2016 NZSCTA Awards

Nominations are called for the following categories to be announced at the 2016 Awards Dinner:

  • Swim Teacher of the Year
  • Rookie Teacher of the Year
  • Outstanding Swim School
  • Swim School Promotion Award
  • Master Teacher (Nan Nevin Award)
  • Rookie Coach of the Year

You can download the criteria and nomination form here.

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We have a range of vacancies for coaches and teachers throughout New Zealand.

The latest vacancy is for Head Coach, Liz van Welie Aquatics, Tauranga.

State Elite Series

The State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, New Zealand's largest and most recognized open water swimming event, has been announced for this year.

The Series, made up of six ocean swim events at iconic locations around New Zealand: Paihia; Auckland; Wellington; Akaroa; Mount Maunganui; and Auckland again.

For more information, visit the website www.oceanswim.co.nz/.


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On-Line Membership Now Available

It's time to renew your membership for the coming season…
…and you can do it on-line!

Clicking on this link www.nzscat.org.nz/registration will take you to a page where you can fill out the membership form on-line. A couple of hints first:

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  • You then go through the process of registering for either Coach, Teacher, or Non-qualified Coach or Teacher
  • PayPal is used to pay the fee - PayPal accepts either Visa or MasterCard as well
  • It may seem a lot of questions first up but when you come to renew next year it will be a piece of cake as you will only need to update any of your details
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The system does not handle Organizational Membership. For this, please use the Site Membership Pack, which you can download here.
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Below is all the latest news in the world relating to Swim Coaches and Teachers (courtesy of World Swim Coaches Association).

Tuesday 9 August 2016

5 WRs in first two days of 2016 Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL--Swimming began its 8-day run at the 2016 Olympics on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. In the first two days of the meet, 8 events have finished, with another 4 started and up through semifinals.
So far, World Records have been bettered in 5 events:
-Saturday saw the first World Record bettered in prelims of the Men's 100 Breast, where in the last heat, Adam Peaty, Great Britain, clocked a 57.55 to better the World mark he swam last April (57.92). Peaty lowered that time again last night, in winning the event in 57.13.
-In the Women's 400 IM, Katinka Hosszú, Hungary, won the event in 4:26.36, two seconds under the 4:28.43 World mark swum by Shiwen Ye, China, in winning the event at the 2012 Olympics.
-Saturday's finals ended with a World Record in the Women's 400 Free Relay. The Australian team of Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Campbell and Cate Campbell won the event in 3:30.65, bettering the 3:30.98 mark swum by Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
-Sunday's finals started with Sarah Sjöström, Sweden, lowering her own World Record in the Women's 100 Fly (55.64). She won the event in 55.48.
-In the Women's 400 Free, Katie Ledecky, USA, won the event in 3:56.46, taking almost two seconds off the 3:58.37 mark she swam in August 2014.
Recaps from the finals from the first two days of Swimming are below. Full results from Swimming are available online here: More
---- Saturday, August 6 ----
-Men's 400 IM: In the Men's 400 IM, 2015 World Champion Daiya Seto, Japan, and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Kosuke Hagino, Japan, were out together on the fly, with Hagino taking over the lead on backstroke and holding it through the end. Hagino won the event in an Asian Record of 4:06.05. Chase Kalisz, USA, chased the Japanese pair through the first half, and with a strong second half caught and passed Seto for second (4:06.75). Seto was third in 4:09.71. It was a closer race for fourth through sixth, with Max Litchfield, Great Britain finishing fourth (4:11.62), ahead of Jay Litherland, USA (5th, 4:11.68) and Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Australia (6th, 4:11.90). Rounding out the final were: Travis Mahoney, Australia (7th) and Joan LLuìs Pons, Spain (8th).
-Men's 400 Free: The Men's 400 Free saw the field stay close together, with 2015 Worlds silver medalist James Guy, Great Britain, in lane 7 leading the field from the 100 through the 300. But by the 350, Guy had slipped to fifth, and the lead had been taken up by Mack Horton, Australia. Horton led the remainder of race, in a close race with defending Olympic and World champion Yang Sun, China. Horton won in 3:41.55, ahead of Sun at 3:41.68. Gabriele Detti, Italy, passed 3 people on the last 50 to finish third (3:43.49); passing Conor Dwyer, USA (4th, 3:44.01); Connor Jaeger, USA (5th, 3:44.16); and Guy (6th, 3:44.68). Completing the final were: David McKeon, Australia (7th) and Jordan Pothain, France (8th).
-Women's 400 IM: 2015 World Champion Katinka Hosszú, Hungary, led from start to finish in the Women's 400 IM final, dominating the field and chopping two seconds off the World Record swum by Shiwen Ye, China, to win the 2012 Olympics. Hosszú grabbed a half-second lead on the first 50, had a second at the 100, expanded her lead to 2.5 seconds at the 200, and was 4.5 ahead at the 300. Hosszú finished in 4:26.36, ahead of 2015 World silver medalist Maya DiRado in second at 4:31.15. Mireia Belmonte, Spain, and Hannah Miley, Great Britain, alternated leading one-another, with a stronger free leg by Belmonte securing the bronze medal (3rd, 4:32.39), ahead of Miley (4th, 4:32.54). 2015 Worlds bronze medalist Emily Overholt, Canada, was fifth (4:34.70), ahead of 2012 Olympic silver medalist Elizabeth Beisel, USA, sixth (4:34.98); and Aimee Willmot, Great Britain, seventh (4:35.04). Completing the final was Sakiko Shimizu (8th).
-Women's 400 Free Relay: In the Women's 400 Free Relay, Campbell sisters, Bronte and Cate, swam the fastest two legs of the final, to move Australia out of a close race with the USA and into winning the event. Simone Manuel got the USA out first on the lead-off leg (53.36), narrowly ahead of Emma McKeon, Australia (53.41). Abbey Weitzeil then moved the USA into a half-second lead on the second leg, before the third leg where Bronte Campbell gave Australia a half-second lead. On the fourth leg, Cate Campbell added almost another second to Australia's lead. Australia won the event in a new World Record of 3:30.65, ahead of an Americas Record of 3:31.89 by the USA for second. Canada was third in 3:32.89, ahead of the Netherlands, fourth at 3:33.81. Rounding out the final were: Sweden (5th), Italy (6th), France (7th) and Japan (8th).
---- Sunday, August 7 ----
-Women's 100 Fly: World Record holder and 2015 World Champion Sarah Sjöström, Sweden, went out fastest and came back fastest in the Women's 100 Fly, bettering her own World Record in the process in winning the event in 55.48. Penny Oleksiak, Canada, (2nd, 56.46) and 2012 Olympic champion Dana Vollmer, USA, (3rd, 56.63) swam similar races to each other, and held-off a strong second 50 by Xinyi Chen, China (4th, 56.72). Chen was just ahead of countrywoman Ying Lu, China (5th, 56.76), and Rikako Ikee, Japan (6th, 56.86). Completing the final were: Emma McKeon, Australia (7th), and Jeanette Ottesen, Denmark, who faded from a hundredth off first at the 50 to finishing 8th.
-Men's 100 Breast: The Men's 100 Breaststroke was the Adam Peaty show. In prelims, the British swimmer bettered his own World Record to lead the qualifiers, and he led qualifying out of semifinals as well. In tonight's final, Peaty had over a half-second lead on the field at the 50, and gained a full second on the second 50. Peaty won the event in a new World Record of 57.13, ahead of 2012 Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh, South Africa, in second at 58.69. A strong second 50 pushed Cody Miller, USA, into third in a new Americas Record of 58.87. A close race for fourth followed with Kevin Cordes, USA, fourth (59.22); João Gomes Junior, Brazil, fifth (59.31); Yasuhiro Koseki, Japan, sixth (59.37); and Felipe França Silva, Brazil, seventh (59.38). Dmitriy Balandin, Kazakhstan, was 8th.
-Women's 400 Free: Women's 400 Free World Record holder Katie Ledecky, USA, got out under World Record pace and just expanded her depth under that pace. Ledecky led from start-to-finish, and like Hosszú the night before in the 400 IM, won the race by almost 5 seconds and took 2 seconds off the World Record. Ledecky finished in a new World Record of 3:56.46, ahead of Jaz Carlin, Great Britain, second in 4:01.23. Third went to Leah Smith, USA, at 4:01.92. Boglarka Kapas, Hungary, was fourth at 4:02.37; Brittany MacLean, Canada, was fifth at 4:04.69; with Tasmin Cook, Austrlia, sixth (4:05.30). Completing the final were: Jessica Ashwood, Australia (7th) and Coralie Balmy, France (8th).
-Men's 400 Free Relay: For the third straight Olympics, the Men's 400 Free Relay saw a race between the USA and France for gold. Mehdy Metella (48.08) got France out to a very narrow lead over Caeleb Dressel, USA, (48.10) on the lead-off leg. Michael Phelps then got the USA a second lead over France, which Ryan Held held for the USA. Nathan Adrian then anchored the USA relay with the fastest leg of the final (46.97) to secure the win. The USA finished first in 3:09.92, ahead of France in second at 3:10.53. Similar to the 2012 Olympic final, Australia and Russia again found themselves in a race for third, with Australia (3rd, 3:11.37) this year finishing ahead of Russia (4th, 3:11.64). Brazil (5th) and Belgium (6th) were also in a close race (3:13.21 versus 3:13.57), with Canada (7th) and Japan (8th) separated by just 0.13.

Saturday 6 August 2016


Maldives Championships 2016 Monday-Saturday (August 1-6)

Tunisia Championships 2016--Rades Tuesday-Saturday (August 2-6)

US Open 2016--Minneapolis, MN (USA) Tuesday-Saturday (August 2-6) More

Canada Championships 2016--Edmonton, AB Thursday-Sunday (August 4-7) More

Italy Age Group Championships 2016--Rome Thursday-Wednesday (August 4-10) More Olympic Games 2016--Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) August 5-21 More


RADES, TUNISIA--The 2016 Tunisia Junior Championships was last week (July 26-30) in Rades. Results from the meet can be found online here: More

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL--The International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday held elections for 25 members, and for its Executive Board. In the elections, two new Vice Presidents were elected: Ugur Erdener, Turkey, and Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spain. Also elected to the Executive Board were: Sergey Bubka, Ukraine; Willi Kaltschmitt, Guatemala; Gian Franco Kasper, Switzerland; Ser Miang Ng, Singapore; and Angela Ruggiero, USA. The IOC's announcement of the elections, which includes a listing of the 25 members also elected, can be found online here: More

Friday 5 August 2016

Olympics officially open tomorrow night; Swimming kicks off Saturday

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL--The 2016 Olympic Games officially open tomorrow (Friday) in Rio de Janeiro. Swimming begins its 8-day run the next day, on Saturday (August 6-13), with preliminary sessions beginning at 1:00 p.m. local time, and evening sessions beginning at 10:00 p.m. local time.
The two Open Water 10K races follow the Swimming competition, swimming on August 15 (women) and 16 (men).
Schedule for the evening sessions of Swimming at the Games is:

--- Sat, Aug 6 ----
M  400 IM
W  100 Fly (SF)
M  400 Free
W  400 IM
M  100 Breast (SF)
W  400 Free Relay

--- Sun, Aug 7 ----
W  100 Fly
M  200 Free (SF)
W  100 Breast (SF)
M  100 Breast
W  400 Free
M  100 Back (SF)
W  100 Back (SF)
M  400 Free Relay

--- Mon, Aug 8 ----
W  200 Free (SF)
M  200 Free
W  100 Back
M  100 Back
W  100 Breast
M  200 Fly (SF)
W  200 IM (SF)

--- Tue, Aug 9 ----
M  100 Free (SF)
W  200 Free
M  200 Fly
W  200 Fly (SF)
M  200 Breast (SF)
W  200 IM
M  800 Free Relay

--- Wed, Aug 10 ---
M  200 Breast
W  100 Free (SF)
M  200 Back (SF)
W  200 Fly
M  100 Free
W  200 Breast (SF)
M  200 IM (SF)
W  800 Free Relay

--- Thu, Aug 11 ---
M   50 Free (SF)
W  200 Breast
M  200 Back
W  200 Breast (SF)
M  200 IM
W  100 Free
M  100 Fly (SF)

--- Fri, Aug 12 ---
W  200 Back
M  100 Fly
W  800 Free
M   50 Free
W   50 Free (SF)

--- Sat, Aug 13 ---
W   50 Free
M 1500 Free
W  400 Medley Relay
M  400 Medley Relay

Further information on the Games schedule can be found online here: More
Competition dates for the Aquatics disciplines at the 2016 Olympics are:
-Swimming: August 6-13
-Open Water: August 15+16,
-Diving: August 7-10, 12-19
-Water Polo: August 6, 8-20
-Synchro: August 14-16, 18+19
The 2016 Olympics are August 5-21.


EDMONTON, CANADA--The 2016 Canada Championships is today through Sunday (August 4-7) in Edmonton, Alberta. Results from the meet can be found online here: More

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Thursday 4 August 2016


ASCA Level 1 course--Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa) August 20+21 (Saturday & Sunday) More

ASCA Level 2 course--Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa) August 27+28 (Saturday & Sunday) More

ASCA Level 3 course--Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa) August 29+30 (Monday & Tuesday) More

NSF Coach/Leader Conference 2016--Lillestrøm (Norway) September 2-4 (Friday-Sunday) More

Aquaclinic 2016--Vejen (Denmark) September 2-4 (Friday-Sunday) More -main clinic of the Danish Swimming Coaches Association and Danish Swimming Union

ASCA World Clinic 2016--Fort Lauderdale, FL (USA) September 6-11 (Tuesday-Sunday) More

Poland Swimming Coaches Conference 2016--Krakow September 22-25 (Thursday-Sunday) More

Acolten Conference 2016--Barranquilla (Colombia) September 22-25 (Thursday-Sunday) More -main clinic of the Colombia Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association (Acolten)

BSCA Conference 2016--Leeds, England (UK) September 23-25 (Friday-Sunday) More -main clinic of the British Swimming Coaches Association (BSCA)

SSF Coaching Conference 2016--Stockholm (Sweden) September 23-25 (Friday-Sunday) More-main clinic of the Swedish Swimming Federation (SSF)

CSCTA Conference 2016--Toronto, ON (Canada) September 29-October 2 (Thursday-Sunday)

AETN Congress 2016--Madrid (Spain) October 7-9 (Friday-Sunday)

FIN Swimming Conference 2016--Treviso (Italy) November 18-20 (Friday-Sunday) More -main clinic of the Italian Swimming Federation (FIN)

Wednesday 3 August 2016


RYDE, AUSTRALIA--The Australian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association (ASCTA) today announced that Coach Forbes Carlile has died. He was 95. In reaction to the news, WSCA Executive Director sent out his own comments, including: "The world of Swimming has lost one of its all time leaders, and coaching has lost its great friend. A world of thought to Ursula Carlile... thank you for sharing the great man with the rest of the world. RIP, Forbes. Good on ya, mate!"
ASCTA's announcement about Forbes can be found currently on their main page: More
Swim Vortex has a tribute to Coach Carlile online here: More

MINNEAPOLIS, USA--The 2016 U.S. Open is today through Saturday (August 2-6) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Results from the meet are available online here: More

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL--The International Olympic Committee (IOC) holds its 129th Session today through Thursday (August 2-4) in Rio de Janeiro. Elections will be a part of the meeting.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL--The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) today has posted that they currently have 11 cases pending related to participation in the 2016 Olympics. Two of these cases involved three swimmers from Russia. CAS reports that a decision on hearings is due today related to the appeal brought by Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev to allow them to compete in the Olympics. CAS also heard an appeal by Yulia Efimova yesterday and today on her ability to compete at the Games. Further information on CAS's current case load can be found on their website here: More

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