs and motivations. It is about young people staying involved in the sport for life and realising their potential at the right time.

The Spine

Download the easy to understand guide to how children's attitudes and behaviours are developed through their sporting experiences.

For Coaches

Hey coach! Here's 5 simple tips to help everyone enjoy sport more. Our children are the future and they look up to you more than anyone.

For Parents

Thanks for helping your child make the most out of their sporting experience. Here's 5 quick tips to help make this season a great one.

What Have We Done?

What have we done to help educate our community.

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What Are We Doing?

What are we doing to better educate our community about Good Sports. 

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Parents & Whanau

Swimming New Zealand is proud to be one of the initial sports to join the Good Sports movement. We are committed to promoting positive sporting experiences to everyone involved in swimming and committed to providing education to support parents, whanau, coaches, sport leaders and administrators to create these positive environments.


Good Sports is all about creating positive sporting experiences for children and young people. It does this by supporting and educating parents, caregivers, coaches, teachers and sport leaders about how they can impact a child’s experience.

Good Sports 

Take our quick Good Sports Quiz

Clean Sports Values

My Togs

Code of Conduct

Competition Restructure

Parents & Whanau

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