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Swimming Manawatu Inc.

Who are we?

Swimming Manawatu is a fully affiliated member body of Swimming New Zealand operating out of Palmerston North, New Zealand. We are charged with controlling and co-ordinating all swimming in the Manawatu, Whanganui, Horowhenua and Southern Hawkes Bay regions.

Swimming Manawatu officials and management committee are elected on an annual basis at the AGM. For the most part these people are volunteers, committed to the sport, who give freely of their time.

Manawatu swimmers attend carnivals or swim meets all over New Zealand but primarily in the Central North Island from Napier to Wellington. Particular emphasis is based on meets from Raumati to Wanganui with the majority being conducted in Palmerston North, Feilding and Levin.


What services do we provide?

  • Co-ordinate and support provincial club swimming activities
  • Organise and run championships for Local clubs
  • National Meets Special Olympics
  • North Island Secondary Schools
  • Participate in and support regional and national Swimming New Zealand activities
  • Provide inter-centre swimming meets to encourage young and developing swimmers
  • Support and encourage competitors for success at local and national levels


What are our guiding principles?

  • Maintaining a customer service focus in all our activities
  • Meeting our statutory and regulatory obligations
  • Remaining transparent in our decision making
  • Striving for excellence in performance
  • Aiming to achieve equity in all our actions


What have we achieved?

  • Several senior swimmers have achieved selection into New Zealand teams.
  • The overall standard in the centre is high with an average of a dozen centre records being broken each month by swimmers in all age groups.
  • Swimsafe is a nation-wide learn to swim programme which is actively promoted by clubs and this is where they gain there future competitive swimmers.
  • Swimming Manawatu is fortunate to have a number of nationally qualified officials who give up their time voluntarily to officiate at local and national meets.