NZSCTA Conference 2018 - Location announcement

NZSCTA has secured the Grand Millennium in Auckland for the 2018 annual conference to be held from the 25th to the 28th April.  The conference will also incorporate the coaching development courses for the Silver and Bronze levels, a Business programme, Trade Exhibits and the two full days of the conference. 

The search has begun for speakers from both national and international fields of interest.  After a successful event this year in Christchurch featuring the talented coaches, teachers and business professional’s from around New Zealand we are looking to present more of an international flavour. The board is working hard to secure both funding, and speaker’s of a high calibre, to ensure the NZSCTA Conference in Auckland is not to be missed.  Future posts on our Facebook page, , and on the web page will keep delegates up to date with all speakers as they are confirmed.

Being able to register and pay on line for the 2018 conference and associated courses is an exciting move forward for our organisation.  The site will be going live within the next month and allow those from other areas in New Zealand to plan their flights and accommodation well ahead of time. Options will include a one day registration for either of the two main conference days.  We will send further information out about registering before the portal goes live.

NZSCTA Conference 2017 - Feedback

NZSCTA Conference 2017 is now over... Some thanks must be given!

Firstly, a huge thanks to our sponsors and partners, without who our Conference would not go ahead:

A special thanks to our fantastic line-up of New Zealand born speakers, what a spectacular display of home-grown talent we had in 2017! We thank you all for your insight into varying topics, both within and outside our industry, and for sharing your stories with all who attended NZSCTA Conference 2017.

We are looking for feedback from everyone who attended, in the hopes of improving our conference for Auckland 2018. 

Click here to give feedback from NZSCTA Conference 2017.

Lastly, a thanks to Rydges Latimer for their amazing hospitality and venue!

Watch this space for some more exciting initiatives upcoming in 2017/1018.

Conference 2017 Speaker Spotlight - Phil Gould

The NZSCTA Board would like to welcome Philip Gould to the NZSCTA Business Day and Conference 2017.

Philip Gould founded Frog Coaching in 2003 which quickly became New Zealand and Australia’s largest and most successful Hair & Beauty Coaching Company. His unique training programs, designed to always make selling Fun for Staff and buying Simple for Clients, are used across the globe.

Philip is an in demand International speaker, coach and Industry writer.

Prior to creating Frog Coaching Philip was Partner and CEO of Les Mills New Zealand for over 10 years and before that successfully owned and managed several small to medium sized businesses.

His Mantra is: ‘Never let your memories exceed your dreams!’    

Countdown until conference 2017....

Tee minus 14 days until NZSCTA Conference 2017 kicks off!! 

The programme has now been updated to reflect recent changes, and a phone application will be released in the days following this post.

Want to see the updated programme? Click here.

Don't miss out on what is shaping up to be a synergy of New Zealand talent across both swimming and business. Register now!

Conference 2017 Speaker Spotlight - Scott Wilson

The NZSCTA Board would like to welcome Scott Wilson – a proud Kiwi - who started his career in swimming with his the initial days of lapping Moana pool under Duncan Laing’s guidance in the 1970s, to the 2017 NZSCTA Conference.

In 1980 an opportunity arose that resulted in him living in Canberra where he gained a full swimming industry experience; learning the ropes at one of Australia’s leading swim club / schools, teaching all levels and age groups, coaching swimmers to both NSW and Australian Teams.  Scott coached on numerous NSW teams, and was recognised as NSW Swim Coach of the year.

In 1993 he return to NZ (Wellington), establishing his own swim school before taking a break from the industry in the early 2000s for 2years.

After realising he missed what the industry had and gave, Scott took up an opportunity with Brisbane’s leading swim school . . . Aquatic Achievers; where he is today as Chief Operations Officer.

NZSCTA 2017 Awards Criteria

The Board members of NZSCTA invite you to recognize contributions and achievements in the swimming industry.

The 2017 NZSCTA Awards are:


- Master Teacher
- Outstanding Contribution to Learn to Swim
- Swim Teacher of the Year Award (Nan Nevin Award)
- Rookie Swim Teacher of the Year Award
- Outstanding Swim School Award (Under 1000, 1001-2000, 2001-3000, 3000+)
- Swim School Promotion Award (Under 1000, 1001-2000, 2001-3000, 3000+)

- Master Coach
- Outstanding Contribution to Coaching
- Swim Coach of the Year (No nomination required)
- Swim Coach of the Year for a Swimmer with a Disability (No nomination required)
- Brett Naylor Trophy (No nomination required)
- Youth Swim Coach of the Year (No nomination required)
- Youth Swim Coach of the Year for a Swimmer with a Disability (No nomination
- Rookie Swim Coach of the Year

To nominate:
- Collect all required material to support your nomination
- Send all material to: Executive Officer, NZSCTA, 60 Rich Terrace, Wigram Skies,
Christchurch or email to
- Nominations must be received by midnight Thursday 13 April 2017
- Please note all nominees must be NZSCTA members


Please note to read the award criteria carefully, as some key changes have been made to the categories of the awards, how the awards should be laid out, and how each award will be judged.

Conference 2017 Speaker Spotlight: Mark Hollands

NZSCTA will be doing weekly installments leading into Conference 2017, with spot lights on the amazing local talent meeting to collaborate and innovate with us in Christchurch.

NZSCTA would like to welcome, in our first spotlight, Mark Hollands brought to you by Links Modular Solutions. Mark is the high performance impact manager for NZ Cycling, while also owning his own Physiotherapy clinic in Christchurch. His extensive knowledge on the human body, sport in general and leadership will provide immense value during Conference 2017.

Please see below for his biography.


Mark has 20 years’ experience in the provision of health and wellbeing services.  Mark has worked internationally in both the public and private sectors, and as a member of both amateur and professional elite sporting organisations.  He has led key business partnerships and stakeholder relationships across local government, regional sports bodies and teams, professional service providers, and corporate health customers.

Mark’s experiences and qualifications include:

§    Company Director, Active Health - successful business manager responsible for business revenue of $1.4M and up to 40 staff and contractors. Mark had led successful business recovery and change having led the strategic direction of Active Health following the Christchurch earthquakes while delivering on-going profitable results.

§    High Performance Impact Manager, Cycling New Zealand - leader, manager and provider in New Zealand’s High Performance environments with an on-going and enduring focus on collaborative care and teamwork for the benefit of athletes.

§    Member of High Performance Sport New Zealand High Performance Leadership Talent Pool Programme 2015-2016

§    20 years as Performance Impact Member of New Zealand Olympic Teams to the Sydney, Beijing, London and Rio Olympic Games as Physiotherapist to New Zealand Cycling Teams – medals included 3 Silver and 4 Bronze

§    Physiotherapist to New Zealand Cycling Teams at Manchester and Delhi Commonwealth Games and 20 World Championships

§    Strong lecturing background having taught in Anatomy, Biomechanics, Motor Learning and Control and Exercise Physiology

§    Degrees in Science (Physiology), Physical Education (Kinesiology), and Physiotherapy (Credit)

§    Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine, Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation

Congratulations and Good Luck to the NZ Representatives heading to the Australian Age Group Championships 2017

On Friday the 3rd of March, Swimming New Zealand announced the team to compete at the 2017 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Group Championships.

The 24 strong team will compete at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Queensland from 16-23 April.

The NZSCTA Board and members wish to acknowledge and congratulate the following coaches who have been appointed to the team:

Gary Hurring - Swimming NZ (Head Coach)

Franke Tourelle - Swim Zone Racing

Matt Teokotai-White - Hillcrest Swimming Club

Ben Close - Selwyn Swimming Club (NZSCTA Supernumerary Coach)

The NZSCTA Board has approved funding from their professional development budget for the NSCTA Supernumerary Coach, Ben Close. This scholarship allows coaches to gain valuable experience and improve their knowledge of high performance coaching at international meets.

As part of the scholarship Ben will be providing a post meet report for the NZSCTA members as well as presenting at the 2017 NZSCTA Conference.

We also wish to acknowledge the personal coaches of athletes, who have gained selection, for their commitment and work. Congratulations to you all.

The team is;

Andrew Jeffcoat (Fairfield)                                                                        Coach: Ken Nixon

Annabell Simpson, Ciara Smith (Northwave)                                           Coach: Monica Cooper

Bianca Donnelly (Rotorua)                                                                        Coach: Alastair Johnson

Chelsey Edwards (SwimZone Racing)                                                      Coach: Frank Tourelle

Ellie Eastwood, Gina Galloway, Madeline Falconer (United)                    Coach: Igor Polianski

Finn Kennard-Campbell, Sungji Kim, Jason Curches (North Shore)        Coach: Thomas Ansorg

Gina McCarthy (Hillcrest)                                                                           Coach: Matt Teokotai-White

Hannah Bates (Selwyn)                                                                              Coach: Ben Close

Kiana Swain, Tavarnya Howe, Zachary Dell (Pukekohe)                           Coach: Sue Cheyne

Lochlainn O’Connor (Greerton)                                                                 Coach: Tai Daniela

Michael Pickett, Olivia Corrin (Enterprise)                                                Coach: Gary Martin

Mya Rasmussen (Kiwi West)                                                                      Coach: Andrew Nicholls

Sasha Reid (Aquabladz)                                                                             Coach: Sue Southgate

Thomas Watkins (Capital)                                                                          Coach: Gary Hollywood

Tristan Eiselen (Otumoetai)                                                                        Coach: Mike Lee

Tyron Henry (HPK)                                                                                      Coach: Paul Dowey


NZSCTA Conference 2017 - Registrations are now OPEN! (Includes Bronze + Silver Licence)

The online registration for the NZSCTA Conference 2017 is now OPEN!!!

Please click here to register.

NZSCTA Conference 2017

Bronze Licence:                                              Wednesday 17th May (1.15 pm - 7.00 pm) - Thursday 18th May (9.00 am - 5.30 pm)

Silver Licence:                                                Wednesday 17th May (9.00 am - 7.00 pm) - Thursday 18th May (9.00 am - 5.30 pm)

The conference start and finish times are as below:

Business Day:                                                 Thursday 18th May: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Coaching and Teaching Conference:            Friday 19th May: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm (6.30 pm Awards Dinner)

Coaching and Teaching Conference:            Saturday 20th May: 9.35 am - 4.30 pm (8.30 am AGM)

More information below (including a special deal to stay at the Rydges)

Venue: Rydges Latimer, Christchurch

Address:  30 Latimer Square, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011

Phone: 03-379-6760

Special Deal: Click here

NZSCTA Conference 2017 Update: First look at the conference line-up!!!

The NZSCTA Conference 2017 is shaping up to be a great collaboration of local kiwi talent from multiple different industries, with one goal in mind - to make the learn to swim and competitive swimming scenes more informed in current and future landscapes.

Venue: Rydges Latimer, Christchurch

Address:  30 Latimer Square, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011

Phone: 03-379-6760

WebsiteClick here

NZSCTA Conference 2017 Line-up: Click Here

Look out in the coming weeks for speaker spotlights with an in-depth look at the who's who of the NZSCTA Conference 2017.