Joshua Munro

Director Of Coaching

With over 13 years experience, Josh Munro is a talented and experienced coach who has a lifetime association with swimming. Following a successful swimming career Josh gravitated towards coaching, drawn by a keen interest in helping to develop young swimmers.

Josh's approach to coaching is all about building a strong team environment which every swimmer feels a part of. He believes in athletes working hard to achieve their goals, but that goal-setting is a partnership between coach and swimmer. He has an intuitive insight into the strengths and weaknesses of individual swimmers and uses a range of coaching strategies to enable swimmers to realise their full potential. Josh is innovative and creative with his training programmes to ensure a stimulating and engaging environment for all swimmers.

Josh joined Roskill Swim Club as Director of Coaching in a full-time capacity in January 2014 with all coaching staff reporting directly to him. His coaching career has seen him working with many of New Zealand's most elite swimmers. He has overall responsibility for our comprehensive training programmes from non-competitive to elite squads.

Career highlights for Josh include:

  • Coached Gabrielle Fa'amausili to the 2013 World Junior Championships where Gabrielle won Gold and broke both the Championship and New Zealand Open records.
  • Gabrielle Fa'amausili went on to win the 2014 New Zealand Halberg Award in the emerging talent category.
  • Swimmers coached by Josh consistently medal at NZ Opens, NZ Nationals and NZ Juniors.
  • Coaching oversight for a 2004 Paralympic Games’ swimmer who went on to achieve Bronze in Athens.
Coach Josh Munro with Gabrielle Fa'amausili being interviewed on the 3 -News Firstline program Coach Josh Munro with Gabrielle Fa'amausili being interviewed on the 3 -News Firstline program

Bridget Sills

Junior Coach

With a lifetime admiration for the sport of swimming, Junior Coach Bridget Sills presents a fun and challenging environment for our junior swimmers to reach their goals. Bridget began swimming competitively with Roskill in 2010 at the age of 12, and throughout her swimming career she competed in a range of regional and national meets. Her most notable experiences were representing Roskill in Nashville, Tennessee in 2016 and gaining two gold, two silver and a bronze medal at NZ’s Division II Nationals in 2015. She considered her strengths in her personal swimming career to be in mid-distance freestyle events, particularly the 200m and 400m free.

Bridget has been one of our Junior Coaches at Roskill Swimming since November 2016, and trains the Multi-Sport, Development, Bronze and Silver Development squads in our competitive programme. She has led the Roskill team to qualify and medal in several successful New Zealand Junior meets, with a number of swimmers holding current regional records in both Auckland and Northland.

Bridget believes in the importance of providing all swimmers with the opportunity to enhance their abilities in swimming to ensure they are able to achieve highly in the competitive swimming sphere.