ACE Swim School Manager - Wendy Smith

Wendy is our wonderful Swim School Manager. 

Wendy comes to us from Swimming New Zealand where she was for 8 years as an Education Advisor for the Waikato Area. Wendy's role included providing training for those involved in learn to swim education through courses, workshops, qualifications and poolside assistance. Wendy also worked with swim club volunteers, professional swim teachers, parents, school teachers and other individuals interested in gaining knowledge in learn to swim education.

Prior to joining Swimming New Zealand Wendy was Head Teacher at the Hamilton City Council, Waterworld complex. This role involved the day to day running of the Learn to Swim programme and overseeing of the Swimming Teachers.

Wendy has an extensive background in swimming and aquatics, as a competitive swimmer, surf lifeguard, pool lifeguard and Learn to Swim Teacher.

Wendy was a member of the late Duncan Laing Swim squad in Dunedin and on moving to Hamilton a swim squad member of Hamilton Swimming Club under the late Ken Key. During her time at Hamilton Swimming Club Wendy was a volunteer Swim teacher. Seven years at Waihi Surf club followed after her departure from Swim Club.

After 14 years in a clerical role Wendy left the work force to start her family. It was while attending swimming lessons with her young children that she decided to take up Swim Teaching as a job and hasn't regretted her decision to get back into the sport for a second.

Wendy holds the National Certificate in Adult Education and National Certificate in Sport and Recreation Aquatics, SNZ NZCST School Age and Adults, Teaching Swimmers with Disability and Early Childhood qualifications. Wendy is often seen at swim meets as a volunteer technical official in roles as ITO, JOS or timekeeper.

Please pop in and say hello at anytime as Wendy loves getting to know all of our ACE families.

ACE Swim Instructor and Office Administrator - Katie Smart 

Hi, My name is Katie.  I am super excited to be back in the pool here at ACE.  I have a lot of swim instructing history with Babies, Pre schoolers and School Age Swimmers and have taught in a few different places across NZ.  Looking forward to bringing my experience and love of the water to all my classes to benefit your children.  When I am not in the pool, you will most likely find me in the kitchen making cakes or having fun with balloons.

ACE Swim Instructor and Office Administrator  - Jordan Harper 

Hi! My name is Jordan, I am currently taking a break from studying to be a primary school teacher at Waikato Uni. I have a passion for getting alongside people and helping them learn new skills. I’ve been a water baby for as long as I can remember, with my mum having to bribe me into leaving the water, I also enjoy the outdoors, adventuring, rock climbing and spending time with family and friends. I can’t wait to meet you!

ACE Head School Age Swim Instructor - Patrick Gallagher

Pat is our Head School Age Instructor.  He joined our ACE team in 2010.  Pat is extremely passionate about Learn to Swim and ensuring your child is progressing through our levels. Pat is also 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 Swim Instructor and Office Assistant - Katrina Jonkers 

Katrina is a mum of 3 boys and a qualified school teacher.  Katrina is a dedicated relief Swimming 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 Swim Instructor - Natalia Speechlay

Natalia is one of our lovely, smiley, friendly Instructors and thoroughly enjoys being a part of our Ace Learn to Swim team.  Natalia is currently studying at Waikato University to become a Teacher.  Natalia has a background of swimming competitively throughout her primary school and high school years.  Natalia's favourite stroke is Breaststroke and her favourite Sea creature is Kina.  

ACE Swim Instructor - Ashleigh Cockburn

Hi everyone, My name is Ashleigh and I am from Australia! I have always had a passion for the water, completing my first swimming competition at age 5 and continuing on to qualify for the Australian Swim Team by age 15. I have been a swimming instructor for going on three years now. Outside of the water you’re most likely to find me with my many animals (dogs, horses and a single cat), eating Mexican food or studying to complete my Bachelor of Social Science and Public Relations.

ACE Swim Instructor - Megan Whitburn

Megan is another one of our super amazing Instructors.  You could basically call her a mermaid! Megan is an amazing Swimmer herself and is always winning loads of Medals at Masters Swimming Events around the Country.  Megans favorite Sea Creature is a Dolphin and favorite stroke Freestyle.  

ACE Swim Instructors - Profiles coming soon

Sandra Dinnington

Sam Johnston

Hanna Bentley

Arden Loye

Jaimee Carlson

Arielle Jovanovic