Gary Hurring


Gary has been a top New Zealand swimmer and coach for over 30 years.

Gary is an Olympian (Los Angeles 1984) appearing in three finals, a Commonwealth Games gold medalist and a silver medalist at the Berlin World Champs in1978. He was named Halberg Sportsman of the year in 1978 and went on to become one of New Zealand’s top swimming coaches. He has trained a host of young swimmers who went on to represent NZ at World Championships and Olympic Games and has been a NZ coach at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. He brings a wealth of experience in developing programmes to ensure children develop in a structured manner and reach their full potential.


Tash Hind

Programme Director

Tash has represented New Zealand at two Olympic Games (Beijing and London) and won a silver and bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

She has also been a member of the World Championship winning NZ Surf Life Saving team in 2012 and 2014 and set new world records in several events. Born and raised in Lyall Bay she was Wellington Sportswoman of the year 2008 and 2012. She already has plenty of experience in teaching learn to swim and passing on basic swimming and surf life saving techniques. Her passion is to pass on those skills to the next generations and see them enjoy being in the water.

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Programme Supervisor

Georgia has represented New Zealand in both swimming and surf lifesaving. She wore the silver fern at the Youth Olympics, Junior Pan Pacific games and in Surf lifesaving at the World Games. She has competed at the top level in Open Water as well as in the pool and was NZ Open Water (5km) champion in 2009.

Georgia studied in China for five years and has returned to Wellington to help develop the swimming programme at the Aquadome.

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Kelly bentley

Adult’s Coach and Senior Coach

Kelly was one of New Zealand’s top swimmers specialising in Breaststroke. She represented her country at the 2004 Commonwealth youth games and the FINA World Championships in 2004 and 2006. Kelly held the NZ record for 200 breaststroke for over ten years and still holds numerous Wellington records.

In 2016 she was appointed as assistant NZ high performance coach and brings many years of experience in coaching children and adults of all ages.


Irene campbell-smith

Learners Pool Co-ordinator and Senior Coach

Irene was a competitive swimmer, specializing as a sprinter for 8 years.  She represented Wellington and swam at a national level where she was a gold medalist at NZ Opens.  After a few years in retirement, Irene returned and competed in the Swimming New Zealand Masters Nationals in 2012, where she gained 6 gold medals. 

Irene holds a Swimming New Zealand Swim Teaching Award that she uses to impart her passion for passing on her skills and love for swimming to the next generation.