Swimming Sports Day 2021

HASCA Homeschool Swimming Sports Competition

North Shore ~ Tuesday, 16th March 2021

When / Event Date:
Tuesday, 16th March 2021 (registrations open February 1st)

Sign in 8:45am
Racing 9:00am to 2:00pm
(possible earlier finish)

Home educated students 7 years and over **parent help will be required on the day too**

Sir Owen G,. Glenn National Aquatic Centre (NAC)
Located at AUT Millennium Campus, 17 Antares Place, North Shore, Auckland

For this event we will use both the NAC Olympics-sized pool (set to 25m) 2.2 depth, and the NAC 25M Learner pool 1-1.2 depth.

Home educated students 7 years and over **parent help will be required on the day too**

2021 Event Entry Fee:
non member:
$10.00 per swimmer
HASCA member:
$6.00 per swimmer
OR $20.00 for HASCA members with 4+ children entering

Registrations will open 1st February 2021. A link to the registration form will be uploaded to this page (and advertised widely to our community).

Coordinators / Enquiries:
Glenn, Lin-Li, or Sandra – email hasca.nz@gmail.com

Event Programme:
The event programme will be uploaded after registrations close

Registrations will open in 1st February 2021 and close end-of-day 5th March 2021 or prior if our maximum number is reached.

The events schedule will be uploaded closer to event date.

(arrival/sign in 8:45am, events start 9am, anticipated finish between 1.30pm & 2:30pm – depends on numbers)

The duration of the day will be determined by the number of entries we receive. We will aim to swim our younger participants earlier. We will format a timetable (based on last year’s event) and notify participants.

WHAT: A Swimming Sports Day for home educated children aged 7yrs+.

WHERE: Sir Owen G. Glenn National Aquatic Centre (NAC)
Located on the AUT Millennium Campus, 17 Antares Place, North Shore, Auckland

The event entry fee should be paid at the time of registration please …
$6.00 per swimmer for HASCA member children
$20.00 per New or Existing HASCA member family (4 or more children/siblings)
$10.00 per swimmer for non-members *
*Alternatively, we welcome your support through membership. See “membership” at http://www.hascaNZ.org.
Please note the fees cover pool hire and associated expenses.

There is no charge for spectators but we do expect parent help and full supervision of swimmers and any non-swimming siblings. (Events like this are a community effort, and working together makes great things happen.)

Please ensure you bring food and snacks (a packed lunch for your child) and water. Alternatively, there are two Cafes plus a Subway on site.

The AUT Millennium Campus has ‘pay by plate’ parking. Users have 90min free per day, after that it is $2 per hour (maximum of $10 per day). There is limited street parking on Centurion Drive and the side streets off this road. (A walk through is available to AUT Millennium Campus from 41 Centurion Drive.)

Safety is paramount! The adult/child ratio on the day will need to be 1:5 to ensure children are kept safe in and around the water and on site. Millennium will have two life guards on duty also.

We will need parent help! The day will be orchestrated by the HASCA team, aided by parent volunteers. Roles including marshalling, time keeping, recording, and supervision will need to be filled please. * It is important to note approximately 25 to 30 volunteers / helpers will be needed to make this event successful. *

Dear Parents, we urge you to carefully consider your child’s strengths and ability before selecting events: Have they mastered that stroke? Are they competent swimming that length (25m, 50m, 100m), in that depth pool, without stopping? Are they confident in that pool depth?

Please carefully consider WHICH events to enrol your child in and HOW MANY. Consider their skill level, or consult their swim instructor if you have to. Ultimately, we will rely on your knowledge and judgement, but we do want to ensure each child has a positive event experience and is not swimming beyond their ability. Also, please take into account that children will tire faster the more events they register for, and they may wish to concentrate on their favoured strokes and distances.

Like last year, we will likely swim boys and girls of the same age at the same time, but will award separately as per their category. We will record individual times (2 stop watches per lane) to ensure we have accurate details for the overall results, and swimmers can monitor their own personal best times too.

We will run heats for each age category / event. Overall winners will be decided by the best recorded time. (This means children will need to swim their very best in each race and record their best time in order to place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.)

The Learner pool in the National Aquatic Centre (NAC) is 1m to 1.2m deep x 25m in length. We will be using all 5 lanes. (no diving is permitted in the learner pool swimmers will start in the water at the deeper end with their hand on the wall)

Proposed events for the Learner pool:
25m Freestyle … 25m Backstroke … 25m Breaststroke … fun events

The Olympic-size pool in the National Aquatic Centre (NAC) is 2.2m deep x 50m, however the length will be set at 25m on March 18th for the purpose of our Homeschool Swimming Sports event. We will be using up to 10 lanes.
(the Main pool has dive blocks alternatively swimmers can sit or stand to the side of the dive-block to dive in, or do an in-pool wall start, whichever is preferred)

Proposed events for the Main pool: (all timed events)
25m and 50m Freestyle / Backstroke / Breaststroke / Butterfly, 100m and 200m Freestyle, Individual Medley

It is important to note that we may not have time to run every event listed in the registration form (particularly for the main pool), therefore ticking the event is an expression of interest and an indication that your child would like to compete in this event should it run on the day. With this in mind and taking into account our obvious time restraints, please ensure you tick the boxes/events your child is most competent in and really wanting to do.

Proposed fun events for under 9’s:
Kicking races with the board
Noodle relay – “noodle” is the baton so the swimmers have to get creative with how they swim with the noodle
Relay using the flippa ball – swim with head up and ball in front

Once we’ve collated registrations, a programme (and approximate timetable) will be emailed to participants.

Swimmers are not required to dive off the starting blocks, they can dive from the ledge next to the diving block or start in the water (hand on wall). Swimmers are not required to tumble turn, a simple wall touch is sufficient. (Note: a two-hand touch is required for Fly and Breast.)

Swimmers will only be disqualified if they start before the start signal, and if they perform a different stroke to the event they entered.

On the day, participation acknowledgement certificates will be available for all registered swimmers including overall event winners. Plus, an official results list will be collated and emailed to all participants after the event.

We hope to build community through this event, and provide a positive learning experience and fun day for home educated students / families.

* We may ‘tweak’ things slightly along the way to ensure our day meets the needs of everyone involved. *

Our sincere thanks to North Shore Swimming & AUT Millennium for their support.


Note: The North Shore Swimming Primary interschool competition will take place on 13th April 2021 and HASCA will be entering a team of children. You are welcome to make enquiries to Glenn c/o HASCA.

HASCA’s 2019 Homeschool Swimming Championships was amazing!
Thank you to Lin Li, Sandra, and Glenn for all their time coordinating!
Thank you to all the parent and student helpers who assisted on the day, and sincere thanks to AUT Millennium and North Shore Swimming for their support! #swimtastic #letsdoitagainnextyear

View event photos on our members’ Facebook page, and view overall HASCA Swim Event 2019 results HERE.

View North Shore Swimming 2019 Inter-School Comp’ results HERE, and HASCA team results HERE.

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