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2016 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Scholarship Recipients

Alaynah Bettany

Surf Life Saving

2016 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Aquatics Athlete Scholarship

Alaynah is 15 years old and attends St Catherine’s college. She has belonged to Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club since she was 6 years old when her mother made her join after a close encounter her older sister, and thought they needed to learn more about the ocean and how to stay safe.

A talented athlete, Alaynah has played volleyball, netball and represented Wellington in rugby, but has now chosen to focus on surf life saving. Competitive Surf Life Saving includes swimming, paddle boards, single ski (boat), running, and pool events like obstacles and manikin rescue offering lots of challenges and skill diversity for Alaynah.

At the SLS National Pool Champs 2015 Alaynah medalled in most events and also won gold this year with her surf team at the national beach competition. She now trains 12 times a week 3-5 hours per day from the end of May - beginning of April.

Alaynah has been selected to be a part of the NZ Junior Black Fins squad at the Surf Life Saving World Rescue Juniors in the Netherlands in September 2016 to compete against 40 other countries.

Alaynah says she “really enjoy traveling around the country with the team, seeing new places and getting to meet new people” and that” my dream was to make the Black Fins world’s team, now I’m hoping to bring back a medal!”

Lewis Clareburt

Surf Life Saving and Swimming

2016 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Aquatics Athlete Scholarship

Lewis is a student at Scots College in Year 12. He learnt to swim with his sisters Ali and Amelia at TSW Dolphins under Steve Francis at the age of three. When TSW merged with Capital, Lewis was eight, he started competitive swimming coached by Timon Wilkinson. 


He had lots of early success winning his age group in NZ Swimming XLR8. Lewis was handy at most strokes so Medley became one of his best events. He has represented Wellington as an All Star. At the last NZ Age Group Championships, he won 4 titles and qualified for Junior Pan Pacific Championships held in Hawaii in August 2016 with his 400 freestyle time.


Lewis also is a surf lifeguard at Lyall Bay and started competing from the age of eleven. He has won several titles, his main events the surf race, run swim run and pool events, also representing Wellington in the NZ Representative Challenge. This year he has been named in the Junior Black Fins competing at World Rescue 2016 in the Netherlands.


Making both teams has been a highlight in his sporting career, he is hoping this is just the start to represent New Zealand.

Chelsey Edwards


2016 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Pathway to Podium Scholarship Recipient

Chelsey is fourteen years old and currently studying at Chilton St James in Lower Hutt. She was a recipient of a WHiPA scholarship in 2015 to assist with training and international competition costs, and her selection as one of the athletes for the Pathway to Podium scholarship is seen as a great investment in Chelsey's bright future in the pool.

Chelsey says "I also love nothing more than spending time at the pool (in the pool to be exact) and have done since I was five! This passion has continued to grow. In recent years I have been lucky enough to compete overseas in events. My preferred style of swimming is Freestyle and Butterfly. Swimming has been a big part of my life and something I gain a great reward from".

Ruby Heath


2016 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Pathway to Podium Scholarship Recipient

Ruby has been a competitive swimmer since 2008, aged 9, swimming for the SwimZone Racing Club in Lower Hutt. Currently 16 years of age, she attends Chilton Saint James School in Lower Hutt.

Her favourite stroke is Butterfly, particularly enjoying the 200m Butterfly events (Winning Gold at the 2015 NZ Short Course Age Group Champs). Ruby has also had success at a national level in 200m & 400m Freestyle.

Ruby has represented the Wellington region in the Swimming Wellington All Stars team (2015 & 2016), and also represented New Zealand at an age group level in the NZ team that competed at the Australian State Teams Age Group Champs (Canberra, Sep 2015) placing 5th in the 15-16 girls age group.

She was a recipient of a WHiPA scholarship in 2015 to assist with training and international competition costs, and her selection as one of the athletes for the Pathway to Podium scholarship is seen as a great investment in Ruby's promising future in the pool.

When she's not swimming, she takes every opportunity to represent her school at Cross Country, middle-distance running and Triathalon - having competed in all three disciplines at a regional level here in Wellington.

Mary Fisher


2016 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Scholarship Recipient

Mary Fisher is a blind swimmer attending her second Paralympic Games in 2016. She grew up in the Hutt Valley and swam for the Upper Hutt Swim Club from the age of nine until completing high school at Heretaunga College. In 2011 Mary went flatting in Newtown and was coached by Luke Clark at Kilbirnie Pool.

Being selected to swim for NZ was the realisation of a decade-long dream to race at a Paralympic Games. Mary swam personal bests in her five events and returned to New Zealand with a gold in world record time, two silvers and a bronze medal. Since London, Mary has been a gold medallist at the 2014 Para Pan Pacs, 2013 and 2015 IPC swimming world champs and has shared her experiences with many groups. She's currently training with the national para-swimming squad in Auckland ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio. In Rio she will race the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley.

Outside of the pool Mary enjoys, playing the mbira (Zimbabwean thumb piano), baking and going to the Wellington Community Choir when she's in town. The support of the Wellington community has been fundamental to her success.

Jacqui Forsythe


2016 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Scholarship Recipient - Swimming Technical Official

Jacqui has been a Swimming Technical official for 15 years. She is a nationally qualified Referee and Starter and is also on FINA's list as a Starter, meaning she can officiate at the highest level internationally - and she is also involved with open water swimming.

Jacqui has officiated in key roles at all major New Zealand meets, including the New Zealand Open and Age Group Championships. In 2012 and 2014 Jacqui was appointed to work at the Oceania Games, and in 2015 she officiated at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa.

In 2016 Jacqui has been appointed to officiate at the 2016 Oceania Champs where she will also attend the FINA Pool and Open Water Clinics.

Steven Kent

Surf Life Saving

2016 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Scholarship Recipient

Steven is a member of the Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Club in Porirua and has been competing for them since 2003. He has been a New Zealand team member since 2007 competing in four World Championships including being part of the team that won 2012 and 2014.

In 2014 he broke the World Record and won the gold in the 200m obstacle race. Last year he was named top male competitor of the meet at the German International Life Saving Cup.

Steven is "stoked" to be representing NZ in the Blackfins team to travel to Rescue 2016 World Life Saving Championships in the Netherlands in September. Steven has also competed in swimming at the highest level including 2012 London Olympics, 2014 Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Champs, and he was in the team which holds the NZ record in the 4x200 Freestyle Relay.

Samantha Lee

Surf Life Saving
2016 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Scholarship Recipient

Sam is a member of the Black Fins squad, currently training in preparation for selection in the NZ team to compete at the Surf Life Saving World Champs in The Netherlands later this year, hoping to defend their world title.

Sam has been a member of the NZ Surf Life Saving team since 2009 was part of the team that won two consecutive World Championships in 2012 and 2014; Sam also won two individual races and one relay gold at both championships.

In 2015, she won four gold and one silver at the NZ Surf Pool Champs, which resulted in her selection to the NZ team to compete in Europe. At the German Cup, she won two gold in 200m obstacles and 100m rescue medley, including breaking her own world record in the 100m rescue medley that she has held since 2012. She was also was 2nd in 200m super life saver and 3rd in 50m manikin carry and 100m manikin carry with fins. Due to her results, she was awarded the top overall female of the competition for the second year in a row.

Walter Maxwell

Surf Life Saving
2016 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Scholarship Recipient - Coach Performance Advance 

Walter has been involved in coaching at Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club since 2003. With his six children getting involved in the sport, Walter began coaching nippers and junior teams, and now as Head Coach he works with around 120 junior and senior athletes, and is extending his skills with additional coaching duties as Swim Coach for the club.


Walter has coached teams that have paddled across Cook Strait and Lake Taupo. In 2007/08 season he was named New Zealand Surf Life Saving DHL Coach of the Year.                                                                  

Rebecca Moynihan


2016 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Pathway to Podium Scholarship Recipient

Rebecca has been a competitive swimmer for nearly 7 years. Starting in 2009, she was originally part of the Levin Swimming Club, until she moved to Raumati Swimming Club two years ago. She now trains under the guidance and expertise of former Olympic swimmer Jon Winter. Rebecca is currently a Year 13 student at Waiopehu College, Levin.

Rebecca’s favourite stroke is freestyle, particularly in the sprint events including the 50m and 100m freestyle, and every now and again the 200m freestyle. Rebecca is the back to back national title holder of the short course 50m freestyle for the 16 year old girls and the 17-18 year old age group (winning it as a 17 year old). This year she plans to win it for a third time in October, at the New Zealand Short Course Championships, as an 18-year-old. She also recently won the long course 50m freestyle at the New Zealand Age Group Championships 2016 in the 17-18 year old girls age group. Rebecca is the current holder of two Wellington records in this event.

Rebecca has represented the Wellington region in the Wellington All Stars team for the past three years. She also travelled to Brisbane, in December last year, as part of this team to compete in the Queensland State Championships, where she placed 7th in the 17-18 year old girls 100m freestyle.

She was also a 2015 recipient of a Lloyd Morrison scholarship, from WHiPA, to assist with her travel, training, and competition costs. The scholarship ensured Rebecca was able to continue to travel down to Paraparaumu from Shannon, each day (sometimes twice a day!) to attend training. Her selection for this year’s Lloyd Morrison Pathway to Podium scholarship will provide the opportunity to learn new skills and experience that will be invaluable for her promising future career in swimming.

After graduating college this year, Rebecca plans to travel to America, in August 2017, to attend University on a swimming scholarship. Here she will compete collegiately for four years while studying for her degree. The Pathway to Podium program will set Rebecca up for a great experience over there and create an easier transition into high performance later on.

Emma Robinson


2016 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Scholarship Recipient

Emma Robinson started swimming competitively at age 13 for Wellington's Capital Swim Club, which she still swims for. Her first team was for the 2011 Junior Commonwealth Games, followed by the team for the 2012 Junior Pan Pacifics. In 2013 she competed in the World Champs Open Water team, then in 2014 she qualified individually in the pool for the Commonwealth Games and in 2015 she qualified individually for the Swimming World Champs. Emma was recently named in the NZ Olympic Team for Rio 2016.

Emma says: "I have now been selected to compete at my very first Olympics. It is something that I have dreamed of doing since I was very young, and I can't thank you enough for the on going support WHiPA has given me, as without it my dreams wouldn't be coming true."

Ann Sissons


2016 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Scholarship Recipient - Diving Technical Official

Ann has a long history both nationally and internationally in the sport of diving - first as an Olympic diver, then a coach, and since 1995 as a FINA official.


Ann's aim for 2016 is to travel to Puerto Rico to regain the certification necessary to continue judging and working with the education of diving officials in Wellington and globally.

All Stars team


2016 WHiPA Sponsorship

WHiPA have sponsored the All Stars team from Wellington and Manawatu to compete in the National Zonal Championships. This action packed, fast paced meet will pit the four zones of Swimming New Zealand against each other to determine a champion team. 

The Zonal Championship is based on the collegiate swimming competitions that are held in America. New Zealand has been split into 4 zones (franchises). Each team consists of 40 swimmers made up of: 20 under 15 boys and girls and 20 16 and over men and women. 

Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club Squad

Surf Life Saving

2016 WHiPA Lloyd Morrison Scholarship Recipients

WHiPA supported the Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club squad competing at the Australia Surf Life Saving Championships 2016. The squad members are: 
Competitors - Hayley Cox (19), David Long (16), Luther Maxwell (14) and Alaynah Bettany (15)
Coach - Walter Maxwell.

Hayley Cox (19)
Hayley started Surf Life Saving when at 6 years old. From racing as a little grommet on boogie boards and catching waves in ankle depth water, to now winning u19 woman Board Race at NZ Surf Life Saving Nationals she has always seen Board as her strongest discipline.

Hayley says "Surf Life Saving has been a major part of my life, being able to mix with boys and girls from all different age groups and getting the opportunities to travel all around the country to compete in some of the best beaches in New Zealand is why I enjoy this unique sport so much. I have never gone overseas to compete for Surf Life Saving but I am super excited to represent Lyall Bay later this month in the Aussies 2016".

David Long (16)

David was seven years old when he started competing in surf life saving for Lyall Bay and he has loved the sport ever since. David says "My favourite part of surf life saving is that I get to spend my summers travelling New Zealand and competing against the best in the country. My favourite event is the Ironmen and my strongest leg is ski. This will be my second time competing at Aussie Nationals and I'm stoked to be able to race again in Australia for Lyall Bay".

Luther Maxwell (14)

Luther started surf life saving when he was 4, following in the footsteps of his older brother and sister. He says "I've grown up watching my older siblings win titles, to now getting my own set of national medals to hang on my wall. I would say swimming is my strongest leg even though I enjoy doing them all. Surf life saving has given me the best lifetime experience I could have asked for, from traveling the country catching 10 foot waves, and now traveling to another country to show them what I got. I'm stoked that I get this opportunity to represent my club in Australia against the top in the world".

Alaynah Bettany (15)

Alaynah has been a part of surf life saving since the age of 5. Alaynah says "I love the fact that we get to travel up and down NZ during the season and it's a great way of bonding with my team mates and meeting new people throughout the country. My passion for surf has only ever grown stronger with my time at surf and still continues to play a massive part in my life to this very day. My strongest discipline is Swimming and this will be my first time going overseas to compete at Aussies representing Lyall Bay".

Alaynah has also been named in the Surf NZ Junior Black Fins - she will compete with them in the pool and surf at the World Championships in the Netherlands in September.

Wellington Waterpolo

2016 WHiPA Sponsorship

WHiPA have assisted Wellington Waterpolo with sponsorship to assist in hiring Sarah Goffe as Administration and Development Officer to help grow this busy local sport. 

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