Swimming is a life skill, reagrdless of whether someone lives  witha disability/impairment, or not.

Swimming really is for everyone, and we want to get more swimmers swimming more often. There are lots of ways to get involved in swimming, either at a recreational or club and competitive level. - it does not matter at what ability. Although the aim may be to become a competitive swimmer those with a disability can still be involved in swimming, or start the journey to competitive swimming, without the need to be classified in the disability swimming space.

HBPB Swimming, along with SNZ, and Disability Sport Hawke's Bay run Disability Clinics at least once a year. These are in either Hawke's Bay or Gisborne - or ideally in both areas. You do ot need to be currently involved in swimming, or be a member of a club to come along to these. Everyone is most welcome, whatever your level of swimming is.

Swimming New Zealand has a Disability Fund with the aim of reducing the cost barrier and connecting our local expertise with the participant. and their swim school to support a positive experience early in the aquatic experience.  This funding is for anyone aged 6-24 years.

Contact Sue Hewitt - swimhbpb@gmail.com or SNZ contacts Cameron Leslie - Cameron@swimming.org.nz or Hannah Cartman - hannah@swimming.org.nz 


SNZ is proud to offer many opportunities for para swimming across the country, from club, regional and national level, as well as internationa; pathway. Para swimming is part of national meets and swimmers race using the Multi-Class system.

Classification is required and information - contact Cameron Leslie at SNZ - cameron@swimming.org.nz to learn more or link o the further information provided on this page.

S14 Athlete Lance Dustow from Greendale at the Virtus Games

Guy Harrison (S8 Athlete) from Sundevils nominated for Disabled Sportsperson of the Year 2022 Sport HB Awards