High Performance Pathways

To prepare Australia’s next generation of swimmers for senior performance excellence, Swimming Australia (SAL) created the Pathway Program in 2014. This program takes athletes beyond the State Swimming Association (SSA) programs and into the national arena, and consists of three programs that advance through to the pinnacle – swimming in the Australian Dolphins Swim Team.
This Pathway Program is a series of programs that are managed by Pathway staff, funded by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).
The Orientation to High Performance handbook is a comprehensive guide to Swimming Australia’s world-leading Performance Pathway program. It has been designed primarily for young aspiring athletes, but it’s also relevant for support people and coaches. No matter who you are, you have likely had your fair share of early mornings because you understand that you are part of something really special that should be nurtured and developed.
After reading this handbook, you should have a good understanding of:
- the pathway you can take to potentially become an Australian Dolphin,
- the expectations of you in each of the structured programs in the Pathway framework, including what the success factors are, and
- what the program inclusions are.
We encourage you to take the time to consider being part of the Pathway Programs with your support people. If you need more information about the programs, activities and events, the Pathway staff and State Head Coaches will also be a great resource. You’ll find contact details at the end of this handbook.



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