2019 Swimming Wellington Junior Championships

2019 Swimming Wellington Junior Championships

Please find attached the Flyer for the 2019 Swimming Wellington Junior Championships and your invitation to purchase Swim T3 Junior Champs merchandise at early bird prices.

This Meet is regional and is open to swimmers who are 12 years or under as at 14 December, 2019. Swimmers must be registered on the SNZ database as a competitive swimmer rather than a club swimmer and may only enter events they have competed in previously and achieved the qualification time for at a Meet held between December 8, 2018 and December 8, 2019.

Entries should be discussed with your swimmer/s Coach poolside or via email prior to completing your swimmer/s entry. Aidan Withington and Andre Kudaba can be contacted on the following email addresses:

Aidan Withington aidanwithington@hotmail.com
Andre Kudabakudaba.andre@gmail.com

Entries cost $11 per event and can be done through your swimmer’s Mypage account. Entries close Sunday, 8 December 2019 at 23:59 – no extensions. Please let me know if you need assistance with your swimmer/s membership type on SNZ or their entry as this is a Meet our 12U swimmers should be looking to compete in.

As this Meet is restricted to Juniors, helper/s will be needed from this group to assist with the 4 sessions this Meet covers. Please send the name of your helper/s with the session/s they are available to assist at by email to racesec@capitalswim.co.nz.

Qualified IOTs, even if you do not have a swimmer participating, could you please let me know if you are free to work a session or two as it is unlikely the Junior swimmers will have sufficient IOTs to meet the quota RTOP is likely to request from us. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

2019 12&U Junior Championships v2

2019 SW Junior Champs flier (1)

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 manager@capitalswim.co.nz 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 barbararyanfamily@gmail.com)

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://https://www.facebook.com/nzolympicteam/videos/472249660054837/

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 chair@capitalswim.co.nz

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 manager@capitalswim.co.nz.

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 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 racesec@capitalswim.co.nz 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

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

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

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

2019 SW Tier One Meet 4

2019 SW Tier One Meet 4

Flyer 2019 – Swim Wellington – Tier 1 Meet 4
When: 30th November, 2019. Warmup 3.00pm, Start 3.30pm.
Where: WRAC, Wellington.

Entries open Tuesday 29th October at 8:00am, closing at 11:59pm on Sunday 24th November 2019.
Swimmers must be 13 years as at date of meet.
$50 Swim T3 voucher will be awarded to overall age group winners: 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17+, male and female.
Please refer to Swimming Wellington Event page.
Start Time
30th Nov, 2019.
Warmup 3.00pm, Start 3.30pm.
WRAC, Wellington.

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

2020 Secondary Schools and the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series

2020 Secondary Schools and the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series

2020 NZ Secondary School Open Water Championships
Swimming New Zealand and the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series partnership will continue into 2020 with the New Zealand Secondary Schools Open Water Championships held in conjunction with the Generation Homes Legend of the Lake. The event will be held on 21 March 2020 at Rotorua’s stunning Blue Lake.

Swimming New Zealand’s, Head of Participation, Andy Kent said “we are excited to be officially partnering with the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series. We know that they will provide a quality event for our Secondary School Open Water Swimmers. It’s great to be able to offer another Open Water event to our calendar which will aid in developing our Open Water swimmers”.

Swimmers will be eligible for Secondary School and Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series prizes and medals.

Entries for the championships open 1 August with Year 9 – 13 Secondary School students swimmers able to compete in races across 3.5km, 1.0km and or 5Get your Summer sorted with the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series! With 7 events around the country and loads of distance options to choose from, there’s great opportunities to get involved. A special 20% discount* is on offer for all current Swimming New Zealand club members – just use SNZ20 when you enter your swims at www.oceanswim.co.nz and save now. (*discount can be used for an individual swim entry and does not apply to the already-discounted Multi-Event Pass)
00m distances. Entries close 12 March 2019 and no late Secondary School entries will be accepted.

The code SNZ20 to get 20% off



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