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. 



Cameron has an enviable coaching, academic, musical and athletic pedigree. Having held Senior Coaching positions for St Peters, North Shore and Pukekohe’s Belgravia Swim Clubs, he is also an accomplished Violinist (regularly performing with Orchestras), has a degree in Engineering and is currently working to complete a diploma in Computer Science. Cameron’s sporting achievements are equally as impressive, having represented New Zealand in the Oceania Championships, World University Games and Trans-Tasman Tri Series competitions. He is a former New Zealand Open record holder in the 200m backstroke short course event and a multiple national medallist and title holder. Cameron was also the recipient of a Prime Minister’s scholarship.

Cameron has a holistic approach to coaching and believes in creating an environment that inspires athletes to achieve more than they thought they could, whilst equipping them with the skills that not only make them better athletes but better human beings as well.  He is a strong believer in dry-land training and mindfulness, has a silver coaching qualification and is truly an inspirational leader, motivational speaker and an awe-inspiring addition to our coaching line-up.


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.