Australian Swimming Framework

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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;
  • detail athlete characteristics and how they develop through each stage;
  • outline the developmental needs for athletes and coaches, environment and the aligned support services; and
  • to confirm how the sport is led and managed. 

The ASF is based on the AIS framework - Foundations, Talent, Elite and Mastery (FTEM) to align the pathway stages. The model consists of the four-major development and performance levels which are further broken down into the following ten phases:

Australian Swimming Framework

NON-ELITE

  • FOUNDATION 1: Learning and Acquisition of Basic Movement
  • Young Learning or re-learning (acquired disability) a wide range of fundamental movement skills and participating in a learn to swim program.


    ATHLETE PROFILE

    GROWTH AND MATURATION OVERVIEW

     

     

     

    Young and developing athletes can grow at different rates with chronological age. To add, they can enter and progress through maturation at different chronological time points. The speed and magnitude of physical and cognitive maturation can differ markedly, and such development can affect swimming performance to a greater or lesser extent.
     

    Young and maturing swimmers could potentially reside in the matched FTEM categories, and so understanding the stage and influence of growth and maturation on performance relative to the developmental stage will be important.

     

    BASIC PHYSICAL 
    AND COGNITIVE
    FEATURES

     

    • Typically associated with 6-11years.
    • High – lowering gains in height/weight over time
    • High potential for skill coordination, agility and physical literacy in swimming.
    • High capability & interest to play, watch & imitate, create, invent, explore, repeat & role-play.

     

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    TRAINING EMPHASIS

    • Enjoyment
    • Technique
    • Simple Speed


    TRAINING PURPOSE

    • Transition from LTS
    • Skill Development


    POOL

    • Simple training & games
    • Introduction to technique across all strokes
    • Introduction to racing skills and sculling drills
    • Simple speed
    • 15m (6 secs)
    • Starts/turns/relays


    LAND

    • Group/Team activities
    • Overall physical literacy
    • Flexibility
    • Movement coordination

    RECOVERY AND REGENERATION

    10 – 16 Weeks per season

    DEVELOPMENTAL BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION

    • Participation in play activities that may reflect sport/sporting skills.
    • Participation with peers or family without structured control. To find out more, visit: ausport.gov.au

    PHYSIOLOGICAL ATTRIBUTES

    • Basic swimming skills and techniques.
    • Are competent in each of the strokes.

    TECHNICAL ATTRIBUTES

    Optimal acquisition of all Fundamental Movement Skills across object control (e.g. throwing), body control (e.g. balancing), locomotive skills (e.g. running) and aquatic skills (e.g. floating).

    TACTICAL
    ATTRIBUTES

    Learning through games, swimming and personal development activities. Building confidence in the water in a fun, safe, social and non-competitive environment.

    PHYSICAL
    ATTRIBUTES AND NEUROMUSCULAR INTEGRITY

    Mastering fundamental movement skills such as locomotor skills and body/stability skills

     

    PSYCHOLOGICAL
    AND PERSONAL EXCELLENCE ATTRIBUTES

    Ability to socially communicate, engage & exchange with peers/instructors & coaches.

     

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT
     

    COACHING DELIVERY/SUPPORT

     

    Evidence-based and holistic curriculum delivered by teachers & instructors. Find out more

     

    DAILY PERFORMANCE TRAINING ENVIRONMENT

     

    COACHING

    • Evidence-based and holistic curriculum delivered by parents, teachers & instructors.

     

    FACILITIES

    • Access to a range of learn to swim specific facilities
    • 1 or more LTS pools
    • Standardised LTS equipment

     

    MANAGEMENT

    • Learn to Swim program that fosters transition into club programs
    • Meets LTS quality assurances
    • Administrative support to manage swimmer intakes

     

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE NUTRITION

     

    PERSONNEL

    • School Curricula and National and State-based organisations (sport and health-focused NFP)

    EDUCATION: 

    • Education on healthy eating based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents. Major focus on Food literacy.

    SUPPORT

    • Mass-market resources.

     

    SYSTEM LEADERSHIP
     

    MANAGEMENT

     

    NATIONAL

    • General Manager Participations and Sport Development

    STATE

    • Club Development Managers/Officers

    REGIONAL

    • Regional Development Managers/Officers

    PROGRAMS

    OLYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    • Learn to Swim programs

    PARALYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    • Learn to Swim programs

    PARTNERS

    NATIONAL BODIES:

    SAFE SPORT
    FRAMEWORK

    The Safe Sport Framework (SSF) confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming - children and adults alike. For more information on the SSF, visit: Swimming Australia: Keeping our Sport Safe

    COACHING
    SUPPORT

    PERSONNEL & ACCOUNTABILITY

    • Learn to Swim Teachers


    PROGRAMS

    • Swim Australia Teacher or equivalent


    FOCUS

    • Teach the fundamentals of swimming and water safety

    COACHING
    PERSONNEL

    • Parents
    • Pre-school education providers
    • Learn to Swim Teachers

    COACHING
    PROGRAMS AND DELIVERY

    COACHING PERSONNEL

    • Learn to Swim Teachers

    COACH EDUCATION

    • Learn to Swim

     

    RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

    PARTNERSHIP AND PROJECTS

     

     

    Alliance with industry partners, other NSOs & Academic partners reinterventions to improve Basic Movement Foundation.
     

    POTENTIAL COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

    • Australian Sports Commission
    • University Network
    • National School Network
    • National Club network

     

    POTENTIAL THEMES EMANATING

    • Participation strategies
    • Fundamental Movement Skills and Age-modified formats
    • Club member retention
    • Transition of athletes into High-Performance pathways
    • Relative Age Effects in swimming – corrective adjustment procedures as a strategy to remove the influence of maturation in competition

     

     


  • FOUNDATION 2: Extension and Refinement of Movement
  • Participating in unorganised swimming (eg. Home environment or beach) and/or organised activities (eg. Junior Dolphins) through schools and clubs to develop foundational stroke mechanics.

     

    ATHLETE PROFILE

    GROWTH AND MATURATION OVERVIEW

     

     

    Young and developing athletes can grow at different rates with chronological age. To add, they can enter and progress through maturation at different chronological time points. The speed and magnitude of physical and cognitive maturation can differ markedly, and such development can affect swimming performance to a greater or lesser extent.

    Young and maturing swimmers could potentially reside in the matched FTEM categories, and so understanding the stage and influence of growth and maturation on performance relative to the developmental stage will be important.

    BASIC PHYSICAL & COGNITIVE FEATURES

     

    • Typically associated with 6-11years
    • High – lowering gains in height/weight over time
    • High potential for skill coordination, agility and physical literacy in swimming.
    • High capability & interest to play, watch & imitate, create, invent, explore, repeat & role-play.

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

     

    Participation in deliberate play activities promoting problem-solving, exploration of body movement & creativity

    TRAINING EMPHASIS

    • Enjoyment
    • Technique
    • Simple Speed


    TRAINING PURPOSE

    • Transition from LTS
    • Skill Development


    POOL

    • Simple training & games
    • Introduction to technique across all strokes
    • Introduction to racing skills and sculling drills
    • Simple speed
    • 15m (6 secs)
    • Starts/turns/relays


    LAND

    • Group/Team activities
    • Overall physical literacy
    • Flexibility
    • Movement coordination

    RECOVERY AND REGENERATION

    10 – 16 Weeks per season

    DEVELOPMENTAL BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION

    Participation in play activities including swimming related activities/skills with peers or family. To find out more, visit: ausport.gov.au

    PHYSIOLOGICAL ATTRIBUTES

    • Basic swimming skills and techniques.
    • Are competent in each of the strokes.

    TECHNICAL ATTRIBUTES

    Optimal refinement of Fundamental Movement Skills and exposure to basic swimming technique (fly kick in all four strokes) in a fun environment.

    TACTICAL ATTRIBUTES

    Learning through games, swimming and personal development activities. Building confidence in the water in a fun, safe, social and non-competitive environment.

    PHYSICAL
    ATTRIBUTES AND NEUROMUSCULAR INTEGRITY

    Mastering fundamental movement skills such as locomotor skills and body/stability skills

    PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONAL EXCELLENCE ATTRIBUTES

    • Ability to socially engage, communicate & exchange with others.
    • Ability to be aware of personal emotions & those of others during & associated with participation.

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT
     

    COACHING DELIVERY/SUPPORT

    Evidence-based and holistic coaching delivered by club & school-based coaches. Find out more at: Swimming Australia: Coaching

    DAILY PERFORMANCE TRAINING ENVIRONMENT

     

    COACHING

    • Focus on skill development in modified environments and through deliberate play (unstructured activities)

    FACILITIES

    • Access to a range of learn to swim specific facilities
    • 1 or more LTS pools
    • Standardised LTS equipment

    MANAGEMENT

    • Learn to Swim program that fosters transition into club programs
    • Meets LTS quality assurances
    • Administrative support to manage swimmer intakes

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE NUTRITION

     

    PERSONNEL

    • School Curricula and National and State-based organisations (sport and Health focused Nutrition for Performance)

    EDUCATION

    • Education on healthy eating based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents. Major focus on Food literacy.

    SUPPORT

    • Mass-market resources.
       

    COMPETITION FRAMEWORK

    PURPOSE

    • Introduction to competitive swimming

    EMPHASIS

    • Enjoyment of competing

     


    SYSTEM LEADERSHIP
     

    MANAGEMENT

    NATIONAL

    • General Manager Participations and Sport Development

    STATE

    • Club Development Managers/Officers

    REGIONAL

    • Regional Development Managers/Officers

    PROGRAMS

     

    OLYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    • Junior Dolphins
    • Club Programs
    • Sporting Schools & School Sport.

    PARALYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    • Junior Dolphins
    • Club Programs
    • Sporting Schools & School Sport
    • Disability Sport

    NATIONAL BODIES

    POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

    OTHER POLICIES

    • Athlete/Club/Parent Education

    PARALYMPIC CLASSIFICATION

    • Athlete/Club/Parent Education

    SAFE SPORT
    FRAMEWORK

    The Safe Sport Framework (SSF) confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming - children and adults alike. For more information on the SSF, visit: Swimming Australia: Keeping our Sport Safe

    COACHING
    SUPPORT

    PERSONNEL & ACCOUNTABILITY

    • Club & School coaches

    PROGRAMS

    • Swim Australia Teacher of Competitive Swimming or equivalent

    FOCUS

    • Deliver basic swimming squad sessions that develop the swimming technique of novice swimmers

    COACHING
    PERSONNEL

    • Club development coaches
    • School coaches

    COACHING
    PROGRAMS AND DELIVERY

    COACHING PERSONNEL

    • Club Coaches
    • Learn to Swim Teaches

    COACH EDUCATION


     

    RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

    PARTNERSHIP AND PROJECTS

     

     

    Distribution of educational resources for Basic Movement Foundation refinement targeting parents, teachers & instructors.

    POTENTIAL COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

    • Australian Sports Commission
    • University Network
    • National School Network
    • National Club network

    POTENTIAL THEMES EMANATING

    • Participation strategies:
    • Fundamental Movement Skills and Age-modified formats
    • Club member retention
    • Transition of athletes into HP pathway
    • Relative Age Effects in swimming – corrective adjustment procedures as a strategy to remove the influence of maturation in competition

     


  • FOUNDATION 3: Commitment to Sport and/or Active Lifestyle
  • Competing for a local club, school or university and attending regular coaching sessions.
     

    ATHLETE PROFILE

    GROWTH AND MATURATION OVERVIEW

     

     

    Young and developing athletes can grow at different rates with chronological age. To add, they can enter and progress through maturation at different chronological time points. The speed and magnitude of physical and cognitive maturation can differ markedly, and such development can affect swimming performance to a greater or lesser extent.

     

    Young and maturing swimmers could potentially reside in the matched FTEM categories, and so understanding the stage and influence of growth and maturation on performance relative to the developmental stage will be important.

     

    BASIC PHYSICAL & COGNITIVE FEATURES

     

    • Typically associated with 11+ - 16 years.
    • Entry of maturation (11+ girls; 12+ boys – 15-16 years)
    • Increasing height, weight, muscle strength/force (body fat gain females); Potential surge (and decrement) in physical/fitness capability improvement relative to others – Potential (dis)advantages for early maturers.
    • Potential period of coordination & technical control loss due to growth & instability
    • Increasing emotional awareness; impulsiveness
    • Capability for planning & self-control (executive functioning)

     

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

     

    Participation in deliberate play activities promoting problem-solving, exploration of body movement & creativity.
     

    TRAINING EMPHASIS

    • Technique
    • Speed
    • Aerobic Development (AEC)

    TRAINING PURPOSE

    • Training Foundations

    POOL

    • Continuation of Technique across all strokes
    • Development of Aerobic capacity
    • Further development of racing skills
    • Provide a greater variety of training methods

    LAND

    • Increase strength to body weight ratio
    • Even development of all muscle groups
    • Development ‘core’ body alignment
    • Maintain flexibility

    RECOVERY AND REGENERATION

     

    10 – 14 weeks per season

    DEVELOPMENTAL BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION

     

    • Sampling a number of sports (related too or including swimming).
    • Exposure to a full range of skills, promoting skill range, adaptability and transfer.
    • For top tips for parents, visit: ausport.gov.au

     

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

     

    Sampling a number of sport-related activities and exposure which allows continuous repeated skill practice opportunities.

     

    PHYSIOLOGICAL ATTRIBUTES

     

    Basic factors of fitness for sports performance including speed, endurance, strength and power, body size, and flexibility.

     

     

    TECHNICAL ATTRIBUTES

     

    Understanding of the key technique points and demonstrates the appropriate co-coordinative profile for butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle; underwater kicking and racing skills (starts, turns, finishes)
     

    TACTICAL
    ATTRIBUTES

     

    Enjoys racing with and competing against other athletes.

    PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES AND NEUROMUSCULAR INTEGRITY

     

    Awareness of the importance of musculoskeletal robustness demonstrated through undertaking basic stretching and strengthening exercises relevant to athleticism. As an example; Overhead Squat, Push Ups with correct posture, Lunge & Twist, Side Bridging, Prone Bridge.
     

    PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONAL EXCELLENCE ATTRIBUTES

     

    • Ability to plan/goal-set as well as sustain or develop motivation toward personal performance targets.
    • Developing an understanding of how swimming can facilitate personal fitness, health & well-being.

     

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT
     

    COACHING DELIVERY/
    SUPPORT

    Evidence-based and holistic coaching delivered by club and coaches. Find out more at: Swimming Australia: Coaching

    DAILY PERFORMANCE TRAINING ENVIRONMENT

     

    COACHING

    • The Head Coach has consistently demonstrated their ability to coach all levels of swimmers in line with the maturational and stage of developmental requirements

    COACHING PROGRAM

    • Program delivery is holistic based on maturational stage of development via sport-specific knowledge and interpersonal skills
    • Proactive coach led functional movement and injury prevention strategies
    • Able to overlay (meso) long-term (4 years), (marco) seasonal and (micro) month/week/day planning. Able to adjust or change planning/training based on standards test results.

    COACHING SUPPORT

    • If available, allocation of an assistant coach
    • Coach provided from the club with a supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload and personal development.

    EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

    • Head Coach with a fixed term contract
    • Contract to include engagement with identified Coach professional development programs,
    • Employer support to attend any Australian Team or State Association Team competitions and camps

    FACILITIES

    • Training access to a range of wet and dry facilities that are considered best practice for developing programs
    • Water Space and partnership requirements
    • 1-2 pools at one or numerous venues, with regular access throughout the season,
    • Standardised swimming pool equipment
    • Facilities self-contained or with shared access
    • Athlete Support and Development Facilities
    • Access to gym facilities/dryland areas
    • Mobile video analysis for technical intervention
    • Coach Program Management
    • Coach office and meeting room is ideal
    • Athlete Wellbeing Elements
    • Athletes live in manageable proximity to the training facilities (30-40mins) 
    • Sports Science and Sports Medicine (SSSM) Support
    • Introduction to educational use of Sports Science and Sports Medicine knowledge and personnel
    • SSSM Integration Practice
    • Service is general across most disciplines and reactive based on need/resources
    • Regular support via basic educational resources
    • Planned and linked to athlete stage of development
    • SSSM Collaboration
    • Collaboration with local service providers
    • AMS Compliance / Introduction through:
    • National Assessment Protocols and Trainability Profile Graphs
    • Collated daily training, wellness and load information
    • Record injury/illness instances

    MANAGEMENT

    • Developmental Pathway that provides support to both athletes and coaches
    • Centre Agreement
    • Overarching agreement with leisure provider that has, as schedules, the specific areas of service provision and operations under agreement
    • Support Coordination
    • Support to identify and coordinate Performance Science and Medicine Management
    • Oversee regular IAPP and AMS monitoring as required
    • Centre Management
    • Strong financial and program oversight capability, including regular reporting
    • Provision of high-quality underpinning business systems for the operational, financial and strategic delivery of the program
    • Provide coaches with a personally supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload, personal development and stress
    • An awareness of and ability to facilitate the following Policies & Procedures around: Swimmers agreement, IPC Classification, induction program, Safe Sport Policy, Code of Conduct, Benchmark Event Selection Policies, Anti Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy
    • Centre Structure
    • Proactive link with a learn to swim operation
    • Self-contained pathway exists internally for flow from junior swimmers
    • Accredited coaches supporting Head Coach if required
    • Head Coach is actively involved in mentoring club coaches and LTS teachers

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    STRATEGIC PLANNING

    EDUCATION

    • Basic educational resources made available.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE - 

    PSYCHOLOGY

    PERSONNEL

    • Delivered by Psychologist on the National Network list via SAL Discipline Lead.

    EDUCATION

    • Basic group education introducing the Resilient MIND through understanding the psychology of sport and adolescent development and delivered through SSO activities.

    SUPPORT

    • Group education focused on athletes, coaches and parents.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    NUTRITION

    PERSONNEL

    • Parents, Club and age group coaches.

    EDUCATION

    • Group education on nutrition for active individuals with a focus on whole food and lifelong healthy eating. Introduction to eating for requirement (basic sport nutrition)

    SUPPORT

    • Group education focused on parent and coach upskilling.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    MEDICAL

     

    PERSONNEL

    • Qualified Sport physicians and practitioners who comply with anti-doping, supplementation, medication and injection policies.

    EDUCATION

    • Basic education on health and hygiene, injury prevention, management and anti-doping provided through online resources such as fact sheets.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOTHERAPY

    PERSONNEL

    • Qualified Physiotherapists.

    EDUCATION

    • Basic education on injury prevention and management, such as warm-up, stretching and self-massage.

    SUPPORT

    • SAL Dryland Exercises for Swimmers poster.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    MASSAGE

    PERSONNEL

    • Qualified soft tissue/massage therapists.

    EDUCATION

    • Basic education on massage principles and self-massage techniques through online resources such as fact sheets.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

     

    PERSONNEL

    • Club and age group coaches.

    EDUCATION

    • Basic education on movement and strength training principles through online resources such as fact sheets.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PERSONAL EXCELLENCE

    PERSONNEL

    • National Club Development Manager| Club coaches | State Club Development Officer’s

    EDUCATION

    • Beyond the Black Line

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    BIOMECHANICS

     

    PERSONNEL

    • Club and age group coaches.

    EDUCATION

    • Basic education on biomechanical principles and use of qualitative video analysis (training and competition).
     

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    SKILL ACQUISITION

    PERSONNEL

    • Club and age group coaches.

    EDUCATION

    • Basic coach education on value of deliberate play and diversification (eg; no early stroke specialisation/value of gymnastics /movement competence).
    • Introduction to giving athletes instruction and feedback and how to organise practice to promote learning.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOLOGY

    PERSONNEL

    • Club and age group coaches.

    EDUCATION

    • Basic education on fitness and methods of training.

    COMPETITION FRAMEWORK

     

    6 x Competitions per year:

    DOMESTIC

    • National, State & Regional Championships including State Team SC
    • Grade & School Competitions.

    PURPOSE

    • To participate in the National Championships (Long or Short Course)

    EMPHASIS

    • Learning to develop competitive skills

    OUTCOME

    • Review of competition performances for improvement

    CAMPS AND COMPETITION OVERVIEW

     

    SYSTEM LEADERSHIP

    MANAGEMENT

    NATIONAL

    • General Manager Participation and Sport Development

    STATE

    • Club Development Managers/Officers

    REGIONAL

    • Regional Development Managers/Officers

    PROGRAMS

     

    OLYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    PARALYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    NATIONAL BODIES

    POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

    SELECTION POLICIES

    OTHER POLICIES

    PARALYMPIC CLASSIFICATION

    SAFE SPORT
    FRAMEWORK

     

    The Safe Sport Framework (SSF) confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming - children and adults alike. For more information on the SSF, visit: Swimming Australia: Keeping our Sport Safe.

     

    COACHING
    SUPPORT

    PERSONNEL & ACCOUNTABILITY

    • State Coach/Club Development Officers, School, University, Club coaches

    PROGRAMS

    • SAL Coaching Accreditation - Coaching Course

    FOCUS

    • Evidence-based curriculum and delivery which is delivered by accredited club-based coaches and is cognisant of:
    • Fundamental movement skills
    • Skill acquisition and refinement with an emphasis on on-water technique and tactical development (e.g., pacing, stroke rates)
    • Understanding the impact of biological maturation on development

    COACHING
    PROGRAMS AND DELIVERY

     

    COACHING PERSONNEL

    • School, club, university and development coaches

    COACH EDUCATION

    • Swimming Australia and Australian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association Coach Accreditation:
    • Platinum license
    • Gold license
    • Silver license
    • Bronze license
    • To find out more, visit: Swimming Australia: Coaching

     

     

    RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

    PARTNERSHIP AND PROJECTS

     

     

    Examination of transition rates and catalysts into HP pathway

    POTENTIAL COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

    • Australian Sports Commission
    • University Network
    • National School Network
    • National Club network

    POTENTIAL THEMES EMANATING 

    • Participation strategies:
    • FMS and Age-modified formats
    • Club member retention
    • Transition of athletes into HP pathway
    • Relative Age Effects in swimming – corrective adjustment procedures as a strategy to remove the influence of maturation in competition
     

     

     


PRE-ELITE

  • TALENT 1: Demonstration of Potential
  • Demonstrated future potential by meeting State Swimming Association selection criteria and National pre-elite benchmark criteria cognisant of maturational status of the athlete

     

    ATHLETE PROFILE

    GROWTH AND MATURATION OVERVIEW

     

     

    Young and developing athletes can grow at different rates with chronological age. To add, they can enter and progress through maturation at different chronological time points. The speed and magnitude of physical and cognitive maturation can differ markedly, and such development can affect swimming performance to a greater or lesser extent. Young and maturing swimmers could potentially reside in the matched FTEM categories, and so understanding the stage and influence of growth and maturation on performance relative to the developmental stage will be important.

    BASIC PHYSICAL & COGNITIVE FEATURES

    • Typically associated with 11+ - 16 years.
    • Entry of maturation (11+ girls; 12+ boys – 15-16 years) Increasing height, weight, muscle strength/force (body fat gain females);
    • Potential surge (and decrement) in physical/fitness capability improvement relative to others – Potential (dis)advantages for early maturer's.
    • Potential period of coordination & technical control loss due to growth & instability
    • Increasing emotional awareness; impulsiveness
    • Capability for planning & self-control (executive functioning)

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

    TRAINING EMPHASIS

    • Technique
    • Speed
    • Aerobic Development (AEC)

    TRAINING PURPOSE

    • Training Foundations

    POOL

    • Continuation of Technique across all strokes
    • Development of Aerobic capacity
    • Further development of racing skills
    • Provide a greater variety of training methods

    LAND

    • Increase strength to body weight ratio
    • Even development of all muscle groups
    • Development ‘core’ body alignment
    • Maintain flexibility

    RECOVERY AND REGENERATION

    • Recovery and Regeneration
    • 10 – 14 Weeks per season

    DEVELOPMENTAL BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION

    • Introduction to structured training programs.
    • Screening for exposure to developmental background in foundation phases

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

    • Training Implications
    • Introduction to forms of structured swimming training.
    • Assessment of developmental background

    PHYSIOLOGICAL ATTRIBUTES

    • Understands the basic factors of fitness that influence performance, also basic aspects of swim training programming.
    • Performs well on aerobic capacity, sprint and kick/pull tests sets.

    TECHNICAL ATTRIBUTES

    • Demonstration of the key technique points (distance per stroke and stroke rate) for each stroke and racing skills in a variety of training and competition environments.

    TACTICAL
    ATTRIBUTES

    • Ability to pace races with an understanding of negative splitting especially with middle and distance freestyle events.
    • Understanding the relationship between distance per stroke, stroke rates and knowledge of individual event specific splits, stroke rates and targets.

    PHYSICAL
    ATTRIBUTES AND NEUROMUSCULAR INTEGRITY

    Demonstration of appropriate musculoskeletal range of movement, stability and robustness in a variety of training and competition environments. As an example; Overhead Squat, Push Ups with correct posture, Lunge & Twist, Side Bridging, Prone Bridge

    PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONAL EXCELLENCE ATTRIBUTES

    • Growing self-confidence, self-assurance & commitment
    • Demonstration of engagement & focus on personal improvement in training & initial competition.
    • Capability to respond & adapt performance aspects (e.g., technical, tactical) to coaching instruction

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT
     

    COACHING DELIVERY/SUPPORT

    Evidence-based and holistic coaching delivered by Pre-elite Club/Program Coaches.

    Daily Performance Training Environment

    COACHING

    • The Head Coach has consistently demonstrated their ability to coach all levels of swimmers in line with the maturational and stage of developmental requirements

    COACHING PROGRAM

    • Program delivery is holistic based on the maturational stage of development via sport-specific knowledge and interpersonal skills
    • Proactive coach led functional movement and injury prevention strategies
    • Able to overlay (meso) long-term (4 years), (macro) seasonal and (micro) month/week/day planning. Able to adjust or change planning/training based on standards test results.

    COACHING SUPPORT

    • If available, allocation of an assistant coach,
    • Coach provided from the club with a supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload and personal development.

    EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

    • Head Coach with fixed term contract
    • Contract to include engagement with identified Coach professional development programs,
    • Employer support to attend any Australian Team or State Association Team competitions and camps

    FACILITIES

    • Training access to a range of wet and dry facilities that are considered best practice for developing programs

    WATER SPACE AND PARTNERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

    • 1-2 pools at one or numerous venues, with regular access throughout the season,
    • Standardised swimming pool equipment
    • Facilities self-contained or with shared access

    ATHLETE SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT FACILITIES

    • Access to gym facilities/dry land areas
    • Mobile video analysis for technical intervention

    COACH PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

    • Coach office and meeting room is ideal

    ATHLETE WELLBEING ELEMENTS

    • Athletes live in manageable proximity to the training facilities (30-40mins)

    SPORT SCIENCE AND SPORTS MEDICINE (SSSM) SUPPORT

    • Introduction to educational use of Sport Science and Sport Medicine knowledge and personnel

    SSSM INTEGRATION PRACTICE

    • Service is general across most disciplines and reactive based on need/resources
    • Regular support via basic educational resources
    • Planned and linked to athlete stage of development

    SSSM COLLABORATION

    • Collaboration with local service providers

    AMS COMPLIANCE:

    Introduction to AMS through:

    • National Assessment Protocols and Trainability Profile Graphs
    • Collated daily training, wellness and load information
    • Record injury/illness instance 

    MANAGEMENT

    • Developmental Pathway that provides support to both athletes and coaches

    CENTRE AGREEMENT

    • Overarching agreement with leisure provider that has, as schedules, the specific areas of service provision and operations under agreement

    SUPPORT COORDINATION

    • Support to identify and coordinate Performance Science and Medicine Management
    • Oversee regular IAPP and AMS monitoring as required

    CENTRE MANAGEMENT

    • Strong financial and program oversight capability, including regular reporting
    • Provision of high quality underpinning business systems for the operational, financial and strategic delivery of the program
    • Provide coaches with a personally supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload, personal development and stress
    • An awareness of and ability to facilitate the following Policies & Procedures around: Swimmers agreement, IPC Classification, induction program, Safe Sport Policy, Code of Conduct, Benchmark Event Selection Policies, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy

    CENTRE STRUCTURE

    • Proactive link with a learn to swim operation
    • Self-contained pathway exists internally for flow from junior swimmers
    • Accredited coaches supporting Head Coach if required
    • Head Coach is actively involved in mentoring club coaches and LTS teachers

     

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE STRATEGIC PLANNING

    PERSONNEL

    • State Head Coaches, State association sport science providers. SIS/SAS supported where possible.

    EDUCATION

    • Sport science and sports medicine disciplines provide guidance on talent identification testing & Medical/Musculoskeletal screening protocols.

    SUPPORT

    • Athlete data stored on the Athlete Management System.
    • State camps delivered by State Head Coaches supported by University Students – quality control provided by SIS/SAS staff.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE PSYCHOLOGY

    PERSONNEL

    • Delivered by Psychologist on the National Network list via SAL Discipline Lead.

    EDUCATION

    • Group education focused on building the Resilient MIND through understanding the brain, the stress response and the concept of resilience, and delivered via SSO activities.

    SUPPORT

    • Group education focused on athletes, coaches and parents.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    NUTRITION

    PERSONNEL

    • Accredited Sport Dietitian, parents and coaches.

    EDUCATION

    • Group practice based nutrition education focused on key performance nutrition practices.
    • Introduction to Supplemental Sport foods and risk of supplement use.

    SUPPORT

    • Group education focused on parent and coach upskilling.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    MEDICAL

     

    PERSONNEL

    • Qualified Sport physicians and practitioners who comply with anti-doping, supplementation, medication and injection policies.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on health and hygiene in the DPE and team environment, the use of prescription medications, supplements.
    • ASADA education on teams and camps on ASADA’s Drug testing processes.

    SUPPORT

    • Provide guidance and/or administer Medical screenings.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOTHERAPY

    PERSONNEL

    • Qualified Physiotherapists.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on injury prevention and management, preparation for training and competition.

    SUPPORT

    • Medical and functional movement screening upon entry into development program.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    MASSAGE

    PERSONNEL

    • Qualified soft tissue/massage therapists.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on massage principles and development of self- massage techniques.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

    PERSONNEL

    • Accredited as an ASCA Intern level Strength and
    • Conditioning Coaches in Universities and State Institutes and Academies of Sport.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on movement and strength training principles and load management.

    SUPPORT

    • Access to ASC Clearinghouse Swimming S&C Support Page for fact sheets and coach upskilling

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PERSONAL EXCELLENCE

    PERSONNEL

    • General Manager Performance Pathways
    • State Head Coaches
    • Program Coaches
    • ASA
    • SSA Development Officers
    • EAFU Advisers
    • Internal & External SME's

    EDUCATION

    • Pre-AWE Education Program - Swim, Study, Balance; Beyond the Black Line; Head Above Water (parents)

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    BIOMECHANICS

    PERSONNEL

    • State Head Coaches & Regional Development Coaches.

    EDUCATION

    • Basic education on biomechanical principles and use of qualitative video analysis (training and competition).Basic education on quantitative competition /race analysis.

    SUPPORT

    • Camp support on National and State Camps

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    SKILL ACQUISITION

    PERSONNEL

    • Skill acquisition specialists from the National Institutes Network.
    • State and National Pre-elite Coaches.

    EDUCATION

    • Basic coach education on models of skill learning. Basic understanding of core principles of instruction, practice and feedback.

    SUPPORT

    • Provide guidance on talent identification testing.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOLOGY

    PERSONNEL

    • State Head Coaches & Regional Development Coaches and State Institutes and Academies of Sport Physiologists.

    EDUCATION

    • Basic education on physiological capacities and methods of training.

    SUPPORT

    • Laboratory and field testing of athletes: National or state camps.
    • 2 x Assessment profiles per season. Testing data stored in the AMS.

    COMPETITION FRAMEWORK

    • Six to eight competitions per year.


    DOMESTIC

    • National, State & Regional Championships including State Team SC
    • Grade & School Competitions.

    PURPOSE

    • To participate in National Championships (Long or Short Course)

    EMPHASIS

    • Learning to develop competitive skills

    OUTCOME

    • Review of competition performances for improvement

    CAMPS AND COMPETITION OVERVIEW

    State TID testing and intervention camps.

     

    SYSTEM LEADERSHIP

    MANAGEMENT

    NATIONAL

    • General Manager Performance Pathways & National Transition Coach
    • Paralympic Pathway Senior Coordinator & Paralympic Mentor Coach

    STATE

    • State Head Coach, Club Development Managers/Officers

    REGIONAL

    • Regional Development Managers/Officers

    PROGRAMS

    OLYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    PARALYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    PARTNERS

    PEAK BODIES

    NATIONAL BODIES

    • SSAs
    • SIS/SAS
    • Clubs
    • Universities
    • AIS
    • ACGA
    • ASCTA
    • ASA
    • APC
    • Sport Inclusion Australia

    POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

    SELECTION POLICIES

    • State selection criteria’s and policies

    OTHER POLICIES

    • State Swimmers agreements, induction program, code of conduct, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy, athlete education.

    PARALYMPIC CLASSIFICATION

    SAFE SPORT
    FRAMEWORK

    The Safe Sport Framework (SSF) confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming - children and adults alike. Find out more

    COACHING
    SUPPORT

    PERSONNEL & ACCOUNTABILITY

    • State Head Coaches & Coach/Club Development Officers

    PROGRAMS

    • Pre-elite Coach Personal Development (workshops, camp-based & program visit)
    • SAL Coaching Accreditation – Coaching Course

    FOCUS

    • Provide direct input into and consistent adoption of best practice identification and confirmation strategies that:
    • Are reliable and valid assessments
    • Cover the full athlete profile and are informed by SSSM and PE expertise
    • Are cognisant of an athlete’s maturational status
    • Include a balanced mix of on-water and off-water assessments
    • Differentiated and specific to talent transfer or talent selected athletes

    COACHING PERSONNEL

    • State & Regional Development Coaches
    • Mentoring from State Head Coaches

    COACHING
    PROGRAMS AND DELIVERY

    COACHING PERSONNEL

    • National Talent Coaches, Club/Program Head Coaches & Assistant Coaches
    • Mentoring from State Head Coaches

    COACH EDUCATION

    • Swimming Australia and Australian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association Coach Accreditation – Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Licence. Find out more

     

    RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

    PARTNERSHIP
    AND PROJECTS

    • Predictive power of current T1/T2 assessments.
    • Refinement of current TID battery.
    • Predictive power of current assessments.
    • Refinement of confirmation assessments & coaches/recruiters eye.

    POTENTIAL COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

    • Australian Institute of Sport and State Institutes and Academies of Sport
    • National Club network
    • University Network
    • Technological Industry Partners

    POTENTIAL THEMES EMANATING

    • Consolidation of current talent identification and confirmation strategies and fit with E2/M Athlete Profile
    • Consolidation of current talent transfer TID strategies
    • Consolidation of current psychological assessments
    • Developing a technical skill assessment tool for swimmers with lesser influence from maturation

     


  • TALENT 2: Talent Verification
  • Confirmed as having talent following participation in an observational trial period (eg. Talent Identification Camp).
     

    ATHLETE PROFILE

    GROWTH AND MATURATION OVERVIEW

    Young and developing athletes can grow at different rates with chronological age. To add, they can enter and progress through maturation at different chronological time points. The speed and magnitude of physical and cognitive maturation can differ markedly, and such development can affect swimming performance to a greater or lesser extent.

    Young and maturing swimmers could potentially reside in the matched FTEM categories, and so understanding the stage and influence of growth and maturation on performance relative to the developmental stage will be important.

    BASIC PHYSICAL & COGNITIVE FEATURES

    • Typically associated with 11+ - 16 years.
    • Entry of maturation (11+ girls; 12+ boys – 15-16 years)
    • Increasing height, weight, muscle strength/force (body fat gain females); Potential surge (and decrement) in physical/fitness capability improvement relative to others – Potential (dis)advantages for early maturer's.
    • Potential period of coordination & technical control loss due to growth & instability
    • Increasing emotional awareness; impulsiveness
    • Capability for planning & self-control (executive functioning)

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

    TRAINING EMPHASIS

    • Technique
    • Speed
    • Aerobic Development (AEC)

    TRAINING PURPOSE

    • Training Foundations

    POOL

    • Continuation of Technique across all strokes
    • Development of Aerobic capacity
    • Further development of racing skills
    • Provide a greater variety of training methods

    LAND

    • Increase strength to body weight ratio
    • Even development of all muscle groups
    • Development ‘core’ body alignment
    • Maintain flexibility

    RECOVERY AND REGENERATION

    10 – 14 Weeks per season

    DEVELOPMENTAL BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION

    • Development and progression of quality training programs history and Appropriate exposure to competition experience & progression.
    • Injury prevention & screening

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

    • Extension of initial training program exposure.
    • Exposure and experience of structured competition

    PHYSIOLOGICAL ATTRIBUTES

    • Understands the basic factors of fitness that influence performance, also basic aspects of swim training programming.
    • Performs well on aerobic capacity, sprint and kick/pull tests sets, in different training and test environments.

    TECHNICAL ATTRIBUTES

    • Demonstration of the key technique points (distance per stroke and stroke rate) for each stroke and racing skills in a variety of training and competition environments.

    TACTICAL
    ATTRIBUTES

    • Ability to pace races with an understanding of negative splitting especially with middle and distance freestyle events.
    • Understanding the relationship between distance per stroke, stroke rates and knowledge of individual event specific splits, stroke rates and targets.

    PHYSICAL
    ATTRIBUTES AND NEUROMUSCULAR INTEGRITY

    • Demonstration of appropriate musculoskeletal range of movement, stability and robustness in a variety of training and competition environments. As an example; Overhead Squat, Push Ups with correct posture, Lunge & Twist, Side Bridging, Prone Bridge

    PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONAL EXCELLENCE ATTRIBUTES

    • Developing commitment, personal investment, self regulation, ownership and responsibility in training & competition.
    • Emergence or establishment of resilience, mental toughness & determination to address & recover from performance set-backs & challenges.
    • Formal assessment & behavioural confirmation of psychological skills

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT
     

    COACHING DELIVERY/SUPPORT

    Evidence-based and holistic coaching delivered by Pre-elite Club/Program Coaches.
    Daily Performance Training Environment

    COACHING

    • The Head Coach has consistently demonstrated their ability to coach all levels of swimmers in line with the maturational and stage of developmental requirements

    COACHING PROGRAM

    • Program delivery is holistic based on maturational stage of development via sport-specific knowledge and interpersonal skills
    • Proactive coach led functional movement and injury prevention strategies
    • Able to overlay (meso) long-term (4 years), (macro) seasonal and (micro) month/week/day planning. Able to adjust or change planning/training based on standards test results.

    COACHING SUPPORT

    • If available, allocation of assistant coaches,
    • Coach provided from the club with a supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload and personal development.

    EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

    • Head Coach with fixed term contract
    • Contract to include engagement with identified Coach professional development programs,
    • employer support to attend any Australian Team or State Association Team competitions and camps

    FACILITIES

    • Training access to a range of wet and dry facilities that are considered best practice for developing programs

    WATER SPACE AND PARTNERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

    • 1-2 pools at one or numerous venues, with regular access throughout the season,
    • Standardised swimming pool equipment
    • Facilities self-contained or with shared access

    ATHLETE SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT FACILITIES

    • Access to gym facilities/dryland areas
    • Mobile video analysis for technical intervention

    COACH PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

    • Coach office and meeting room is ideal

    ATHLETE WELLBEING ELEMENTS

    • Athletes live in manageable proximity to the training facilities (30-40mins)

    SPORT SCIENCE AND SPORTS MEDICINE (SSSM) SUPPORT

    • Introduction to educational use of Sport Science and Sport Medicine knowledge and personnel

    SSSM INTEGRATION PRACTICE

    • Service is general across most disciplines and reactive based on need/resources
    • Regular support via basic educational resources
    • Planned and linked to athlete stage of development

    SSSM COLLABORATION

    • Collaboration with local service providers

    AMS COMPLIANCE

    • Introduction to AMS through:
    • National Assessment Protocols and Trainability Profile Graphs
    • Collated daily training, wellness and load information
    • Record injury/illness instances

    MANAGEMENT

    • Developmental Pathway that provides support to both athletes and coaches

    CENTRE AGREEMENT

    • Overarching agreement with leisure provider that has, as schedules, the specific areas of service provision and operations under agreement

    SUPPORT COORDINATION

    • Support to identify and coordinate Performance Science and Medicine Management
    • Oversee regular IAPP and AMS monitoring as required

    CENTRE MANAGEMENT

    • Strong financial and program oversight capability, including regular reporting
    • Provision of high-quality underpinning business systems for the operational, financial and strategic delivery of the program
    • Provide coaches with a personally supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload, personal development and stress
    • An awareness of and ability to facilitate the following Policies & Procedures around: Swimmers agreement, IPC Classification, induction program, Safe Sport Policy, Code of Conduct, Benchmark Event Selection Policies, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy

    CENTRE STRUCTURE

    • Proactive link with a learn to swim operation
    • Self-contained pathway exists internally for flow from junior swimmers
    • Accredited coaches supporting Head Coach if required
    • Head Coach is actively involved in mentoring club coaches and LTS teachers

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    STRATEGIC PLANNING

    PERSONNEL

    • State Head Coaches, State association sport science providers. SIS/SAS supported where possible.

    EDUCATION

    • Sport science and sports medicine disciplines provide guidance on talent confirmation protocols.
    • Camps based education begins

    SUPPORT

    • Athlete data stored on the Athlete Management System.
    • State camps delivered by State Head Coaches supported by University Students – quality control provided by SIS/SAS staff.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PSYCHOLOGY

    PERSONNEL

    • Delivered by SAL Youth Psychologist or Psychologist on the National Network list via SAL Discipline Lead.

    EDUCATION

    • Group education focused on building the:
      • Resilient MIND through understanding the brain, the stress response and the concept of resilience.
      • Performance MIND through beginning to understand race readiness, arousal and self-talk and delivered via online learning and SAL camps.

    SUPPORT

    • Group education focused on athletes, coaches and parents.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    NUTRITION

     

    PERSONNEL

    • Accredited Sport Dietitian, parents and coaches.

    EDUCATION

    • Group practice based nutrition education focused on key performance nutrition practices.
    • Introduction to Supplemental Sport foods and risk of supplement use.

    SUPPORT

    • Group education focused on parent and coach upskilling.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    MEDICAL

    PERSONNEL

    • Qualified Sport physicians and practitioners who comply with anti-doping, supplementation, medication and injection policies.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on health and hygiene in the DPE and team environment, the use of prescription medications, supplements.
    • ASADA education on teams and camps on ASADA’s Drug testing processes.

    SUPPORT

    • Provide guidance and/or administer Medical screenings.
    • Injury prevention and management.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOTHERAPY

    PERSONNEL

    • Qualified Physiotherapists.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on injury prevention and management, preparation for training and competition.

    SUPPORT

    • Yearly medical and functional movement screening.
    • Coordination with S&C to implement injury prevention and management strategies.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    MASSAGE

    PERSONNEL

    • Qualified soft tissue/massage therapists.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on massage principles and development of self- massage techniques.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

    PERSONNEL

    • Accredited as an ASCA Intern level Strength and Conditioning Coaches in Universities and State Institutes and Academies of Sport.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on movement and strength training principles, lifting techniques and load management.

    SUPPORT

    • Access to ASC Clearinghouse Swimming S&C Support Page for fact sheets and coach upskilling

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PERSONAL EXCELLENCE

    PERSONNEL

    • General Manager Performance Pathways
    • National Transition Coach
    • State Head Coaches
    • Program Coaches
    • ASA
    • SSA Development Officers
    • AIS PE
    • EAFU Advisors
    • Internal & External SME's

    EDUCATION

    • ASADA
    • Match-fixing
    • dAIS funding
    • GHFSSS funding
    • Athlete agreement Classification (para) Career development Parenting through the HP pathway
    • Respectful relationships
    • Financial literacy
    • Personal brand and sponsorship
    • Media and social media

    SUPPORT

    • Selection (including Orientation to BME; and post BME engagement)
    • Non-selection
    • Orientation to HP pathway
    • Relocation
    • Transition (retirement)
    • Camp based intake screenings for T 2-4 athletes
    • Informing identification of key transition groups (yrs 12 and/or tertiary & other)
    • IAPP 2 x yrs review plus monthly status updates for E1-M athletes

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    BIOMECHANICS

    PERSONNEL

    • State Institutes and Academies of Sport Biomechanists or PhD Students

    EDUCATION

    • Basic education on biomechanical principles and use of qualitative video analysis (training and competition). Basic education on kinetic and kinematic analysis of swimming. (ie 2D tracking)

    SUPPORT

    • Camp support on National and State Camps

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    SKILL ACQUISITION

    PERSONNEL

    • Skill acquisition specialists from the National Institutes Network.
    • State and National Pre-elite Coaches.

    EDUCATION

    • More detailed Coach education on key principles of instruction, practice and feedback. Introduce a self-regulated learning model to coaches/athletes.

    SUPPORT

    • Provide guidance on talent confirmation protocols.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOLOGY

    PERSONNEL

    • State Head Coaches, State Institutes and Academies of Sport Physiologists.

    EDUCATION

    • Basic education on physiological capacities and methods of training.

    SUPPORT

    • Laboratory and field testing of athletes: National or state camps.
    • 2 x Assessment profiles per season. Testing data stored in the AMS.

    COMPETITION FRAMEWORK

    10 Comps per year

    DOMESTIC

    • National, State & Regional Championships including State Team SC
    • Grade & School Competitions

    PURPOSE

    • To participate in National Championships (Long or Short Course)

    EMPHASIS

    • Learning to develop competitive skills

    OUTCOME

    • Review of competition performances for improvement

    CAMPS AND COMPETITION OVERVIEW

    • National Talent Confirmation camps and follow-up activities.

     

    SYSTEM LEADERSHIP

    MANAGEMENT

    NATIONAL

    • General Manager Performance Pathways & National Transition Coach
    • Paralympic Pathway Senior Coordinator & Paralympic Mentor Coach

    STATE

    • State Head Coach, Club Development Managers/Officers

    REGIONAL

    • Regional Development Managers/Officers

    PROGRAMS

    OLYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    • National Talent Identification Program and State Swimming Association Programs

    PARALYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    • National Para Development Squad
    • State Swimming Association Programs

    PARTNERS

    PEAK BODIES

    NATIONAL BODIES

    • SSAs, SIS/SAS, Clubs, Universities, AIS, CGA, ASCTAASA, APC, Sport Inclusion Australia

    POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

    SELECTION POLICIES

    • National Talent Program Selection Criteria and Policies. Find out more 
    • State selection criteria’s and policies

    OTHER POLICIES

    • State Swimmers agreements, induction program, code of conduct, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy, athlete education.
      Find out more

    PARALYMPIC CLASSIFICATION

    SAFE SPORT
    FRAMEWORK

    The Safe Sport Framework (SSF) confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming - children and adults alike.
    Find out more

    COACHING
    SUPPORT

    PERSONNEL & ACCOUNTABILITY

    • State Head Coaches

    PROGRAMS

    • Pre-elite Coach Personal Development (workshops, camp-based & program visit)
    • SAL Coaching Accreditation – Coaching Course

    FOCUS

    • Provide direct input into and consistent adoption of best practice identification and confirmation strategies that:
    • Are reliable and valid assessments
    • Cover the full athlete profile and are informed by SSSM and PE expertise
    • Are cognisant of an athlete’s maturational status
    • Include a balanced mix of on-water and off-water assessments
    • Differentiated and specific to talent transfer or talent selected athletes

    COACHING PERSONNEL

    • National Talent Coaches
    • Mentoring from State Head Coaches

    COACHING
    PROGRAMS AND DELIVERY

    COACHING PERSONNEL

    • National Talent Coaches, Club/Program Head Coaches & Assistant Coaches
    • Mentoring from State Head Coaches

    COACH EDUCATION

    • Swimming Australia and Australian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association Coach Accreditation – Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Licence. Find out more

     

    RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

    PARTNERSHIP AND PROJECTS

     

     

    • Predictive power of current T1/T2 assessments.
    • Refinement of current TID battery.
    • Predictive power of current assessments.
    • Refinement of confirmation assessments & coaches/recruiters eye.

    POTENTIAL COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

    • Australian Institute of Sport and State Institutes and Academies of Sport
    • National Club network
    • University Network
    • Technological Industry Partners

    POTENTIAL THEMES EMANATING

    • Consolidation of current talent identification and confirmation strategies and fit with E2/M Athlete Profile
    • Consolidation of current talent transfer TID strategies
    • Consolidation of current psychological assessments
    • Developing a technical skill assessment tool for swimmers with lesser influence from maturation

     


  • TALENT 3: Practicing and Achieving
  • Committed to daily training and competition within a recognised pre-elite program.
     

    ATHLETE PROFILE

    GROWTH AND MATURATION OVERVIEW

     

     

    Young and developing athletes can grow at different rates with chronological age. To add, they can enter and progress through maturation at different chronological time points. The speed and magnitude of physical and cognitive maturation can differ markedly, and such development can affect swimming performance to a greater or lesser extent.

    Young and maturing swimmers could potentially reside in the matched FTEM categories, and so understanding the stage and influence of growth and maturation on performance relative to developmental stage will be important.

    BASIC PHYSICAL & COGNITIVE FEATURES

    • Typically associated with 16+ - 19 years.
    • Completion of growth & maturation; capability to change physique & fitness
    • Capability for muscle strength and power gains post-maturation – Potential ‘catch-up’ period for late maturer's.
    • Coordination & technical skill stabilisation
    • Increased emotional intelligence & stability
    • Capability to self-regulate, monitor, plan & evaluate training & performance

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

    TRAINING EMPHASIS

    • Technique + Aerobic Development (AEC)
    • Speed + Anaerobic Development (ANC)
    • V02 Max

    TRAINING PURPOSE

    • Enhanced Training and Competition exposure

    POOL

    • Begin to increase training volume and intensity
    • Implement a holistic SSSM training methodology
    • Consider Event specialisation
    • Development of Aerobic capacity
    • Further development of racing skills
    • Provide a greater variety of training methods

    LAND

    • Implement musculoskeletal assessment
    • Periodised strength program
    • Maintain flexibility
    • Maintain ‘core’ body alignment

    RECOVERY AND REGENERATION

    • 8-12 Weeks per season

    DEVELOPMENTAL BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION

    • Commitment to a swimming-specific training program and profile development.
    • Extended quality training history & competition exposure

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

    • Focused engagement in extensive & intensive training programs history.
    • Progression of competition exposure.

    PHYSIOLOGICAL ATTRIBUTES

    Committed to higher level and specialisation of training, and other factors such as dry-land training, recovery and lifestyle management.

    TECHNICAL ATTRIBUTES

    • Development of optimal technique and refinement of co-coordinative profile through an increase in training volume and intensity.
    • Particular focus on executing optimal technique for event specialisation.
    • Additional focus on minimisation of injury risk. Proactive removal of potentially injurious techniques if relevant should occur at pre-elite stage

    TACTICAL
    ATTRIBUTES

    Strong understanding of race analysis and refinement of optimal race strategy in training and competitive environments.

    PHYSICAL
    ATTRIBUTES AND NEUROMUSCULAR INTEGRITY

    Optimal development of ecto-mesomorphic profile and musculoskeletal robustness (optimal stability and range of motion/flexibility of major joint complexes). As an example: loaded squats, ballistic multi muscular exercises such as jumping, hopping and skipping.

    Base strength capacities in leg extensor movements, trunk rotational activities and arm full extension activities. Understanding of complementary dry-land conditioning options.

    PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONAL EXCELLENCE ATTRIBUTES

    • Further development of psychological skills & attributes (e.g., resilience) via training & competition experience & exposure.
    • A learned capability to adopt & deploy performance psychological skills in performance situations (e.g., thought control, refocusing, relaxation techniques)
    • Integration & adherence of National & Olympic values (e.g., Professional, Respectful, Enjoyable, Resilient, United and Relentless).
    • A learned capability to adopt & deploy self-management skills outside performance context. An established mind-set on personal growth & development.
    • Development of a personal lifestyle & development plan (e.g., skills, education, finance, career)

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT
     

    COACHING DELIVERY/SUPPORT

    Evidence-based and holistic coaching characterised by strong sport-specific knowledge and strong inter and intra-personal skills. Effective athlete monitoring through Athlete Management System (AMS), integration of inter-disciplinary expertise and management of athlete-coach relationship. Promotion of injury prevention strategies. Delivered by Pre-elite Club/Program Senior Coaches

    DAILY PERFORMANCE TRAINING ENVIRONMENT

    COACHING

    • The Head Coach has demonstrated their ability to coach swimmers who demonstrate the ability to transition from Youth development towards the SAL National Senior Team

    COACHING PROGRAM

    • Program delivery is striving towards evidence-based and holistic coaching, and demonstrating strong sport-specific knowledge and strong interpersonal skills
    • Utilises athlete monitoring and data collections to support evidence based decision making on the SAL AMS
    • Integration of inter-disciplinary expertise and management of athlete-coach relationship
    • Proactive coach led injury prevention strategies
    • Able to overlay (meso) long term (4 year), (macro) seasonal and (micro) month/week/day planning. Apply a testing protocol that periodically addresses and tests the athletes (e.g. skills, physiology, strength, psychology, body composition etc.) based on identified Strengths and Weaknesses in the IAPP. Able to adjust or change planning/training based on standards test results.

    COACHING SUPPORT

    • Allocation of an assistant coach
    • Coach provided from the club with a supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload and personal development.

    EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

    • Head Coach with fixed-term contract
    • Contract to include engagement with identified Coach professional development programs,
    • Employer support to attend any Australian Team competitions and camps

    FACILITIES

    • Training access to a range of wet and dry facilities that are considered best practice for developing programs

    WATER SPACE AND PARTNERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

    • 1-2 pools at one or numerous venues, with regular access throughout the season,
    • Standardised swimming pool equipment
    • Facilities self-contained or with shared access

    ATHLETE SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT FACILITIES

    • Access to gym facilities/dry land areas
    • Mobile video analysis for technical intervention

    COACH PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

    • Coach office and meeting room is ideal

    ATHLETE WELLBEING ELEMENTS

    • Athletes live in manageable proximity to the training facilities (30-40mins)

    SPORT SCIENCE AND SPORTS MEDICINE (SSSM) SUPPORT

    • Introduction to Multi-Disciplinary Sport Science and Medicine Support

    SSSM INTEGRATION PRACTICE

    • Explore the provision of integrated SSSM services as part of the overall training program
    • Adopt an athlete centred/coach managed/driven SSSM support philosophy
    • Allocate service provision to our SAL categorised athletes
    • Support is reactive rather than the proactive provision required at next stage
    • Serviced at Head Coach/practitioner’s discretion and resource availability

    SSSM COLLABORATION

    • Collaborate with other High-Performance service organisations, such as the AIS, SIS/SAS and or other institutions
    • Consider the feasibility to access and engage SSSM personnel for research, post grad scholar and functional support for the high performance program

    AMS COMPLIANCE

    • Introduction to daily Athlete monitoring in preparation for best practice for World’s Best performance
    • The information that is captured has longitudinal measure of an athletes:
    • Training load, wellness, injury/illness status, recovery
    • Consistently monitored with regular reporting

    MANAGEMENT

    • Developmental Pathway that provides support to both athletes and coaches

    CENTRE AGREEMENT

    • Overarching agreement with leisure provider that has, as schedules, the specific areas of service provision and operations under agreement

    SUPPORT COORDINATION

    • Support to identify and coordinate Performance Science and Medicine Management
    • Oversee regular IAPP and AMS monitoring as required

    CENTRE MANAGEMENT

    • Strong financial and program oversight capability, including regular reporting
    • Provision of high-quality underpinning business systems for the operational, financial and strategic delivery of the program
    • Provide coaches with a personally supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload, personal development and stress
    • An awareness of and ability to facilitate the following Policies & Procedures around: Swimmers agreement, IPC Classification, induction program, Safe Sport Policy, Code of Conduct, Benchmark Event Selection Policies, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy

    CENTRE STRUCTURE

    • Proactive link with a learn to swim operation
    • Self-contained pathway exists internally for flow from junior swimmers
    • Accredited coaches supporting Head Coach if required
    • Head Coach is actively involved in mentoring club coaches and LTS teachers.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    STRATEGIC PLANNING

    PERSONNEL

    • State Head Coaches, State association sport science providers. SIS/SAS supported where possible.

    EDUCATION

    • Sport science and sports medicine disciplines provide guidance on talent confirmation protocols.
    • Camps based education begins

    SUPPORT

    • Individual Athlete Performance Plan in place.
    • Monitoring through the Athlete Management System.
    • State and national camps are supported by SIS/SAS providers (but not DPE)

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PSYCHOLOGY

    PERSONNEL

    • Delivered by SAL Youth Psychologist and/or Psychologist on the National Network list via SAL Discipline Lead

    EDUCATION

    • Group education focused on building the:
    • Resilient MIND through understanding the brain, the stress response and the concept of resilience. Performance MIND through beginning to understand race readiness, arousal and self talk and delivered via online learning and SAL camps.

    SUPPORT

    • Group education and individual development of performance psychology plan.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    NUTRITION

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Nutrition Lead, SIS/SAS, SSO nutrition provider &/or Accredited Sport Dietitian within Daily Performance Environment.

    EDUCATION

    • Group education in camp environments focused on development of performance nutrition practices. Individual follow-up with DPE service provider to refine and develop with Coach input.

    SUPPORT

    • Individual nutrition assessment and follow- up as required in DPE.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    MEDICAL

    PERSONNEL

    • Qualified Sport physicians and practitioners who comply with anti-doping, supplementation, medication and injection policies.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on health and hygiene in the DPE and team environment, the use of prescription medications, supplements.
    • ASADA education on teams and camps on ASADA’s Drug testing processes.

    SUPPORT

    • Medical screening.
    • Injury prevention and management.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOTHERAPY

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead Physiotherapist & accredited and recognised physiotherapy providers.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on injury prevention and management, preparation for training and competition.

    SUPPORT

    • Yearly medical and functional movement screening.
    • Coordination with S&C to implement injury prevention and management strategies.
    • Individualised physiotherapy servicing.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    MASSAGE

    PERSONNEL

    • Qualified soft tissue/massage therapists and SAL/ SISSAS contracted soft tissue/massage therapists available at domestic and international competitions.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on massage principles and development of self- massage techniques.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised soft tissue/massage servicing.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead & Accredited as an ASCA Professional level
    • Strength and Conditioning Coaches in the National Institute Network or external professionals.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on movement and strength training principles, lifting techniques and load management, periodisation and planning.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised strength and conditioning program with ongoing monitoring within DTE from identified provider.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PERSONAL EXCELLENCE

    PERSONNEL

    • General Manager Performance Pathways
    • National Transition Coach
    • State Head Coaches
    • Program Coaches
    • ASA
    • SSA Development Officers
    • AIS PE
    • EAFU Advisors
    • Internal & External SME's

    EDUCATION

    • ASADA
    • Match-fixing
    • dAIS funding
    • GHFSSS funding
    • Athlete agreement Classification (para) Career development Parenting through the HP pathway
    • Respectful relationships
    • Financial literacy
    • Personal brand and sponsorship
    • Media and social media

    SUPPORT

    • Selection (including Orientation to BME; and post BME engagement)
    • Nonselection
    • Orientation to HP pathway
    • Relocation
    • Transition (retirement)
    • Camp based intake screenings for T 2-4 athletes
    • Informing identification of key transition groups (yrs 12 and/or tertiary & other)
    • IAPP 2 x yrs review plus monthly status updates for E1-M athletes

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    BIOMECHANICS

    PERSONNEL

    • State Institutes and Academies of Sport Biomechanists.
    • Education
    • Individualised and intermediate education on biomechanical principles.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised measurement on a needs basis.
    • Competition analysis at Nationals on targeted athletes and International Youth Team Meets.
    • Data stored in the AMS.

     

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    SKILL ACQUISITION

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead & Skill acquisition specialists from the National Institutes Network.
    • National pre-elite and State Senior coaches.

    EDUCATION

    • Commence in situ coach education on core principles of instruction, practice and feedback (incl. effective use of technology).

    SUPPORT

    • Adhoc support to coach and athlete in camp environment.

     

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOLOGY

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead & National Institutes Network Physiologists.

    EDUCATION

    • Intermediate education on physiological capacities, training, testing, and related performance/physiological issues.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised testing in training and competition: club, state or national camps.
    • Support in planning and periodisation.
    • 2 x Assessment profiles per season
    • Data stored in the AMS.

    COMPETITION FRAMEWORK

    10+ Comps per year – Peak Performance at 2.

     

    INTERNATIONAL

    • Youth Team International (e.g. Fina World Junior Championships, Junior Pan Pacs, Youth Olympics, Commonwealth Youth Games)
    • FINA World Cups (or similar)

    DOMESTIC

    • National, State & Regional Championships including State Team SC
    • Grade & School Competitions

    PURPOSE

    • To select the athletes for the Swimming Australia Youth BME Team

    EMPHASIS

    • Practising Peak Performance at Youth qualifying competition

    OUTCOME

    • Confirmation of Youth Team for Benchmark competition

    CAMPS AND COMPETITION OVERVIEW

    • Youth Team Orientation/Training/Relay Camps.

     

    SYSTEM LEADERSHIP
     

    MANAGEMENT

     

    NATIONAL

    • General Manager Performance Pathways & National Transition Coach
    • Paralympic Pathway Senior Coordinator & Paralympic Mentor Coach

    STATE

    • State Head Coach, Club Development Managers/Officers

    REGIONAL

    • Regional Development Managers/Officers

    PROGRAMS

    OLYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    • National Youth Program/Team

    PARALYMPIC Pathway Programs

    • National Para Development Squad
    • State Swimming Association Programs

    PARTNERS

    PEAK BODIES

    NATIONAL BODIES

    • SSAs, SIS/SAS, Clubs, Universities, AIS, CGA, ASCTAASA, APC, Sport Inclusion Australia

     

    POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

    SELECTION POLICIES

    • National Youth Transition Program Selection Criteria and Polices
    • National Youth Team Benchmark Event Selection Policies
      Find out more

    OTHER POLICIES

    • Induction program, Code of Conduct, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy, athlete education.

    STAFF AND ATHLETE HANDBOOK

    • Athlete Funding
    • Emerging 5
    • Program support only
      Find out more 

    PARALYMPIC CLASSIFICATION

    SAFE SPORT
    FRAMEWORK

    The Safe Sport Framework (SSF) confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming - children and adults alike. Find out more

    COACHING
    SUPPORT

    PERSONNEL & ACCOUNTABILITY

    • National Transition Coach & State Head Coaches
    • Paralympic Mentor Coach

    PROGRAMS

    • National Pre-elite Coaches Workshops
    • SAL Coaching Accreditation – Coaching Course

    FOCUS

    • Provide ‘world’s best practice’ coaching support characterised by:
    • Effective training practices (e.g., testing & monitoring, appropriate stroke rates, training under competition-like fatigue, pressure and environmental conditions etc.)
    • Effective utilisation of an athlete’s IAPP
    • Incorporates Athlete monitoring tools (AMS) to enhance practice, performance and communication
    • Appropriate frequency and timing of athlete tapering prior to major competition
    • Effective load management
    • Effective injury prevention and management strategies
    • Strategies to empower an athlete’s self-regulation and well-being
    • A strong understanding and management of peer dynamics
    • Understanding and facilitating developmental transition

    COACHING
    PERSONNEL

    • Senior and Youth Performance Coaches.
    • National Training Centre Coaches
    • Mentoring from National Transition Coach & Para Mentor Coach

    COACHING
    PROGRAMS AND DELIVERY

    COACHING PERSONNEL

    • Senior and Youth Performance Coaches, Club/Program Head Coaches.
    • Mentoring from National Youth Coach/State Head Coaches

    COACH EDUCATION

    • Swimming Australia and Australian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association Coach Accreditation – Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Licence. Find out more

    COACH DEVELOPMENT

    • AIS Performance Coaching and Leadership Program
    • SAL Coach Mentoring – National Transition Coach
    • SAL Performance Coaching Program

     

     

    RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

    PARTNERSHIP AND PROJECTS

     

     

    • National Athlete and Coach Development
    • Injury rates in athletes T3 onwards (AMS data)
    • Examination of transition rates (barriers and facilitators) into Senior Team.

    POTENTIAL COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

    • Australian Institute of Sport and State Institutes and Academies of Sport
    • National Club network
    • University Network
    • Technological Industry Partners

    POTENTIAL THEMES EMANATING

    • Psychological skill development
    • Consolidation of current AMS data on training loads and injury
    • Tracking performance changes according to stages of growth and maturation and training load: Identifying (de-)accelerated time points of impact
    • Relative Age Effects in swimming – corrective adjustment procedures as strategy to remove the influence of maturation in competition

     


  • TALENT 4: Breakthrough & Reward
  • Selected to compete at a major Youth Benchmark event (eg. World Junior Championships. Youth Olympic Games, Junior Pan Pacific Championships and/or World University Games)

     

    ATHLETE PROFILE

    GROWTH AND MATURATION OVERVIEW

    Young and developing athletes can grow at different rates with chronological age. To add, they can enter and progress through maturation at different chronological time points. The speed and magnitude of physical and cognitive maturation can differ markedly, and such development can affect swimming performance to a greater or lesser extent.

    Young and maturing swimmers could potentially reside in the matched FTEM categories, and so understanding the stage and influence of growth and maturation on performance relative to developmental stage will be important.

    BASIC PHYSICAL & COGNITIVE FEATURES

    • Typically associated with 16+ - 19 years.
    • Completion of growth & maturation; capability to change physique & fitness
    • Capability for muscle strength and power gains post-maturation – Potential ‘catch-up’ period for late maturer's.
    • Coordination & technical skill stabilisation
    • Increased emotional intelligence & stability
    • Capability to self-regulate, monitor, plan & evaluate training & performance

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

    TRAINING EMPHASIS

    • Technique + Aerobic Development (AEC)
    • Speed + Anaerobic Development (ANC)
    • V02 Max

    TRAINING PURPOSE

    • Enhanced Training and Competition exposure

    POOL

    • Begin to increase training volume and intensity
    • Implement a holistic SSSM training methodology
    • Consider Event specialisation
    • Development of Aerobic capacity
    • Further development of racing skills
    • Provide a greater variety of training methods

    LAND

    • Implement musculoskeletal assessment
    • Periodised strength program
    • Maintain flexibility
    • Maintain ‘core’ body alignment 

    RECOVERY AND REGENERATION

    8-12 Weeks per season

    DEVELOPMENTAL BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION

    • Development of an extensive & quality training history & progressive higher competition experience & exposure

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

    • Long-term engagement in focused training targeting performance improvement.

    PHYSIOLOGICAL ATTRIBUTES

    • Committed to higher level and specialisation of training, and other factors such as dry-land training, recovery and lifestyle management.
    • Completes fitness tests at home and state/national level programs.

    TECHNICAL ATTRIBUTES

    • Development of optimal technique and refinement of co-coordinative profile through an increase in training volume and intensity.
    • Particular focus on executing optimal technique for event specialisation.
    • Additional focus on minimisation of injury risk. Proactive removal of potentially injurious techniques if relevant, should occur at pre-elite stage

    TACTICAL
    ATTRIBUTES

    • Strong understanding of race analysis and refinement of optimal race strategy in training and competitive environments.

    PHYSICAL
    ATTRIBUTES AND NEUROMUSCULAR INTEGRITY

    Optimal development of ecto-mesomorphic profile and musculoskeletal robustness (optimal stability and range of motion/flexibility of major joint complexes). As an example: loaded squats, ballistic multi muscular exercises such as jumping, hopping and skipping.

     

    Base strength capacities in leg extensor movements, trunk rotational activities and arm full extension activities. Understanding of complementary dry-land conditioning options.

    PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONAL EXCELLENCE ATTRIBUTES

    • Further development of psychological skills & attributes (e.g., resilience) via training & competition experience & exposure.
    • A learned capability to adopt & deploy performance psychological skills in performance situations (e.g., thought control, refocusing, relaxation techniques)
    • Integration & adherence of National & Olympic values (e.g., Professional, Respectful, Enjoyable, Resilient, United and Relentless).
    • A learned capability to adopt & deploy self-management skills outside performance context. An established mindset on personal growth & development.
    • Development of a personal lifestyle & development plan (e.g., skills, education, finance, career)

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT
     

    COACHING DELIVERY/SUPPORT

     

    Evidence-based and holistic coaching characterised by strong sport-specific knowledge and strong inter and intra-personal skills. Effective athlete monitoring through Athlete Management System (AMS), integration of inter-disciplinary expertise and management of athlete-coach relationship. Promotion of injury prevention strategies. Delivered by Pre-elite Club/Program Senior Coaches

    DAILY PERFORMANCE TRAINING ENVIRONMENT

    COACHING

    • The Head Coach has demonstrated their ability to coach swimmers who demonstrate the ability to transition from Youth development towards the SAL National Senior Team

    COACHING PROGRAM

    • Program delivery is striving towards evidence-based and holistic coaching, and demonstrating strong sport-specific knowledge and strong interpersonal skills
    • Utilises athlete monitoring and data collections to support evidence-based decision making on the SAL AMS
    • Integration of inter-disciplinary expertise and management of athlete-coach relationship
    • Proactive coach led injury prevention strategies
    • Able to overlay (meso) long-term (4 years), (macro) seasonal and (micro) month/week/day planning. Apply a testing protocol that periodically addresses and tests the athletes (e.g. skills, physiology, strength, psychology, body composition etc.) based on identified Strengths and Weaknesses in the IAPP. Able to adjust or change planning/training based on standards test results.

    COACHING SUPPORT

    • Allocation of an assistant coach,
    • Coach provided from the club with a supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload and personal development.

    EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

    • Head Coach with fixed term contract
    • Contract to include engagement with identified Coach professional development programs,
    • employer support to attend any Australian Team competitions and camps

    FACILITIES

    • Training access to a range of wet and dry facilities that are considered best practice for developing programs

    WATER SPACE AND PARTNERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

    • 1-2 pools at one or numerous venues, with regular access throughout the season,
    • Standardised swimming pool equipment
    • Facilities self-contained or with shared access

    ATHLETE SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT FACILITIES

    • Access to gym facilities/dry land areas
    • Mobile video analysis for technical intervention

    COACH PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

    • Coach office and meeting room is ideal

    ATHLETE WELLBEING ELEMENTS

    • Athletes live in manageable proximity to the training facilities (30-40mins)

    SPORT SCIENCE AND SPORTS MEDICINE (SSSM) SUPPORT

    • Introduction to Multi-Disciplinary Sport Science and Medicine Support

    SSSM INTEGRATION PRACTICE

    • Explore the provision of integrated SSSM services as part of the overall training program
    • Adopt an athlete-centred/coach managed/driven SSSM support philosophy
    • Allocate service provision to our SAL categorised athletes
    • Support is reactive rather than the proactive provision required at next stage
    • Serviced at Head Coach/practitioner’s discretion and resource availability

    SSSM COLLABORATION

    • Collaborate with other High-Performance service organisations, such as the AIS, SIS/SAS and or other institutions
    • Consider the feasibility to access and engage SSSM personnel for research, postgrad scholar and functional support for the high-performance program

    AMS COMPLIANCE

    • Introduction to daily Athlete monitoring in preparation for best practice for World’s Best performance
    • The information that is captured has longitudinal measure of an athlete's:
      • Training load, wellness, injury/illness status, recovery
      • Consistently monitored with regular reporting

    MANAGEMENT

    • Developmental Pathway that provides support to both athletes and coaches

    CENTRE AGREEMENT

    • Overarching agreement with leisure provider that has, as schedules, the specific areas of service provision and operations under agreement
    • Support Coordination
    • Support to identify and coordinate Performance Science and Medicine Management
    • Oversee regular IAPP and AMS monitoring as required

    CENTRE MANAGEMENT

    • Strong financial and program oversight capability, including regular reporting
    • Provision of high-quality underpinning business systems for the operational, financial and strategic delivery of the program
    • Provide coaches with a personally supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload, personal development and stress
    • An awareness of and ability to facilitate the following Policies & Procedures around: Swimmers agreement, IPC Classification, induction program, Safe Sport Policy, Code of Conduct, Benchmark Event Selection Policies, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy

    CENTRE STRUCTURE

    • Proactive link with a learn to swim operation
    • Self-contained pathway exists internally for flow from junior swimmers
    • Accredited coaches supporting Head Coach if required
    • Head Coach is actively involved in mentoring club coaches and LTS teachers

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    STRATEGIC PLANNING

    PERSONNEL

    • Performance Scientist/General Manager Performance Support and Innovation

    EDUCATION

    • Individualised multidisciplinary athlete case management and athlete education.
    • Camps based education continues.

    SUPPORT

    • Regular Individual Athlete Performance Plan and Athlete Management System monitoring.
    • Bi-annual multidisciplinary meetings.
    • Supported by SIS/SAS providers.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PSYCHOLOGY

    PERSONNEL

    • Delivered by SAL Discipline Lead, SAL Youth Psychologist, On-Team Psychologist and/or Psychologist on the National Network.

    EDUCATION

    • Continued group and individual education focused on the Resilient MIND & Performance MIND.
    • Introduction of the Quiet MIND through understanding mental recovery and sleep, and delivered via online learning, SAL camps and competitions.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised performance psychology strategies and plans in DPE in consultation with the coach.

     

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    NUTRITION

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Nutrition Lead, SIS/SAS, SSO nutrition provider &/or Accredited Sport Dietitian within Daily Performance Environment.

    EDUCATION

    • Similar to T3 - Major focus on Nutrition related personal excellence skills - cooking, shopping, budgeting, meal planning.

    SUPPORT

    • Individual nutrition assessment and follow- up as required in DPE.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    MEDICAL

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead contracted sports physicians and practitioners who are qualified and comply with anti-doping, supplementation, medication and injection policies.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on health and hygiene in the DPE and team environment, the use of prescription medications, supplements.
    • ASADA education on teams and camps on ASADA’s Drug testing processes.

    SUPPORT

    • Medical screening.
    • Individualised injury prevention and management.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOTHERAPY

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead Physiotherapist & accredited and recognised physiotherapy providers.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on injury prevention and management, preparation for training and competition.

    SUPPORT

    • Yearly medical and functional movement screening.
    • Coordination with S&C to implement injury prevention and management strategies.
    • Individualised physiotherapy servicing.

     

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    MASSAGE

    PERSONNEL

    • Qualified soft tissue/massage therapists and SAL/ SISSAS contracted soft tissue/massage therapists available at domestic and international competitions.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on massage principles and development of self- massage techniques.

    SUPPORT

    Individualised soft tissue/massage servicing.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead & Accredited as an ASCA Professional level
    • Strength and Conditioning Coaches in the National Institute Network or external professionals.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on strength training principles, lifting techniques and load management. Education on other dry-land conditioning options to enhance pool based qualities. Periodisation and planning.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised strength and conditioning program with ongoing monitoring within DTE from identified provider.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PERSONAL EXCELLENCE

    PERSONNEL

    • General Manger Performance Pathways
    • National Youth Coach
    • State Head Coaches
    • Program Coaches
    • ASA
    • SSA Development Officers
    • SISSAS PE
    • AIS PE
    • EAFU Advisors
    • Internal & External SME's

    EDUCATION

    • ASADA
    • Match-fixing
    • dAIS funding
    • GHFSSS funding
    • Athlete agreement Classification (para) Career development Parenting through the HP pathway
    • Respectful relationships
    • Financial literacy
    • Personal brand and sponsorship
    • Media and social media

    SUPPORT

    • Selection (including Orientation to BME; and post BME engagement)
    • Nonselection
    • Orientation to HP pathway
    • Relocation
    • Transition (retirement)
    • Camp based intake screenings for T 2-4 athletes
    • Informing identification of key transition groups (yrs 12 and/or tertiary & other)
    • IAPP 2 x yrs review plus monthly status updates for E1-M athletes

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    BIOMECHANICS

    PERSONNEL

    • State Institutes and Academies of Sport Biomechanists.

    EDUCATION

    • Individualised and intermediate education on biomechanical principles. Use of quantitative analysis tools (e.g Wetplate)
    • Planning and effective intervention strategies to effect technical change.
    • Advanced quantitative competition analysis.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised measurement on a needs basis.
    • Competition analysis at Nationals on targeted athletes and International Youth Team Meets.
    • Data stored in the AMS.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    SKILL ACQUISITION

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead & Skill acquisition specialists from the National Institutes Network.
    • National pre-elite and State Senior coaches.

    EDUCATION

    • Continue in situ coach education on core principles of instruction, practice and feedback. Introduce periodisation of skill development.

    SUPPORT

    • Adhoc support to coach and athlete in camp environment.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOLOGY

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead & National Institutes Network Physiologists.

    EDUCATION

    • Intermediate education on physiological capacities, training, testing, and related performance/physiological issues.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised testing in training and competition: club, state or national camps.
    • Support in planning and periodisation.
    • 2 x Assessment profiles per season
    • Data stored in the AMS.

    COMPETITION FRAMEWORK

    10+ Comps per year – Peak Performance at 2.

     

    INTERNATIONAL

    • Youth Team International (e.g. Fina World Junior Championships, Junior Pan Pacs, Youth Olympics, Commonwealth Youth Games)
    • FINA World Cups (or similar)

    DOMESTIC

    • National, State & Regional Championships including State Team SC
    • Grade & School Competitions.

    PURPOSE

    • To select the athletes for the Swimming Australia Youth BME Team

    EMPHASIS

    • Practising Peak Performance at Youth qualifying competition
    • Outcome
    • Confirmation of Youth Team for Benchmark competition

    CAMPS AND COMPETITION OVERVIEW

    • Youth Team Orientation/Training/Relay Camps.
    • Youth Transition Training/Event Camps.

     

    SYSTEM LEADERSHIP
     

    MANAGEMENT

    NATIONAL

    • General Manager Performance Pathways and National Youth Coach
    • Paralympic Pathway Senior Coordinator and Paralympic Mentor Coach

    STATE

    • State Head Coach, Club Development Managers/Officers

    REGIONAL

    • Regional Development Managers/Officers

    PROGRAMS

    OLYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    • National Youth Transition Program
    • National Youth Program/Team

    PARALYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    • National Para Development Squad
    • State Swimming Association Programs

    PARTNERS

    PEAK BODIES

    NATIONAL BODIES

    • SSAs, SIS/SAS, Clubs, Universities, AIS, CGA, ASCTAASA, APC, Sport Inclusion Australia

    POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

    SELECTION POLICIES

    • National Youth Transition Program Selection Criteria and Policies
    • National Youth Team Benchmark Event Selection Policies
      Find out more

    OTHER POLICIES

    • Induction program, Code of Conduct, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy, athlete education.
    • Staff and Athlete Handbook

    ATHLETE FUNDING

    • Podium Potential 2b Youth Transition program
    • Developing 4
    • National Youth Team
    • GHFSSS
    • AIS dAIS
    • Find out more 

     

    PARALYMPIC CLASSIFICATION

    SAFE SPORT
    FRAMEWORK

    The Safe Sport Framework (SSF) confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming - children and adults alike. Find out more

    COACHING
    SUPPORT

    PERSONNEL & ACCOUNTABILITY

    • National Youth Coach and State Head Coaches
    • Paralympic Mentor Coach

    PROGRAMS

    • Vertical Integration/Mentoring Pre-elite with Elite Coaches
    • SAL Coaching Accreditation – Coaching Course

    FOCUS

    • Provide ‘world’s best practice’ coaching support characterised by:
    • Effective training practices (e.g., testing & monitoring, appropriate stroke rates, training under competition-like fatigue, pressure and environmental conditions etc.)
    • Effective utilisation of an athlete’s IAPP
    • Incorporates Athlete monitoring tools (AMS) to enhance practice, performance and communication
    • Appropriate frequency and timing of athlete tapering prior to major competition
    • Effective load management
    • Effective injury prevention and management strategies
    • Strategies to empower an athlete’s self-regulation and well-being
    • A strong understanding and management of peer dynamics
    • Understanding and facilitating developmental transition

    COACHING
    PERSONNEL

    • Senior and Youth Performance Coaches.
    • National Training Centre Coaches
    • Mentoring from National Youth Coach and Para Mentor Coach

    COACHING
    PROGRAMS AND DELIVERY

    COACHING PERSONNEL

    • Senior and Youth Performance Coaches, Club/Program Head Coaches.
    • Mentoring from National Youth Coach/State Head Coaches

    COACH EDUCATION

    COACH DEVELOPMENT

    • AIS Performance Coaching and Leadership Program
    • SAL Coach Mentoring – National Youth Coach
    • SAL Performance Coaching Program

     

     

    RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

    PARTNERSHIP AND PROJECTS

     

     

    • National Athlete and Coach Development
    • Injury rates in athletes T3 onwards (AMS data)
    • Examination of transition rates (barriers and facilitators) into Senior Team.

    POTENTIAL COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

    • Australian Institute of Sport and State Institutes and Academies of Sport
    • National Club network
    • University Network
    • Technological Industry Partners

    POTENTIAL THEMES EMANATING

    • Psychological skill development
    • Consolidation of current AMS data on training loads and injury
    • Tracking performance changes according to stages of growth and maturation and training load: Identifying (de-)accelerated time points of impact
    • Relative Age Effects in swimming – corrective adjustment procedures as a strategy to remove the influence of maturation in competition

     


ELITE

  • ELITE 1: Senior Elite Representation
  • Selected to the National Senior team for a major senior benchmark event (eg. Commonwealth Games, Olympic/Paralympic Games, World Championships, Pan Pacific Championships.  

     

    ATHLETE PROFILE

    GROWTH AND MATURATION OVERVIEW

    Due to the attainment of senior elite presentation, is likely that athlete growth and maturation will have predominantly ceased by these stages. Physical development and cognitive skill development will still continue.

    BASIC PHYSICAL & COGNITIVE FEATURES

     

    • Typically associated with 19+ years (adulthood)
    • Full Maturation attained; capability to modify physique & fitness.
    • Capability for muscle strength and power gains
    • Growth & maturation not influential on performance
    • Coordination & technical skills highly proficient & autonomous
    • High athlete identity & sport affinity
    • Established & integrated values, morals, ethics, motives, & cognitions for long-term investment.
    • Highly self-regulated & inter-dependent with support team.

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

     

    TRAINING EMPHASIS

    • AEC + ANC/Speed
    • V02 Max
    • Race Pace

    TRAINING PURPOSE

    • Individual Planning for
    • Peak Performance

    POOL

    • Target event specialisation
    • Holistic individual training model
    • Long-term quadrennial planning
    • Stroke Technique and Racing Skills perfection

    LAND

    • Periodised Strength program for peak performance
    • Regular musculoskeletal assessment prior to training increases
    • Optimised flexibility and ‘core’ body alignment

    RECOVERY AND REGENERATION

    6-10 Weeks per season

    DEVELOPMENTAL BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION

    Maintaining a quality training environment & regularly competing in peak competitions.

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

    • Maintaining long-term training investment in a quality training environment.
    • Regularly competing in peak competitions.

    PHYSIOLOGICAL ATTRIBUTES

    Undertakes high-level pool and dry-land training, systematic testing and training monitoring, at a national and international level as determined by the coach/sports scientist and benchmarked against national/international standards.

    TECHNICAL ATTRIBUTES

    Consistently demonstrates an ability to execute optimal technique under pressure and fatigue in varying competitive environments. Can adapt technique in line with the World Best and in a multi-disciplinary team (Coach/Biomechanists/S&C/Physio/Skill Acquisition personnel)

    TACTICAL
    ATTRIBUTES

    Consistently execute optimal race strategy under pressure, fatigue and in different environments at peak competitions.
     

    PHYSICAL
    ATTRIBUTES AND NEUROMUSCULAR INTEGRITY

    High level of self-maintenance of physical attributes such as optimal stability and range of motion/flexibility of major joint complexes as well as appropriate strength and power characteristics.

    Injury rate and time spent out of training is consistently kept low. Understanding of complementary dry-land conditioning options as an element of managing injury rates

    PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONAL EXCELLENCE ATTRIBUTES

     

    • Possesses a robust and rounded psychological skill set favourable to supporting self-management, personal performance, & adversity in particular circumstances. Attributes include self-regulation skill, self-efficacy, assurance, mental flexibility/adaptability, coping skills & strategies, personalised learned strategies for adverse situations.
    • Adheres & upholds National & Olympic values (eg. Professional, Respectful, Enjoyable, Resilient, United and Relentless).
    • Athlete is supported by an organised and coherent social support network. The network is systematically developed to assist/advise/mentor the athlete on performance or non-performance related aspects when necessary. The skill is to communicate & call upon the network when required to help sustain & develop.
    • A developed personal development plan to cover: transition out of sport; further education; finance; managing sponsorship and agent opportunities.
    • Effective time management time strategies to support training performance as well as avoid detrimental outcomes.

     

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT
     

    COACHING DELIVERY/SUPPORT

    Evidence-based and holistic coaching characterised by strong sport-specific knowledge and strong inter and intra-personal skills. Effective athlete monitoring (Athlete Management System), embedded inter-disciplinary expertise and management of athlete-coach relationship. Proactive programming of injury prevention strategies. Delivered by High-Performance Coaches.

    DAILY PERFORMANCE TRAINING ENVIRONMENT

     

    COACHING

    • The High-Performance Coach has demonstrated their ability to coach swimmers to podium success at the Olympic or Long Course World Championship level.

    COACHING PROGRAM

    • Program delivery is evidence-based and holistic coaching, characterised by strong sport-specific knowledge and strong interpersonal skills
    • Has effective athlete monitoring and data collections to support evidence-based decision making on the SAL AMS
    • Integration of inter-disciplinary expertise and management of athlete-coach relationship
    • Proactive coach led injury prevention strategies
    • Able to overlay (meso) long-term (4 years), (macro) seasonal and (micro) month/week/day planning. Apply a testing protocol that periodically addresses and tests the athletes (e.g. skills, physiology, strength, psychology, body composition etc.) based on identified Strengths and Weaknesses in the IAPP. Able to adjust or change planning/training based on standards test results.

    COACHING SUPPORT

    • Allocation of an assistant coach, when squad numbers exceed 10. Access to assistant/support coach when Head Coach is away (leave, team, camp, competition, etc.).
    • Coach provided with a personally supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload, personal development and high-performance stress. Refer to MANAGEMENT STANDARD.

    EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

    • Employment of best international standard HP Coach with 2+2yr or 4yr contract
    • Contract to include:
    • All SAL coach requirements under the NTD,
    • Full engagement with identified Coach professional development programs,
    • Full employer support to attend major Australian Team competitions and camps

    FACILITIES

    • Training is conducted with a range of wet and dry facilities that are considered best practice for World’s Best performance

    WATER SPACE AND PARTNERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

    • Unrestricted Water Space in 3-4 lanes for 10 sessions per week with 70% LC - 2 pools at one venue with indoor facility backup,
    • Olympic swimming specific equipment (start blocks/wedges and pool features that simulate international competition venue)

    ATHLETE SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT FACILITIES

    • Exclusive access to S&C gym/dry land performance enhancement facilities in close proximity to pool
    • High-Performance Recovery facilities within training pool environment (hydro, nutrition and activity space)
    • Private medical assessment/treatment area for injury/illness assessment
    • Fixed camera system set up for assessment and training technical intervention (or close proximity of SIS/SAS that has provision)

    COACH PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

    • Coach office with close proximity to pool
    • Meeting room for coach, team and staff meeting with close proximity to the pool (with whiteboard and presentation facilities)

    ATHLETE WELLBEING ELEMENTS

    • Athletes live in close proximity to the training facilities (15-20mins)
    • Vehicle parking with close proximity to pool
    • Sport Science and Sports Medicine (SSSM) Support
    • The interaction with and use of Sport Science and Sport Medicine services and personnel (also see Environment - SSSM - Strategic Planning)

    SSSM INTEGRATION PRACTICE

    • Capability to provide the full range of integrated services as part of the overall training program (see ‘Good Practice FTE Allocation)
    • Implement an athlete-centred/coach managed/driven SSSM support philosophy
    • Provision of the highest standard of service provision to our SAL categorised athletes

    SSSM COLLABORATION

    • Support to work/collaborate with other High-Performance service organisations, such as the AIS, SIS/SAS and or other institutions
    • Capability to access and engage SSSM personnel for research, postgrad scholar and functional support for the high-performance program

    AMS COMPLIANCE

    The information that is captured has a longitudinal measure of an athletes:

    • Training load, wellness, injury/illness status, recovery
    • Consistently monitored
    • Weekly reporting and feedback

    MANAGEMENT

    • An effective management structure and capability is demonstrated through underpinning structures, supporting for both athlete and coach

    AQUATIC CENTRE AGREEMENT

    • Ability to engage in an overarching agreement with Daily Performance Environment (DPE) provider and SAL that has, as schedules, the specific areas of service provision and operations under agreement
    • Single point of contact for SAL regarding all DPE areas

    SUPPORT COORDINATION

    • Strong ability to identify and coordinate Performance Science and Medicine Management that oversees service provision domestically and overseas
    • Oversee regular IAPP and AMS monitoring, through HP Coach, lead monthly multidisciplinary meetings

    CENTRE MANAGEMENT

    • Joint funding agreement with co-contributions from all partners
    • Strong financial and program oversight capability, including regular reporting
    • Ability to establish and promote high-quality functional partnerships
    • Provision of high-quality underpinning business systems for the operational, financial and strategic delivery of the high-performance program
    • Provide coaches with a personally supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload, personal development and high-performance stress
    • An awareness of and ability to facilitate the following policies & Procedures around the high-performance athlete cohort: Senior team, Swimmers agreement, IPC Classification, induction program, safe sports policy, code of conduct, Benchmark Event Selection Policies, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy

    CENTRE STRUCTURE

    • Connection and collaboration capability with other internal or external swimming programs (this includes other high-performance programs, clubs and swimming development programs)
    • Outline the pathway for the flow of swimming talent either internally or externally to service the program
    • Accredited coaches supporting high-performance coach
    • High-performance coach is actively involved in mentoring other coaches
    • Affiliated Swimming Club actively supports high-performance coach and elite swimmer activities

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    STRATEGIC PLANNING

     

    PERSONNEL

    • Performance Scientist with sign off by General Manager Performance Support & Innovation.

    EDUCATION

    • Individualised multidisciplinary athlete case management with service provision both domestically and internationally.

    SUPPORT

    • Regular Individual Athlete Performance Plan and Athlete Management System monitoring.
    • Monthly multidisciplinary meetings.
    • Supported by Senior/Experienced SIS/SAS Providers.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PSYCHOLOGY

     

    PERSONNEL

    • Delivered by SAL Discipline Lead, SAL Youth Psychologist, On-Team Psychologist and/or Psychologist on the National Network of Sport, Performance and Clinical Psychologists.

    EDUCATION

    • Continued group and individual education focused on the Resilient MIND & Performance MIND.
    • Introduction of the Quiet MIND through understanding mental recovery and sleep, and delivered via online learning, SAL camps and competitions.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised plans, follow-up, monitoring and advice.
    • Embedded education, measurement & training in the DPE in consultation with the coach.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    NUTRITION

     

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Nutrition Lead, SIS/SAS, SSO nutrition provider &/or Accredited Sport Dietitian within Daily Performance Environment.

    EDUCATION

    • Periodisation of training nutrition to optimise training adaptations. Introduction and refinement of performance supplement practices based on competition and training demands.

    SUPPORT

    • Individual nutrition assessment and follow-up.
    • Ongoing monitoring and advice.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    MEDICAL

     

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead contracted sports physicians and practitioners who are qualified and comply with anti-doping, supplementation, medication and injection policies.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on health and hygiene in the DPE and team environment. Further education on the use of prescription medications and supplements. ASADA and WADA education on teams and camps on ASADA Drug testing processes.

    SUPPORT

    • Medical screening.
    • Individualised injury prevention and management.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOTHERAPY

     

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead Physiotherapist & accredited and recognised physiotherapy providers.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on injury prevention and management, preparation for training and competition.

    SUPPORT

    • Yearly medical and functional movement screening.
    • Coordination with S&C to implement injury prevention and management strategies.
    • Individualised physiotherapy servicing including performance enhancement. Embedded support in the DPE.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    MASSAGE

    PERSONNEL

    • Qualified soft tissue/massage therapists and SAL/SISSAS contracted soft tissue/massage therapists available at domestic and international competitions

    EDUCATION

    • Education on massage principles and development of self- massage techniques.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised soft tissue/massage servicing.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

     

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead & Accredited as an ASCA Elite level
    • Strength and Conditioning Coaches in the National Institute Network or external professionals.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on strength training principles, lifting techniques and load management. Education on other dry-land conditioning & or cross training options to enhance pool based qualities. Periodisation and planning.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised strength and conditioning program with ongoing monitoring, assessment and advice within DPE from embedded provider and National Lead

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PERSONAL EXCELLENCE

     

    PERSONNEL

    • HP Business Manager
    • Performance Pathways Manager
    • National Head Coach
    • National Transition Coach
    • State Head Coaches
    • Program Coaches
    • ASA
    • SSA Development Officers
    • SISSAS PE
    • EAFU Advisors
    • Internal & External SME's

    EDUCATION

    • ASADA
    • Match fixing
    • dAIS funding
    • GHFSSS funding
    • Athlete agreement Classification (para) Career development Parenting through the HP pathway
    • Respectful relationships
    • Financial literacy
    • Personal brand and sponsorship
    • Media and social media

    SUPPORT

    • Selection (including Orientation to BME; and post BME engagement)
    • Nonselection
    • Orientation to HP pathway
    • Relocation
    • Transition (retirement)
    • Camp based intake screenings for T 2-4 athletes
    • Informing identification of key transition groups (yrs 12 and/or tertiary & other)
    • IAPP 2 x yrs review plus monthly status updates for E1-M athletes

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    BIOMECHANICS

    PERSONNEL

    • State Institutes and Academies of Sport Biomechanists.

    EDUCATION

    • Individualised and advanced education on biomechanical principles
    • The use of quantitative analysis tools (e.g Wetplate)
    • Planning and effective intervention strategies to effect technical change.
    • Advanced quantitative competition analysis and skill assessment.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised measurement and intervention plan in line with the Individual Athlete Performance Plan.
    • Competition analysis at National/International Meets. Embedded in the DPE. Data stored in the AMS.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    SKILL ACQUISITION

     

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead & Skill acquisition specialists from the National Institutes Network. High-Performance Coaches.

    EDUCATION

    • Solutions to specific problems identified by coach/athlete. Advanced skills assessment with effective intervention and integration with Biomechanics.
    • The use of skill development tools in the DPE (e.g timing lights and turning pads)
    • Education on the core principles of instruction, practice and feedback. Introduce periodisation of skill development.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised servicing of coach and athlete.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOLOGY

     

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead & National Institutes Network Physiologists.

    EDUCATION

    • Advanced education on physiological capacities, training, testing and related performance/physiological issues. Planning and effective intervention strategies to effect change as a part of the physiological evaluation process. Load monitoring through quantifying both intensity and volume of training gaining an improved understanding of an athlete’s response to fluctuations in volume and intensity will promote improvements in fitness and performance, and reduce the likelihood of overload-related injury.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised testing in training and competition; club, state, national, or international camps/competitions. Support in planning and periodisation. Embedded in the DPE. Data stored in the AMS.

    COMPETITION FRAMEWORK

    10+ Comps per year – Peak Performance at 2/3.

    INTERNATIONAL

    • Senior International (Olympic/Paralympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games & Pan Pacs)
    • FINA World Cups (or similar)

    DOMESTIC

    • Senior National Swimming Championships (Open Nationals/Trial Events)

    PURPOSE

    • To select the best Athletes for the Swimming Australia Dolphins

    EMPHASIS

    • Peak Performance at Trials and then again at Benchmark competitions

    OUTCOME

    • Confirmation of Senior National Team for Benchmark competition

    CAMPS AND COMPETITION OVERVIEW

    Senior Staging, Training and/or Event Camps.

     

    SYSTEM LEADERSHIP
     

    MANAGEMENT

     

    NATIONAL

    • National Head Coach & General Manager Olympic Program
    • Paralympic Performance Manager & Paralympic Mentor Coach

    PROGRAMS

     

    OLYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    • Olympic and Senior Teams,
    • Swimming Australia Supported High-Performance Centres,
    • National preparation camps,
    • Event Camps and programs.

    PARALYMPIC PATHWAY
    PROGRAMS

    • Paralympics and Senior Teams,
    • National Training Centres,
    • National preparation and relay camps.

    PARTNERS

    PEAK BODIES

    NATIONAL BODIES

    • State Sporting Associations
    • SIS/SAS
    • Clubs
    • Universities
    • Australian Institute of Sport
    • CGA
    • ASCTA
    • ASA
    • APC
    • Sport Inclusion Australia

    POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

     

    SELECTION POLICIES

    • Senior team, Benchmark Event Selection Criteria and Policies. Find out more

    OTHER POLICIES

    • Senior team, Swimmers agreement, induction program, Code of Conduct, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy.
    • Staff and Athlete Handbook

    ATHLETE FUNDING

    • Podium 2a
    • top 8 finish at BME and or National Snr Team Member
    • GHFSSS
    • AIS dAIS
      Find out more

    PARALYMPIC CLASSIFICATION

    SAFE SPORT
    FRAMEWORK

    The Safe Sport Framework (SSF) confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming - children and adults alike. For more information on the SSF, visit: Swimming Australia: Keeping our Sport Safe.

    COACHING
    SUPPORT

     

    PERSONNEL & ACCOUNTABILITY

    • National Head Coach & National Youth Coach
    • Paralympic Mentor Coach

    PROGRAMS

    • World's Best Practice, Mentoring, Personal Development & Retention

    FOCUS

    • Provide ‘world’s best practice’ coaching support characterised by:
    • Effective training practices (e.g., testing & monitoring, appropriate stroke rates, training under competition-like fatigue, pressure and environmental conditions etc.)
    • Effective utilisation of an athlete’s IAPP
    • Incorporates Athlete monitoring tools (AMS) to enhance practice, performance and communication
    • Appropriate frequency and timing of athlete tapering prior to major competition
    • Effective load management
    • Effective injury prevention and management strategies
    • Strategies to empower an athlete’s self-regulation and well-being
    • A strong understanding and management of peer dynamics
    • Understanding and facilitating developmental transition

     

    COACHING PERSONNEL

    • Senior High Performance or Podium Coach.
    • National Training Centre Coaches
    • Mentoring from National Head Coach & Para Mentor Coach

     

    COACHING
    PROGRAMS AND DELIVERY

     

    COACHING PERSONNEL

    • Senior High Performance or Podium Coach.
    • Mentoring from National Head Coach.

     

    COACH EDUCATION

    • Swimming Australia and Australian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association Coach Accreditation – Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Licence

     

    COACH DEVELOPMENT

    • AIS Performance Coaching and Leadership Program
    • SAL Coach Mentoring – National Head Coach
    • SAL Performance Coaching Program

     

     

    RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

    PARTNERSHIP AND PROJECTS

     

     

    • Sourcing 'experts' (athletes, coaches & HP Managers) to consolidate athlete performance profiling.
    • Sport Science and Sports Medicine research including new technologies and methods of training and recovery.
    • AIS National Training Centre for research and innovation.
    • Effective competitive strategies & preparation for Olympic/Paralympic Games and World Championships. 

    POTENTIAL COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

    • Australian Institute of Sport and State Institutes and Academies of Sport
    • National Club network
    • University Network
    • Technological Industry Partners

    POTENTIAL THEMES EMANATING

    • Injury surveillance, mechanisms and prevention strategies
    • Consolidation of E2/M Athlete Profiling to inform underpinning strategy and practice
    • Developmental transitions (T4 to E/M)
    • Sporting Mastery
    • Early International Competitive experiences
    • Performance Profiling
    • The effectiveness of DPE on Athlete Performance and maintenance

     

     

     

     


  • ELITE 2: Senior Elite Success
  • A medal winner at the Olympics, Paralympics or a World Championship event

     

    ATHLETE PROFILE

    GROWTH AND MATURATION OVERVIEW

    Due to the attainment of senior elite presentation, is likely that athlete growth and maturation will have predominantly ceased by these stages. Physical development and cognitive skill development will still continue.

    BASIC PHYSICAL & COGNITIVE FEATURES

    • Typically associated with 19+ years (adulthood)
    • Full Maturation attained; capability to modify physique & fitness.
    • Capability for muscle strength and power gains
    • Growth & maturation not influential on performance
    • Coordination & technical skills highly proficient & autonomous
    • High athlete identity & sport affinity
    • Established & integrated values, morals, ethics, motives, & cognitions for long-term investment.
    • Highly self-regulated & inter-dependent with support team

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

    TRAINING EMPHASIS

    • AEC + ANC/Speed
    • V02 Max
    • Race Pace

    TRAINING PURPOSE

    • Individual Planning for Peak Performance

    POOL

    • Target event specialisation
    • Holistic individual training model
    • Long-term quadrennial planning
    • Stroke Technique and Racing Skills perfection

    LAND

    • Periodised Strength program for peak performance
    • Regular musculoskeletal assessment prior to training increases
    • Optimised flexibility and ‘core’ body alignment

    RECOVERY AND REGENERATION

    6-10 Weeks per season

    DEVELOPMENTAL BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION

    Maintaining a quality training environment & regularly competing in peak competitions.

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

    Maintaining long-term training investment in a quality training environment. Regularly competing in peak competitions.

    PHYSIOLOGICAL ATTRIBUTES

    Undertakes high-level pool and dry-land training, systematic testing and training monitoring, at a national and international level as determined by the coach/sports scientist and benchmarked against national/international standards.

    TECHNICAL ATTRIBUTES

    Consistently demonstrates an ability to execute optimal technique under pressure and fatigue in varying competitive environments. Can adapt technique in line with the World Best and in a multi-disciplinary team (Coach/Biomechanists/S&C/Physio/Skill Acquisition personnel).

    TACTICAL
    ATTRIBUTES

    Consistently execute optimal race strategy under pressure, fatigue and in different environments at peak competitions.

    PHYSICAL
    ATTRIBUTES AND NEUROMUSCULAR INTEGRITY

    Deemed highly proficient on self-maintenance of physical attributes such as optimal stability and range of motion/flexibility of major joint complexes as well as appropriate strength and power characteristics.

    Injury rate and time spent out of training is consistently kept low. Understanding of complementary dry-land conditioning options as an element of managing injury rates
     

    PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONAL EXCELLENCE ATTRIBUTES

    • Possesses a robust and rounded psychological skill set favourable to supporting self-management, personal performance, & adversity in particular circumstances. Attributes include self-regulation skill, self-efficacy, assurance, mental flexibility/adaptability, coping skills & strategies, personalised learned strategies for adverse situations.
    • Adheres & upholds National & Olympic values (e.g., Professional, Respectful, Enjoyable, Resilient, United and Relentless).
    • Athlete is supported by an organised and coherent social support network. The network is systematically developed to assist/advise/mentor the athlete on performance or non-performance related aspects when necessary. The skill is to communicate & call upon the network when required to help sustain & develop.
    • A developed personal development plan to cover: transition out of sport; further education; finance; managing sponsorship and agent opportunities.
    • Effective time management strategies to support training performance as well as avoid detrimental outcomes.

     

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT

    COACHING DELIVERY/SUPPORT

    • Evidence-based and holistic coaching characterised by strong sport-specific knowledge and strong inter and intra-personal skills. Effective athlete monitoring
    • (Athlete Management System), embedded inter-disciplinary expertise and management of athlete-coach relationship. Proactive programming of injury prevention strategies.
    • Delivered by High-Performance Coaches.

    DAILY PERFORMANCE TRAINING ENVIRONMENT

    COACHING

    • The High-Performance Coach has demonstrated their ability to coach swimmers to podium success at the Olympic or Long Course World Championship level.

    COACHING PROGRAM

    • Program delivery is evidence-based and holistic coaching, characterised by strong sport-specific knowledge and strong interpersonal skills
    • Has effective athlete monitoring and data collections to support evidence-based decision making on the SAL AMS
    • Integration of inter-disciplinary expertise and management of athlete-coach relationship
    • Proactive coach led injury prevention strategies
    • Able to overlay (meso) long-term (4 years), (macro) seasonal and (micro) month/week/day planning. Apply a testing protocol that periodically addresses and tests the athletes (e.g. skills, physiology, strength, psychology, body composition etc.) based on identified Strengths and Weaknesses in the IAPP. Able to adjust or change planning/training based on standards test results.

    COACHING SUPPORT

    • Allocation of an assistant coach, when squad numbers exceed 10. Access to assistant/support coach when Head Coach is away (leave, team, camp, competition, etc.).
    • Coach provided with a personally supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload, personal development and high-performance stress. Refer to MANAGEMENT STANDARD.

    EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

    • Employment of best international standard HP Coach with 2+2yr or 4yr contract
    • Contract to include:
    • All SAL coach requirements under the NTD,
    • Full engagement with identified Coach professional development programs,
    • Full employer support to attend major Australian Team competitions and camps

    FACILITIES

    • Training is conducted with a range of wet and dry facilities that are considered best practice for World’s Best performance

    WATER SPACE AND PARTNERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

    • Unrestricted Water Space in 3-4 lanes for 10 sessions per week with 70% LC - 2 pools at one venue with indoor facility backup,
    • Olympic swimming specific equipment (start blocks/wedges and pool features that simulate international competition venue)

    ATHLETE SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT FACILITIES

    • Exclusive access to S&C gym/dry land performance enhancement facilities in close proximity to pool
    • High-Performance Recovery facilities within training pool environment (hydro, nutrition and activity space)
    • Private medical assessment/treatment area for injury/illness assessment
    • Fixed camera system set up for assessment and training technical intervention (or close proximity of SIS/SAS that has provision)

    COACH PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

    • Coach office with close proximity to pool
    • Meeting room for coach, team and staff meeting with close proximity to the pool (with whiteboard and presentation facilities)

    ATHLETE WELLBEING ELEMENTS

    • Athletes live in close proximity to the training facilities (15-20mins)
    • Vehicle parking with close proximity to pool

    SPORT SCIENCE AND SPORTS MEDICINE (SSSM) SUPPORT

    • The interaction with and use of Sport Science and Sport Medicine services and personnel (also see Environment - SSSM - Strategic Planning)

    SSSM INTEGRATION PRACTICE

    • Capability to provide the full range of integrated services as part of the overall training program (see ‘Good Practice FTE Allocation)
    • Implement an athlete-centred/coach managed/driven SSSM support philosophy
    • Provision of the highest standard of service provision to our SAL categorised athletes

    SSSM COLLABORATION

    • Support to work/collaborate with other High-Performance service organisations, such as the AIS, SIS/SAS and or other institutions
    • Capability to access and engage SSSM personnel for research, postgrad scholar and functional support for the high-performance program

    AMS COMPLIANCE

    The information that is captured has a longitudinal measure of an athletes:

    • Training load, wellness, injury/illness status, recovery
    • Consistently monitored
    • Weekly reporting and feedback

    MANAGEMENT

    • An effective management structure and capability is demonstrated through underpinning structures, supporting for both athlete and coach

    AQUATIC CENTRE AGREEMENT

    • Ability to engage in an overarching agreement with Daily Performance Environment (DPE) provider and SAL that has, as schedules, the specific areas of service provision and operations under agreement
    • Single point of contact for SAL regarding all DPE areas

    SUPPORT COORDINATION

    • Strong ability to identify and coordinate Performance Science and Medicine Management that oversees service provision domestically and overseas.
    • Oversee regular IAPP and AMS monitoring, through HP Coach, led monthly multidisciplinary meetings

    CENTRE MANAGEMENT

    • Joint funding agreement with co-contributions from all partners
    • Strong financial and program oversight capability, including regular reporting
    • Ability to establish and promote high-quality functional partnerships
    • Provision of high-quality underpinning business systems for the operational, financial and strategic delivery of the high-performance program
    • Provide coaches with a personally supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload, personal development and high-performance stress
    • An awareness of and ability to facilitate the following Policies & Procedures around the high-performance athlete cohort: Senior team, Swimmers agreement, IPC Classification, induction program, Safe Sport Policy, Code of Conduct, Benchmark Event Selection Policies, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy

    CENTRE STRUCTURE

    • Connection and collaboration capability with other internal or external swimming programs (this includes other high-performance programs, clubs and swimming development programs)
    • Outline the pathway for the flow of swimming talent either internally or externally to service the program
    • Accredited coaches supporting high-performance coach
    • High-performance coach is actively involved in mentoring other coaches
    • Affiliated Swimming Club actively supports high-performance coach and elite swimmer activities

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    STRATEGIC PLANNING

     

    PERSONNEL

    • Performance Scientist with sign off by General Manager Performance Support and Innovation.

    EDUCATION

    • Individualised multidisciplinary athlete case management with service provision both domestically and internationally.

    SUPPORT

    • Regular Individual Athlete Performance Plan and Athlete Management System monitoring.
    • Monthly multidisciplinary meetings.
    • Supported by Senior/Experienced SIS/SAS Providers.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PSYCHOLOGY

     

    PERSONNEL

    • Delivered by SAL Discipline Lead, SAL Youth Psychologist, On-Team Psychologist and/or Psychologist on the National Network of Sport, Performance and Clinical Psychologists.

    EDUCATION

    • Continued group education focused on the Quiet MIND. Individualised Performance MIND skills and routines to refine performance readiness.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised plans, follow-up, monitoring and advice.
    • Embedded education, measurement & training in the DPE in consultation with the coach.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    NUTRITION

     

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Nutrition Lead, SIS/SAS, SSO nutrition provider &/or Accredited Sport Dietitian within Daily Performance Environment.

    EDUCATION

    • Periodisation of training nutrition to optimise training adaptations. Introduction and refinement of performance supplement practices based on competition and training demands.

    SUPPORT

    • Individual nutrition assessment and follow- up.
    • Ongoing monitoring and advice.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    MEDICAL

     

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead, contracted sports physicians and practitioners who are qualified and comply with anti-doping, supplementation, medication and injection policies.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on health and hygiene in the DPE and team environment., Further education on the use of prescription medications and supplements. ASADA and WADA education on teams and camps on ASADA Drug testing processes.

    SUPPORT

    • Medical screening.
    • Individualised injury prevention and management.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOTHERAPY

     

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead Physiotherapist & accredited and recognised physiotherapy providers.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on injury prevention and management, preparation for training and competition.

    SUPPORT

    • Yearly medical and functional movement screening.
    • Coordination with S&C to implement injury prevention and management strategies.
    • Individualised physiotherapy servicing including performance enhancement. Embedded support in the DPE.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    MASSAGE

    PERSONNEL

    • Qualified soft tissue/massage therapists and SAL/SISSAS contracted soft tissue/massage therapists available at domestic and international competitions

    EDUCATION

    • Education on massage principles and development of self- massage techniques.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised soft tissue/massage servicing.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

     

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead & Accredited as an ASCA Elite level
    • Strength and Conditioning Coaches in the National Institute Network or external professionals.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on strength training principles, lifting techniques and load management. Education on other dry-land conditioning & or cross training options to enhance pool based qualities. Periodisation and planning.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised strength and conditioning program with ongoing monitoring, assessment and advice within DPE from embedded provider and National Lead

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PERSONAL EXCELLENCE

     

    PERSONNEL

    • General Manager Performance Pathways
    • National Head Coach
    • National Youth Coach
    • State Head Coaches
    • Program Coaches
    • ASA
    • SSA Development Officers
    • SISSAS PE
    • EAFU Advisors
    • Internal & External SME's

    EDUCATION

    • ASADA
    • Match-fixing
    • dAIS funding
    • GHFSSS funding
    • Athlete agreement Classification (para) Career development Parenting through the HP pathway
    • Respectful relationships
    • Financial literacy
    • Personal brand and sponsorship
    • Media and social media

    SUPPORT

    • Selection (including Orientation to BME; and post BME engagement)
    • Non-selection
    • Orientation to HP pathway
    • Relocation
    • Transition (retirement)
    • Camp based intake screenings for T 2-4 athletes
    • Informing identification of key transition groups (yrs 12 and/or tertiary & other)
    • IAPP 2 x yrs review plus monthly status updates for E1-M athletes

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    BIOMECHANICS

     

    PERSONNEL

    • State Institutes and Academies of Sport Biomechanists.

    EDUCATION

    • Individualised and advanced education on biomechanical principles
    • The use of quantitative analysis tools (e.g Wetplate)
    • Planning and effective intervention strategies to effect technical change.
    • Advanced quantitative competition analysis and skill assessment.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised measurement and intervention plan in line with the Individual Athlete Performance Plan.
    • Competition analysis at National/International Meets. Embedded in the DPE. Data stored in the AMS.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    SKILL ACQUISITION

     

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead & Skill acquisition specialists from the National Institutes Network. High-Performance Coaches.

    EDUCATION

    • Solutions to specific problems identified by coach/athlete. Advanced skills assessment with effective intervention and integration with Biomechanics.
    • The use of skill development tools in the DPE (e.g timing lights and turning pads)
    • Education on core principles of instruction, practice and feedback.
    • Introduce periodisation of skill development.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised servicing of coach and athlete.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOLOGY

     

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead & National Institutes Network Physiologists.

    EDUCATION

    • Advanced education on physiological capacities, training, testing and related performance/physiological issues. Planning and effective intervention strategies to effect change as a part of the physiological evaluation process. Load monitoring through quantifying both intensity and volume of training gaining an improved understanding of an athlete’s response to fluctuations in volume and intensity will promote improvements in fitness and performance, and reduce the likelihood of overload-related injury.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised testing in training and competition; club, state, national, or international camps/competitions. Support in planning and periodisation. Embedded in the DPE. Data stored in the AMS.

    COMPETITION FRAMEWORK

     

    10+ Comps per year – Peak Performance at 2/3.

    INTERNATIONAL

    • Senior International (Olympic/Paralympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games & Pan Pacs)
    • FINA World Cups (or similar)

    DOMESTIC

    • Senior National Swimming Championships (Open Nationals/Trial Events)

    PURPOSE

    • To select the best Athletes for the Swimming Australia Dolphins

    EMPHASIS

    • Peak Performance at Trials and then again at Benchmark competitions

    OUTCOME

    • Confirmation of Senior National Team for Benchmark competition

    CAMPS AND COMPETITION OVERVIEW

    • Senior Staging, Training and/or Event Camps.

     

    SYSTEM LEADERSHIP

    MANAGEMENT

    NATIONAL

    • National Head Coach
    • Paralympic Performance Manager & Paralympic Mentor Coach

    PROGRAMS

    OLYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    • Olympic and Senior Teams,
    • Swimming Australia Supported High-Performance Centres,
    • National preparation camps,
    • Event Camps and programs.

    PARALYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    • Paralympics and Senior Teams,
    • National Training Centres,
    • National preparation and relay camps.

    PARTNERS

    PEAK BODIES

    NATIONAL BODIES

    • SSAs
    • SIS/SAS
    • Clubs
    • Universities
    • AIS
    • CGA 
    • ASCTA 
    • ASA
    • APC
    • Sport Inclusion Australia

    POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

     

    SELECTION POLICIES

    • Senior team, Benchmark Event Selection Criteria and Policies. Find out more.

    OTHER POLICIES

    • Senior team, Swimmers agreement, induction program, Code of Conduct, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy.
    • Staff and Athlete Handbook

    ATHLETE FUNDING

    • Podium 1
    • Top 3 finish at BME
    • GHFSSS
    • AIS dAIS
      Find out more

    PARALYMPIC CLASSIFICATION

    • IPC Classification
    • Safe Sport Framework
    • The Safe Sport Framework (SSF) confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming - children and adults alike. Find out more

    COACHING
    SUPPORT

     

    PERSONNEL & ACCOUNTABILITY

    • National Head Coach
    • Paralympic Mentor Coach

    PROGRAMS

    • World's Best Practice, Mentoring, Personal Development & Retention

    FOCUS

    • Provide ‘world’s best practice’ coaching support characterised by:
    • Effective training practices (e.g., testing & monitoring, appropriate stroke rates, training under competition-like fatigue, pressure and environmental conditions etc.)
    • Effective utilisation of an athlete’s IAPP
    • Incorporates Athlete monitoring tools (AMS) to enhance practice, performance and communication
    • Appropriate frequency and timing of athlete tapering prior to major competition
    • Effective load management
    • Effective injury prevention and management strategies
    • Strategies to empower an athlete’s self-regulation and well-being
    • A strong understanding and management of peer dynamics
    • Understanding and facilitating developmental transition

    COACHING PERSONNEL

    • Senior High Performance or Podium Coach.
    • National Training Centre Coaches
    • Mentoring from National Head Coach & Para Mentor Coach

    COACHING
    PROGRAMS AND DELIVERY

     

    COACHING PERSONNEL

    • Senior High Performance or Podium Coach.
    • Mentoring from National Head Coach.

    COACH EDUCATION

    • Swimming Australia and Australian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association Coach Accreditation – Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Licence

    COACH DEVELOPMENT

    • AIS Performance Coaching and Leadership Program
    • SAL Coach Mentoring – National Head Coach
    • SAL Performance Coaching Program

     

    RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

    PARTNERSHIP AND PROJECTS

    • Sourcing 'experts' (athletes, coaches & HP Managers) to consolidate athlete performance profiling.
    • Sport Science and Sports Medicine research including new technologies and methods of training and recovery.
    • AIS National Training Centre for research and innovation.
    • Effective competitive strategies & preparation for Olympic/Paralympic Games and World Championships.

    POTENTIAL COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

    • Australian Institute of Sport and State Institutes and Academies of Sport
    • National Club network
    • University Network
    • Technological Industry Partners

    POTENTIAL THEMES EMANATING

    • Injury surveillance, mechanisms and prevention strategies
    • Consolidation of E2/M Athlete Profiling to inform underpinning strategy and practice
    • Developmental transitions (T4 to E/M)
    • Sporting Mastery
    • Early International Competitive experiences
    • Performance Profiling
    • Effectiveness of DPE on Athlete Performance and maintenance


     


  • MASTERY: Sustained Elite Success
  • An Olympic, Paralympic or World Championship medallist over consecutive or multiple high-performance cycles.

     

    ATHLETE PROFILE

    GROWTH AND MATURATION OVERVIEW

    Due to the attainment of senior elite presentation, is likely that athlete growth and maturation will have predominantly ceased by these stages. Physical development and cognitive skill development will still continue.

    BASIC PHYSICAL & COGNITIVE FEATURES

    • Typically associated with 19+ years (adulthood)
    • Full Maturation attained; capability to modify physique & fitness.
    • Capability for muscle strength and power gains
    • Growth & maturation not influential on performance
    • Coordination & technical skills highly proficient & autonomous
    • High athlete identity & sport affinity
    • Established & integrated values, morals, ethics, motives, & cognitions for long-term investment.
    • Highly self-regulated & inter-dependent with support team.

    TRAINING EMPHASIS

    • AEC + ANC/Speed
    • V02 Max
    • Race Pace

    TRAINING PURPOSE

    • Individual Planning for Peak Performance

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

    POOL

    • Target event specialisation
    • Holistic individual training model
    • Long-term quadrennial planning
    • Stroke Technique and Racing Skills perfection

    LAND

    • Periodised Strength program for peak performance
    • Regular musculoskeletal assessment prior to training increases
    • Optimised flexibility and ‘core’ body alignment

    RECOVERY AND REGENERATION

    6-10 Weeks per season

    DEVELOPMENTAL BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION

    Maintaining a quality training environment & regularly competing in peak competitions.
    Ability to adapt and re-invent themselves (e.g. alternative events; new careers).

    TRAINING IMPLICATIONS

    Maintaining training investment and a quality training environment.
    Adaptability & adjustment of training to facilitate maintenance and health.

    PHYSIOLOGICAL ATTRIBUTES

    Undertakes high-level pool and dry-land training, systematic testing and training monitoring, at a national and international level as determined by the coach/sports scientist and benchmarked against national/international standards.

    TECHNICAL ATTRIBUTES

    Consistently demonstrates an ability to execute optimal technique under pressure and fatigue in varying competitive environments. Can adapt technique in line with the World Best and in a multi-disciplinary team (Coach/Biomechanists/S&C/Physio/Skill Acquisition personnel).

    TACTICAL
    ATTRIBUTES

    Consistently execute optimal race strategy under pressure, fatigue and in different environments at peak competitions.

    PHYSICAL
    ATTRIBUTES AND NEUROMUSCULAR INTEGRITY

    Deemed highly proficient on self-maintenance of physical attributes such as optimal stability and range of motion/flexibility of major joint complexes as well as appropriate strength and power characteristics.

    Injury rate and time spent out of training is consistently kept low. Understanding of complementary dry-land conditioning options as an element of managing injury rates

    PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONAL EXCELLENCE ATTRIBUTES

    • Possesses a robust and rounded psychological skill set favourable to supporting self-management, personal performance, & adversity in particular circumstances. Attributes include self-regulation skill, self-efficacy, assurance, mental flexibility/adaptability, coping skills & strategies, personalised learned strategies for adverse situations.
    • Adheres & upholds National & Olympic values (e.g., Professional, Respectful, Enjoyable, Resilient, United and Relentless).
    • Athlete is supported by an organised and coherent social support network. The network is systematically developed to assist/advise/mentor the athlete on performance or non-performance related aspects when necessary. The skill is to communicate & call upon the network when required to help sustain & develop.
    • A developed personal development plan to cover: transition out of sport; further education; finance; managing sponsorship and agent opportunities.
    • Effective time management time strategies to support training performance as well as avoid detrimental outcomes.

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT

    COACHING DELIVERY/SUPPORT

    • Evidence-based and holistic coaching characterised by strong sport-specific knowledge and strong inter and intra-personal skills. Effective athlete monitoring (Athlete Management System), embedded inter-disciplinary expertise and management of athlete-coach relationship.
    • Proactive programming of injury prevention strategies.
    • Delivered by High-Performance Coaches.

    DAILY PERFORMANCE TRAINING ENVIRONMENT

    COACHING

    • The High-Performance Coach has demonstrated their ability to coach swimmers to podium success at the Olympic or Long Course World Championship level.

    COACHING PROGRAM

    • Program delivery is evidence-based and holistic coaching, characterised by strong sport-specific knowledge and strong interpersonal skills
    • Has effective athlete monitoring and data collections to support evidence-based decision making on the SAL AMS
    • Integration of inter-disciplinary expertise and management of athlete-coach relationship
    • Proactive coach led injury prevention strategies
    • Able to overlay (meso) long-term (4 years), (macro) seasonal and (micro) month/week/day planning. Apply a testing protocol that periodically addresses and tests the athletes (e.g. skills, physiology, strength, psychology, body composition etc.) based on identified Strengths and Weaknesses in the IAPP. Able to adjust or change planning/training based on standards test results.

    COACHING SUPPORT

    • Allocation of an assistant coach, when squad numbers exceed 10. Access to assistant/support coach when Head Coach is away (leave, team, camp, competition, etc.).
    • Coach provided with a personally supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload, personal development and high-performance stress. Refer to MANAGEMENT STANDARD.

    EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

    • Employment of best international standard HP Coach with 2+2yr or 4yr contract
    • Contract to include:
    • All SAL coach requirements under the NTD,
    • Full engagement with identified Coach professional development programs,
    • Full employer support to attend major Australian Team competitions and camps

    FACILITIES

    • Training is conducted with a range of wet and dry facilities that are considered best practice for World’s Best performance

    WATER SPACE AND PARTNERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

    • Unrestricted Water Space in 3-4 lanes for 10 sessions per week with 70% LC - 2 pools at one venue with indoor facility backup,
    • Olympic swimming specific equipment (start blocks/wedges and pool features that simulate international competition venue)

    ATHLETE SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT FACILITIES

    • Exclusive access to S&C gym/dry land performance enhancement facilities in close proximity to pool
    • High-Performance Recovery facilities within training pool environment (hydro, nutrition and activity space)
    • Private medical assessment/treatment area for injury/illness assessment
    • Fixed camera system set up for assessment and training technical intervention (or close proximity of SIS/SAS that has provision)

    COACH PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

    • Coach office with close proximity to pool
    • Meeting room for coach, team and staff meeting with close proximity to the pool (with whiteboard and presentation facilities)

    ATHLETE WELLBEING ELEMENTS

    • Athletes live in close proximity to the training facilities (15-20mins)
    • Vehicle parking with close proximity to pool

    SPORT SCIENCE AND SPORTS MEDICINE (SSSM) SUPPORT

    • The interaction with and use of Sport Science and Sport Medicine services and personnel (also see Environment - SSSM - Strategic Planning)

    SSSM INTEGRATION PRACTICE

    • Capability to provide the full range of integrated services as part of the overall training program (see ‘Good Practice FTE Allocation)
    • Implement an athlete-centred/coach managed/driven SSSM support philosophy
    • Provision of highest standard of service provision to our SAL categorised athletes

    SSSM COLLABORATION

    • Support to work/collaborate with other High-Performance service organisations, such as the AIS, SIS/SAS and or other institutions
    • Capability to access and engage SSSM personnel for research, postgrad scholar and functional support for the high-performance program

    AMS COMPLIANCE

    The information that is captured has a longitudinal measure of an athletes:

    • Training load, wellness, injury/illness status, recovery
    • Consistently monitored
    • Weekly reporting and feedback

    MANAGEMENT

    • An effective management structure and capability is demonstrated through underpinning structures, supporting for both athlete and coach

    AQUATIC CENTRE AGREEMENT

    • Ability to engage in an overarching agreement with Daily Performance Environment (DPE) provider and SAL that has, as schedules, the specific areas of service provision and operations under agreement
    • Single point of contact for SAL regarding all DPE areas

    SUPPORT COORDINATION

    • Strong ability to identify and coordinate Performance Science and Medicine Management that oversees service provision domestically and overseas
    • Oversee regular IAPP and AMS monitoring, through HP Coach led monthly multidisciplinary meetings

    CENTRE MANAGEMENT

    • Joint funding agreement with co-contributions from all partners
    • Strong financial and program oversight capability, including regular reporting
    • Ability to establish and promote high-quality functional partnerships
    • Provision of high-quality underpinning business systems for the operational, financial and strategic delivery of the high-performance program
    • Provide coaches with a personally supportive management environment to monitor and proactively manage workload, personal development and high-performance stress
    • An awareness of and ability to facilitate the following policies & Procedures around the high-performance athlete cohort: Senior team, Swimmers agreement, IPC Classification, induction program, safe sport policy, code of conduct, Benchmark Event Selection Policies, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy

    CENTRE STRUCTURE

    • Connection and collaboration capability with other internal or external swimming programs (this includes other high-performance programs, clubs and swimming development programs)
    • Outline the pathway for the flow of swimming talent either internally or externally to service the program
    • Accredited coaches supporting high-performance coach
    • High-performance coach is actively involved in mentoring other coaches
    • Affiliated Swimming Club actively supports high-performance coach and elite swimmer activities

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    STRATEGIC PLANNING

    PERSONNEL

    • Performance Scientist with sign off by General Manager Performance Support and Innovation.

    EDUCATION

    • Individualised multidisciplinary athlete case management with service provision both domestically and internationally.

    SUPPORT

    • Regular Individual Athlete Performance Plan and Athlete Management System monitoring.
    • Monthly multidisciplinary meetings.
    • Supported by Senior/Experienced SIS/SAS Providers.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PSYCHOLOGY

    PERSONNEL

    • Delivered by SAL Discipline Lead, SAL Youth Psychologist, On-Team Psychologist and/or Psychologist on the National Network of Sport, Performance and Clinical Psychologists.

    EDUCATION

    • Continued group education focused on the Quiet MIND. Individualised Performance MIND skills and routines to refine performance readiness.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised plans, follow-up, monitoring and advice.
    • Embedded education, measurement & training in the DPE in consultation with the coach.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    NUTRITION

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Nutrition Lead, SIS/SAS, SSO nutrition provider &/or Accredited Sport Dietitian within Daily Performance Environment.

    EDUCATION

    • Periodisation of training nutrition to optimise training adaptations. Introduction and refinement of performance supplement practices based on competition and training demands.

    SUPPORT

    • Individual nutrition assessment and follow- up.
    • Ongoing monitoring and advice.

     

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE MEDICAL

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead, contracted sports physicians and practitioners who are qualified and comply with anti-doping, supplementation, medication and injection policies.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on health and hygiene in the DPE and team environment., Further education on the use of prescription medications and supplements. ASADA and WADA education on teams and camps on ASADA Drug testing processes.

    SUPPORT

    • Medical screening.
    • Individualised injury prevention and management.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOTHERAPY

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead Physiotherapist & accredited and recognised physiotherapy providers.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on injury prevention and management, preparation for training and competition.

    SUPPORT

    • Yearly medical and functional movement screening.
    • Coordination with S&C to implement injury prevention and management strategies.
    • Individualised physiotherapy servicing including performance enhancement. Embedded support in the DPE.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    MASSAGE

    PERSONNEL

    • Qualified soft tissue/massage therapists and SAL/SISSAS contracted soft tissue/massage therapists available at domestic and international competitions

    EDUCATION

    • Education on massage principles and development of self- massage techniques.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised soft tissue/massage servicing.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

     

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead & Accredited as an ASCA Elite level
    • Strength and Conditioning Coaches in the National Institute Network or external professionals.

    EDUCATION

    • Education on strength training principles, lifting techniques and load management. Education on other dry-land conditioning & or cross training options to enhance pool based qualities. Periodisation and planning.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised strength and conditioning program with ongoing monitoring, assessment and advice within DPE from embedded provider and National Lead

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PERSONAL EXCELLENCE

     

    PERSONNEL

    • General Manager Performance Pathways
    • National Head Coach
    • National Youth Coach
    • State Head Coaches
    • Program Coaches
    • ASA
    • SSA Development Officers
    • SISSAS PE
    • EAFU Advisors
    • Internal & External SME's

    EDUCATION

    • ASADA
    • Match-fixing
    • dAIS funding
    • GHFSSS funding
    • Athlete agreement Classification (para) Career development Parenting through the HP pathway
    • Respectful relationships
    • Financial literacy
    • Personal brand and sponsorship
    • Media and social media

    SUPPORT

    • Selection (including Orientation to BME; and post BME engagement)
    • Nonselection
    • Orientation to HP pathway
    • Relocation
    • Transition (retirement)
    • Camp based intake screenings for T 2-4 athletes
    • Informing identification of key transition groups (yrs 12 and/or tertiary & other)
    • IAPP 2 x yrs review plus monthly status updates for E1-M athletes

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    BIOMECHANICS

     

    PERSONNEL

    • State Institutes and Academies of Sport Biomechanists.

    EDUCATION

    • Individualised and advanced education on biomechanical principles
    • The use of quantitative analysis tools (e.g Wetplate)
    • Planning and effective intervention strategies to effect technical change.
    • Advanced quantitative competition analysis and skill assessment.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised measurement and intervention plan in line with the Individual Athlete Performance Plan.
    • Competition analysis at National/International Meets. Embedded in the DPE. Data stored in the AMS.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    SKILL ACQUISITION

     

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead & Skill acquisition specialists from the National Institutes Network. High-Performance Coaches.

    EDUCATION

    • Solutions to specific problems identified by coach/athlete. Advanced skills assessment with effective intervention and integration with Biomechanics.
    • The use of skill development tools in the DPE (e.g timing lights and turning pads)
    • Education on core principles of instruction, practice and feedback. Introduce periodisation of skill development.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised servicing of coach and athlete.

    SPORTS SCIENCE /
    SPORTS MEDICINE -

    PHYSIOLOGY

    PERSONNEL

    • SAL National Lead & National Institutes Network Physiologists.

    EDUCATION

    • Advanced education on physiological capacities, training, testing and related performance/physiological issues. Planning and effective intervention strategies to effect change as a part of the physiological evaluation process. Load monitoring through quantifying both intensity and volume of training gaining an improved understanding of an athlete’s response to fluctuations in volume and intensity will promote improvements in fitness and performance, and reduce likelihood of overload-related injury.

    SUPPORT

    • Individualised testing in training and competition; club, state, national, or international camps/competitions. Support in planning and periodisation. Embedded in the DPE. Data stored in the AMS.

    COMPETITION FRAMEWORK

    10+ Comps per year – Peak Performance at 2/3.

    INTERNATIONAL

    • Senior International (Olympic/Paralympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games & Pan Pacs)
    • FINA World Cups (or similar)

    DOMESTIC

    • Senior National Swimming Championships (Open Nationals/Trial Events)

    PURPOSE

    • To select the best Athletes for the Swimming Australia Dolphins

    EMPHASIS

    • Peak Performance at Trials and then again at Benchmark competitions

    OUTCOME

    • Confirmation of Senior National Team for Benchmark competition

    CAMPS AND COMPETITION OVERVIEW

    Senior Staging, Training and/or Event Camps.

     

     

    SYSTEM LEADERSHIP
     

    MANAGEMENT

     

    NATIONAL

    • National Head Coach
    • Paralympic Performance Manager & Paralympic Mentor Coach

    PROGRAMS

    OLYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    • Olympic and Senior Teams,
    • Swimming Australia Supported High-Performance Centres,
    • National preparation camps,
    • Event Camps and programs.

    PARALYMPIC PATHWAY PROGRAMS

    • Paralympics and Senior Teams,
    • National Training Centres,
    • National preparation and relay camps.

    PARTNERS

    PEAK BODIES

    NATIONAL BODIES

    • SSAs
    • SIS/SAS
    • Clubs
    • Universities
    • AIS
    • CGA
    • ASCTA
    • ASA
    • APC
    • Sport Inclusion Australia

    POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

    SELECTION POLICIES

    • Senior team, Benchmark Event Selection Criteria and Policies. Find out more

    OTHER POLICIES

    • Senior team, Swimmers agreement, induction program, code of conduct, Anti-Doping Policy, Supplement Policy, Social Media, Medical & Medications Policy.
    • Staff and Athlete Handbook

    ATHLETE FUNDING

    • Podium 1
    • top 3 finish at BME
    • GHFSSS
    • AIS dAIS
    • Find out more

    PARALYMPIC CLASSIFICATION

    SAFE SPORT
    FRAMEWORK

    The Safe Sport Framework (SSF) confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming - children and adults alike. Find out more

    COACHING
    SUPPORT

    PERSONNEL & ACCOUNTABILITY

    • National Head Coach
    • Paralympic Mentor Coach

    PROGRAMS

    • World's Best Practice, Mentoring, Personal Development & Retention

    FOCUS

    • Provide ‘world’s best practice’ coaching support characterised by:
    • Effective training practices (e.g., testing & monitoring, appropriate stroke rates, training under competition-like fatigue, pressure and environmental conditions etc.)
    • Effective utilisation of an athlete’s IAPP
    • Incorporates Athlete monitoring tools (AMS) to enhance practice, performance and communication
    • Appropriate frequency and timing of athlete tapering prior to major competition
    • Effective load management
    • Effective injury prevention and management strategies
    • Strategies to empower an athlete’s self regulation and well-being
    • A strong understanding and management of peer dynamics.
    • Understanding and facilitating developmental transition

    COACHING PERSONNEL

    • Senior High Performance or Podium Coach.
    • National Training Centre Coaches
    • Mentoring from National Head Coach & Para Mentor Coach

    COACHING
    PROGRAMS AND DELIVERY

    COACHING PERSONNEL

    • Senior High Performance or Podium Coach.
    • Mentoring from National Head Coach.

    COACH EDUCATION

    • Swimming Australia and Australian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association Coach Accreditation – Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Licence. Find out more

    COACH DEVELOPMENT

    • AIS Performance Coaching and Leadership Program
    • SAL Coach Mentoring – National Head Coach
    • SAL Performance Coaching Program

     

     

    RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

    PARTNERSHIP AND PROJECTS

    • Sourcing 'experts' (athletes, coaches & HP Managers) to consolidate athlete performance profiling.
    • Sport Science and Sports Medicine research including new technologies and methods of training and recovery.
    • AIS National Training Centre for research and innovation.
    • Effective competitive strategies & preparation for Olympic/Paralympic Games and World Championships.

    POTENTIAL COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

    • Australian Institute of Sport and State Institutes and Academies of Sport
    • National Club network
    • University Network
    • Technological Industry Partners

    POTENTIAL THEMES EMANATING

    • Injury surveillance, mechanisms and prevention strategies
    • Consolidation of E2/M Athlete Profiling to inform underpinning strategy and practice
    • Developmental transitions (T4 to E/M)
    • Sporting Mastery
    • Early International Competitive experiences
    • Performance Profiling
    • The effectiveness of DPE on Athlete Performance and maintenance

     


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