As a part of Swimming Australia’s 2020 High Performance Strategy, the National Training Centre (NTC) at the AIS in Canberra, became home to a talent transition program from 1 January 2017. The daily performance environment will accelerate learning and technical development to better prepare athletes for long-term, high-performance swimming careers with a goal to convert identified swimmers onto the senior team for international success.
The NTC Transition Program is an integral part of the Australian High Performance System. The NTC Transition Program will develop an approach to transition development that focuses on aspects such as:
- Olympic event weaknesses or gaps,
- talent ID transfers from state based programs/clubs (with State Head Coach input),
- swimmers in regional areas,
- swimmers requiring skill development.
Under the leadership and guidance of NTC Transition Program Head Coach Tracey Menzies, the program initially offered up to six residential scholarships for a two-year period, for swimmers aged 18-22 years who meet the performance standards in their given events, detailed at Appendix 1 of the NTC Transition Program Operational Framework Policy.
Identified swimmers, meeting the required criteria can apply for a position. Applications will be assessed by the NTC Transition Program Technical Panel (NTC Transition Program Head Coach, National Head Coach and National Transition Coach). Once the assessment process has concluded, shortlisted swimmers will be invited to a comprehensive one-week trial to assess their suitability for the program.
NTC Transition Program Operational Framework Policy
NTC Head Coach Tracey Menzies
SAL Performance Operations Manager Petria Thomas
National Transition Coach Glenn Beringen