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 INSTRUCTOREMILY EASON

Emily comes to us with many years’ experience as an early childhood teacher. Emily is now in her second term of lessons with Liz van Welie Aquatics, starting with us in July 2021.

Emily has had all three of her children come through our swim school from parent/baby classes right through to them going into independent levels of learn to swim. She has a great amount of knowledge of our programme from a parent perspective and is excited to take the next challenge of teaching classes.

Emily is outgoing, fun and a pleasure to be around.

Your swimmer will love swimming with Emily!

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SWIM INSTRUCTORSARAH CUMMINGS

Sarah is the daughter of Liz and Greg, so naturally she has been around Liz van Welie Aquatics for as long as it has been operating!

Sarah is one of our top swimmers in Squad, she has represented New Zealand overseas in swimming and is an age group champion. Sarah is a kind and gentle teacher who is very natural in the water with swimmers. Sarah understands swimming and knows what she is looking for with stroke development and progression.

Your child will have a lot of fun with Sarah in the water!

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SWIM INSTRUCTORMADDIE ATHY-KNIBBS

Maddie is a fun loving young lady who is excited who started swim teaching with us in 2020. Maddie has a big heart and is great with engaging kids. She is warm and friendly, and super positive. Maddie has been working with us since last year and is fantastic with the kids in the water. Maddie swims in our Youth Fitness Squad so has great technical swimming knowledge. Your swimmer will love having Maddie as their teacher!

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SWIM INSTRUCTORBART JAN-OPTEN

Bart is practical, methodical and fun. He is originally from Holland and has been living in New Zealand for a few years now. Bart loves the water, he himself swims multiple times a week in our adult training squads. Bart has been delivering lessons for our school age swimmers and Laing Squad since the start of the 2021. Bart is excited to share his passion and knowledge for the water with his swimmers.

Your swimmer will have fun swimming with Bart!

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SWIM INSTRUCTORANA KONTZE

Ana is practical, efficient and fun. She is a mum of two girls and loves kids! Along with her love for children, Ana believes that swimming is an important lifesaving skill. Ana has been teaching with us since early 2021! Ana is very caring and loves nurturing swimmers towards their goals.

Your swimmer will enjoy swimming with Ana

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SWIM INSTRUCTORCASSIE CLOETE

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 INSTRUCTORALICE PODZIEWSKA

Alice has been teaching for Liz van Welie Aquatics since the start of 2021. Alice is bubbly, positive and motivating in the water! She is an absolute pleasure to be around and loves seeing swimmers become more confident in the water. Alice has a background in all water sports such as boating, marine life education and scuba instruction. We are sure your swimmer will have a blast with Alice in the water!

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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 INSTRUCTORELLA CARTER

Ella is vibrant, fun and calm. Ella is in her third term of lessons with us and is really enjoying seeing the swimmers grow and learn new skills. Outside of the pool, Ella loves to dance and she instructs dance to children as well. Ella loves the water and believes that water safety skills are vital for all swimmers to be able to safely enjoy the water experiences we have in NZ.

Your swimmer will enjoy swimming with Ella!

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SWIM INSTRUCTORPHOEBE HOSKING

Phoebe is a very positive caring young lady that understands swimming well. Phoebe has previously swum with us in squad training and jumped at the chance to teach kids how to swim. She has been working with us since April 2021 and will be teaching in her first second term. Phoebe is calm, grounded and very kind. She is very patient and loves seeing swimmers grow in confidence with their skills.

Your swimmer will have fun with Phoebe!

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SWIM INSTRUCTORDYLAN BEILBY

Dylan has been teaching with Liz van Welie Aquatics since April, he is in his second term teaching with us.

Dylan has previously swum in our top competitive squads coached by Matt and Sam. He has the technical knowledge to help your swimmer grow. Dylan is very motivated for all his swimmers to have fun and learn water skills to make them safe and confident in the water. 

Dylan is kind, creative and fun! Your swimmer will have a blast swimming with Dylan.

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SWIM INSTRUCTORBRIDGET STEED

Bridget is started working with Liz van Welie Aquatics in May 2021. Bridget is fun, energetic and very welcoming. She loves seeing swimmers improve and see them gain confidence within lessons.

Bridget has a teaching background in primary and early childhood settings, so comes to us with lots of experience working with children. Bridget is firm, energetic and a very kind teacher.

Your swimmer will have fun with Bridget!

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SWIM INSTRUCTORNATHAN BAYLEY

Nathan is passionate about the water, he is one of our competitive squad swimmers and has loved being in the water teaching Learn to Swim! Nathan is super friendly and always has a smile on his face.

Nathan is dedicated and determined to help each swimmer enjoy their experience in the water. He focuses heavily on technique and has a great eye for detail.

We are sure your swimmer will love swimming with Nathan this term!

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SWIM INSTRUCTORHARRY MCKINNLEY

Harry attends Tauranga Boy’s College. Harry has swum with us before in our swim squads and his siblings currently swim with Liz van Welie Aquatics. Harry is the oldest child of 4 in his family and has a lovely nature with swimmers in the pool. 

Harry has beenworking with us since late last year. He is kind, has great technical knowledge and knows how to relate to young swimmers. 

Your swimmer will love having Harry as their teacher!

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