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Swimmer Framework

Swimming Australia (SA), 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 SA’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 ten phases.