We attract and employ coaches from around the world. They all have proven track records of both competing and coaching to national or international levels. They are here to pass on their knowledge and skills to our young swimmers. They make sure the training programme is designed and developed to ensure the swimmers have the best program to help them progress.

Deirdre Harrison (Head Coach)

IMG_9713_ edit copyDeirdre comes from South Africa where she swam and coached at a national and international level for longer than she will admit to. She has coached (and even swum!) for North Harbour Synchro since 1997 with a few years off when her kids were very young.


In addition to coaching and managing teams, she is also an experienced Synchronised Swimming judge and has been judging at New Zealand and Oceania competitions since 2008.  In 2012 she was the Technical Official at Oceanias in New Caledonia.   She is currently a SSNZ Board Member and has been nominated as the NZ Aquaferns Team Manager to the FINA World Championships in 2015.


Kaye Kennedy

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Kaye competed with North Harbour Synchro over a period of 6 years (2007-2012). Along with North Harbour’s Combo A team she was selected to represent New Zealand in the 2010 and 2012 Oceania Championships. During her time swimming for the club, Kaye competed in Combo, teams, duets, and often with her cousin as her main duet partner.




Victoria Hohaia


Victoria started synchronised swimming at North Harbour when she was 8 years old. She was inspired to begin synchronised swimming after watching the 2004 Olympics on TV. She loved the way the girls danced in the water and did cool tricks and thought, "this sport suits a fish like me!" What Victoria likes most about synchronised swimming is that it is competitive, artistic, challenging, involves teamwork and most of all time spent in the water. Victoria first swam for New Zealand at the 2010 Oceania Championships in Samoa. Victoria’s greatest highlights of synchronised swimming are; being a member of the NZ Aquaferns team that competed in the 2013 Barcelona Fina World Championships and the 2015 Kazan Fina World Championships.

Rachel Kim

2015_01_12_02_46_34Been with North Harbour since 2006. Competed at the 2008 and 2012 Oceania Championships in solo, duet and combination team. Started coaching in 2012.