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Help Us Recognise Service to Our Swimming Community

Nominations for Honours & Service Awards are now open

We are excited to announce an updated criteria and process for our Honours and Awards. We are committed to recognising the outstanding service and commitment given by members of our swimming community to Swimming NZ.


In the past, it has potentially been too complicated to complete the nomination process or the criteria hasn’t been clear, so we have made improvements to make the process of receiving recognition quicker and easier.


Swimming NZ’s Head of Participation & Events, Dale Johnson, is hoping to see a large increase in the number of nominations this year.


“We are really proud of these improvements to our Honours & Awards. There are so many members of the community who have given a lot to swimming, and we want to recognise their contributions to our sport. I urge everyone to nominate people within the community who meet the criteria.”

The nomination process now requires an online form to be filled out. It’s simple and easy to do, and we encourage people to nominate themselves if they have met the criteria also.


The nomination period closes on Sunday 16 April.


Nominations open now





Honours & Awards Criteria


The updated criteria for Swimming NZ’s Honours & Awards:


Service Award


Awarded in recognition of active service of an outstanding nature for a period of not less than 6 years of continuous service to Swimming NZ. The Honours & Awards Committee may consider a lesser period where service has been of an exceptional level to Swimming NZ.


Distinguished Service Award


Awarded in recognition of active service of an outstanding nature for a period of not less than 12 years of continuous service to Swimming NZ. The Honours & Awards Committee may consider a lesser period where service has been of an exceptional level to Swimming NZ.


Exemplary Service Award


Awarded in recognition of exceptional service, contribution, and commitment to the sport of swimming at national level.


Life Membership


The highest award Swimming NZ can bestow on an individual for service to the sport. Life Membership criteria includes but is not limited to the following:


  • The service must be diligent, extraordinary and the nominee’s achievements must be above and beyond what could reasonably be expected within the swimming community

  • Active contribution to the wider swimming community in various roles for a period of not less than 18 years of continuous service to Swimming NZ. Please note that the number of years’ service is not qualification alone for the award

  • The nominee’s service shall be recognised as having made a significant impact to swimming in New Zealand





Nominations close on Sunday 16 April


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