Coach & Athlete Pathway Programs

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Pathway Program Overview

The aim of the Swimming Southland Pathway Programme is to compliment and build on to the great work already being done by the region’s coaches.
The opportunities offered are on top of each swimmers weekly training commitment.
In a nutshell we are aiming to:
  1. Provide the swimmers with the tools both skill wise and mentally to feel comfortable and confident standing behind the blocks on race day at any given level of competition.
  2. Provide a coaching pathway of best practice for our club and up and coming coaches
  3. Create a sustainable pathway where success is common place
  4. Create an environment that is athlete driven, coach lead and administratively assisted.
  5. Learn from one another and share ideas on how we can move forward as a sport
  6. Increase our participation numbers as a region
For the coaches with swimmers in the squads, it is a chance to work alongside one another, share ideas and learn from one another.
For the club volunteer teachers and coaches it is having available resources and personal to allow them to feel confident teaching all skills.

Athlete Pathway Program Information

For qualifying criteria, program aims & squad specific requirements, please check out the document below 

How do join the Pathway Program?

  • Swimmers who have achieved the necessary criteria for each squad are invited to fill in the application form below.
  • Please email your completed application form to our Executive Officer email
  • Each swimmer notified directly of their acceptance into the programme.
  • Application Form 

Coach Pathway Program Information

For program aims & level overviews, please check out the document below 

Squad Names

Swimming Southland proudly recognises  our Olympian’s by naming our Athlete Squads in honor of them.  In doing this we hope their achievements will help inspire future generations of Southland swimmers to follow in their footsteps
Squad 1 - Natalie Wiegersma Squad
NZ Olympian 1228
  • 2012 Olympic Games – London (400m & 200m Individual Medley’s)
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games – Delhi (100m Butterfly, 400m & 200m Individual Medley’s)
Squad 2  -Richard Tapper Squad
NZ Olympian 687
  • 1992 Olympic Games – Barcelona (400m Freestyle & 4x200m Freestyle Relay)
  • 1990 Commonwealth Games – Auckland (200m & 400m Freestyle & 4x200m Freestyle Relay)
Squad 3 - Mark Treffers Squad
NZ Olympian 320
  • 1972 Olympic Games – Munich (400m & 1500m Freestyle)
  • 1976 Olympic Games – Montreal (400m Individual Medley &1500m Freestyle)
  • 1974 Commonwealth Games – Christchurch (400m Individual Medley, 400m & 1500m Freestyle)
  • 1970 Commonwealth Games – Edinburgh (200m, 400mm & 150mm Freestyle, 4x100m & 4x200m Freestyle Relay’s & 4x100m Medley Relay)
Squad 4 - Brett Naylor Squad
NZ Olympian 362
  • 1976 Olympic Games – Montreal (200m, 400m & 1500m Freestyle)
  • 1974 Commonwealth Games – Christchurch (100m, 200m & 400m Freestyle, 4x100m Freestyle & 4x100m Medley Relay’s)
  • 1978 Commonwealth Games – Edmonton (100m, 200m & 400m Freestyle, 4x100m & 4x200m Freestyle Relay’s)