Swimming New Zealand is the National Sports Organisation (NSO) for competitive pool and open water swimming in New Zealand. Through its membership of Aquatics New Zealand, New Zealand is affiliated to the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) and the NZ Olympic Committee (NZOC). Swimming New Zealand also has an active role in the promotion of water safety, learn to swim, education and certification of swimming instructors and swim schools. Swimming New Zealand is a core member of Water Safety New Zealand.
There are approximately 170 swimming clubs affiliated to 13 independent regional associations. The total membership of clubs is approximately 18,000, of whom, 5,500 are active competitive swimmers. Paralympics New Zealand is currently responsible for competitive Para-Swimming, although events run by Swimming New Zealand and its affiliates provide many of the opportunities within New Zealand for Para-Swimmers to compete.
An Independent Working Group (IWG) undertook an extensive review of the governance and direction of the sport in 2012. The IWG made 21 recommendations aimed at improving the governance and increasing the strategic focus of the sport. The recommendations, together with a new Constitution to assist implement them, were adopted as a whole by the sport and are in the process of being implemented by the Board and management of Swimming New Zealand.
As part of the Whole of Sport plan one of the strategies is for Swimming New Zealand to work with Regional Associations to agree annually a small number of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that set out the contribution of the region towards the implementation of strategies and the achievement of the Key Objectives and Targets of the Whole of Sport Plan.
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