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2023 Apollo Projects Division II

Suitable for yellowbeards, redbeards and blackbeards 13 & over.

When: 16th May – 20th May
Where: Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre

Meet Flyer

Entries will open on 15 March and close Tues 2 May at 11.59pm. Late entries will NOT be accepted.

Age as of 30 April 2023.

See event page for more information.

Date Start Time Venue
21st – 23rd January See session report WRAC
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2023 Apollo Projects NZ Champs

Suitable for blackbeards.

When: Saturday 1st – Wednesday 5th April 2023
Where: Sir Owen G Glenn National Aquatic Centre

Meet Flyer

Entries will open on 2nd February 2023 and close at 20th March at 11:59pm. Late entries will NOT be accepted.

Age as of 30 April 2023.

See event page for more information.

Date Start Time Venue
1st –  5th April See session report Sir Owen G Glenn National Aquatic Centre
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SW Long Course Champs

Suitable for redbeards and blackbeards 13 & over.

When: 21st – 23rd January, 2023
Where: Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre

Meet Flyer

Entries will open on Monday 12th December and close at 23:59:59 (Midnight) on Sunday 15th January 2023. Late entries will NOT be
accepted. Age as at 21 January 2023.

See event page for more information.

Date Start Time Venue
21st – 23rd January See session report WRAC
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Queensland State Champs

Suitable for blackbeards.

When: 10th – 16th December, 2022
Where: Brisbane, Australia

This event is for our Senior Blackbeard swimmers who have qualifying times to attend this International Championship meet.  Attached are the 2021 qualifying times which we expect will be similar to those for 2022, it is recommended swimmers have a minimum of 5 events to make this trip worthwhile.

We have a limited number of spots for this trip so we are taking expressions of interest now for those who are keen to attend.

Rod & Sheridan Buchanan will be the team managers and more information will be available once we know approximately how many swimmers are likely to be travelling.

Date Start Time Venue
10th – 16th December, 2022 Brisbane, Australia
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SW Relay Champs

Suitable for all squads.

When: 3rd December (Warm-up: 3.00pm – 3.25pm, Racing Starts: 3.30pm)
Where: Kilbirnie

Meet Flyer

All entries are to be submitted online via the SNZ online portal by the Club Administrator/Race Secretary
Entries open on Monday 31st October and close on Thursday 24th November at 12:00:00 – late entries will not be accepted.

Date Start Time Venue
3 December Warm-up: 3.00pm – 3.25pm, Racing Starts: 3.30pm WRAC
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TRYGVE Cup

Suitable for all Pirates.

When: Monday 7 November – Saturday 3 December 2022
Where: Karori Pool

Meet Flyer

The Trygve Cup is a multi-week cup designed to positively enhance the experience of competitive swimming, develop interclub rivalries and further increase participation at home pools across the region. The Trophy is named after the late Trygve Mark Berge and will be open to all clubs to participate and compete in to be named winners of the cup.

Clubs race the weekly event plus a relay in their training time and can do it anytime during the week that suits.

Date Start Time Venue
Karori
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Queensland State Champs – 2019

QLD champs is a highly competitive state championship.  It is regarded as the premier state champs in Australia because of the qualifying times, the quality of the meet organisation and the level of international involvement in the meet.  At the 2019 meet teams from South Korea, Japan and New Zealand were competing among other nations.  It is however an extremely relaxed and low-key event, where the focus is on swimmers and their coaches not officialdom. It provides swimmers with an opportunity to largely self-manage, race highly experienced quality swimmers, race in international standard facilities and navigate different meet processes.

The team of 13 Pirate swimmers all did a great job and represented their club, families and country with pride. The conditions were extremely hot (we reached 40 degrees one day) and our swimmers all coped beautifully with this as well as their navigation of the new swimming environment.  Morning heat sessions ran through to mid afternoon but we still made time to hit the tourist spots in the late afternoons.  The most popular (highly requested) non swimming activity by far was shopping!  The teens came with their shopping lists and made the exercise of packing for home a squeeze.  The team also visited the Koala Park and South Bank among other activities.

Club Records

Eight club records were broken by four swimmers in Brisbane.  Julia and Sean both broke a club record, with Luc breaking both the 50 and 100m freestyle records set back in 2015.  Joseph broke four club records in the 100, 800 and 1500 freestyle and 400 IM.

Results

Going into an international meet at this early phase of the New Zealand long course season is no easy feat.  In December we are early in the long course season and bereft of long course training (which January camp is awesome for).  The new international conditions and heat add increased obstacles for the swimmers to navigate.  Overall the swimmers swam really well and should all be proud of their efforts.

The team junior, Sean O’Connor-Close (AKA Cobra) smashed the breaststroke events, gaining entry to two evening finals.  It was an outstanding start to his international swimming career!   Luc Speirs picked up a club record and a 100% personal best rate for the meet.  Julia Borlase cracked a club record and made two finals with a 6th in 200 Breaststroke event.  Lucy Borlase also made the 200 breast final and finished 7th.  Sophie Buchanan achieved a 100% personal best rate for the meet.  Elisia Wong qualified for the 200 backstroke final and finished 5th :-).    We had some swimmers coming back from injury and they all showed great progress at the meet.

Club Captain Joseph Stewart excelled across multiple events.  Joseph made three finals and collected two silver medals alongside smashing four club records.  To medal in the 800 and 1500m events at this world class event is a significant achievement which we salute.  We congratulate Steve and Joseph on their extraordinary achievement at this world class meet.  The results yielded are derived from a great partnership and work between the pair.  We can’t wait to see what 2020 brings for you.

See team results on our results page.

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Steve and Pirates feature on Stuff

A body covered in ink: Wellington swim coach talks about the prints of a wild youth.

Francis is one extreme example of how judging someone based on their exterior can be well out of sync with reality. The death metal bandmember is also a dedicated husband, father of two and one of the warmest swim coaches in Wellington, if you believe what Pirates Swimming Club kids say about him.

This week Stuff was invited along to watch the swim coach of 20 years at the Karori swimming pool, where Francis coaches pre-schoolers through to adults. The 48-year-old is energised. He greets with a giant wave from the other end of the pool and rushes down to meet with a handshake and a thanks for coming along. His class of 15 teenagers arrive shortly after and, after a long day at school, they are excited to see their coach, even knowing there is a gruelling two hour-long session lined up for them…

See full article on Stuff.

See full article from Sunday Star Times.

Swim coach Steve Francis at Karori Pool, with students Emily Sloan, 7, left, and Scarlett Francis, 9.

Swim coach Steve Francis at Karori Pool, Wellington, with Emily Sloan, 7.