Tawa Swimming Club
Tawa Swimming Club may be one of the smaller swimming clubs in the country, but its quality coaching programme is bringing out the best in its members. Its swimmers have gone on to break New Zealand records and secure national swimming titles. Established in 1971, Tawa Swimming Club operates out of Tawa’s 25m indoor heated pool in Davies Street. The club has swimmers competing at local, regional, national and international level, and produces New Zealand record holders and Australasian champions. Club nights are held on Mondays and Thursdays to develop up and coming swimmers. These nights are run by volunteer coaches who provide skill and technique development for each of the different swimming strokes. For more advanced swimmers there are squads that are coached by a professional and experienced head coach. Swimmers as young as 10 have gone on to represent Wellington, secure titles at national meets, and break Wellington and New Zealand records. Calum Sinclair, 15, is the national age- grade 200m breaststroke champion, and Joel Crampton, 10, won the 50m and 100m butterfly national age- grade titles at the Junior Nationals earlier this month. The Tawa club placed a credible 12th out of 91 competing clubs, ahead of many that had more than five times as many swimmers. While the club can’t function without swimmers and coaches, parental involvement also plays a vital part. The club facilitates training for parents who wish to learn how to coach, others officiate at swimming competitions at all levels and participate in the running of the club. Tawa Swimming Club welcomes swimmers of all abilities and accepts anyone who wants to learn how to swim or be involved in competitive swimming. For further information contact club captain David Gatt on email@example.com.