Capital Swim Club – A Home For Everyone

Capital Swim Club offers swimmers an opportunity to be the best they can be, while enjoying the journey. Capital Swim Club’s programme offers flexible training times and styles, and is designed to suit everyone from young athletes to international representatives.



About Us

Capital Swim Club’s programme offers flexible training times and styles, and is designed to suit everyone from curious capable new athletes to international representatives. Our professional coach-run training programmes integrate swimming, land based training at fully equipped modern gyms, and injury prevention. At Capital we prioritise the swimmer’s experience above all else – we are structured to ensure you will be able to train with people of a similar age and ability to you. You can learn more about our group structure and enquire about becoming a Capital Swimmer here


Check here for updates on the happenings of Capital Swim Club.


For any other information please get in touch with one of the following Club contacts:
New and ongoing membership enquiries:
Swimming NZ membership and race questions:
Club matters around governance, finances, or anything else to the Board Chair:

Joining Us

Here at Capital we are always looking to grow our family. Take a look at some information about our swimming groups, and complete the online enquiry form. Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you’d like to know about us to see if we’re a good fit.


Swimming Group Information



Rebecca Perrott’s Record

Rebecca Perrott’s Record

Rebecca Perrott’s records
The oldest Swimming Wellington record is Rebecca Perrott’s 13yo 400m freestyle set on 7th March 1975 – that’s over 44 years ago.

Swimming Wellington are offering a $50 Swim T3 voucher to swimmers who break one of the old swimming records. It would be great to see some more fall by Capital Swim Club swimmers.

Here is the list of records.Pre 2000 records And there’s some other well-known names here that are still involved in our sport

Volenteer recognition

Volenteer recognition

Congratulations to Sharon Pippos who received the well-deserved Swimming Wellington Club Contributor of the year for 2019.

Swim Wellington Awards

Swim Wellington Awards

The Swimming Wellington Annual Awards were held at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club on Saturday 30 November.

Congratulations to Lewis Clareburt (Best Individual Performance), Chlesey Edwards (Selectors’ Trophy), Sam Brown (Age Group Swimmer of the year), Lewis Clareburt (Swimmer of the year), Gary Hollywood (Coach of the year + Opens Coach of the year), Aidan Withington (Age Group Coach of the year).

An amazing 2019 for Capital!

December Exclusions

December Exclusions

december exclusions
There are a number of exclusions during December for Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre. Swimmers will be training at other pools during the week from December 16 -19. Training groups and where they will train is summarised in this document

November Newsletter

November Newsletter

I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time” – Michael Phelps


Club Night
Last club night for 2019 is this Thursday 28 November at Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre.
This is a great opportunity for Capital swimmers to experience the racing environment in a comfortable, supported atmosphere. Warm up starts at 4:15pm with racing from 5:00pm. Swimmers can do a maximum of four events in a fun evening which will be finished before 7:00pm. Junior training will still be on from 3:30pm.
Swimmers will select their events on the day. No prior registration is necessary.
We will need helpers for the event, so please email to find out how you can help. Or come along prepared to pitch in on Thursday night.

Barbara Ryan will be poolside and you can ask her any questions about being an official for Capital (or email

Capital Classic
Congratulations to all the swimmers who participated in last weekend’s meet. Age group winners from Capital were Jade Morrison (14 yo, 83 points), Alex Esposito (15 yo, 111 points) and Sam Brown (16+, 105 points).

Special mention to Clem Fordham-Duncan for the biggest PB of the meet of 6.93s in her 100m Freestyle earning a prize from Lewis Clareburt!

Thanks to all the volunteers that helped to make the meet successful. A meet like this requires substantial amount of work behind the scenes and on the day. Huge thanks to Pam Edwards, Barbara Ryan, Sharon Pippos and Andy McFarlane who work tirelessly to run a meet that provides official times for our swimmers.

Olympics 2020
Check out the video of our Olympian Lewis Clareburt. http://

SW Update
The latest update from Swimming Wellington is here


Upcoming Meets

SW Tier 1: November 30, WRAC

SW Junior Champs, 14 + 15 December, WRAC

Club Rules Update

The Capital Board members are Matt Titcombe (Chair), Joe O’Callaghan (Deputy Chair), Dave Clareburt, Lynda Hart, Mike Heath, Nathan Masters, Lynda Hart and Catherine Millar. Please get in touch with any board members if you would like to discuss your club concerns or email

At the AGM on August 25, the board proposed to run an SGM to resolve membership rules in the Club’s constitution. With constitutional changes forthcoming from both the regional and national swimming bodies, the board has made the decision to delay a Capital SGM. Another update on this topic will be provided early in 2020.

Changes around the Club

On November 10 the Club said farewell to coach Craig Elliot. We have also said goodbye to the Club Administrator Rebecca Acheson. While the the Board evaluates Club finances volunteers will provide the administration requirements of the Club. Sharon Pippos will resolve accounts and race secretary matters, Joe O’Callaghan and Lynda Hart will respond to all other Club matters via the

It is with sadness to share with members that Aidan Withington will be finishing with Capital at the end of 2019. He will be the new Head coach of Swim Rotorua. Congratulations Aidan!

New Format

Capital will now be using mailchimp to communicate with members. There may be a few technical issues so please bear with us as we get to grips with this new tool. There is the option to unsubscribe at the bottom of this email in case we have your email in our database by mistake. Please feel free to forward onto others to read and subscrib

Otago Long Course Silent Auction

Otago Long Course Silent Auction

Otago Long Course Champs Silent Auction

As you may already know, we are fundraising leading up to and including The Capital Classic, so swimmers can travel to Dunedin to compete at the 2019 Otago Long Course Championship. Our fundraising consists of 2 x $50 draws (one per session) and a silent auction. This is in addition to the Wheel of Pain and Chocolate bars galore.

$50 Draw

For $2, you get the chance to win $50. There are 2 x $50 prizes up for grabs (one per session). Tickets are available for you to purchase as you enter the Meet on Saturday. There is no limit on how many $2 tickets you can purchase with the winning ticket being drawn once racing has commenced. Put to good use your loose change and you may end up leaving the Meet with one or two $50 notes.

Silent Auction

The families of those attending Otago Champs have pulled together a list of Auction items that is attached for your families consideration. This is a Silent Auction. Bids open tomorrow, Wednesday, 6 November, 2019 and close Sunday, 17 November, 2019 at 5pm (the day after the 2019 Capital Classic). The winners of each Auction item will be contacted on Monday, 18 November, 2019 regarding collection.

Bids can be emailed to me at or placed inside the Silent Auction container which will be brought to Craig’s farewell on Sunday as well as placed on the Recorders/Announcers Desk throughout the duration of the Capital Classic Meet.

For any bid you wish to make, please include the following information:

The item number you are bidding on
Your First and Last Name, affiliated Club and contact details (email and cellphone number) and
Your bid amount.

Recommended Retail Prices have been provided against each Item being offered as part of the auction and reserve prices have been set to ensure each item is sold for a fair price


Craig’s Farewell Information

Craig’s Farewell Information

Following on from the newsletter email, please refer below to the plate of food requested from the members of each squad and the Coaches for Craig’s farewell.

Pam Edwards and Sharon will be at the Toitu Hub from 4:30pm, on Sunday. If all food could be delivered to us for placement, this would be appreciated. Once the function ends, the Club is responsible in cleaning up the mess that is left behind so please consider this in the type of food you wish to bring to share.

Junior Dolphins and Junior Olympians: Savoury Items
eg: flavoured rice crackers and hummus, dips, freshly cut carrot sticks/celery sticks with hummus and dips, sushi, savoury muffins, chippies, dried fruit and nuts mixes, flavoured popcorn, filled rolls, sandwiches, cheerios.

Youth Group and Collegiate Group: Sweet Items
eg: fresh fruit that does not need to be cut (eg. strawberries, grapes, small bananas etc.), Chocolate brownie, Sweet muffins, Sweet biscuits, donuts, chocolates, fudge, cake, fruit loaves, truffles, gingerbread men, raspberry buns, marshmallows, Natural Confectionary Company Lollies.

Senior Group and Coaches: Fresh Fruit that needs cutting and non alcoholic beverages to share
eg: any type of melon, whole pineapple, oranges, apples. Juice and standard fizzy drinks

November Newsletter

November Newsletter

Newsletter – November 2019
Kia ora Capital Swim Club family and welcome to our latest newsletter.
It’s been a busy changeable time over the last few weeks. I am your new Board Chairperson, Matt Titcombe. Thank you Mark Huttley, outgoing Board Chair for his service. I also welcome Catherine Millar, Lynda Hart, Dave Clareburt, Joe O’Callaghan to the board as well as Mike Heath and Nathan Masters who have been co-opted onto the Board.

We Farewell Coach, Craig Elliot After more than three years of coaching with Capital we are sad to say goodbye to Craig. The families appreciated his presence on the pool deck, the athletes enjoyed his “long chats” between sets, and the Senior athletes enjoyed swimming alongside him in relays.

Congratulations! Sam Brown, Jenna Rolston- Larking and Orlando Cristobal-Mandel who recently represented Capital and New Zealand at the Aussie State Champs. Sam was named Swimmer of his age group for the meet after winning 3 x GOLD and 1 x SILVER medals and clocking up a tally of 4 x Wellington records.
New Zealand Short Course
Men – 265 points placing 18th out of 60 Clubs.
Women – 497 placing 10th out of 64 Clubs.
On behalf of the Capital Swim Club Board, Coaching Group, and families
CONGRATULATIONS to the team of swimmers who attended this five-day, ten session Meet. Many swimmers produced some superb results especially Sophie Irving who broke the Wellington SC records for both the 50m and 100m Backstroke events for her 16 years age group.
Together with the participating swimmers at this meet, thank you to attending Coach, Aidan Withington and Team Managers, Joe O’Callaghan and Sue Mellsop for their support throughout.

Welcome Coach, Andre Kudaba
We are excited to announce the addition of Andre Kudaba to our permanent coaching staff. You’ll see him poolside working with the Junior Dolphins, Junior Olympians and Youth Group at WRAC and Freyberg.

Kia ora Capital Swim Club, With joining a new club (in a new country nonetheless), I thought I would introduce myself and discuss some of my experiences with the sport of swimming.

Growing up in the small town of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia (Canada), athletic pursuits were always a part of my upbringing. As both my parents were teachers, they went out to find a sport that they both could watch and support throughout their summer vacations. They found a programme named the Coquitlam Sharks where my two siblings and I learnt to swim and ultimately race. I was drawn to the butterfly stroke immediately and have incredible memories from the coaches who helped me throughout those BC summers. I won many provincial titles as a youth, and still hold some British Columbia records that were set almost 20 years ago.

After “graduating” from summer swimming, at age 10, I switched to year-round training with the legendary Hyack Swim Club in New Westminster. Under Coach Mark Bottrill, I swam to many National Age-Group/Junior titles in both Butterfly and IM, eventually earning a spot on the Canadian Junior National Team, and in turn, earning scholarship opportunities at universities around Canada and USA. My older siblings also continued their careers in aquatics, with my brother playing Water Polo in the 2008 Olympics for Canada, and my sister became a distance-freestyler for a University in British Columbia
At age 21, after a struggle with injuries stemming from a car-accident (while riding my bike on training camp with my uni team!), I decided to retire from competition and took a short break from the pool-deck before being drawn to coaching. I coached first in Alberta, then returned home to British Columbia and led groups in both summer-only clubs, and year-round clubs.

I have coached for close to a decade now, assisting with all age-groups and skill levels. From helping newcomers learn to swim, to assisting with training Olympic level athletes, I have had a varied career in coaching that has shown me the full-spectrum of the sport. I believe fully in the development of skill and technique prior to a swimmer taking on elite-level training, both to prevent injury and to promote skillful racing. I also believe that swim racing is the most exhilarating feeling in sport, yet this feeling can only be achieved if the swimmer commits with purpose to their training during the long-hours spent at practice.

I am very proud to be joining the club’s coaching staff for the upcoming year. With the excitement building towards the long course season, I hope we can all help the swimmers reach some truly exceptional goals.

I’ll leave you with my favourite quote in all of coaching: “A good coach will make his players see what they can be, not what they are” – Ara Parseghian. I hope to see everyone pool-side soon!

Nga mihi mahana (warm regards)
Matt Titcombe
Chairperson, Capital Swim Club

Swimming Wellington 2019  Coaches and Swimmers Awards

Swimming Wellington 2019 Coaches and Swimmers Awards

Award Evening

The Awards Evening which will be taking place at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club on Oriental Bay, at 7.30pm

Tickets are available via the below link:

Congratulations and good luck to all the Capital swimmers and Coaches that have been nominated

Capital Closing Down Period

Capital Closing Down Period

Labour Day — Monday 28 October
Christmas & New Year – Friday 20 December – Monday 6th January 2020

Wellington anniversary day — Monday 20 January
Waitangi Day — Thursday 6 February
Good Friday — Friday 10 April
Easter Monday — Monday 13 April
ANZAC Day — Saturday 25 April or Monday 27 April
Queen’s Birthday — Monday 1 June
Labour Day — Monday 26 October.

When there are events occurring on Public Holidays coaches will be poolside providing guidance and support.
For those swimmers who wish to train on these dates, please approach your coach individually who will advise and assist in establishing an appropriate training program for you in public lane space or privately paid for lane space you are able to secure with Council

Capital Classic Entries Open

Capital Classic Entries Open

A friendly reminder that your Club’s Meet known as the Capital Classic is now open for entries and closes, Sunday, 10 November, 2019 at 23:59.

As it is your Club’s Meet and Meets entry fees represent a major way this Club fundraises, it would be good to see all of our experienced swimmers enrol and participate in this annual event.

A copy of the information needed about this Meet is attached in the form of the flyer or below in the original email that was sent mid-October.

If you need help with selecting events, you are welcome to print the flyer and present it to your Coach poolside to determine the events you should be entering into.

Being a two session Meet we will need a lot of helpers to get through the workload we anticipate happening. Please email me the name of your swimmer’s helper as I try to share the workload amongst our families so every family has the opportunity to see their swimmer in action. If you are an IOT, please let Sharon know your preference of session and your availability (if needed) to work both.

A friendly reminder that your Club’s Meet known as the Capital Classic is now open for entries and closes, Sunday, 10 November, 2019 at 23:59.

2019 Classic Flyer

SNZ National Roadshow

SNZ National Roadshow

Details for the Wellington event for the SNZ National Roadshow

· Tuesday 12th November
· 7.30 – 9.30pm
· Pelorus Trust Sports House

Topics to be presented will be:

Steve Johns, CEO:
· General SNZ Update:
· Governance
· Membership Protection
· 2020 – 2024 Strategic Plan development
· Q&A

Andy Kent, Head of Participation:
· Participation strategy development
· Competition pathway review
· Database development update
· Q&A

Gary Francis, Targeted Athlete and Coach Manager:
· 2020-2024 High Performance priorities
· Targeted Athlete & Coach Programme update
· National Squads update
· Q&A

All are welcome – swimmers, coaches, parents, administrators etc. Please RSVP by Friday 8th November with likely numbers attending as we’ll provide some light refreshment.

VUWSA awards for Lewis Clareburt

VUWSA awards for Lewis Clareburt

Congratulations to Lewis Clareburt for winning the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) in 2019. For a second year running, Bachelor of Commerce student Lewis Clareburt has been awarded the Sportsperson of the Year and Māori Sportsperson of the Year Blues Awards for his national record-breaking international sporting achievements in swimming.

Presented annually in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA), the Blues Awards are the highest sporting accolade the University can give to students who have brought credit to the institution through their sporting achievements or contribution to sport.

In July at the World Swimming Championships in South Korea, Lewis swum the race of his life to claim a bronze medal in the 400 metres Individual Medley. In doing so, Lewis took more than two seconds off the national record and was the first New Zealander to win a medal at the event since 2015. Lewis also qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Lewis is of Tainui descent.

Well done Lewis!

Open Night: 22 August, WRAC

Open Night: 22 August, WRAC

Capital Swim Club will be running an Open Night at Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre on Thursday August 22. Come say hello to Lewis Clareburt, a Bronze medallist at FINA World Champs in July 2019.

All swimmers are welcome to come and do a free trial and see what swimming group would suit them.

Time: 3:30-5pm. There will be three 30-minute sessions starting at 3:30, 4 and 4:30pm.




WHiPA scholarships to Capital Swimmers

WHiPA scholarships to Capital Swimmers

Congratulations to four Capital Swimmers who have been awarded a Wellington High Performance Aquatics (WHiPA) Lloyd Morrison Reaching for the Podium scholarship. Well done Sam Brown, Atakura Julian, Chelsey Edwards and Jenna Rolston-Larking.



Capital Swim Club was very proud to have Lewis Clareburt and Chelsey Ewards competing at FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Congratulations to the successes of both Lewis and Chelsey.

Clareburt came third in the World and won a bronze medal in the Men’s 400 Medley. Lewis swam his fastest, getting a new personal best as well as breaking the New Zealand Open Record. An amazing 2.2 seconds faster; Lewis swam the 400 Medley in 4:12.07 seconds.

Edwards was in the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay which secured a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The New Zealand women’s team came 10th overall in the Women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay in a time of 8:03.28 seconds. Chelsey Edwards swam the third 200m in 2:01.88 seconds.

On day 7 competed in the 50m freestyle. Chelsey Edwards came 37th overall in the Women’s 50m Freestyle in 26.05 seconds. 18-year-old Chelsey was 40th on the entry list so climbed 3 places in 37th. She was one of the youngest competing in the event and the second youngest in the top 40.

Swimmers selected for NZ Team

Swimmers selected for NZ Team

Congratulations to Sam Brown who achieved automatic selection to the NZ team that will attend Australian State Teams Championships in his 400IM performance at the National Age Groups Championships. Congratulations to the following swimmers who have been invited to the Australian State Teams Championships selection camp 17th to 21st May. Good luck to you all.

  • Orlando Cristobal-Mandel
  • Joel Crampton
  • Jenna Rolston-Larking
  • Estee Jacobs
Capital Club Night: September 19th

Capital Club Night: September 19th

Capital club nights will occur on the 2nd last Thursday of each school term. This is a great opportunity for Capital swimmers to experience the racing environment in a comfortable, supported atmosphere.

Our next Club Night is Thursday September 19th! 

Warm up starts at 4:15pm with racing from 5:00pm. Read More

Useful Information


At Capital we pride ourselves on bringing out the best in our young swimmers, and letting them learn about themselves as they learn about swimming.