Skills Active Apprentice of the Year winner shares the secrets of his success in a new video

December 10, 2019

A passionate swim teacher with big dreams is the Skills Active Aotearoa Apprentice of the Year for 2019.

Following his big win, he has shared the story of how he achieved his goals in a brand new video.

Mariano Garcia Nani came to New Zealand from Argentina, to pursue his career ambitions of becoming a professional swimming coach. After taking on the role of head coach at the Gore Multisport Complex, he enrolled in the New Zealand Certificate in Aquatics - Specialised Swim and Water Safety Teacher (Level 4).

Mariano received his Apprentice of the Year award last weekend at the Recreation Aotearoa annual conference in Hamilton.

Every year this title goes to an exceptional apprenticeship graduate who has demonstrated talent, hard work and a commitment to helping others get active, and take part in sport and recreation in their communities.

Mariano’s apprenticeship served to add breadth and depth to his experience in swim education. It also expanded his skills and knowledge in the area of adaptive aquatics – teaching swimming to those with disabilities or health conditions.

All of the hard work that went into Mariano’s training has been captured in our apprenticeship video series. In this video, released today, he shares his passion for swimming and why he loves inspiring his learners to get into the pool and be healthy. For, more check out the video.


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About Skills Active

Skills Active Aotearoa is the industry training organisation for recreation, exercise, sport and performing arts. We are a non-profit organisation, 50% owned by Māori shareholders, and funded by government to promote careers and workforce development in our industries, work with those industries to create world-class qualifications, and support workplaces to train staff.