12 April 2017
Otago Swim School and its Swim School Coordinator were recipients of national
awards at this year’s Swimming New Zealand Awards.
The Awards were
presented at a gala dinner in Auckland on 8 April.
Swim School won a ‘Recognition of Contribution’ award in the education category
for its outstanding contribution to the national goal of ‘all Kiwis enjoying
the water safety’.
commendation read out at the awards it was noted how in the space of 18 months
the school had grown from seven to 20 instructors and 140 to 500-plus students
through the learn to swim programme. The Swim School team had also picked
up extra schools through the schools swimming programme, and had taken the Swim
School “on the road” to hold swim school classes in Omakau, Ranfurly and
Roxburgh over the summer.
Swim School Coordinator Sue Stokes was also presented with an individual
‘Recognition of Contribution’ award for her leadership and development of the
Swim School programme.
awards were part of a major night of celebration for New Zealand swimming, at
which prizes were also given out for club and elite athletes and coaches. Gold
medal-winning Paralympian Sophie Pascoe was named New Zealand’s Swimmer of the