Focused on athletes just like you!
The team at Rick Wells Sport are all passionate about helping our swimmers achieve their goals, no matter what these are. Each and everyone has achieved in the sporting arena, whether it is representing NZ on the world stage in triathlon or competing in swimming here and overseas. The squads are full of like-minded athletes who train solidly, like to have some fun from time to time but are focused on achieving together, we are not elite swimmers but we do have many that compete at the top echelon of their age group in both Masters swimming and triathlon - and then we have many that continue to develop their personal bests coming from very modest bases...so do join us!
Meet The Team
Rick represented NZ in swimming from 1979 to 1985 during which time he held numerous national titles and international representations (including commonwealth games team). Turning to triathlon in 1987, Rick won both the world short course and long course championships, Gold at the 1990 Commonwealth games (all at a time when the sport was very new!)
Rick has also represented NZ at Surflifesaving (and is still involved) and in 1993 was awarded an MBE for service to Sport.
Still involved in occasional competing –Rick now focuses his attention on helping the next generations of athletes realise their potential. Rick has been involved in coaching at Newmarket for a number of years...helping kids and adults alike to achieve their potential.
Dan coaches some Saturdays and acts as our technical coaching advisor. Coaching for over 20 years, Dan is a specialist swim coach, working with swimmers at all levels from beginners to national elite. Having been awarded numerous NZ Swimming awards for coaching including National Age Group coach from 2003-2008 and again in 2016 we are proud to be able to offer Dan’s expertise both to our swimmers and working with our regular coaching team.
A technical coaching expert in all four key swimming strokes (and for pool and open water), Dan focuses on getting swimmers to understand and correct what they are doing in the water; working towards more efficient/effective techniques (and ultimately better performances on race day). (And yes, that means breaking our stroke and body position down and using targeted drills to retrain).
One on one sessions are also available with Dan, these use specialist video analysis and in-water audio feedback equipment. Additionally Dan is a specialist in swimming equipment including pool toys (what and why for you) and wetsuit selection…so just ask!
Rob Dallimore (generally Monday)
As a Triathlon New Zealand accredited coach has been helping athletes since 2010. A Lydiard accredited run coach with a background of Sports Medicine, initially being a NZ Registered Sports Podiatrist having worked in this field for over 10 years before deciding to lead his career down the coaching path. (Rob runs the successful Foot Traffic triathlon coaching team). Rob has raced successfully as an Age Grouper at all distances of triathlon and have completed 14th Ironman, qualifying for 3 Ironman World Championships in Kona, represented NZ at the ITU Long Course and Standard Course World Championships, and placed several times in NZ Age Group Triathlon and Duathlon Championships and raced the Multisport World Championships.
Geoff Holmes (generally Saturdays)
The younger duckling of the coaching group, you’ll see Geoff waddling around the squad on the Saturday morning. With a competitive swimming background, he changed direction to coaching 5+ years ago and hasn't looked back. Driven to learn, he is currently studying part-time at AUT as well as working at Triathlon New Zealand as their Coaching Development Manager. Leading up to the summer season his focus is on the Surf Life Saving Pool Champs, where he will be competing for Mairangi Bay. (He doesn't qualify for Newmarket Masters) Qualifications: - Tri NZ Level One - National Certificate in Aquatics
Lynley Twyman (taking care of Comms)
Every team needs someone to keep the team in line, answer all your questions and contribute to the smooth running of the ship. Lynley is an experienced marketer and has swum with the squad for years... and is a seasoned age group triathlete (loves the long distance fun).
For any questions, she will sort the answers (and is also responsible for keeping us up to date with latest squad news)
Jason Benniman (generally Tuesday - currently on leave)
Having represented South Africa and the UK at age group level in triathlon and duathlon, Jason has made the journey to NZ via U.K. A qualified personal trainer, and owner of Triathletes Corner (for all things swim and tri). Jason has a passion for triathlon and getting Kiwis into the sport. Jason is currently working on attaining his Level One Tri NZ certification.
Rick Wells Sport is an affiliated provider and actively supports the activities of both Newmarket Masters Swimming Club and Auckland City Tri Club.... We encourage you to be part of you local club if you are involved in the sport.