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Project H2grOw is a multi-faceted research project developed and instigated by Assoc. Professor Stephen Cobley (The University of Sydney) and former GM Performance Pathways Jamie Salter (Swimming Australia). The research project reflects a long-term collaboration between Swimming Australia and The University of Sydney and its respective community members.

Project H2grOw is primarily concerned with examining adolescence, the time period where increased growth (growth spurt) and development (maturation) occurs at different times between individuals, including our swimmers. Growth and maturation is related to many things, including physical performance, particularly at the age-group level competition. Project H2grOw focuses on these relationships.

Project H2grOw Focus

  • Track growth and maturation in developing swimmers. Examine the relationships of growth and maturation on the various aspects of performance development;
  • Establish solutions that account for the influence of growth and maturation in development and performance; and
  • Provide educational resources and materials to inform all community members (e.g., coaches, practitioners) about the growth and maturation process.
  • Watch: H2grOw Narrative
  • Watch: H2grOw Advert 2023-24

How to Get Involved:

Whether you are a boy aged 10-16 years, girl aged 10-15 years, parent or coach, you are invited to participate and be involved in Project H2grOw.

Below is a current list of proposed events where our Project H2grOw team will be in attendance. This list will be updated when more events have been confirmed.

25-26 November 2023NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships
9-12 December 20232023 Queensland Championships
16-19 December 2023Victorian Age LC Championships
16-18 February 2024NSW Country Championships
24-25 February 2024NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships
8-10 March 2024SA State Age Championships
22-24 March 2024SWA Junior State Championships
23-24 March 2024NSW Junior State Age Championships

Swimmers and parents from Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania can still be involved. Please email us at h2grow@swimming.org.au if you are interested in tracking growth, maturation and swim performance with us online using our self-report survey portal.

Project H2grOw Team Members:

Project H2grOw is made up of the following team members from respective institutions:

Jamie SalterProject Founder – formerly Swimming Australia
Gary BarclayGeneral Manager, Performance Pathway – Swimming Australia
Prof. Stephen CobleyProject Founder and Lead – The University of Sydney
Dr. Shaun AbbottProject Lead and Coordinator – The University of Sydney
Giovanni Postiglione
PhD Candidate – The University of Sydney
John EisenhuthIT Technician – The University of Sydney
Dr. Michael RomannSwiss Institute of Sport, Switzerland
Kylie MouldsPhD Candidate – The University of Sydney
Drew McGregor Swimming Queensland
Dr. Lachlan MitchellVictorian Institute of Sport
Clorinda HoganPost Graduate Contributor (MRes, The University of Sydney)


Project H2grOw Publication Resources