Athlete support

Athlete Support

Wellbeing generally describes one’s happiness, confidence, physical condition and general outlook on life. Individuals that compete in elite sport need to juggle many different aspects of their lives, including training, education, work/career, family and friends.

Integrating education, career and personal life with a high performance swimming career is a challenge. Many individuals report that finding the right balance between their sporting commitments and their life outside of sport assists them to perform better both in and out of the pool.

Swimming Australia’s Personal Excellence Program

The Personal Excellence (PE) program is for Australia’s Winning Edge (AWE) classified swimmers. The PE delivery network includes the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), and the state sporting institutes and academies. The role of PE:

- Career counselling and planning
- Personal development
- Lifestyle management
- Educational guidance
- Employment preparation
- Career referral networks
- Transitional support
- Online education units on myAISplaybook and Basecamp
- Resources and support for parents, partners, and supporters
- Referrals: referring athletes to other services

Contact: Lynn Fowlie (Personal Excellence Program Coordinator),

Visit the AIS PE webpage for more information

Swimming Australia’s Performance Psychology Program

The Performance Psychology Program is for AWE categorised athletes and is incrementally delivered via camps, competitions and through a national network of providers.

The role of Performance Psychology is to provide performance strategies and counselling the enhances athletes and coaches:

- Race Readiness (focus, pre-race routines, managing nerves, etc)
- Performance Resilience (coping with the unexpected or uncertainty)
- Personal Reflectiveness (reflecting on and learning from training and competition outcomes)
- Personal Leadership (making choices that enhance performance and life)

Contact: Georgia Ridler (Lead Performance Psychologist),

Mental Health

Swimming Australia recognises mental health challenges are the same in athlete and non-athlete populations. For psychological support targeted for individuals aged 12 to 25 years of age, we recommend the nation-wide Headspace service ( For 24 hour, 7 day per week, crisis counselling call Lifeline on 13 11 14. In the case of a mental health emergency always dial 000.

Australian Swimmer’s Association (ASA)

The role of the ASA:

- Advocate for swimmers
- Georgina Hope Foundation Swimmer’s Support Scheme information (GHFSSS)
- Mentoring and networking with alumni
- Career direction and opportunities
- Education Assistance Program (grants to offset costs of textbooks, course fees etc.)
Transition information and support

Contact: Daniel Kowalski (General Manager), ASA Website

SSSM Guidelines for Accreditation Requirements for Swimming Australia Funded Support Staff within the Daily Training Environment.

It is recommended that each Swimming Australia funded programs or athletes have access to suitably accredited support staff. For a list of Accreditation Requirements click here

The Elite Athlete Friendly University Network (EAFU)

The Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Network has been established to identify and promote universities who have responded to the specific needs of elite student athletes by developing new, or promoting existing policies and practices which assist elite student athletes to undertake sporting opportunities whilst pursuing and achieving academic excellence.

Visit the EAFU webpage for more information.

Additional Resources for Athletes

Information on Dental Hygiene for Swimmers and Coaches. 


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