Coaches

Phil Melhuish - Head Coach
Phil Melhuish joined Napier Aquahawks Swim Club in March 2017, coming from Wales. Phil is the club’s Head Coach bringing with him more than 20 years of coaching experience.

Born in south Wales, at the age of 11 Phil joined the City of Cardiff Swimming Club, where he went on to break over 20 Welsh Senior records, won many Senior National medals and competed in the 1994 Commonwealth Games.

In 1998 Phil started his coaching career at Swansea Valley Swim Club, and in 2003 he became Head Coach of Bridgend County Swim Squad. Phil’s swimmers have competed at Commenwealth and Youth Commonwealth Games, European Youth Olympics, European Open Water Championships and British Nationals. He has coached triathletes to numerous Olympic Games and a disability swimmer to a World Record. His swimmers have broken many Welsh and British records. Also he coached for Great Britain on three different occasions.

Now residing in Napier, Phil has coached club swimmers to HBPB records, numerous medals at NZ National Championships, and the Napier Aquahawks Swim Club earned Best Club at the HBPB Championships.

Contact Phil: headcoach@aquahawks.co.nz