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2023 NZ Masters Swimming Championships

Kia ora swimmers,

Welcome to the 2023 NZ Masters Swimming Championships next week. Swimming New Zealand and NZ Masters Swimming are excited to be hosting this event in Hawke's Bay at the new Hawke's Bay Regional Aquatic Centre, we can’t wait to welcome you all!

Thanks for being involved in this event, we are grateful that we have been able to add this event to our calendar and provide this opportunity.

25 - 27 May

Hawke's Bay Regional Aquatic Centre, Hawke's Bay

Our team looks forward to seeing you on pool deck. It's bound to be a great few days of racing and connecting, best of luck to everyone! See you on pool deck

Nga mihi nui,

Dale Johnson

Head of Participation & Events - Swimming NZ

Pre-Event Meeting

There will be a pre-event meeting held on Thursday 25 May at 11.30am in the Marshalling Room. Those who attend will be given a brief run-down of meet activities, expectations of swimmers and clubs and general delivery of the event. If you are unable to attend, please familiarise yourself with this document and the pre-event email well.

Programme & Results

Swimming NZ will complete the programme and seeding over the coming days online.

Click here to view the draft psych sheets

Click here to view the programme and results online

We encourage you to download the new Swimify Livetiming app to view the programme and results on your phone.

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Updated World Aquatics Stroke Rules

As communicated on 23 March, we will be enforcing the updated World Aquatics Rules for strokes from the 1 April 2023 onwards. Please note this doesn't affect multi-class events.

Learn more here

Medal Ceremonies

Medals shall be awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd New Zealanders for the champion of each age group at the end of the championships. These will be decided from collating points across all races swum by each individual. Visitor medals will be awarded to any international competitor who places.


The victory ceremony will take place at the conclusion of racing on Saturday 27 May.


Dress standard and protocols for victory ceremonies:

  • T-shirt, jacket or sweatshirt - if you belong to a club please wear your club colours

  • Shorts, trousers or skirt must be worn

  • Shoes must be worn

  • No caps or goggles

Access To Pool

Access to the pool is via the main pool foyer.

Discover Hastings

Make the most of your visit to the Hastings District in the heart of Hawke’s Bay and take time to visit superb attractions such as parks, playgrounds, beaches, cafes and award-winning wineries and restaurants and the vibrant urban areas of Hastings city centre, and Havelock North.

“East Block” on Heretaunga Street offers up great eating and drinking, with boutique retail stretching down Heretaunga Street. More great shops and eateries can be found in the newly developed Tribune Precinct on Queen Street. Havelock North boasts fabulous fashion and a huge array of eateries to suit any taste and budget.

Make sure you tick Te Mata Peak off your list – a must-do when visiting Hastings. Drive, walk, run or mountain bike to the top of Te Mata Peak for stunning 360degree views of Hawke’s Bay. Off-road walking and biking options venture through 99 hectares of beautiful parkland on well-established tracks.

Learn more

Opening Hours

Thursday 25 May = 12pm

Friday 26 May = 2pm

Saturday 27 May = 12pm


Self-marshalling will be employed during all sessions. Swimmers are asked to be behind the blocks 3 timed finals prior to their race.


Seating will be available on pool deck and grandstand, there is no allocated seating.


Please encourage your friends and whanau to come and watch. Spectators are free to attend.


Parking is limited at the Hawke's Bay Regional Aquatic Centre. Please try and limit the number of vehicles you travel in to the meet.

Late Entries

Whilst entries have closed, we are encouraging you to let your friends and whanau know that we will accept late entries on the day. We would love to have a few more swimmers involved in the racing.


If you would like to withdraw from an event, please contact by Tuesday 23 May at 12pm.

DQs & Protests

Disqualifications will be announced and a copy of the DQ form will be available at the commentary desk.

Protests must be submitted to the referee, in writing, on the protest form by the team manager only within 30 minutes following the DQ result posting online. This needs to be accompanied in cash by the $100.00 protest fee.

If conditions causing a potential protest are noted prior to the event a protest must be lodged before the signal to start is given.

All protests shall be considered by the referee. If the referee rejects the protest, they must state the reasons for their decision. The swimmer may appeal the rejection to the Jury of Appeal whose decision shall be final.

If the protest is rejected, the deposit will be forfeited to SNZ. If the protest is upheld the deposit will be returned.


Swimmers with strapping must provide documentation from a relevant registered health practitioner or physiotherapist and be reviewed by the Technical Director (Carlrine Gillespie) prior to swimming. Any swimmers without such documentation may not be permitted to swim.

Photography & Videography

Photos and videos will be taken throughout the competition. All athletes and spectators have agreed to allow photographs, videos, and audio recordings to be taken by accredited SNZ contractors to be used for any legitimate purpose by SNZ. If you have any concerns please contact

Spectators and swimmers are encouraged to take photos to help enjoy and remember the championships.


This event won't be livestreamed this year.

Skills Clinic

Aquablack #278 Ruby Heath will be offering a skills clinic after racing on Friday afternoon for those who wish to learn about sighting in the Open Water. Ruby represented NZ at the 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest.

More information will be provided on this during the Thursday and Friday sessions.

Swimmer Packs

You don't need to register or collect any packs or to swim in this competition. There aren't any accreditations for this event either. We will see you on pool deck

Good Behaviour

Swimming New Zealand is also proud to join the Good Sports movement, and is committed to providing positive swimming experiences for all involved. Across the five days of competition, we trust that all interactions throughout the event will be positive and respectful – please treat others like you would like to be treated.


For more information about Good Sports, please click here.

Seeking Officials

We are still seeking some additional officials for each session of these championships. Could you please see if your friends and/or whanau could assist with officiating? If you are swimming and could help out when you're not racing that would also be greatly appreciated.

We require some IOT and timekeeper positions filled, so there are some opportunities that don't require any previous experience.

If you're available to assist or have any questions, please email Carlrine at

Relay Entries

Relay entries can be submitted on the day. Please fill out the forms available on the commentary desk to submit your team.

Swimmers who are not a financial member of NZ Masters Swimming are welcome to enter relays and are eligible for placings. However, relay teams will only receive club points where all team members are financial members of the same NZMS club.

To assist our staff, please get the forms completed 30mins prior to the racing starting that session.

Records & Rankings

World Records and World Aquatic Masters World Top Ten performances will be recognised at this event if achieved by any financial member of NZMS. This also includes NZMS members who break national records, and can be included in the New Zealand Top Ten performances.

Please note that swimmers not annual members of NZMS will not be recognised for any of the above.

Health & Safety

​Please remember to encourage good hygiene practices at this event and use common sense to keep yourself and others safe on pool deck.

Warm-Up Procedure

There will be allocated lanes for fins and paddles during warm up. We ask that you please stick to these lanes as documented on pool deck.

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