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.

Natalia Pavlova

IMG_7840dA competitive synchronised swimmer since 1998. She started coaching in 2007 in Russia (Vladivostok) and joined North Harbour as coach in 2011.

Was a member of the Far Eastern team of synchronised swimming in Russia from 1996 until 2006 and participated in numerous National Championships.

Was a prize-winner of local competitions (more than 30 medals in Duet, Team, Combo).   In May 2005 she won 2nd place in a Duet with her twin-sister Tamara Pavlova at National Competition in Moscow  “Olympic expectancies”.  In July 2005 she won 3rd place in a team at National level competitions (among 15 teams). She also participated in synchronised swimming performances, including International shows in Beijing, Dalian and Xian.

Deirdre Harrison

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.


Tamara Pavlova

x_0dee0068Tamara was a member of the Far Eastern team of synchronised swimming in Russia from 1996 until 2006 where she participated in numerous National Championships.

She started coaching in 2007 in Russia and joined North Harbour as a coach in 2014.


Vicki Hustler

101107153924PRVLFBDOVicki has been involved with North Harbour since 2004 and also currently manages Gara Manzi Synchronised Swimming Club. She swam and dived competitively whilst at school and began coaching swimming in Zimbabwe at the age of 18. She is passionate about growing Synchronised Swimming at a grass roots level encouraging every swimmer to learn the basic skills that they can go on to use in many water based sports and activities. Her particular coaching niche is with the Beginners and Dolphin groups.

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.


Leslie Hansen

SE0221 Leslie soloLeslie started synchronised swimming at North Harbour when she was 12. She swam for New Zealand at the Oceania Championships in 2006 and 2008. In 2009 Leslie moved to Wellington where she coached and swam for Synchronised Swimming Wellington and in 2010 moved to Canada and trained with a team there for a year. Leslie returned to her hometown and started coaching for North Harbour in 2014.



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.






Emma-Leigh Winkel


Emma did synchro for 6 years. Went to Oceanias in 2014 and has been coaching since mid 2015. Her favourite part of synchro is how interesting and fun it is to other sports, and the bond you gain from the swimmers, is one that will last a lifetime! Her Duet partner in the picture.