About McMillan's Aquatic Centre (MAC's)
MAC’s has been owned and operated by Blair and Karen McMillan since 2009.
Blair has a Bachelor of Laws and is a Swimming New Zealand Level 3 qualified swim coach. His coaching background has involved coaching Lydia Lipscombe to both Commonwealth and Olympic honours, and placing Sirinton Coe on the the Pan Pacific Games Team in 1995. He coached numerous other swimmers to National Open and Age Group titles while coaching at the Wharenui Swim club. Blair was Head Coach at Wharenui from 1994 – 1999 following coaching stints in Ashburton, Nelson, and as the Assistant at Wharenui.
Karen has a Bachelor of Education in primary teaching, a diploma in swim teaching and has been teaching swimming for nearly 30 years. Karen developed the Bumble Bees Swim Programme which specialises in teaching babies to young school aged children during ownership of the swim school from 2001-2021.
Karen now works in an operational management role for MAC's and is the point of contact for any communication. She can also be found on poolside teaching from time to time.