Swim Rotorua Coaches

Swim Rotorua have a great team of qualified coaches, lead by our head coach Alastair Johnson.

 

Alastair Johnson

Appointed Head Coach in November 2012 with responsibility for all coaching matters, staff development and mentoring, club development initiatives and leadership. Personal strengths include commitment, technique, athlete development and building club structures and pathways. Alastair has a wealth of coaching and teaching experience of over 25 years in England, Scotland, Singapore and New Zealand. His professional highlights so far include National Youth Coach for Scotland, Team Staff at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2007 World Championships and a recipient of the prestigious Prime Ministers Coaching Scholarship.

Alastair has a fantastic skill set including Learn to Swim delivery, building Clubs and developing High Performance athletes.

He has been awarded Gold Accreditation by Swimmng New Zealand, making him one of the few coaches in the country to achieve elite staus.

 Notable successes include:

  • Age Group coach at the Stockport Metro (one of the best clubs in England)
  • Head Coach at the City of Aberdeen Swim Team (Top age group club in Scotland)
  • National Youth Coach at Scottish Swimming
  • Head Coach at AquaGym Swimming Club
  • New Zealand Team staff at the 2006 Commonwealth Games
  • New Zealand Team coach at the 2007 World Championships
  • Coached swimmers to World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacs, Junior Pan Pacs, Oceania Championships, Trans Tasman competitions
  • New Zealand coach to the 2016 – New Zealand v Australia State Teams
  • AquaKnights Head Coach – Victoria State Championships 2015 and 2016

 

Bronwen Radford

Coach of Turbo & Metro Squad and Adults/Triathlons/Masters Squad. Bronwen has been a Coach for over 10 years and has guided swimmers to podium finishes at a New Zealand Junior level and National qualification standards.

SNZ Qualifications:

Swimming New Zealand Swim Teachers Award, ACA Junior Skills Award, Teacher of Competitive Swimmers, Bronze Award (pending ratification)

Holds a current First Aid Certificate

Member of New Zealand Swim Coacher and Teachers Association 

Bronwen is passionate about coaching and is inspired and feels fortunate to be able to spend time with so many incredible athletes.   She has a unique approach and  believes in developing each individual athlete to aid them in their personal journey towards success in sport and in life. 

 

David Boles

I have recently completed my swim teacher training and help coach the junior programme. I really enjoy helping the juniors make lots of progress. I compete at a national level both in the pool and in open water events.

 

Katlin Donnelly

I have been with Swim Rotorua coming for one year as an assistant coach working with Tara and the Junior Academy. I am still attending high school and coach after school three times a week. I really enjoy coaching all swimmers in the Junior Academy and seeing them progress onwards to the Turbo or Metro squads. 

    

 

Claire Baylis

Hi ... I am Claire Baylis. I have coached with Swim Rotorua for some years now, currently in Junior Academy and the Turbo Squad. I have completed the National Certificate in Recreation and Sport (Aquatics) Swim Education and the Teacher of Competitive Strokes certification. as well as on-going training from Head Coach Alastair Johnson. I have three children (Stella, Paddy and Jack) who swim for the Club, I am a former Club Board Member, your School Liaison Manager and organise Race Nights with Tara. I love seeing how quickly our Junior Academy swimmers become water safe, improve their technique, reach the goals they have set in their passports and start collecting speed awards at Race Nights and local competitions. 

I have been coaching with Swim Rotorua since 2013, and I currently coach the Turbo and Metro Squads on a Tuesday mornings. I enjoy working with the young swimmers who are keen to improve their skills.

I am on the Club Scholarship Committee, and I work a lot with the local schools. On behalf of Swim Rotorua, I also manage the Making the Difference Water Safety Programme which provides water safety lessons to schools – particularly low decile schools. I would love to see every student in Rotorua to be water safe by Year 6.

  

 

Tara Watt

Tara has taken up a new combined role of Club Administrator and lead coach for the Junior Academy. She has come to Swim Rotorua with a wealth of experience in management, administration and coaching. She's spent 8 year teaching in the Rotorua Lakes Swim School (where she will continue to have a role) - and has already taught a number of our young swimmers in the early stages of their swimming journey.
Tara hails from Essex and is currently studying business and administration part-time. She brings a love of swimming and 'can't wait' to get involved in the next steps on from learn to swim.
Tara will be coaching primarily in our Junior Academy alongside Katlin and Samantha - but also in our outside squads.
Tara's appointment is another part of our commitment to invest more in our coaching programme, help smooth the transition from learn to swim to the club, and to lift the quality of our engagement and support for our athletes and families.

 

  

Tiana Hill

I have a big passion for swimming! I used to be a competitive swimmer and I raced at several nationals. I love swimming and I really enjoy coaching the juniors. My favourite thing about coaching is seeing the progression of the kids and watching them grow into their favourite events and strokes.

  

 

Samantha Harliwich

Swimming is my passion and has been since I was a swimmer competing in my teens. My coaching background comes from working as a swim teacher in Auckland. Having developed my skills there, I decided to become a Primary school teacher and bestow my enthusiasm for teaching and learning in a classroom. I have now been a school teacher for 27 years. Swimming is a life skill that all New Zealanders should be able to do.

A quote from Michael Phelps sums up my feelings about swimming – ‘Swimming is normal for me. I’m relaxed, I’m comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It’s my home’.