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About our Coach

Jonathan Winter (born 18 August 1971 in Masterton) is a member of the Ngai Tahu Maori tribe and a former backstroke swimmer from New Zealand, who competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States. At the 1995 FINA World SC Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil he won the gold medal with the Men's 4 × 100 medley relay team. Jon also competed in three consecutive Commonwealth Games.

He began coaching the F.R.C.C swimming club in Wellington in 1991 as Junior coach under Head Coach Gary Hurring. Jon moved to Hastings in 1998 and formed Heretaunga Sundevils who became hugely successful during the early to mid 2000s - he then moved to Auckland and formed United Swimming Club another very successful organisation. Jon was also the club coach for the Tongan Olympic Swimming Team at London 2012.

Jon currently provides head coach services to Raptors Swimming Club through his Coastal Warriors company. Jon subscribes to the coaching philosophy of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD).
For more information on Jon's application of LTAD, click here