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Working Group Formed For Competition Review

Announcement of the Working Group for the Competition Review (2025 - 2028)

We are excited to announce the working group for the Competition Review (2025 - 2028). We are grateful to have received expressions of interest from 23 members of the community, thank you for wanting to be involved.

The working group is made up of 7 coaches, 2 active swimmers, 2 event delivery staff and 5 Swimming NZ staff members, possessing a vast array of experience within swimming, across varying levels and from across the country.

Here is the working group:




Dale Johnson (Chair)

Swimming NZ

Head of Participation & Events

Gary Francis

Swimming NZ

Olympic Programme Lead

Simon Mayne

Swimming NZ

Paralympic Programme Lead

Carlrine Gillespie

Swimming NZ

Technical Official & Volunteer Development Lead

Kira Morrison

Swimming NZ

Event Coordinator

Willy Benson

Heretaunga Sundevils


Peter Burgon



David Lyles

Phoenix Aquatics


Brigitte Mahan

North Canterbury


Frank Tourelle

SwimZone Racing


Michael Weston



Mat Woofe

Hamilton Aquatics


William Campbell



Emilia Finer



Angeline Hardie

Swimming Waikato

Event Delivery

Quinton Hurley

Swimming Canterbury West Coast

Event Delivery

Following some excellent recommendations from the wider coaching community, we have welcomed 7 coaches into the working group. Thank you to the 44 coaches who provided their recommendations of who they would like to represent them.

Swimming NZ's Head of Participation & Events, Dale Johnson, is looking forward to getting the review underway.

"This next 4-year review has come at a great time for the sport, as we have had some learnings over the past few years and have the opportunity to continue moving swimming forward. We have a great range of experience in the working group, so it promises to be an exciting few months working together."

Johnson also encouraged everyone to play their role in the Competition Review when we seek community feedback on the proposed recommendations over the coming months.

"For those not in the working group, please keep an eye out for the opportunity for community feedback on the proposed recommendations toward the end of 2023 and start of 2024. Receiving community feedback will be crucial in helping us to improve the delivery of our sport."

The working group will be meeting over the next few months, with the final recommendations to be presented to the Swimming NZ Board in May 2024.

For more information about the Competition Review, please the links below:

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