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Thursday 15th July 2021

Left: Steve Johns, CEO of Swimming New Zealand. Right: Paul Lloyd, Chief Executive/Director of Apollo Projects.

New Zealand’s swimming champions have been given an enormous boost today, as Apollo Projects announces it has partnered with major sporting body, Swimming New Zealand.

“We are so proud to be supporting the development of Aotearoa’s athletes,” Apollo Projects Director Paul Lloyd says. “Having designed and built aquatics centres around the country, we see the positive impact swimming has on people’s lives and the benefits these pools bring to communities.”

The award-winning aquatics centre design and construction company has signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Swimming NZ that will help fund and develop new opportunities for more swimmers including, mass participation events, Junior Festivals and Senior competitions.

Swimming is one of the New Zealand’s most popular recreational activities, with more than a third of Kiwis getting into the water to play, exercise and compete.

Swimming NZ Chief Executive Steve Johns says he is thrilled to welcome Apollo Projects as principal sponsor.

This partnership is a momentous win for the thousands of Kiwis who swim. Participation in swimming is as high as any sport in New Zealand. With Apollo Projects’ support, we will be able to continue growing those numbers and provide development opportunities for our future swimming champions,” he says.

The partnership has a personal connection for Director Paul Lloyd, who watched his daughter thrive in the sport.

“Having spent many weekends and evenings by the poolside when my daughter was competing, I’ve seen the incredible effect swimming can have on their lives.”
“My hope is that this partnership will help even more people to enjoy this experience and all the benefits it provides.”

The partnership between Apollo Projects and Swimming NZ will allow the two organisations to benefit from sharing expertise and technology. Along with signing on as Principal Sponsor, Apollo Projects has encouraged associated industry companies to get involved as Associate Sponsors.

Tokyo 2021 Olympic swimming medallist hopeful, Lewis Clareburt will be flying out to Japan in a few days’ time and says today’s announcement is a real investment in the continued success of the sport in New Zealand.

“Swimming has given me the chance to do things I’d never dreamed of. It’s fantastic to see Swimming NZ receive this support so that it can help even more kids give swimming a go and hopefully down the track, make it to the world stage too.”

Apollo Projects will be Swimming NZ’s principal sponsor until July 2023 with right of renewal for a future two years.

About Apollo Projects:

Apollo Projects is a leading New Zealand design and construction company. Building sport and aquatics centre facilities is one of its specialties.

Its projects have included Auckland’s SwimTastic centre, the Canterbury Swim School, Christchurch’s He Puna Taimoana Hot Pools, Norman Kirk Memorial Pool, Scarborough Splashpad and the award-winning Taiora: QEII Recreation & Sports Centre.

Apollo currently has aquatics projects underway in Hawke’s Bay, Stratford, Gisborne, and Christchurch.

For further information visit, click here.

For media enquiries, contact:

Lucy Mills
Swimming New Zealand
Communications Manager
021 701 918

Holly Bryant-Simpson
Apollo Projects
Marketing & Communication Manager
021 547 626