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

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