Coaching Staff
Rachel Palmer Age Performance Coach

Rachel Palmer

Rachel Palmer was born in Christchurch in 1991 but quickly moved up to Wellington where most of her schooling took place and her love for swimming began. Rachel attended Sacred Heart College and began her swimming career at SwimZone racing in Lower Hutt. Swimming quickly became the biggest passion in Rachel’s life as claimed regional and national medals from a young age. 

Another family move meant that the next chapter of Rachel’s life would now take place in Auckland. At 15 years old she found herself at Howick Pakuranaga Swimming Club under the keen eye of Horst Miehe. Under the coaching of Horst Rachel was able to claim National gold medals and make her first New Zealand team travelling to the Youth Olympic Festival in Australia. 

Having been through the land program herself, Rachel had developed a strong passion for the dry land aspect of swimming. Alongside her swimming Rachel began coaching the Junior Land Program run by Jeremy Browne at Pakuranga college. Rachel continued to develop as a swimmer at HPK and looked to further her swimming career and education through a swimming Scholarship to Northern Arizona University in America. 

Leaving her comfort zone, Rachel experienced an amazing 4 years of swimming and studying in America. Rachel graduated with a degree in Public Health and Psychology to go with two conference championships, two individual conference titles and a handful of school records. 

After graduating Rachel decided to test out her coaching skills and began working for the Rancho San Dieguito swimming club in San Diego. Here she was able to work with a range of ages from 8 up to 18 and was able to experience the culture of American swimming from the other side. Rachel was able to complete her level 3 American Coaches Association accreditation whilst coaching and attended a handful of conferences lead by some of the world’s best coaches. 

After a year of working in America Rachel returned home and began coaching at HPK. Rachel has worked for Swimgym/HPK since she was 15 starting at the very beginning with waterbabies and working her way through to the performance groups of the club. Rachel is currently working on her bronze Swimming New Zealand accreditation and is coaching the Age Performance squad as well as the Junior Performance squad.


Rachel is currently working on her bronze Swimming New Zealand accreditation.

Sheldon Kemp Youth Performance Coach


Husband to Petra and proud father to Justice 21yrs, Paige 18yrs and Riley 10yrs. A strong supporter to the 2016 Super Rugby Champion team “Wellington Hurricanes” and NRL Canterbury Bulldogs team. Passion, Drive and Challenges are what has attracted me to becoming a “Professional Swim Coach”

Lead Age Group Coach at HPK Swim Club
Assistant Senior Coach at HPK Swim Club

Age Performance Squad
Senior Open Squad

Born in Wellington NZ
De La Salle College, Auckland NZ
11 Years Coaching experience in competitive swimming
4 years Learn to Swim - Swim Teacher, SwimGym
1 year Junior Coach Papatoetoe Swim Club 2005
10 years at Howick Pakuranga Swim Club 2006 - 2016
ACA Junior Skills Award
Teacher of Competitive Swimming
Bronze Licence Accredited Coach
Silver Licence Accredited Coach (Currently Completing)
Athletes with Disabilities Licence (ASCTA)
High Performance Sport New Zealand Carded Coach (Para - Swimming) 2015 - 2017
High Performance Sport New Zealand Coach Campaign Leadership Programme 2016
Head Junior Nationals Development Coach HPK
Assistant Coach to Age Group and Open Squads HPK

Notable Coaching Achievements:
Coached Tupou Neiufi onto the NZ Paralympic Swim Team for 2016 Rio Paralympics
6 Years winning NZ Junior Nationals Club of the Year
4 Consecutive Years - Winner of Junior Nationals Club of the Years 2008 - 2011
2 Consecutive Years - Winner of Junior Nationals Club of the Years 2015 - 2016
2 Years Runners Up NZ Junior Nationals Club of the Year 2007 & 2014
Multiple Athletes placed on NZ Junior and Age Group Development Camps 2008 - 2016
Multiple National Medalists at NZ Junior Nationals 2008 - 2016
Multiple National Medals at NZ Open Championships 2012 - 2016
Multiple National Medals at NZ Short Course Championships 2012 - 2016

I believe in creating a coaching environment where all swimmers can succeed to the best of their given abilities and talents!


Swimming New Zealand Qualified

Jana Korbasova Open Performance Coach


Jana born in Slovakia in 1974 where she lived until July 2006.

Swimming was always in her life. She swam 19 years for Slovakia. Broke more than 30 Junior and Open National records. In 2000 she made Olympic team.
After graduating from Eight Year Sport School in Trencin she started studying at Comenius University in Bratislava. Her studies focused on Physical Education and Sport. In 1996 she achieved Master Degree and became professional coach.

Jana worked 9 years as a swim coach in Slovakia when she decided to challenge herself and change her life. She got an offer from New Zealand (North Shore Swimming Club) to come and show what she can do. She grabbed her chance and from September 2006 she became a part of North Shore Swimming Club as a Age Group Coach.

After 18 months Jana got an offer from Howick Pakuranga Swimming Club where she started in April 2008 as a Junior Head Coach. In time and after winning 3 times NZ Junior Nationals she became Age Group Coach and National Development Coach. 

Currently she is coaches for the club as a Performance Coach and looking after Open Group. She is a holder of NZ Silver Coaching License and most recently had been honoured as a carded coach by High Performance Sport NZ.


NZ Silver Coaching License

Angela Oliver Junior Performance


Hi I am Angela Oliver. I am a coach for the HPK Dolphins squad. A little background on

me and my ties with this swimming club begin with my kids. I am a mother of 3 all of whom began swimming at as ‘waterbabies’ at Swimgym when they were 6 months old.

It was being part of their swimming education that inspired me to look into becoming a Swimgym instructor myself. So having achieved the Swim Ed - Foundation Swimming Skills qualifications I have the enjoyed the last 6 years teaching swimming to children 5 years and under and latterly the Swimgym mini squads.

Following my children’s progress into the HPK Club arena I too have stepped up to take on a coaching role where I have a chance to teach the more technical aspects of swimming. As a member myself, of the local masters swimming club, I can appreciate

how much effort is required to learn good technique, and then, how much that can 
reward you with improved performance.

I am really enjoying my new role, being part of helping these young swimmers take on board new skills and striving to progress.