Tawa Swim­ming Club

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT, FITNESS & RECREATION -

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 cap­tain@swimtawa.org.nz.

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