Squads

Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.”Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

 

This is how we want to be in training, not just our racing, as we look to work together towards our individual and common goals of becoming champion swimmers and people.

 

Our training squads are a pathway aiming to link the swimmer to national development.  

 

The purpose of each squad is to introduce excelling younger athletes to a peak performance environment allowing development of high-performance tendencies, habits and skills.

 

However we do also cater to those experienced swimmers who no longer want to swim competitively or commit to as much training. 

 

Senior Squad Coach

 

Some say that Coach Michael Mills has moved over to the dark side. 

Not only is he Papatoetoe Swimming Clubs longest serving member, he is also one of our top swimmers who has decided to pass on his wealth of swimming knowledge and expertise to the future swimmers of Papatoetoe.

 

Michael is an extraordinary Coach that understands that open communication between swimmer and coach helps to get his swimmers to perform to their best whether it be at training, or racing.  

 

Michael along with the rest of the coaching staff have had amazing highs since taking over in July 2019.  Their latest achievement to date has to be Papatoetoe Swimming Club winning the national winning title at the recent NZ Junior Harlequins.

 

Training times with Michael and the Senior squad are:

Monday to  Friday

5:30am - 7am

Monday toThursday

5.30pm-7.30pm (Summer season only in the outdoor pool)

 

Intermediate Squad Coach

 

The amazing Courtenay Funaki coaches and manages the Intermediate squad. 

A former swimmer herself, she understands that swimming needs to have a fun element to it and tries to incorporate that as much as she can into her trainings.  She is a very committed and dedicated coach that helps intermediate swimmers thrive to reach their goals and eventually become senior swimmers. 

 

Courtney has a background in health and nutrition, so can compliment swimmers eating with their training. Her approach is simple 'Train hard, and then play'. 

Courtenay has a great vision for Papatoetoe Club and future swimmers especially for swimmers from Niue - so watch this space.

 

Training times with Courtney and the Intermediate squad 

Monday - Thursday 

6:45pm - 7.45pm

 

Junior Squad Coach

 

Our junior swimmers are looked after by Hannah Iosefa.

Hannah is a former NZ Junior swimmer, NZ Open swimmer, and also the winner of Best Female swimmer for Papatoetoe Swimming Club 2017 and 2018.

Hannah is a bright all-round talented sportswoman, unfortunately due to injury and School committments, Hannah has had to take a little break from swimming….kind of….she loves swimming so much that she is passing on all her amazing skills and tricks to our Junior swimmers.

 

Training with Hannah and the junior squad are:

Monday through to Thursday

6:45pm - 7.45pm

 

Please note: 

Due to Auckland City Council operating hours...Showers are closed at 7.45pm.  Coaches do try to finish 5 minutes prior to allow swimmers to shower, however it does not always work out.  We suggest if you are desperate to shower after training to remove yourself from the pool prior to 7.45pm.  Thanks for your understanding!