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Australian Dolphins | 06 March 2023

Dolphins join office team

Tokyo Gold medallist Chelsea Hodges and her Australian Dolphins teammate Tom Nowakowski have joined the team behind the team, with the pair appointed to two new roles as part of Swimming Australia’s Performance Support function.

Hodges and Nowakowski will both be working as Athlete Experience Design Assistants within the Performance Health and Insight team.

These new roles will play an important part in ensuring ongoing programs and projects developed by Swimming Australia will have the athlete experience considered and embedded within them.

A key member of the Gold medal winning Women’s Medley Relay team in Tokyo, Hodges is currently in her third year of nursing and has demonstrated a strong passion and enthusiasm for ensuring the athlete experience is consistently present in all Performance Health Programs.

A Dolphins rookie on last year’s World Championship team before also competing at the Commonwealth Games and Duel in the Pool, Nowakowski recently graduated from a Bachelor of Business with a major in marketing and proficiency in a variety of software platforms.

The freestyle sprint specialist is set to bring his strong BI skills to Performance Insight to ensure Swimming Australia’s data and technology suite consider the athlete perspective when designing the new tools and programs leading into Paris.

Swimming Australia High Performance Director, Tamara Sheppard, believes the pair will provide valuable perspective.

We are excited to welcome Chelsea and Tom to an environment where they can apply their lived athlete experience and professional expertise and make a significant contribution,” Sheppard said.

Not only will it be an opportunity for them to continue their professional development, it will also ensure our ongoing innovation in the Performance Health and Insight space consistently meets the evolving needs of our athlete group on the path to Paris.”

Every initiative within our broad High Performance environment is athlete focussed and the ability to reinforce that theme by incorporating the skills and perspective of two current members of the team is invaluable.