The Parnell Swim Club started at the Parnell Baths in 1913 and held its first swimming carnival in 1914.

Throughout history the club has produced New Zealand Olympic, World Championship and Commonwealth Games representatives.

Today the Parnell Swim Club offers a multi-dimensional athletic program, that prides itself on providing athletes and parents with the ultimate in support and guidance.

We look forward to working with you and your swimmer.






Sam's energy and enthusiasm to all he does is very infectious and it's probably because he has two big responsibilities in his working life, our Director of Coaching at the Parnell Swim Club, the second is as an architect at Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects.

Sam's priority is ensuring the coaching team are delivering instruction to an exceptional standard, across all our squads. 

At the age of 10, Sam shook Duncan Laing's hand and asked him if he could join his swim team in Dunedin. The following day he started training in his squad. From that day onward Mr. Laing became and still is his hero and Sam enjoyed multiple swim achievements at the highest level during his competitive swim career. At 18 he moved to Auckland, began an architecture degree and swam under Jan Cameron at the high performance institute.

The transition from athlete to coach began with swim teaching at the newly opened, King's Swim School, during his second year of university. At the end of five years of study he needed a break from architecture and coincidently had a budding little group of swimmers who wanted to transition into competitive swimming. The King's Swim Club was born.

Sam is inspired every day by the responsibility he feels as a leader and mentor to the young athletes of the Parnell Swim Club team. It is important to him to enable the athletes in his team, to move beyond swimming with skills that allow them to achieve in any field of endeavour. 



Khaled moved to New Zealand in 2001 and started a Civil Engineering career before moving into competitive swim coaching where he has coached for two other New Zealand based swim clubs before joining our team in 2019. Khaled has a significant and impressive swim coaching career.

Whilst his coaching experience is impressive so too is his competitive swimming experience where he competed with the Egyptian national team for seven years. Khaled was ranked at his peak first in Egypt for an impressive three years and the top two for five years. He swam as a professional marathon swimmer from 1996 to 1999 and represented Egypt in the World Cup series during this time. He was third in the Lac St Jean World Cup final in 1998 and was ranked in the top eight open water professional swimmers 1997, 1998, and 1999. It goes with out saying that Khaled is an experienced and capable leader and is working with our senior athletes to take them to the next level.


Scott Butland

Scott has a fundamental understanding of the essential elements of swimming through his experience of coaching school aged athletes through to adults for several years. 


Caitlin Parker Allen

Caitlin has represented New Zealand in Waterpolo. She has huge energy and passion for swimming having learned from the best, our Head Coach Sam, way back when.


Maggie Hubert

Maggie swam competitively throughout her high school years, representing her high school and local club in her home state of Indiana. She brings to the team enthusiasm, maturity and exceptional communication skills.