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Independent Members of the Selection Panel

The Swimming New Zealand (SNZ) Independent Members of the Selection Panel for the period 2017 - 2020 Brent Layton as the Convenor of the panel and Anna Cleaver. The Selection Panel is responsible for selecting swimmers in accordance with the SNZ Nomination and Selection Policies as endorsed by the SNZ Board and/or the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

Dr. Brent Layton - Convenor

Corporate background:
- Currently Chair of the Electricity Authority, the establishment of which he led.
- Has been a director or chair of numerous organisations. 
- Spent five years as the director and chief executive of the NZ Institute of Economic Research.

Sporting background:
- Former competitive swimmer in youth.
- At one point held three New Zealand Masters butterfly records.

- With a PhD in economic history, Brent has significant academic and intellectual ability. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 1997.




Philip Rush  has been involved in Swimming in New Zealand in and out of the water for many years....you may have seen Phil every year at our EPIC event in Lake Taupo where he is responsible for the course and its ssfety with his team of fellow firefighters!

Phil is a firefighter and long distance swimmer who is the current world record holder for the fastest two and three way swim of the English Channel which he completed in 1987 in a time of 28 h 21 mins (he completed the two way in a time of 16 h 10 mins)

To date only three other people have completed a three way channel swim. Jon Erikson in 1981, Alison Streeter in 1990 and Chloe McCardel in 2015.

Philip also completed a two way swim of the English Channel in 1985 in a time of 17 h 56 mins.

Amongst Phil's other achievement include swimming the English Channel 10 times, the Cook Strait 8 times, including one of only two people to complete a Double Crossing, a feat he achieved on 13 Mar 1984 in a time of 16 h 16 mins and repeated on 9 Feb 1988 in a time of 18 h 37 mins.

Phil also became the first person to complete a double crossing of New Zealand's Lake Taupo (40.2 km) which he completed on 14–15 January 1985. He also holds the time record of 10 h 14 mins set on 10 March 1985.

In June 2000 Philip was invited to take part in carrying the Olympic torch through WellingtonNew Zealand.

Philip retired from swimming in 1990.