July Newsletter

Kia ora koutou,

Friday marked the first swimming meet post-covid lockdown with the College Sport Wellington meet at Huia Pool for college students. A fun, return to racing for many Capital swimmers. Next weekend – July 4 – will see Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre full of swimmers of all ages in the annual Swimming Wellington relay meet. These are exciting milestones for swimming in the region.

Another month has passed since the last update. Below are matters the Board would like to share with members.

Club Strategy
You will recall in our newsletter last month (May 31) we talked about how the Board were focusing on a strategy for the club to become financially sustainable (read this as meaning a club that can stand one it’s own two feet – reducing the dependency on grants plus able to build up modest reserves), at the same time doing all we can to provide services/programmes for our wider community.

Whilst we can not share a lot of detail at this point in time, what we can let you know is that we have begun consultations with the coaches on such a strategy, and as the plans evolve we will share the detail with all members.

Club Fees
The start of the new season is literally a few days away (July 1). We are not proposing any changes in the Membership Fees for the coming season, keeping them at $120 per member and capped at $360 per family, where they have three or more swimmers.

With regards to squad fees, there may be changes to squad fees as a result of the new strategy for the club and the specific programmes we deliver as part of that strategy. As that piece of work is still being worked on we do not have any details to share at this point in time. However we can say that we are obsessed with making the sport as affordable as possible, and that all fees charged reflect the value our programs offer our members – this focus will be reflected in any future changes to squad fees.

Training Timetable
The timetable that squads are currently operating under will remain in place for the foreseeable future (here is the timetable and rationale for each training group effective Monday 29 June). Notwithstanding that there is work underway with regards to club strategy, which may have an impact on the programmes we offer at some point in the future, there are no plans at this stage to change from the current timetable.

Update from Gary Hollywood, Head Coach

Thank you for your patience during and immediately post Covid-19, whilst we worked through pool planning with Wellington City Council. The recent switch back to Freyberg, for all Senior Swimmers, was in response to discussions with WCC regards and available lane space at WRAC. Once again thank you and apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced at this time.

Key points from the handout are:
The human body is built to respond to different types of training stimulus differently at different ages. These ages can basically be broken down by what the 14&U body responds to / needs as opposed to what the 15&O body responds to / needs.
The human brain develops with age. Broadly speaking with this in mind in a sporting context 14&U’s are compatible and 15&O’s are compatible.
Any questions about the timetable please direct them to headcoach@capitalswim.co.nz

The Hub
The Board have evaluated Capital’s membership with The Hub. Based on annual use and membership costs of the facility the decision was made to resign as a member of The Hub. We will continue to use the venue for Club functions as the the venue and proximity to Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre is excellent.

Board departures
After three years of serving on the Capital Swim Club Board Dave Clareburt has resigned from the Board. Dave brought a sense of passion, drive and expertise with him as a serving Board member and we wish him and his family all the very best.

Many thanks to Lynda Hart who has also recently resigned from the Board. Her enthusiasm and efficiency will be missed.

An AGM date will be coming your way soon. Please consider getting involved with Capital, there are many roles available from Board member, poolside ambassadors, Club administrator, uniform coordinator, fundraising. Get in touch with manager@capitalswim.co.nxz or chair@capitalswim.co.nz for further information.

Support for Capital Businesses
Below is information about several Capital businesses and their contact details. If you would like to have your business included in next month’s update please email manager@capitalswim.co.nz with a summary to share with our members.

The Section Specialist
If your section is overgrown or you want a garden clean up, want rental property maintenance, lawns done, trees trimmed, leaves, gorse or weeds removed, but just don’t want to do it yourself, The Section Specialist will do it. Whether you are looking for commercial or residential service, a one off cleanup, or ongoing maintenance, or simply want a trailerload of green waste or rubbish removed, we will put in the hard work to assist you.
Are you selling your house or rental property? The better the garden and section looks, the better the bank balance will look.
Contact Dave Crampton 0274717466 for a no obligation free quote – or contact Dave via facebook message.
Magnify Consulting
If you’re staring down a blackhole where a healthy sales pipeline should be, we can help. We’re the business development manager you wish you had, helping you discover and execute on revenue growth strategies while maintaining full control and visibility of your customer data.

You’ll get practical, real world experience of growing sales in tough times, of increasing revenue for companies stuck in a rut. For sales strategy, sales training and coaching, right through to a full outsourced business development manager – we’re here to deliver the sales help you need without taking further risks by hiring in an uncertain market.

Let’s help you find your growth opportunities in the post-lockdown world. Visit our website https://www.magnifyconsulting.co.nz/ Or check our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MagnifyConsulting1/
Contact Mary from Magnify mary@magnifyconsulting.co.nz Mobile 027 578 1920

NZ Swim
If you want the latest news on swimming in New Zealand and highlights of swimming news around the world, check out NZ Swim on facebook. NZ Swim is New Zealand’s most widely read and the highest engaged with swimming facebook page in the country. It has updates on swimming news, media articles, breaking news, meets, results, commentary, live streams of national meets – and a few funnies – and is a place to have some questions about the sport asked. All messages are answered.
The URL for the page is here https://www.facebook.com/SwimNZ, and it is written by https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com contributor Dave Crampton. Go over and be one of more than 2000 people who “like” the page.

Lewis Clareburt podcast
A swimming podcast called Off The Blocks featured Lewis Clareburt on Friday 26 June. Take a listen here:
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/off-the-blocks-swimming-podcast/id1367123487#episodeGuid=offtheblocks.podbean.com%2F176fda75-f04d-50a2-8011-dc0b99c1581b
As ever, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me on chair@capitalswim.co.nz

Ngā mihi nui

Matt Titcombe,
Chairperson, on behalf of Capital Swim Club Board

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