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We all participate in swimming for many different reasons. Some are interested in maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle; others love the thrill of competing with their friends; and others set their sights on winning medals for their country. Whatever the motivation, we are on a pathway, although sometimes the pathway chooses us. Swimming Australia (SAL), in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has developed the Australian Swimming Framework (ASF).
The ASF is our ‘guidebook’ to this journey and the purpose is to:
- describe SAL’s athlete and coach pathway; the ‘athlete characteristics’ and how they develop and progress through each stage of our sport;
- outline the developmental needs of athletes and coaches, what makes up a swimming environment and the aligned support services required, and;
to confirm how the sport is led and managed.
The ASF is based on the AIS’s Foundations, Talent, Elite and Mastery framework (FTEM) to capture these different pathways and FTEM is a model of athlete development. The model consists of the four-major development and performance levels which are further broken down into ten phases. Swimming Australia has adopted the FTEM model to portray the ASF. For more information on the model please visit Ausport
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