With Swimming Australia soon to announce the venues and locations for National events leading into Tokyo 2020, we’re pleased to share our Competition Framework, a framework that aims to connect State and National competitions, informed by a philosophy for junior swimmers that focusses on technique, development and enjoyment.
The Australian Dolphins Swimming Team is one of the Nation’s most reliable international performers and we have consistently delivered on the international stage over numerous Olympic and Paralympic cycles. Within Swimming, there is always a desire to improve, and in fact a necessity to do so if we are to remain at the forefront of the sport. As part of our four-year strategy to Tokyo 2020, we reviewed competition structures with the aim of improving the competition pathway from entry into national level competition, to the elite stage in the sport.
The key drivers of the change being to develop a framework that focuses on optimal performances at key periods in a season, alignment of competitions across the States and Regions, and a philosophy on youth development for senior performance.
Wayne Lomas, Executive Manager High Performance, said that the Competition Framework was developed in partnership with State Associations, ASCTA and our High Performance partners, drawing on the extensive research already conducted as part of the Australian Swimming Framework.
“The Australian Swimming Framework (ASF) seeks to outline the optimal pathway for a junior swimmer all the way through to elite. It details areas of focus and the necessary support network for each step of a swimmers development," Said Lomas.
“The ASF has heavily informed the Competition Framework, ensuring that we provide more opportunities for mature athletes to compete and have a renewed focus for our junior competitions.”
Jamie Salter, Swimming Australia Pathways Manager, said that the changes to our Age Championships would provide long term benefits for swimmers and the sport.
“For young swimmers, their age and the difference in physical size and strength have a big impact on their swimming times,” Salter said.
“This often results in some swimmers gaining an advantage and at the same time, discouraging others, purely based on the month of the year that they were born.
“With compelling research and supported by our state partners, we all agreed that the minimum age for athletes to compete needed to be increased over time, and that this would be different for boys and girls due to girls maturing earlier."
Full details of the Competition Framework can be viewed here
The Australian Swimming Framework can be viewed here