Our Leadership Team
Vaughan is proud of the achievements his team has attained over the years including NZRA Outstanding Pool of the Year 2016. Vaughan holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science, have been on tertiary review panels for Sport Science, and previously part of the PT Council of NZ.
Vaughan’s day to day activities draw on experience both in the hospitality and fitness industry coupled with his drive” to set the standard in fitness, recreation and lifestyle centres” Vaughan surrounds himself with great people who share the same drive to make a difference in our community!
Fitness Centre Team Leader
Byron oversees the day-to-day operation of our state-of-the-art fitness centre here at Richmond Aquatic Centre.
He is a graduate of Auckland University (AUT) Bachelors of Sport and Recreation and is a Senior Mentor and Assessor for fitness and sports-based qualifications through Te Mahi Ako NZ.
Recently wining the Te Mahi Ako Te Iti Kahurangi Award for his work developing professionals within the region.
Byron is a martial arts enthusiast, with a Muay Thai kickboxing background and more recently starting in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/MMA.
In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors, walking his dogs and doing DIY and gardening around his home.
SwimMagic Head Instructor
With 12 years of experience as a swim instructor, (both in Christchurch and here in Nelson), and various Swimming New Zealand, and Austswim qualifications, Jo brings a wealth of experience and passion to the position of Head Instructor. When not working alongside Patsy (our Swim School Administrator) in the swim school office, assisting with the enrolment of new customers, Jo can be found poolside working alongside instructors to ensure our swimmers receive the best possible swimming and water safety lessons. Jo plans and runs our instructor training sessions, and works on the basis that our swim school if not already, will be the swim school of choice for the region!
When not at work, Jo can be found walking out in the wilds of western Golden bay, swimming in the ocean, or knee-deep in her vege garden!”
Rachel is our water treatment specialist, and previous winner of the NZRA Lifeguard of the Year in 2011. Rachel Graduated Otago University with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Physical Education to which she applies these skills in the development of our Aquatics team. When she is not working to ensure the highest standard of water quality you will find Rachel up in the hills mountain biking, on the ocean paddling Wakaama or outside chasing trails. Rachel is a firm believer in the positive benefits of connecting our communities though an active lifestyle, whether this be on the land or in the water.
Swim School Administrator
I have been teaching swimming for 16 years, whilst specialising in babies, I’m happy teaching any level. I am passionate about all kiwi tamariki and rangatahi having access to swimming lessons & water safety experiences, so working with local and national funders to make this happen is an important part of what I do. It’s never too late to learn how to swim so providing whanau of any age the opportunity to be safe in and around our waterways is a priority. Co-ordinating our school groups programme and looking after our customers are my main focus each day, however, you will often find me poolside helping out the team in the water too, working with our community providing education for our kura and schools and other community organisations and helping with the Tasman Magic Academy.