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Nigel Ellett Elected Chairperson of Swimming Otago

After two years of fronting the Swimming Otago Board, Ali Hill has stepped down from her position as Chairperson. We thank Ali for her time as Chair - it has been a whirlwind couple of years, and it was fantastic to have continuity and strong leadership. No need to worry, though - Ali is not stepping away from the sport, as she will remain a board member of our regional association.
 
Nigel Ellett has been elected to the position of Chairperson of the Swimming Otago Board. After serving on the Swimming Otago Board for three years, Nigel is excited to take on this hands-on position and lead our regional association into the future. Nigel served as Vice Chair throughout the 2021/22 season and has proven success in leading his club, so we are beyond excited to see how Swimming Otago continues to evolve under his close eye. 
 
The new season also sees us farewell board member David Silipo. David served two years on the Swimming Otago Board, using his professional knowledge and experience to guide our financials and accounting. David's presence on the Board will be missed, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
 
We are pleased to welcome Gillian Sugiyama onto the Swimming Otago Board. Gillian may be a familiar face to many of our community, often seen poolside officiating at various competitions across the region. We are excited to welcome Gillian onto the Board and cannot wait for her to join our close-knit team. With the addition of Gillian, the Swimming Otago Board now has equal gender representation for the first time in many years - a fantastic achievement!