Women in Performance Coaching - Leadership Initiative

Swimming Australia is seeking expressions from current female Advanced & Performance Accredited Coaches to participate in our Women in Performance Coaching – Leadership Initiative.


Swimming Australia believes leadership development should be an experience for individuals and groups that provides deep insight into who they are and what is possible, provides stretch, and is highly relevant to their roles and work in the organisations they are part of.

Research exploring leadership development for women, maintains success rests in the design of ‘women specific’ leadership development programs.

Swimming Australia General Manager Coaching Development, Graeme Hill has worked closely with Jayne Jennings and Matt Williams from the Artem Group on this Leadership Initiative to maximise the programs impact and success. Jayne will lead the program and has a strong track record in designing and delivering impactful development programs for coaches and leaders (including women specific programs) across the Australian High Performance sport system as well as targeted sport specific programs.

Program Summary

The approach is to focus on women, identifying opportunities and removing barriers for personal transformation within a safe space for learning, experimenting and peer support.

This program will support our female coaches to:

1.    Identify key strengths and how their experiences have shaped them

2.    Become aware of how they lead and work with others

3.    Focus on developing presence to influence change

4.    Develop strategies that enable them to be more fully seen and understood

5.    Create a community of practice for female coaches across swimming


Expression of Interest Process

·      Expressions of interest from female Advanced & Performance Accredited Coaches should be submitted through this online form.

·      Coaches will receive an automated email receipt if the Expression of Interest is submitted successfully.

*  Coaches are responsible for ensuring that the information within the application is complete and accurate. Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence under the Criminal Code 1995 and may result in the application being excluded from further consideration

Important Dates


Expression of Interest opens:

9:00am (AEDT) Wednesday 27 October 2021

Expression of Interest closes

5:00pm (AEDT) Sunday 21 November 2021*

Applicants notified of outcome

November- December 2021

Program commences

December 2021

* Applications must be submitted before 5:00pm AEDT. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please note the time differences for each state below.

NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS: 5:00pm

QLD: 4:00pm

SA & NT: 4:30pm

WA: 2:00pm


If you have any questions, please email learning.coaches@swimming.org.au or call Gemma on 0422 783 945. 


  • What is the aim of the program?
  • This program has been designed for emerging female coach leaders in Australian Swimming. The aim is to enable participants to prepare for future (more senior) coaching roles and to lead more effectively in their current roles.

  • Coaches Commitment
  • Selected coaches are required to commit to the complete program which will run from Dec 2021 – June 2022 and consist of 1:1 leadership session and group workshops (to be determined whether delivered face to face or online). Coaches will be invited to work on key coaching challenges between workshops to enable the direct application of learnings with peer support for the benefit of their coaching.

  • Who is eligible?
  • The Women in Performance Coaching – Leadership Initiative is open to women who are coaching in paid (full-time, part-time or contract) or unpaid [volunteer] coaching positions. Successful applicants will need to demonstrate that they meet the below eligibility and selection criteria.

    Eligibility Criteria

    To be eligible to apply the coach must satisfy all the following criteria:

    • Identify as a women

    • Aged 18 years or over

    • An Australian citizen or permanent resident

    • A current Swimming Australia Accredited Advanced or Performance Coach

    • Currently coaching athletes on the performance or high performance pathway; or has been identified by Swimming Australia HP/Pathways or Coaching Development staff as a potential pathways and/or high performance coach but is not currently coaching regularly.

  • Assessment Process
  • 1. All Expressions of Interest will initially be assessed against the eligibility criteria.

    2. Eligible Expressions of Interest will then undergo an assessment against the selection criteria by the Assessment Panel.

    The Assessment Panel includes the following representatives from the Swimming Australia with significant experience, including people capability development, sports growth, pathways coaching and coach education, high performance program management and service provision

    • Graeme Hill – General Manager Coaching Development

    • Jess Corones – Performance Solutions Manager

    • Danielle Doyle – Para Performance Science Manager

    • Rohan Taylor – National Head Coach

    3. Following final review, the Assessment Panel will make recommendations on successful applicants. Note - the Assessment Panel may request additional information from the applicant to help inform their final decision.

    The decisions are final and there is no appeals process

    4. All coaches will be informed in writing about the outcome of their application.

    5. Successful coaches are required to:

    • Accept the position in the project and abide by the Terms and Conditions of the program;

    • Promptly notify and seek approval from the Swimming Australia if no longer wanting to be involved in the program.

  • Assessment Panel Consideration Framework
  • To support coaches in better understanding the Selection process, below is a list of considerations that will guide decision-making by the Assessment Panel. This is purely a framework of consideration (as opposed to mandatory requirements) and applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

    Selection Criteria

    • Clearly demonstrates a strong desire and commitment to undertake the Women in Performance Coaching - Leadership Initiative.

    • Clearly outlines their current leadership challenges and the impact on their performance coaching aspirations.

    • Clearly outlines how the Women in Performance Coaching - Leadership Initiative will positively impact their leadership development and performance coaching aspirations.

    • Clearly outlines what mechanisms they have in place to support them to embed the learnings from the Women in Performance Coaching - Leadership Initiative in their current swimming coaching role.

    • Clearly outlines how their current organisation/employer/club will support their career and leadership aspirations following completion of the Women in Performance Coaching - Leadership Initiative.

    • Clearly outlines the professional development and/or support they and/or their organisation will commit to in supporting their ongoing leadership and swimming coaching career development?

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