Our Coaches

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.

What We Stand For

What We Stand For

Capital’s objectives are to:

  • Provide, encourage and promote the instruction and coaching of and participation and competition in swimming and aquatic sports in the Wellington area;
  • Provide facilities to achieve our objectives;
  • Assist all swimmers to achieve their maximum potential in all aquatic disciplines at all levels; and to
  • Actively promote the ideals of true sportsmanship, club spirit and friendship.

Capital has a proven track record and a team to cater for swimmers of all levels.  We aim to develop each swimmer’s talent to its fullest potential and in doing so, instil the key principles of: 

  • Water safety;
  • Best technical practice;
  • Goal setting;
  • Motivation; 
  • Commitment;
  • Work ethic;
  • Discipline; 
  • Enjoyment;
  • Good sportsmanship; and
  • Team spirit.

Our Values:

To achieve these objectives all our activities are underpinned with the following values:

Respect:  We treat people with respect and value diversity.  We give people proper credit and stand up for others.  

Courage:  We persist despite barriers.  We focus on the positive and maintain enthusiasm even after disappointment. 

Determination:  We actively work to achieve goals even when facing obstacles. 

Fairness:  We operate with integrity, demonstrate honesty and keep commitments.

Achievement: We set challenging personal goals, work tenaciously towards them and derive satisfaction from their achievement.  We accept responsibility for the outcomes (good or bad).

Fun:  We take time out to enjoy our own and others’ company.  We participate, initiate and encourage others to socialise in squad activities outside of the pool.  

Team Spirit:    We support and encourage team members, take pride in the team’s achievements, demonstrate Capital’s values and communicate passion for the Club.