Great Coaching Team


Nelson South is proud of its coaching team who are committed to providing a high level of coaching for all its members.


Glen Findlay

Glen is a professional swim coach with over 21 years of full time coaching experience.  He started out as an Assistant Coach with Aqua Gym where he was responsible for the development of swim programs for over 400 swimmers between 1992 and 1998.  This role also included parent and staff education, as well as the coaching of National Age Group Squads (NAGs and DIV 2).
Glen went on to be Head Coach of Aqua Gym for 6 years where he managed 8 levels of competitive swimming programs, including planning for National and International swimming programs.  He also coached swimmers as major events such as Pan Pacific Games (1999, 2003), World Championships (1999, 2001) and the Olympic Games (2000, Helen Norfolk)
Between 2003 and 2013 he took on the role of Swim Coach at Christchurch City Council where he developed and coached holistic aquatic swimming programs, non-competitive programs as well as Surf, Triathlon, Masters and Para swimming programs.  
Glen and his family moved to Nelson in 2014 and after 3 years away from the pool deck, he is relishing the opportunity to work with the Nelson South swimmers.

Talya Harwood

Talya joined Nelson South in 2019. A top national swimmer herself, she made the move into coaching in 2017.  The club is very excited to have her on board.

Tell us about your swimming background – your best memory of your time as a swimmer & your greatest success?

I started my swimming career at a young age with the Golden Bay swimming clubs learn to swim groups.   At the age of 9 I moved to Nelson and joined Nelson Swimming Club (now Tasman Swim Club) and my love for the sport grew from there.

My passion was for distance swimming from the start where I specialised in the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle races as well as the 5km and 10km open water swimming.

Probably my fondest memories as a competitive swimmer were my 800 freestyle at 2016 opens nationals where I achieved my first time under 9 minutes and became the first girl in Nelson Marlborough to do so,  but my fondest memory was representing New Zealand at the Junior World Championships in Amsterdam where I competed in the 7.5km open water race, a very proud moment.  

What brought you to coaching?

My coaching career started at age 17 when I finally hung up my cap and goggles and stepped away from training and racing, and started teaching learn to swim at the Aquatic centre. Swimming was a passion for me so this seemed like the next logical step and I didn’t want to let go of the sport completely.   My journey from learn to swim, to coaching progressed very quickly as the opportunity to become the assistant coach for Tasman Swim Club was offered to me not long after I started teaching, so I jumped at the chance as Coaching for me is where my real passion is.

I am currently in full time study at NMIT where I am in my second year studying to obtain a degree in sport, recreation and exercise.  The knowledge I am gaining from this course has really allowed me a greater understanding of the body mechanics in the water as well as with all other sports and I have been in charge of the Tasman swimmers dry land trainings for the past year.    

What you are looking forward to at NSSC?

I’m looking forward to a new challenge at Nelson South Swimming Club, as I will be able to gain more knowledge and develop my skills as a coach.  I’m looking forward to working alongside Glen as I believe he has a lot of knowledge and experience that I will be able to tap into, but mostly I am excited to be able to work with some great new young athletes who have a love for the sport, as I have, and to be able to assist them to grow and develop into the best athletes that they can be.