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Swimming New Zealand
IOC nationNZL
National flagNew Zealand
Year of formation1890
Former namesNew Zealand Amateur Swimming Association
International federationFédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)
FINA members
Continental associationOceania Swimming Association
National Olympic CommitteeNew Zealand Olympic Committee
National Paralympic CommitteeParalympics New Zealand
PresidentDavid Gerrard CNZM OBE
  • Nick Tongue (Chair)
  • Anna Tootill (Deputy Chair)
  • Donna Bridgman
  • Margaret McKee
Organisation Structure
Chief ExecutiveSteve Johns
Finance ManagerPeter Carroll
Head of Participation & EventsDale Johnson
SponsorsApollo Projects

Swimming New Zealand is the national governing body of swimming, in New Zealand. Swimming New Zealand, then known as The New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association was founded on 4 January 1890.[1][2]

Swimming New Zealand is a member of FINA[3] and has responsibility for elite performance, doping control and international relationships and events for the sports within New Zealand.

Swimming New Zealand is also a member of Water Safety New Zealand and has an active role in swim and survive education in New Zealand.[2][4]


The New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association was founded on 4 January 1890 at the urging of the Auckland (Swimming) Club,[5][6] and was based in Auckland. When the headquarters moved to Christchurch in 1896 the Auckland club withdrew from the Association and in 1898 formed a rival association, the New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association Registered.[6] The two associations were reunited on 21 March 1904.[1]

The first national championship events were held in the year the Association was formed, with a different carnival for each event until 1905 when all events were held at a single venue.[5]

The first championship event for women was held in 1912.[5]

The NZASA became the New Zealand Swimming Federation in 1988 and changed to its present name in 1999.[6]

New Zealand Swimmers of the Year

Swimming New Zealand announces a number of awards annually, most notably the New Zealand Swimmer of the Year Award.[7]

Year Winner Affiliation
2019 Lewis Clareburt Swimming Wellington
2018 Lewis Clareburt Swimming Wellington
2017 Sophie Pascoe Swimming Canterbury West Coast
2016 Lauren Boyle Swimming Auckland
2015 Lauren Boyle Swimming Auckland
2014 Lauren Boyle Swimming Auckland
2013 Lauren Boyle Swimming Auckland
2012 Lauren Boyle Swimming Auckland
2011 Glenn Snyders Swimming Auckland
2010 Moss Burmester Swimming Auckland

Stakeholders and affiliations

Swimming New Zealand's key stakeholders include:

See also


  1. ^ a b Besford, Pat. Encyclopaedia of Swimming, Second Edition, Robert Hale & Company, 1976, p 149 0-7091-5063-6
  2. ^ a b Swimming New Zealand - About Us
  3. ^ Fédération Internationale de Natation: National Federations - Oceania Archived 2011-01-08 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Water Safety New Zealand: Our Sector - Members
  5. ^ a b c Todd, Sydney. DB Sporting Records of New Zealand, Moa Publications, 197, p. 287 0-908570-00-7
  6. ^ a b c John McBeth. 'Swimming - Swimming for recreation and sport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 9-Jul-13
  7. ^ Retrieved 2021-08-10. Missing or empty |title= (help)