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2023 NZ Secondary School Swimming Championships

Kia ora teachers, managers, swimmers and coaches,

Welcome to the 2023 NZ Secondary School Swimming Championships next week. Swimming New Zealand is excited to be hosting this event in Wellington at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, we can’t wait to welcome you all!

This event will run across 6 sessions and sees the best secondary school swimmers go head-to-head for the national title in this short course competition (25m pool), with the secondary schools seeking the top school title. This competition has a particular focus on enjoyment and pride in representing your school.

20 - 23 July

Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, Wellington

Good Behaviour

Swimming New Zealand is proud to be part of the Good Sports movement, and is committed to providing positive swimming experiences for all involved. Across the four 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.

Programme & Results

Swimming NZ has completed the preliminary seeding programme, which you can view below. This may be updated over the coming days.

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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We are encouraging everyone to use the Swimify app as their session programme. Alternatively, we will also provide a PDF printable version of the session programme under the "files" tab on the Swimify website so you can print the programme yourself. 

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.

Team Managers Meeting

There will be a compulsory team manager meeting held on Thursday 20 July at 3pm in the Marshalling Room.


Team managers will be given a brief run-down of meet activities, expectations of swimmers and school, and general delivery of the event. Each school is asked to have at least one representative at the meeting. If you can’t attend, please have a good understanding of this update.

School Packs

Packs and passes must be collected from the rear competition pool entrance from 2.30pm on Thursday, right near the Marshalling Room. If the packs aren’t collected on Thursday then they will be available to collect from the athlete, coach and team manager accreditation entrance for the rest of the week.

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 placed swimmers for all age group and Para swimming events.


The victory ceremony timetable will be included in the session programmes and as listed in the event schedule, and we will endeavour to run to this timetable. If for any reason there is a delay in the results being available, the medal presentation for that event will take place as soon as possible.


Dress standard and protocols for victory ceremonies:

  • Club or regional t-shirt, jacket or sweatshirt

  • No caps or goggles

  • Shorts, trousers or skirt must be worn

  • Shoes must be worn

  • Swimmers can’t run on to the podium late, they need to be present at the start of the announcement for their presentation

  • Swimmers must keep their medal on until well away from the podium and cameras

Accred & Access To Pool

Access to the pool is via the competitor’s entrance via the rear competition events entrance on Kilbirnie Road with your accreditation (please note this is not the main pool entrance). An accreditation volunteer will be on hand to ensure that passes are being presented. If you do not have a valid pass – you will be required to pay the appropriate admission fee. Accreditation must be worn, around the neck, to gain access. No accreditation no entry. Lost accreditation can be replaced at a cost of $15.00 each – through cash or invoice to the school.


Please note, no late passes will be issued at the door as per the updated Accreditation Policy 009.

Opening Hours

Thursday 20 July

Afternoon = 2.45pm

Friday 21 - Saturday 22 July

Morning = 7.15am

Afternoon = 3pm

Sunday 23 July



Self-marshalling will be employed during all sessions. Swimmers are asked to be in the marshalling area 4 timed finals prior to their event. For all 50m events swimmers need to be in the marshalling area 6 heats prior to their event.


Seating will be available on pool deck and grandstand for swimmers, coaches and team managers. Please note that there will be no allocated seating for schools, with the spectator bay being allocated near the start/finish in bays 1, 2 and 3. Schools can sit within galleries 4, 5 and 6 in the grandstand. We encourage schools to work together as there are enough seats for everyone with a great vantage point of the pool.

Opening Ceremony

There will be an opening ceremony on Friday morning at 8:30am.

Merch & Swimwear

Teamline will be present at the event, selling both event merchandise and swimming apparel. Be sure to check out their pop-up store and say g’day to the team in the southern meeting room (near the grandstand).


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

Two carparks can be accessed from Kilbirnie Crescent and one from Evans Bay Parade.


Please encourage your school mates, family and friends to attend the event to cheer you on. Tickets are available online at Humanitix

Click here to purchase


Withdrawals from events for session one will need to be submitted at the Team Managers meeting held prior to the start of the meet.


Any late withdrawals will see 25 points deducted from total points for schools as per Policy 008.


As all events are run as timed finals SNZ Policy 008 will apply. For timed-finals, withdrawals must be advised by the end of the session preceding the session with the timed final event.


All withdrawals via email after 3pm on Thursday 20 July are considered late and will incur a points deduction. All withdrawals will need to be submitted at the team managers’ meeting or by the withdrawals form found at the resolutions desk.

DQs & Protests

Disqualifications will be displayed on the results screen and a copy of the DQ form will be available at the resolutions desk located halfway along the pool on the grandstand side.

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 Team Manager 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.

Skins Event

The 5 x 50m skins event won’t receive entries. The fastest 10 athletes from the 100m IM for each of the skins age groups will form the field. We will spin the wheel prior to each leg of the skins competition to determine the swim stroke for that 50m effort. Two swimmers will be removed per leg until we have two swimmers in the 5th effort.


The male event will run in entirety, followed by the female event.

This event will be worth double points.


Please note that if you do not wish to swim in the Skins event, you must complete a withdrawal form within 30mins of swimming the 100m IM. No late withdrawals will be accepted.

Photography & Videography

Photos and videos will be taken throughout the competition. All athletes and spectators have agreed to allow still and moving images that have been taken by or recorded on behalf of SNZ may be used in any or all of the promotional, social and advertising material of SNZ or provided to any third party, including but not limited to SNZ partners and sponsors, for their reasonable use as they see fit.

This event will be livestreamed and your school may be filmed and/or interviewed and available on demand on Whakaata Maori, Maori Active. If you wish to opt out, have any questions or wish to discuss this further, please contact Swimming NZ adheres to the School Sport Charter for school events.

Spectators agree upon entry that photographic, video or audio recording equipment is prohibited for any purpose which may include, without limitation, video and/or audio recorders, camera tripods, monopods or lenses with a total focal strength of greater than 300mm and commercial digital video equipment. The SNZ Event staff will, at their sole discretion, determine whether or not an item is intended for personal or commercial use.

Livestream & Session Timelines

This event will be livestreamed live and free on the Maori TV YouTube channel. We will provide links on our event webpage.


There will be ad breaks between each event in each session, the reason being to help cover the costs of running the event. These will be shown on the scoreboard and have been scheduled into the session timelines.

Link to livestream

Bayley's Award

Bayley’s are excited to offer your school the chance to win a $500 travel voucher to assist with the cost of attending the 2023 New Zealand Secondary School Swimming Championships. Tell us why your team is #altogetherbetter. Whether it’s your unbeatable teamwork, unbreakable spirit, or unrelenting drive to succeed, we want to hear what makes your team stand out from the rest. We are looking for teams that embody the spirit of unity, teamwork, and dedication.

Nominate here

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

Nga mihi nui,

SNZ Events Team


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.

Caltex Good Sports Award

Caltex are delighted to be supporting School Sport and will be sponsoring the ‘Good Sport Award’ at this competition. We would love to receive your nominations for anyone you think is worthy to win this award – it could be a coach, manager, student, or teacher who goes above and beyond, is an inspiration to your school, or sets amazing values and standards for others to aspire to. 


Entries close Saturday 22 July at 12pm. Please note nominees must be at the event to receive the award.

Nominate here

Carbon Farming Award

NZ Carbon Farming are offering athletes the chance to win a $50 Players Sports Voucher for their school. To enter this competition, tell us 3x ways how your school is promoting sustainability and you’ll be in to win. Whether it’s reducing the amount of paper they use or creating more renewable energy for power. We are looking for ways that schools are trying to make a difference!

Nominate here

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