Grizzly Bears (Elite Squad)
Andy brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience in high performance. Andy started young as a swimmer winning national medals from a junior level through the age groups, representing NZ on many age group teams. At an open age he has multiple titles in the 100m and 200m Butterfly and Freestyle. Andy achieved a 5th place at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth in the 200m Butterfly. Narrowly missing the 2008 Olympics, Andy's resilience was rewarded with a 9th place in the 4x 100 Medley relay at the 2012 Olympics.
Andy has balanced his swimming career with surf life saving, captaining the NZ Black Fins from 2012 to 2016, leading the team to three World Championship titles during his reign. During this time, he acclaimed a haul of 27 medals, winning 8 individual world titles and breaking one world record.
Andy backs up his performance in the sports field with a degree in sports science and a post grad diploma in Teaching. Before taking on the role as head coach at North Shore in October 2017 Andy divided his time between his position as performance coach at Parnell Swim Club and a teacher at St Peters College.
Performance Pathways Coordinator
Black Bears (Development Squad)
Michelle is a dedicated, hardworking and enthusiastic swim coach who has an eye for detail and enjoys working in a team environment.
She was a competitive swimmer for 11 years (2003-2014) and has 10 years experience as both a swim teacher and coach.
Balancing the rigorous demands of swimming commitments with academic life has provided Michelle with valuable life lessons, skills and memories, which she loves passing on to the next generation of athletes.
Junior Head Coach
Monique (nee Rodahl), a former Olympic athlete, brings a comprehensive skill set to our club. She has a wealth of knowledge from her swimming years and of coaching and is a Bronze Level accredited Coach.
During her coaching career, Monique has coached at several different clubs abroad and in NZ. For 6 years she was part of the successful Commercial Swim Club in Brisbane, Australia. Closer to home, she coached and managed the Tepid Baths Swim School and was one of the founding coaches at King's Swim School. On her return from Brisbane, Monique spent 3 years as Junior Coach of the United Swim Club. Monique is a big believer that swimming provides skills for life and to always do more than what is required to reach your goals.
Blair has been swimming competitively for many years with NSS. Blair is currently a full time athlete in the Performance Squad at NSS and coaches our junior swimmers when not in the pool himself.
Tayla started swimming with NSS when she was just 7 years old. After many years in the pool Tayla is now part of the Junior coaching team and keen to share her knowledge with the younger swimmers in our club.
We are looking forward to celebrating the 2020/2021 season achievements of our athletes.
A prizegiving date will be announced when Auckland moves to Alert Level 1.