Edition Two - September 2016
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Important Dates!

  • Coaches have until 1st October to update relevant times/distances, after which time heats will be divisioned based on the data submitted.
  • The third (and final) payment instalment is due by 10th October by all Clubs.
  • Final merchandise orders and payments must be received by 5pm on Sunday 5th November.

Purchase your merchandise

We have an amazing range of merchandise available for this year's Tournament, t-shirts, notebooks, pens, bags, jandals and more!

Ensure you place your order by 5pm on Sunday 5th November, merchandise will be available for collection on registration at The Distinction Hotel from 24 November.

Download the order form from our website.

Accommodation Update

Jocelyn is finalising the templates and these will be sent to the team managers by the end of September, if this changes she will provide an update. A big thank-you to the swim teams who have agreed to stay at College Hall. Jocelyn will arrange transport between College Hall and Waterworld for those teams that don’t have their own vehicles. If you have any accommodation enquiries please contact Jocelyn.

Spotlight on Australia

Special Olympics Australia is delighted to be represented by 121 athletes who are heading across the Tasman to compete in the third Trans Tasman Tournament against New Zealand. Our athletes are training hard and are excitedly waiting to receive their team uniforms. One athlete who is super excited to be heading to New Zealand is 15-year old Poppe-Simone Sakr who is the youngest member of the Australian delegation and this will be her first overseas trip.

Poppe says: “I am proud and honoured to represent Australia especially since I haven't been swimming for very long. I love how at Special Olympics everyone is supportive and no-one judges me. It has improved my life lots because I can stay fit and have a good time. I am really proud of my gold medal at the State Games even though I got a dislocated knee and a torn ligament! I do not actually have a sporting hero but I have a modelling hero who is Josephine Skriver.

She is a young strong role model that stood up to a lot of bullying and I admire her. I want to be a famous model who gives back to the community. I am just so excited to be selected and I am going to work so hard.” Poppe will compete for the state of Victoria in the 50m freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke as well as the 50m freestyle relay.

Introducing Swimming Waikato

Special Olympics New Zealand and Australia are thrilled to be working alongside Swimming Waikato for this 2016 event, their facilities are top notch and their assistance has made the planning of our very large swimming schedule a very easy process. 

"The team at Swimming Waikato are feeling privileged and excited to be hosting the swimming event at this year's Trans Tasman Tournament at Hamilton’s Waterworld.  Our role is to deliver a professional and fun event for the more than 300 swimmers from across both sides of the Tasman who are taking part.  Our team of officials are some of the best in the country, we’re confident the event will live up to all expectations. 

Our wider group of volunteers, who will be assisting with additional roles such as timekeeping, are excited to the have opportunity to showcase swimming in the Waikato and with just on two months to go, we’re really sensing a buzz amongst all those who are taking part", says Cherie McCleery, Executive Officer.

Trans Tasman 2012
Trans Tasman 2012
Attention Coaches! 

Important Tips.....

The Swimming competition at the 2016 Trans Tasman Competition Games will be run in accordance with the FINA Rules (2015 – 2017 version) and the SOI Swimming Rules (2016 version).

Read a full list of helpful hints and information to prepare for Hamilton as well as up to date competition schedules on our website.
Banner Competition!

Show us how proud you are of your Club/State! Design your own banner to display in the supporter stands at the Tournament.

We will have a panel of judges who will check out all the banners on display over the course of the tournament, three prizes will be awarded to those entries that show their chosen sport and their team spirit the best! Maximum size should be 2 metres, we can't wait to see them!  

Contact Shelby Wilson with any enquiries.
What's your fave song??

We'd like to invite athletes to submit their song requests for the playlists that will be running at both Waterworld and Porritt Stadium during the Tournament and the disco!

Please send your requests (artist, song and venue e.g. The Babysitters Circus – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright – Porritt Stadium) to:

Listen out for your song at Trans-Tasman Tournament 2016!
Share your stories!

We would love to hear about your team, interesting stories about training, challenges faced, achievements...email Angela Day.


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