Blair was my swimming coach from when I was 13 - 19 years old (1993 – 1999). During this time, he helped develop not only my swimming ability but also my character as a person. The skills I developed as an athlete, I use every day in my career and personal life.

Blair's approach to coaching was creative and always fun. I have great memories of being part of his squad. We worked incredibly hard together and I loved that feeling after a hard session of knowing that you had given it everything.

During my years as a competitive swimmer, I achieved highly in swimming because of Blair's dedication, beyond what was expected from a coach. His explanations, demonstrations and knowledge of strokes were exceptional. I would listen carefully and work for months on the points he was telling me. Even when I lumber up and down the pool nowdays in my master's squad, I still think over technique points I remember being told.

Through our ups and downs together, Blair, the swimmers and I built strong relationships and are now friends for life. I wish Blair all the best with his swimming school and I am pleased that other swimmers will have the opportunity to experience what I did.


Lydia Lipscombe New Zealand Olympic Games Representative 1996
Commonwealth Games Representative 1998

During my swimming career Blair was a dedicated and devoted coach. Always caring. always encouraging, always committed to getting the best results from his swimmers. I will always cherish my swimming years. Blair provided an environment where we had a lot of fun, trained really hard and created wonderful memories with lifelong friends.

I will forever be thankful.

Thanks, Blair!

Sirinton Coe New Zealand Pan Pacific Games Representative 1995

Thank you for the truly wonderful service we have received from every staff member at MAC's - from our very first enquiry over the phone, to Josh's swim assessment, going out of your way to fit us into the holiday programme, the ease of making bookings, your warm welcoming smiles at the pool, great communication and of course your wonderful way of teaching.  It is honestly some of the best service in Christchurch!  We have been very impressed.

The Murray Family

Thank you to Blair and our tutors over the last couple of years - my son has grown in confidence, technique and ability since transitioning from his previous swim school.  Blair's firm but kind and encouraging teaching style emulates through MAC's that tutors, parents and students can't help but flourish under.  A wonderful learning environment that all children can shine in.  Thanks to everyone at MAC's.

The Laws

After 12+ years the time has come for Ben to move on from MAC's and head into competitive swimming.  We have both loved his time at Bumble Bees and MAC's.  He started as a 1 year old and 12 years later he leaves as a competant swimmer.  A big thanks to all that have taught him over the years.  It has been great! The consistency of staff, the family approach, the professionalism and the genuine interest in what he is up to.  We will miss it.  Once again a big thanks, we are sad to be leaving.  Do not change what you are doing....you have got it ri

Viv & Ben

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