Our Coaches

Gary Hollywood joined Capital Swim Club in April 2016 as Head Coach bringing with him more than 30 years of coaching experience. Gary’s swimmers have competed at Olympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games, World University Games, Pan Pacific Championships, Oceania Championships, Youth Olympics, Commonwealth Youth Games, and Pacific School Games. Gary attributes much of his success to the coaches’ associations of Australia and America, and to his mentors Bill Sweetenham, Istvan Bayli, Rick Bailey and Doug Frost. Gary is the first International Fellow to come out of the American Swimming and Coaches Association leadership programme of which he is an International Life Member and is the current Swimming NZ coach of the  year.


Aidan Withington joined Capital Swim Club in June 2016 bringing more than 10 years of coaching experience. In 2005 Aidan was hired as the first ever Southland development officer working with schools and swim clubs within the Southland region. He increased swimmer numbers, and his swimmers won junior and national age group titles.  In 2010 Aidan moved to Central Hawkes Bay where he was head coach for 6 years, coaching swimmers to national age and open titles. Aidan coaches Capital’s Youth groups.



Craig Elliot grew up swimming for Cockermouth Swimming Club in Cumbria England.  From there he moved to Loughborough University and studied a BSc in Sports Science and Management. He swam for Great Britain and was a British age group record holder. Craig turned his hand to teaching and coaching in a learn to swim start up in 2013.  In 2015 he moved to New Zealand and settled in Wellington. Shortly after moving to Wellington he was hired as a senior instructor at Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre to develop the school age and advanced learn to swim programs. Craig joined Capital Swim Club in June 2016 and coaches Capital’s Junior groups.

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