Swim Rotorua Committee

Swim Rotorua Contact Details:

Chair  Monica Quirke  
Deputy Chair  
Administration swimrotoruaadmin@gmail.com
Treasurer   swimrotoruaaccounts@gmail.com
Recorder swimrotoruarecorder@gmail.com
Membership Pauline Spear swimrotoruaadmin@gmail.com



Swim Rotorua Board Members


Club Chair: Monica Quirke
Club Treasurer: 
Club Secretary: 

Claire Baylis: Grant and Funding Applications
Matt Avis: Sponsorship/Communication

David Spear: website

Dirk Stahlhut:
David Boles:

Monica Quirke: I have two children who swim Hazel (Metro) and Jasmine Hagan (performance c) My girls enjoy their swimming with Jasmine interested in the odd competition and Hazel swimming for fitness for water polo. The girls started swimming with Swim Rotorua some years ago and I am looking forward to helping out where I can and support the club in its goals and objectives. From May 2018 I have been elected as chairperson. It is a great club and happy to do our bit and give back.

Matt Avis. I joined the Swim Rotorua committee from May 2018. My family and I have lived and worked in Rotorua for the last 13 years. We love living here with all the outdoor sporting activities. Our family has been involved with the club for about 3 years now as we have two girls swimming with the club. Emily is in Junior Gold and Lizzie is in the Turbo Squad. Both learnt to swim at the Aquatic Centre and thoroughly enjoy being members of the club. I am keen to lend support to the club and provide as much help as I can. 

David Spear. I have many years of experience working in amateur, semi-professional and professional sport at all levels from local volunteer to professional World level. Since moving to New Zealand my family and I have been involved in swimming in Rotorua for the past 13 years, with both my children swimming for Swim Rotorua. My wife Pauline has worked as the admin officer for Swim Rotorua and is now acting as our club membership officer and recorder. I have acted as a volunteer for Swim Rotorua helping to set up and run meets, and have covered all jobs pooldeck from timekeeper to electronic timing operator to National NZ referee. I aim to bring this breadth of experience to the Swim Rotorua Board to help further the aims of our club in promoting swimming from grass roots level to our top achieving athletes.


David Boles. Better known as Davey Boles, I am an athlete in Alastair's performance squad. As a board member I aim to  represent athlete interests. My aim is to provide a voice for any concerns and ensure information flows freely with the board to support the needs of our athletes. I am happy to bring your concerns to the board.

Dirk Stahlhut.I have four tamariki swimming, Lina as national qualifier in Performance, Sara in Metro and Simon and David have just started this year with Alastair’s team in Swim2XL. We have been part of the Swim Rotorua Family for about six years and enjoy to help out where we can to support the club. Watching the kids having lots of fun at swimming while learning essential life skills, seeing their determination during long training sessions and then achieving their goals at swim meets is just so rewarding as a parent. I am a national qualified IOT for the club and happily fulfil this role at most swim meets.  We as a club have been so fortunate to always have great parents on the board who volunteer their time and skills and this year it is my turn to step up. During the week I keep myself busy managing the central north island region for a national company providing specialist property consultancy and Engineer to Contract  services. Skills that I bring to the board are business development/marketing, H&S compliance, mediation and club asset management. I am also current deputy chair on the St Mary’s School board where I gained amongst other things experience with child protection policies and dealing with teacher/student disputes. My own sport these days is mountain biking, enjoying our fabulous forest network of trails.

Claire Baylis. I have been a Board member since 2018 and was a Board member some years ago. On the Board I am currently the Funding Officer and on the Scholarship Committee. I have also been a coach with Swim Rotorua since 2013, and I also set up and manage the Making the Difference Water Safety Programme on behalf of Swim Rotorua which provides water safety lessons to schools – particularly low decile schools. I have three children (Stella, Paddy and Jack) who swim for the Club, although Jack and Paddy now live away from home. My children started competing eleven years ago and since then I have volunteered in many roles in the Club. I have a legal background and was a law academic for 12 years. I am a fiction writer and Jury researcher. Since we appointed our professional Head Coach Swim Rotorua has taken off both in terms of swimmer performance, but also in terms of our community engagement – supporting and enhancing this is my motivation for serving on the Board.