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NEWS

Updates

We will continue to update this page as we get new information. Please keep checking it as much as possible.

UPDATE: Friday, 17 December 2021, 3:30pm

 

Message from the Head Coach, Andy McMillan

 

Dear NSS Members, 

 

I am extremely excited to announce Michelle Gillies as the new Assistant Head Coach of North Shore Swimming. 

 

Michelle has been instrumental in her role as Performance Pathways Coordinator for NSS over the last four years. She has a deep understanding of our club culture & pathways as a coach and formerly a NSS athlete. 

 

Michelle’s growth has been accelerated by making the most of every opportunity. In a short space of time she has developed from an Auckland Support Coach for the Victoria State Champs, to Auckland Head Coach the very next year. The biggest recognition & endorsement came from Swimming New Zealand earlier this year when Michelle was selected as one of three Head Coaches on the NZ ‘Tri-Series’ tour. 

 

Congratulations Michelle, we are really proud of the impact you have made at NSS & excited to see you succeed in your new position. 

 

Further coaching announcements will be made in the New Year. In the meantime Michelle will continue to manage and coach the Development Squads.

 

Meri Kirihimete to all our great members, have a relaxing & safe holiday period.

 

Best wishes, 

Andy

Please see the below squad schedules for January 2022.

2021 has been a massive year for everyone. We are so proud of the resilience, adaptability and passion that was and continues to be shown throughout our club. We thank you all for your ongoing support. From all the team at NSS we wish you a safe and happy holiday.

We look forward to seeing you back on pool deck in 2022!

 

UPDATE: Friday, 17 December 2021, 3pm

Message from the Board 

Tena koutou katoa NSS whanau,

 

Thank you for your support as we navigated our way through the many challenging moments of 2021. Big thanks also to our coaching staff and our admin and finance team for your commitment and flexibility - let's hope that 2022 is the year we can implement all our plans! 

Have a safe and relaxing Christmas break and we'll look forward to being poolside again in 2022! 

Ngā manaakitanga,

 

Your NSS Board

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UPDATE: Friday, 3 December 2021, 4:20pm

Please see the below squad schedules for the remainder of 2021.

We ask that you please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to your session start time with your Vaccine Pass (if this applies), wait outside the facilities with / for your coach who will then take the squad as one group into the complex. If your swimmer is late we can’t guarantee they will have access to the pool as the coach will be inside the complex.

 

There will be some tight turn around times, please ensure your athlete/s are aware they will need to exit the pool immediately after their session has finished.

 

Please make sure you and your athlete/s read and understand the below linked document on AUTM / NAC Guidelines.

Pro rata fees will resume from the 6th December for the following squads (Yogi, Panda, SwimFit, Surf, Brown, Black, Polar & Grizzly). For Baloo, Paddington & Teddy squads your August credit will be applied against your December fees, with fees resuming from Jan. 2022.

If you have any further questions on the timetable or scheduling, please get in touch with your squad coach.

 

Junior Squads - charlotte@nss.org.nz

Development & SwimSport Squads - michelle@nss.org.nz

Performance Squads - andy@nss.org.nz

 

We look forward to seeing everyone back on pool deck!

UPDATE: Friday, 3 December 2021

We are excited to report that Friendly Manager has now gone live with their real-time tracking of the NZ My Vaccine Pass. You are now able to login to your Friendly Manager account via the NSS website and upload your athletes vaccine pass to their profile. This new feature allows us to dynamically track the status of vaccine passes for all our members and staff.

 

Please read and watch the below link for a quick and easy tutorial on how to upload your My Vaccine Pass.

It's important to note that NSS & FM will be compliant with government regulation and not create unnecessary security issues as the My Vaccine Pass, nor any personal medical information is stored in the system. Authentication technology is used to ensure the QR code on the My Vaccine Pass is valid.

 

ACTIONS

  • We ask that you please upload valid passes at your earliest convenience and at the latest by Monday 6th Dec. Your athlete will still need to bring their vaccine pass to their first session, so that one of our coaches and / or admin staff can verify and confirm it belongs to them.

  • For athletes 12-15 that may have a Ministry of Health letter this cannot be verified but will need to be shown to the coach and / or admin. staff at your first session.

  • If your athlete is under 12 years and 3 months we do not require any extra information.

  • If you do not want your child to return to swimming at this time and would like to pause or cancel your membership please email Tonya (tonya@nss.org.nz) as soon as possible as we need to confirm numbers for scheduling of training sessions.

 

Whilst we are all excited to get back to the pool, there is new technology and processes in place and ask you all for your patience during this period as we all adjust to the new normal. Squad schedules will be out later today.

UPDATE: Wednesday, 1 December 2021

We are still working on the return to pool schedule and will communicate separately on when your swimmer can return. We are doing all that we can to get our swimmers back to the pool but it won't be a return to “normal” (pre lockdown schedule) immediately. We are a few coaches down with injuries and the facilities have capacity limits so the pool time will be limited.

 

Our pool facilities have now confirmed their operating requirements under the Red Framework level.  Linked is the AUT Millennium / NAC Guidelines. Please read the linked document and explain to your child the entry protocols for returning to the pool.  Takapuna pool run by Auckland Council has its covid information and is available here COVID-19 customer information.  It has not released any more specific entry protocols but please wear a mask on entry to the pool and follow directions of coaches and pool staff. 

 

The facilities will require everyone over 12 years to be vaccinated in order to enter – this includes all swimmers, coaches and spectators. (Note, when you turn 12, you have 3 months to get fully vaccinated.)  

 

At Takapuna pool you will need to show your vaccine pass / letter from the Ministry of Health at the entry.  

 

AUTM has asked that the Clubs, using the facilities, sight and verify all of its coaches, members and swimmers prior to visiting the pool and to maintain the vaccination records.   Friendly Manager (club management software provider) has been working on a solution to enable members to upload their vaccine pass and have them verified. That is in testing this week and Friendly Manager hopes to have it released by Friday.  The programme will use authentication technology to ensure the QR code on the vaccine pass is valid. Please do NOT send Tonya your vaccine pass – she will not be storing these for swimmers.
 

ACTIONS

  • If you have not yet registered on Friendly Manager you need to do so before Friday.  Here is the link again [Friendly Manager Re-Registration]

  • If you haven’t downloaded your swimmer’s Vaccine Pass or applied for a MoH letter, you need to do so now.  You will need to upload it shortly and your child will not be allowed to enter the pool facilities without it.

  • You will receive a further notification asking you to login and upload your vaccine pass to the Friendly Manager system. Please attend to that as quickly as possible as club administrators will need to verify the passes before we can confirm to AUTM that we have sighted all swimmers passes.  

  • If you do not want your child to return to swimming at this time and would like to pause or cancel your membership please email Tonya (tonya@nss.org.nz) as soon as possible as we need to confirm numbers for scheduling of training sessions.

 

Just a reminder of our Christmas shutdown dates – they are as follows: 

 

Juniors  

18th Dec 21 - Last squad session

10th Jan 22 - First squad session

SwimSport (Surf & SwimFit)

18th Dec 21 - Last squad session

10th Jan 22 - First squad session

Development (Brown & Black)  

23rd Dec 21 - Last squad session

5th Jan 22 - First Squad session

 

Performance 

23rd Dec 21 - Last squad session

5th Jan 22 - First squad session