Introducing our fantastic, experienced, professional & dedicated coaching team.

Mat Woofe - Head Coach
Mat Woofe

Head Coach

Aly Fitch - Age Group Coach
Aly Fitch

Age Group Coach

Sarah Gutsell - Learn to Swim Coordinator
Sarah Gutsell

Learn to Swim Coordinator

Abby Walsh - Administration
Abby Walsh


Head Coach Mat Woofe runs the competitive side of the Hamilton Aquatics swimming program.

Mat joined Hamilton Aquatics from Swimming New Zealand, where he was the Lead Coach of the Swimming New Zealand National Training Centre. He brings a wealth of knowledge, including a deep understanding of swimming at the highest level.

Mat has placed several swimmers onto senior national teams, including the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships. Mat has been a member of the New Zealand coaching staff at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2021 Tokyo Paralympic Teams, among others and has been appointed Head Coach for the New Zealand team competing at the Queensland Championships this December.

Before these roles, Mat worked as a National Coach in one of Australia’s most renowned programs, Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club in Melbourne.

Hamilton Aquatic Committee & Volunteers

Hamilton Aquatics is a Not-for-Profit volunteer organisation which relies on our volunteers to operate. At the heart of our club is a team of volunteers who work hard behind the scenes to bring the clubs’ vision to fruition, creating a strong sense of belonging between the club and its members. 

We encourage all members to get involved; it is a great way to become involved in your child's swimming development and to have fun with others in the club.

Find out how you can help...

Some of the people behind the scenes

President:  Janine Broekhuizen
Vice President: Role available
Secretary: Neil Shirreffs
Treasurer: David Rushbrooke
Committee: Garth Mihaka | Russell Strange | Neil Shirreffs | Derek Burrough | Grant Emmett | Chris Haddon
Health & Safety: Janine Broekhuizen | Mat Woofe
Sponsorship | Grants & Funding: Deahnn Tinsley
Media & Marketing: Kym Stringer
Culture: Garth Mihaka
Competitions: Russell Strange
Uniforms: Garth Mihaka 
Travel & Accommodation: Angeline Hardie
Club swim recorders: Sylvia Lawrence | Claire Burrough

Our Officials

Without officials, competitive swimming wouldn’t exist, and Hamilton Aquatics are lucky to have some of New Zealand’s best. 

This group of dedicated individuals give up literally hours of their time each year to support the delivery of swim meets throughout Waikato and New Zealand. Some have had children who have since left the sport, some have children swimming, and some are swimmers themselves; what they all have in common is their love of the competition and a commitment to giving back to their community.
Hamilton Aquatics would like to thank them for their ongoing support of the sport of swimming; we appreciate the time they commit so our children can participate in a sport they love.

Thank you to;

Russell Strange | Kieran McCarthy | Edward Hardie | Gina McCarthy | Brent Kennedy |  Rachel Kennedy | Niall Broekhuizen | Stu Woods | Dave Musto | Wendy Smith | Chris Haddon | Gavin Ion | Liz Agnew.

Read more about our technical officials...


Thank you to our partners who provide us with grants, funding and sponsorship.
Without the support of these organisations, Hamilton Aquatics would not be able to operate.

We are extremely grateful for their ongoing assistance and cannot thank them enough.

Hamilton Aquatics is a community based aquatics club that enables members across Hamilton to connect, have fun and achieve their aquatic goals.