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Engaging Development Opportunities for Parents, Coaches & Officials

Parent Breakfasts, Officials and Coach Development Sessions at Upcoming SNZ Events

We are stoked to be hosting engaging development opportunities alongside our SNZ national events in 2023. We have identified our national events as great opportunity to provide additional support for our coaches, parents and officials respectively on topics that can assist with enhancing their experience within our sport. These are exciting new initiatives to continue our focus on providing greater support for the local community across all levels during our national events.


SNZ's Head of Participation & Events, Dale Johnson, is looking forward to introducing these new initiatives in 2023.


"We think this is a big step forward in providing greater support for our key stakeholders in the swimming community, particularly those who directly support our swimmers. We identified that national events are the ideal time to bring these groups together to provide development and engaging discussions, and increases our support for the local community where national events are held, in addition to the national racing opportunities hosted."

Learn more about the opportunities being provided below, and don't miss out on securing your tickets for the Parent Breakfasts.


Parent Breakfasts

Parent Breakfasts will be held during the warm-up of most days at SNZ events this year, with different topics the discussion point. It's a perfect time to meet with parents and provide support to those who provide incredible support to our swimmers, with a light breakfast offering alongside a discussion on important topics the ideal way to engage before racing gets underway.


Places are limited due to room capacity, but tickets are free, so please don't miss out on this opportunity SNZ is providing for our parents. Tickets are available when spectator tickets go on sale for each respective event.


Some of the topics include:


Creating Positive Swimming Experiences

Everyone has a vital role to play in providing positive experiences for everyone within our sport. This will be an engaging discussion around how we can support each other in achieving this outcome within swimming. The facilitator for this discussion will be Dale Johnson, SNZ's Head of Participation & Events.


Identity & Wellbeing

A crucial topic in society is wellbeing, and this engaging discussion will be focused on supporting parents to assist their kids as they partake in swimming, other commitments and extracurricular activities and how this shapes your identity. These discussions will be hosted by Cherie Harris (PhD), Performance & Community Psychologist and SNZ's Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Manager.


Swimming Performance Pathways

This engaging discussion will be tailored to supporting parents understanding the pathways available for and process for progressing through athlete development pathways. These discussions will be hosted by key staff within SNZ's High Performance team.


Long-Term Athlete Development

This discussion will be focused toward helping parents to understand the development needs for kids and young adults to help prepare them for a life full of physical activity and sport - no matter what level of participation or competition. This discussion will be be hosted by an HPSNZ expert.


Key Dates for Parent Breakfasts


2023 Apollo Projects NZ Swimming Championships

  • Sunday 2 April (Day 2) from 8.30am - 9.30am = Creating Positive Swimming Experiences

  • Monday 3 April (Day 3) from 8.30am - 9.30am = Identity & Wellbeing

  • Tuesday 4 April (Day 4) from 8.30am - 9.30am = Performance Pathways

  • Wednesday 5 April (Day 5) from 8.30am - 9.30am = Creating Positive Swimming Experiences

Tickets are on sale from 9am on Saturday 18 March - don't miss out! Only 25 spots available for each session




2023 Apollo Projects NZ Age Group Swimming Championships

  • Thursday 13 April (Day 2) from 7.45am - 8.45am = Creating Positive Swimming Experiences

  • Friday 14 April (Day 3) from 7.45am - 8.45am = Identity & Wellbeing

  • Saturday 15 April (Day 4) from 7.45am - 8.45am = Long Term Athlete Development

  • Sunday 16 April (Day 5) from 7.45am - 8.45am = Performance Pathways

Tickets are on sale from 9am on Saturday 1 April - don't miss out! Only 40 spots available for each session - visit the event webpage to access tickets


2023 Apollo Projects Division II Swimming Competition

  • Thursday 18 May (Day 3) from 7.15am - 8.15am = Identity & Wellbeing

  • Saturday 20 May (Day 5) from 7.15am - 8.15am = Creating Positive Swimming Experiences

Tickets are on sale from 9am on Saturday 6 May - don't miss out! Only 40 spots available for each session - visit the event webpage to access tickets



Coach Development Sessions

Not only have we established a coach area at SNZ national events from 2023 onwards to provide a space to mingle and take a break away from pool deck, but we are providing an engaging development session for coaches at each SNZ national event as well. These will be held at the conclusion of heats on Day 3, with different topics available for discussion. The first topic will be coach wellbeing, hosted by SNZ's Cherie Harris.


These development sessions are free to attend and we would love to see all coaches take the opportunity to discuss these topics with their peers to enhance their experience within the sport. More details will be communicated to coaches directly.


Officials Development Sessions

From 2023 onwards, we are providing greater support to developing our technical officials at SNZ national events. On the evening before racing commences, we will be providing a development session for officials to enhance their skills with the opportunity to put these skills into action for the event starting the next day. These will be lead by SNZ's Technical Official & Volunteer Development Lead, Carlrine Gillespie.


These development sessions are free to attend and we welcome all technical officials to attend from the local area. More details will be communicated to officials directly.

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