ACE Manager - Fiona Henderson
Fiona joined our ACE team as Manager at the start of 2013 bringing with her loads of passion and 10 years experience in Learn to Swim. Fiona originates from the U.K and moved to NZ along with her partner and their two daughters in 2005. You will find Fiona either managing our office with a welcoming smile or in the pool ensuring all of her swimmers thrive. Fiona is also our Head Baby and Special Needs Instructor. Her favorite stroke is Backstroke and her favorite Sea Creature a Starfish. Please pop in and say hello at anytime as Fiona loves getting to know all of our ACE families.
ACE 2ic and Head Pre-School Instructor - Ranee Bowden
Ranee is our 2ic and Head Pre School Instructor. You will find Ranee either in the pool having lots of fun with her swimmers or in our office as busy as a bee. Ranee has two school age daughters and loves her rural lifestyle surrounded by many animals. Ranee's favorite stroke is Backstroke and her favorite Sea Creature a Narwhal.
ACE Head School Age Instructor - Patrick Gallagher
Pat is our Head School Age Instructor. He joined our ACE team in 2010. Pat is a competitive open water swimmer and fantastic role model for his swimmers. Pat's favorite stroke is Butterfly and his favorite Sea Creature a Starfish.
ACE Instructor and Office Assistant - Katrina Jonkers
Katrina is a mum of 3 boys and a qualified school teacher. Katrina is a dedicated Instructor working mornings with our Baby and Pre School Swimmers. You will also see Katrina helping out in our office from time to time. Katrina loves to float peacefully in the Water and her favorite Sea Creature is a Seahorse.
ACE Instructor - Jeanette Keown
Jeanette is a mum of 3 busy children and brings with her a passion for all things sport. Jeanette works mornings with our Baby and Pre School Swimmers and brings a huge amount of energy to her lessons.
ACE Instructor - James Atherton
James is currently studying to become a Teacher at Waikato University. James is from Matamata and has a competitive swimming background. His sister Izzie was a much loved ACE Instructor prior to James joining our team. James enjoys surfing, his favorite stroke is Freestyle and his favorite Sea Creature a Stingray because they move easily through the water.
ACE Instructor - Gail Jonson
Gail is a passionate, knowledgeable and fun Swimming Instructor. Her favorite stroke is Butterfly and her favorite sea creature a Dolphin. Gail swam at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and won a Bronze medal in the NZ 4x100m Womens Freestyle relay team and also swam at the 1984 Olympic Games in the 200m Butterfly and 400m Individual Medley. We are so lucky to have Gail as a part of our awesome ACE team.
ACE Instructor - Tracy Mckee
Tracy is another one of our wonderful Baby and Pre School Instructors. She is a Mother of 2 and loves to spend time with her family, baking and creating. Tracy is a very energetic, encouraging and positive Swim Instructor. Tracy's favorite Sea Creature is a Seahorse.
ACE Instructor - Ashlea Murphy
Ashlea is a Pre School and School Age Instructor at our Swim School. Her favorite stroke is Freestyle because it is the fastest! Ashlea is an open water swimmer and you will often find her at the Beach or in the Pool training for Long Distance Races. She has a huge amount of swimming knowledge which she confidently shares with her swimmers. If you are lucky enough to have Ashlea as an Instructor please be aware she has a severe Nut allergy and so we ask your child refrains from eating nuts prior to there lesson. Ashleas' favorite Sea creature is a Dolphin.
ACE Instructor - Axel Martinez
Axel is from Mendoza in Argentina and moved to New Zealand with his family a number of years ago. Axel is a confident and knowledgeable Pre School and School Age Instructor with a competitive swimming background, he also enjoys football and mountain biking. His favorite stroke is Butterfly and his favorite Sea Creature is The Kraken from Pirates of the Caribbean.