NZL Swim Management Team

NZL Swim & Phoenix Aquatics have a wealth of experience in their Management Team. From young swimmers just starting out through to Olympic level competitors, we can provide the perfect combination of technical expertise and practical know-how to optimise the performance of every swimmer

David Lyles

Director and Head Coach

David Lyles has been an International swim coach for Great Britain, China and New Zealand and has a wealth of experience coaching club and age group swimmers through to senior and International athletes.

He has been a Head Coach at club, University and National training centre level as well as being Head Coach to a professional provincial team in China. After starting coaching whilst still at University, David took his first coaching job in 1989 and in 1992, qualified his first swimmer on an Olympic team – a feat he repeated at 6 consecutive Olympics between 1992 – 2012.

Having started at club level, David was given the opportunity to help set up and develop a new scheme at the University of Bath in South West England in 1997. With a brand new facility and the ability to attract top swimmers, it was not long before the centre was home to the first British Swimming National training centre.

After coaching 20 International swimmers and producing finalists at both the Sydney and Athens Olympics, a unique opportunity arose to coach in China. Working for the Shanghai sports bureau, David was selected to lead the Shanghai provincial team in 2007, a move that saw Shanghai named as top team at the Chinese National Championships every year from 2008-2012. Success came quickly, and aside from his team duties, Coach Lyles achieved a 100% success record, with all 9 of his swimmers gaining selection for either World or Olympic teams between 2010 -2012.

With 7 swimmers coached onto the China team for the home World Championships in Shanghai 2011 and 5 swimmers selected for the 2012 London Olympics, David Lyles was a constant member of one of the worlds’ biggest and strongest swim teams.

With 7 medals from 5 different swimmers at World Championships (2010 + 2011) and Olympic Games it seemed as if the mission was completed and so a new challenge was required which saw David take up a position with Swimming New Zealand.

As head coach to the NZ National training centre, David oversaw a transitional period where a number of promising youth swimmers moved to Auckland with almost immediate success; several were selected for the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, winning 2 medals in the process. At the same time, the more established senior members of the squad broke over 10 New Zealand national records as well as the first World Record by a Kiwi swimmer for a number of years. In addition, New Zealand swimmers won Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the first World Championship medals in the pool for a generation in 2013.

David was proud to serve as New Zealand coach at the 2013 & 2014 World Championships as well as the 2014 Pan Pacific Games, and 2014 & 2018 Commonwealth Games.

As Director of NZL Swim and Director of Coaching for Phoenix Aquatics, David’s goal is to help coaches and swimmers improve standards of swimming performance by providing them with the very best in swim coaching. In just a few years, a number of swimmers have gained International recognition whilst training with the NZL Swim scheme including competing at the World Championships, World University Games and Commonwealth Games.


Jenny Lyles

A former professional swimmer in China, Jenny reached international standard at both World Schools and World Cup level. After retiring from swimming, Jenny graduated with a degree in International Business and moved to the UK, taking a position as Swimming Development Officer at the University of Bath in South West England.

Emphasising the quality of teaching and the acquisition of core skills, it was not long before she was back on poolside as a development coach feeding the University Age Group programme which went on to be National Age Group champions in 2004 and 2005.

A fully qualified ASA Teacher, Jenny moved back to China in 2005 to work as a swimming coach with the Shanghai provincial team. With the success of the swimmers under her guidance, Jenny was selected to the Chinese National coaching staff in 2009 and attended both Asian and World Championships as well as coaching swimmers to the 2012 Olympic Games in London with numerous swimmers winning medals at these events

After moving to New Zealand in 2013, Jenny returned to her first love of teaching swimming, forming the “Swim2Win” swim school providing swimming lessons across Auckland’s North Shore. With classes running at a number of local pools, her influence is already been felt by youngsters across Auckland. Her eye for detail and total focus on technique development is starting to provide a pool of talented swimmers who compete for Phoenix Aquatics.

For further details of how to enrol your child with Swim2Win, please contact Jenny: 021 117 2108 or WeChat: CoachFu


Luke Hadfield

Swim School Manager

A former club swimmer, Luke has a real passion for working with young children and helping them develop to the best of their ability, whether that be in the pool or classroom. After completing an Early Childhood Education course at University, he has been heavily involved in childhood and youth work having worked across a range of areas supporting young people. Formerly an assistant in the Special Needs Department at Northcote College, Luke has been a swim teacher since 2013 and joined NZL Swim at its inception in 2016.

He works across both Learn to Swim & Junior Squads bringing a range of experiences to the job. Luke holds qualifications in Basic first aid, Child protection, pool safety & supervision and OSCAR behaviour guidance. He also has the Swimming NZ Swim Teacher certificate with an additional qualification in teaching children with special needs.

Luke was promoted to Swim School Manager in 2020 and his compassion, understanding and enthusiasm for the role makes him the ideal point of contact for all swim lesson related issues.

Add contact details: mobile: 021 428850 / office: 09 2139996 email:


Bridget Maher

Junior Development Manager

Bridget has been involved in swimming for most of her life as both a competitor, teacher and coach. She excelled in distance races and made finals at the New Zealand Senior Championships every year from 2008-2015. She also won medals at National level both in the pool and on the Open Water circuit.

Her domestic prowess led her to represent New Zealand at the Hong Kong Open Water World Cup and the Oceania Championships in 2014.

Bridget holds a Certificate in International Sports Studies as well as a Bachelor in Sport & Exercise (Coaching) and is a Bronze Level accredited Swimming New Zealand coach.

Bridget has worked for NZL Swim since they opened in 2016 and played a pivotal role in the development of both the squad system and the Phoenix Aquatics club.

She brings a wealth of experience, passion and knowledge to her workouts and lessons and works at all levels from Improver lessons to competitive Age Group squads and Masters’ swimming.


Matt Phillips

Age Group Coach

Matt started competitive swimming at 8 years old and has competed at National and International meets in both Australia and America. Formerly a member of the SNZ National Training Centre, he won national medals in Breaststroke and I.M. with his highest honour being crowned NZ National Champion in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke in 2017.

Matt has been teaching & coaching at various levels since 2012, from infants to squad swimmers. After completing his SNZ assistant swim teacher award, SNZ Teacher of Competitive Swimmer & the SNZ Bronze Coaching Course, he has developed a passion for coaching at a high level.

He also studied a Bachelor of Teaching & Learning (Primary) at the University of Canterbury and currently works as an Intermediate Teacher at Murrays Bay Intermediate.

Matt has specific responsibility for development the young competitive swimmers. He is involved in the delivery, management and planning of the sessions and accompanies swimmers to identified meets around the local area.

Away from swimming, Matt likes to relax and watch rugby and most weekends are filled with either relaxing or going on adventures with friends. Swimming is not the only sport that Matt is passionate about, Rugby plays a big part of his life and even though he lives in Auckland he still supports Canterbury.


Toni Bayliffe

Administration Manager

Toni is a former swimmer from the Waitemata Club and represented both Auckland & New Zealand over a 7-year period. She then moved on to Surf Lifesaving, competing for Muriwai Surf Club where she also represented Auckland and New Zealand.

After a career in the finance/banking industry, Toni moved back to her first passion, spending many years involved in the administration of both learn to swim programmes as well as the management of swimming clubs and teams.

Now recognised as one of New Zealand’s most experienced Swimming Administrators, Toni has been Team Manager for both Auckland Swimming and Swimming New Zealand. She has managed swim teams at the highest level, most recently being in charge at both the World Championships and Commonwealth Games teams for New Zealand.

Due to the length and quality of her service to swimming, Toni has been recognised by both Auckland Swimming (ASA Honours Award 2013) and Swimming New Zealand (Service Award 2010)

Toni has expertise in a range of areas, including Finance; Administration; Communication and Management and is the backbone of the squads and competitive programme at NZL Swim / Phoenix Aquatics. Contact Toni for all club related queries: