Coaches

JOHN ROSS


Co- Owner of SwimZone

Orcas Coach

Phone 5661315

email: swimz@xtra.co.nz


John is originally from Invercargill and arrived in Wellington after finishing school to work under Master Coach Tony Keenan, a well know NZ swim coach at the time. Although originally intending to just stay for a year to gain experience, this opportunity turned into a lifetime career. John's experience extends to many areas of coaching especially developmental swimming and competition swimming. He also has coached tri-athletes, open water swimmers, and does personal one-on-one training. John is currently coaching the Orcas which is the national age groups team. John is totally committed to his coaching role here in Lower Hutt developing swimmers from Swimzone Racing and also to the community for providing an innovative and competent swimming program for swimmers of all levels here in the Hutt Valley.

FRANK TOURELLE


Co- Owner of SwimZone

Makos Coach

Phone 5653936

email: ftourelle@xtra.co.nz


Frank was also born in Invercargill and moved to Wellington to work at the Naenae Olympic "Outdoor" pool in 1985 on his way to Indonesia for one of many trips there for surfing. In 1988 he arrived back to Wellington and got involved with the Lower Hutt City swim programme and discovered the joys of being a swim coach. In 1991 Frank and John gained the contract for developmental and competitive swimming in Lower Hutt and have during these years developed competitive swimming to a high level in the Hutt Valley with swimmers qualifying for Olympics Games, Commonwealth Games, World Cup and World Youth Championship meets. Frank has been awarded the top qualification from SNZ as a Level 1 Coach and is currently coaching the Mako squad.

KELLY GILMER


Barracudas and Killer Whales Coach


Kelly was also an accomplished swimmer and water polo player and has been coaching with SwimZone for about 3 years. During this time Kelly has developed a strong Junior Nationals squad along with conditioning and nurturing the Killer Whales from basic training into entry level competition swimming. Kelly is the very proud coach of our junior team which regularly win the award for being the top 12 & under Team at Wellington Swimming Champs. Kelly is a very dedicated coach and loves to see her young swimmers improve especially when they get up on the blocks and deliver the results at the big meets.