Age Development

Tony Shacklock 027 241 7005

[email protected]

Mission: “To cultivate character, leadership, and life skills through swimming excellence.” We aim to achieve the coaches’ mission using a strong focus on developing skills and behaviors that support self-improvement

The lead coach for the Age Development squad is Tony Shacklock. Swimmers will be members of HPK Swim Club and most will have graduated from Junior Development. Most swimmers will be between the ages of 11 and 14 years. 


Key Goals (Train to Compete)

The key goal of this group is to perform well at Division II National Championships with a view to moving to National Age Groups if that is their preference. There will be further development and mastery of skills with a predominant emphasis on the aerobic system development. Athletes can expect this group to be a significant step up in terms of training intensity and focus for all swimmers coming from the junior programme. Athletes will touch on more advanced physical, technical & tactical skills. Skills of autonomy, independence & individual are introduced. This group is a critical component in our programme and is targeted as developing the future champions of the club.  



Sessions are at Pakuranga College weekdays 5.45-8.00pm and 5.45-8.00am (by invitation) as well as 9-11am on Saturday mornings. Swimmers should compete at least once every term and train 3 times per week.


The Facility

Pakuranga College is an outdoor pool that is heated all year round. Swimmers need to come prepared for adverse weather conditions, we do still swim if it rains! A warm coat and woolly hat for immediately following training and having something with them to eat immediately after training will help. Another tip is to use a large plastic bag to line your bag to ensure you have dry clothes.


Access is on Pigeon Mountain Road. Swimmers & parents are unable to use the school car park between the hours of 7:30am-4:30pm. Between these hours parents will need to park on the roadside or drop their kids at the gate on Pigeon Mountain road. Parents are not permitted to use the driveway. Swimmers under the age of 9 yrs must be accompanied & collected from poolside.

To access the pool (red box) from the car park (yellow box), walk along the main road to the rear gate and down the driveway where you will be able to see the pool. Prior to 7:30am and after 4:30pm the school car park (yellow box) can be used