NEW ZEALAND DIVING
Diver numbers reach record levels in New Zealand
2018 has seen the growth of diving in New Zealand to levels never reached before.
Auckland Diving, which consists of two clubs that operate under one trust (Diving Waitakere and North Harbour Diving), saw the biggest increase with numbers reaching over 400 across their squads and programmes. Their growth is largely due to the very successful Talent ID programme implemented three years ago, resulting in increased membership of divers at all levels. Their retention levels have also been high with increased satisfaction from divers and parents on the quality of coaching and programmes offered by the clubs.
Waikato Diving was out of action for a few months while their pool facilities in Hamilton were being upgraded. Wellington Diving Club and Diving Otakou have also seen steady increases in their membership numbers and are expected to grow further in 2019.
Young New Zealand Divers Compete at the FINA World Juniors 2018, Ukraine
In mid-July 2018, five young junior divers embarked on an adventure of a life-time to compete at the FINA World Junior Championships in Kyiv, Ukraine. Nathan Brown (18), Frazer Tavener (17), Holly Morse (14) and Luke Spikes (14) all from Auckland Diving were joined by Arno Lee (13) from Wellington. Also travelling was Auckland coach Steve Gladding and Wellington’s James Hardaker.
First stop was London, where the team was based for four days to train at Olympic Park alongside the British team. What a time it was; everyone enjoyed the amazing facilities including the incredible pool built for the 2012 Olympic Games, and the dedicated well equiped dry-land area.