HomeAbout usOur Team

We have a team of dedicated and qualified coaches to help your child succeed in the water.
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LIZ
VAN WELIE

Owner

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.

LIZ VAN WELIE AQUATICSOUR TEAM

Our team are a passionate group of individuals that love the water and love developing swimmers.
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OWNER/DIRECTORGREG CUMMINGS

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 develop Liz van Welie Aquatics.

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SWIM SCHOOL MANAGERJESS ION

Jess has had a love for the water all her life and has been teaching swimming at all levels for nine years. Jess holds a degree in Sport and Exercise and a Master in Human Resource Management from Massey University.

Jess combines her teaching knowledge and her passion for people development in her role leading the swim school team.

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HEAD COACHMATT TEOKOTAI-WHITE

Matt joined our team in 2018.

Before joining Liz van Welie Aquatics, he was the head coach at Waikato’s Hillcrest Swimming Club. During his time as a coach he has developed swimmers at national and international levels.

In 2017 he was named Waikato’s Coach of the Year and was part of Swimming New Zealand’s coaching team at the Oceania Championships in Papua New Guinea in June.

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ASSISTANT COACHSAM KNAPP

Sam has been working for Liz van Welie Aquatics since the start of 2018 in the Assistant Coach role of our competitive swimming squads. Sam hails from the USA and absolutely loves living in New Zealand. He has a big history as a backstroke champion in the College State competitions and has a major in psychology. Sam coaches Laing Squad, Youth Fitness, Drysdale, Adams, Devoy, Loader and Hillary Squads.

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OFFICE MANAGERWENDY KARL

In her 6 years of working for Liz van Welie Aquatics she has taught across the board right from babies through to our highest level of learn to swim, as well as spending her mornings in the office.

With her “Aussie twang” Wendy connects with all parents and children, and parents are constantly requesting to be part of her classes. Wendy displays empathy where required, and really loves to see a child achieve new skills. She is constantly positive and a real breath of fresh air.

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SWIM INSTRUCTORROLAND SARMIENTO

Roland hails from the Philippines and is extremely passionate about swimming. He has coached swimmers to a national level in competitive swimming, while remaining passionate about Learn to Swim.

Roland began working for Liz van Welie Aquatics at the beginning of 2018 and Liz and Greg have loved having him as part of their team. His infectious smile and wealth of knowledge will help to make your child feel confident and at ease in the pool. Roland likes to extend the swimmers to test their stamina and challenge their technique over extended distances.

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SWIM INSTRUCTORRACHEL STRINGFELLOW

Rachel began working at Liz van Welie Aquatics at the start of 2018. Rachel has a thirst for learning and loves teaching children to swim. She has covered all classes right from parent/baby classes through to our highest level of learn to swim.

She has a great sense of humour and is first to have a laugh at herself. Rachel has a strong understanding of movement and is keen to perfect your child’s swimming. Outside of swimming Rachel loves adventure, horse riding and travelling.

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SWIM INSTRUCTOROLIVIA CLARE

Olivia joined our team in 2019. An experienced swim instructor, previously working in pools in Auckland, Olivia is a kind hearted and a very caring individual that is methodical in the way she teaches.

Olivia has great technical knowledge that she can bring to her classes. In Olivia’s spare time, she is studying Sport and Recreation, and is a Les Mills fitness instructor.

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SWIM INSTRUCTORARI GRAHAM

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SWIM INSTRUCTORGRACE STEELE

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SWIM INSTRUCTORRUBY ROBERTSON

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SWIM INSTRUCTORCASSIE COLETE

Cassie began working for Liz van Welie Aquatics in 2015. Her expertise runs across the field of learn to swim after having been a competitive swimmer for many years. She has taught baby classes right through to our highest level of learn to swim.

Cassie is a very quiet, positive, loving teacher and it able to coerce the most anxious swimmer into the pool. She is a stickler for detail so ensures that your child will be swimming with the best technique consistently.

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SWIM INSTRUCTORCLOE LEIGH

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ADMINISTRATION TEAMGRA PRICE

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

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SWIM INSTRUCTOREMMA KARL

Emma joined the Liz van Welie Aquatics team in 2016, after being shoulder tapped by Liz. In her nearly 3 years of working for Liz van Welie Aquatics she has taught from our lowest level of pre-school swimming, right through to our highest level of learn to swim. Outside swimming, Emma loves travel and photography.

Emma has a real passion for seeing swimmers achieve and provides constant feedback to her swimmers to enable them to grow and develop. Emma’s firm but loving manner will see your child develop a real love of swimming.

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SWIM INSTRUCTORJESS ROBERTS

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SWIM INSTRUCTORZOE WEINREICH

SWIM INSTRUCTORSARAH CUMMINGS

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SWIM INSTRUCTORTIANI HARRIS

SWIM INSTRUCTORROBYN MINNELL

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