Hamilton Aquatics is very close to moving past its first anniversary, and it is an excellent time to step back, celebrate the past twelve months and look forward to the bright future.
Firstly, I would like to thank all of the people who have made our club a great place to train, have fun and challenge ourselves to do the best we can. I have been fortunate to have been supported by both the Merger and Hamilton Aquatics committees. It is fantastic to have a group of people who genuinely have our swimmers interests at heart and are looking to provide them with the best possible experience. We also have a fantastic group of coaches who care for our swimmers and are passionate about seeing the swimmers meet their potential. Lastly, but certainly not least, the swimmers have been terrific. The support they have shown for each other and the way they come to training looking to get out of their comfort zone has been a pleasure to watch.
With such a great combination of swimmers and coaches, we have also achieved many sensational results over the first year. Although there are too many to list the following are of particular note.
- Gina McCarthy, winning National titles at the New Zealand Short Course Championships. Gina was also named Emerging Swimmer of the Year (Aquaknights region) at the 2020 Swimming New Zealand Awards.
- Nikita Howarth, winning the 100m Breaststroke at the World Para Swimming Series Event in Melbourne.
- Gina McCarthy and Kemp Williams, for breaking NZ Records.
- All our swimmers, who competed at the New Zealand Open Water Championships in January 2020. Hamilton Aquatics finished as 4th placed club overall at the event.
- Our Aquaknights Junior Festival team who competed superbly in Rotorua. Swimmers achieved a number of PBs, a number of medals were won and Hamilton Aquatics won several relay events.
- All the swimmers who qualified for the 2020 National Championships. Although these meets were unfortunately cancelled, merely qualifying for these meets is a considerable achievement.
We have had a quiet couple of months as the full impact of COVID-19 has been revealed. Hopefully, we are near the end of the national lockdown and close to being back at the pool. We will work with our facility partners and once again provide the best possible swimming environment we can for our members. There will be differences, but with the same wonderful group of swimmers, parents, coaches and committee members, we will move forward and look forward to seeing our swimmers achieve wonderful things over the coming year.
Hamilton Aquatics Head Coach