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Ian McPhee 1940-2014

November 20th, 2014 

Ian McPhee, Life Member of Swimming New Zealand, Life Member of Swimming Wairarapa and Swimming Wellington following the amalgamation of Wairarapa and Wellington.

Swimming New Zealand Life Member Ian McPhee passed away on 14 November 2014, whilst holidaying with family in Northland. He will be remembered for his immense contributions to the sport of swimming from club to national levels.

Ian was involved with swimming in New Zealand for over 65 years. He started swimming as a young boy and throughout the years he was a member of various committees, managed many teams and officiated in a number of roles as a nationally qualified timekeeper, judge, starter and referee.

He filled many committee positions for the Carterton Swimming Club including a coach, a handicapper and a delegate. He was also a key member of Swimming Wairarapa over the years as it changed from a Centre to a Regional Association.

His many roles for Swimming Wairarapa included the Secretary for a few years between 1978 and 1981, an examiner, a selector and an education officer as well as the Vice-President and President. He also represented the region at New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association (now Swimming New Zealand) meetings. Additionally, he found time to coach the Wairarapa team for two years in 1981 and 1982.

A significant part of his contribution to Swimming Wairarapa was the building of an indoor swimming pool in Carterton which was completed in 1987. In 1979, Swimming Wairarapa honoured Ian for his many years of service to swimming in their region with Life Membership.

Ian also had a long association with the New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association. He served as Vice-President and President as well as holding various other committee positions. He was an active delegate at meetings contributing to debates with the best interests of swimmers in mind.

For over 15 years, Ian was a member of the New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association Awards Committee which he chaired for nine years.

He managed various New Zealand swimming teams including the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Australia and at the Inaugural Australia Games in 1985 he was Chef de Mission.

Ian’s lifelong involvement in swimming was recognised in 2010 when he was awarded Swimming New Zealand Life Membership.

Swim Wellington Awards

November 20th, 2014 

Congratulations to the following recipients of Swimming Wellington Awards;

2014 Award Recipient list  

Club Contributors of the Year  –  Jillian Kennemore  Capital (Club Officials)  Cees Lensink , SwimZone (Technical Support)
Club Volunteer Coach – Peter Gibb (PCA) and Milton Bevan (KRI)
Junior National Coach of the Year – Jason McPhee
National Age Group Coach of the Year  – Craig Albery
Opens Coach of Year  – Craig Albery Capital Swim Team and Gary Hurring Capital HPC
Coach of Year – Craig Albery Capital Swim Team and Gary Hurring Capital HPC

Swimming Awards are sponsored by Swim T3
Selectors Trophy  (highest number of individual records broken 40 Wellington Records (Open and Age)  & 9 NZ Records )  – Ben Walsh
Swimmer with a Disability – Mary Fisher
Best Individual Performance – (871 FINA Points – 800 Free 08.04.14 Opens) Emma Robinson
Age Group Swimmer of the Year – Ben Walsh
Swimmer of the Year -Mary  Fisher

PCA Coach & Swimmer take out top Honours

November 14th, 2014 

PCA was to the fore at the Porirua Community Trust’s Sports Awards were held last night (13th Nov).
Nevill Sutton was named Coach of the Year, for the second year running and
Ben Walsh, Young Male Athlete of the Year. Congratulations to you both. These awards are truly deserved.

Peter Jones (father of four PCA swimmers) was recognised for his contribution to Titahi Bay Surf Club Junior Development Programme.

College Sport Wellington Awards

November 3rd, 2014 

The College Sport Wellington Awards where held last night at the Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua.

Congratulations go to;
2014 Swimmers of the Year  – Ben Walsh Tawa College and Josie Kozyniak St Catherine’s College
for full list of results  2014 Media Release

Sir Tennant Edward (Tay) Wilson, KNZM, OBE

October 28th, 2014 

No doubt some will have seen the death notice of Tay Wilson in this morning’s paper.  Tay was a Life member of
Maranui Swimming Club, co-founder or TSW, and was awarded a Service Award in  1977 by Swimming Wellington.

Career Company director and chartered accountant
Sports practised Rowing, badminton, golf, surf lifesaving, swimming, field hockey

Sports career
Competitive rowing (1943-1961); double sculls national junior champion
(1959); field hockey senior provincial representative (1942)

Sports administration
Former Chairman and Life Member of the New Zealand Rowing Association
and the Wellington Amateur Rowing Association; treasurer, member, judge,
selector and official of numerous sports associations (rowing, swimming,
hockey, golf, badminton); Chef de Mission at the Olympic Games in Moscow in
1980; deputy Chef de Mission at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984;
Secretary General of the New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association
(1985-1990); member of the ANOC Executive (1989-1993; 1996-2000); member of the
ANOC Finance Commission (1985-1989); member of the Commonwealth Games
Federation Finance Commission (1986-1994); Chairman of the Finance Commission
of the ONOC (1985-1993); Secretary General of ONOC (1989-1993); Life Member of
the Special Olympics of New Zealand Foundation; President of New Zealand Pierre
de Coubertin Committee (1991-); President of the Pierre de Coubertin Institute
(1993-); Patron of Volleyball New Zealand Inc.

Member of other associations

Rotary (Paul Harris Fellow) and Masonry (PGD, 31*)

IOC History

Member of the IOC from 1988 to 2006; Honorary Member since 2006; member
of the following Commissions: New Sources of Financing (1989-1993), Finance

Our thoughts are with Tay’s family at this time.   A Memorial Service to be held at 2 pm on Thursday 30th October, at the Salvation Army Hutt City cnr Cornwall and Kings Crescent, Lower Hutt.

World Record for Lauren Boyle ratified

October 17th, 2014 

Congratulations to Lauren Boyle on the ratification of her World Record for the 1500m freestyle swum at the Wellington Aquatic Centre.