Liz van Welie
Originally from Alexandra in Central Otago, Liz moved to Dunedin when she was 16 to pursue her swimming career under the famous "Mr. Laing" and the rest is history. A semi-finalist in 200M Fly at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, one of the only two to make it so far, Liz went on to claim silver in the 400M IM at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002. Having gained degrees in both Physical Education and Marketing, Liz has a love of learning and now enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. Liz and her husband Greg opened the swim school in January 2011. Amongst her other interests and hobbies, Liz loves to do some surfing and baking.
Growing up in Waihi with a pool in the front yard and with grandparents living on the beach front at Waihi Beach, Greg has been in water all his life. A competitive triathlete and a surfer his entire life, Greg considers learning to swim a skill that not only can save a life but provide so many opportunities. Greg has taught for 10 years and worked in sport development and consultancy with Sport Bay of Plenty for 10 years. Greg has been leading coach development throughout New Zealand and has developed interests in psychological type and learning preferences. With Greg's knowledge and Liz's experience it was a natural development that they would open the Liz van Welie Swim School.
Gra Price - Administration
You could say Gra is the kaumatua of our program. Deeply connected to swimming for many years, from club administration through to officiating at national level, there isn't much Gra doesn't know about swimming. Gra has been a pivotal staff member since opening in 2011 and leads the afternoon/evening management of reception