Lane Ropes to Leadership group tackles youth mental health

19 September 2019
Swimming NSW Lane Ropes to Leadership Camp attendees Vision Valley 2019

Brilliant blue skies and warm sunshine greeted the young swimmers as they descended upon the green and vibrant surrounds of Vision Valley for the 2019 Lane Ropes to Leadership Camp. 

After the usual awkwardness of meeting new people and being in an unfamiliar environment passed with some ice breaker activities the campers were split into groups and set about tackling the Wesley Vision Valley Urban Expedition activities. 

The activities were chosen to challenge the participants to work as a team, show leadership communicate effectively and most importantly have some fun and further acquaint themselves with some new people.

Each group experienced the individual rigours of abseiling as well as the team challenges of raft building and the always popular giant crate stack. A busy and active day eventually rolled into night and the competitive nature of these young leaders come to the fore with a spirited trivia night competition.

The second day of the camp had a personal development and education focus which featured leadership training as well as a very well received Youth Mental Health workshop.

The leadership workshop saw current Youth Advisory Panel members present to the group their experiences and events, projects and initiatives they have led at clubs. Bailey Crehan and Regan Smith showed what can be achieved with a simple idea along with hard work and initiative. Their presentation on the WIAQ Ocean Pools Challenge is sure to inspire similar industrious projects. The workshop also featured Kayla Bentley share her pioneering story towards becoming a commercial pilot in the heavily male dominated aviation industry. To round out the leadership workshop, Jayden Redfern shared his story of selection on to the ACYP – Advocate for Children and Young People - and his experiences in advising state and federal government ministers on the needs and perspective of young people. All the participants then split into their regional areas to for some robust discussion on new initiatives they can look to roll out at their clubs. 

Lane Ropes to Leadership Presentations

The second half was a Youth Mental Health Workshop and the focus was to raise awareness of the far-reaching issue of youth mental health and what young people can do to help someone else or how to seek help if they need it. The workshop was supported by Beyond Blue who was able to provide a wonderful guest speaker to share their story with the group. It was clearly apparent how much this engaged the group with some great questions and discussions. One of our current YAP leaders – Henry Hughes – shared his own personal story. His brave and touching story resonated strongly with the participants and was exceptionally well presented.

A tremendous thank you to all swimmers and leaders who participated. They came from all parts of NSW and the ACT and represented themselves, their clubs and areas so well. Thanks to the parents and caregivers who took the time and effort to get them to the camp. A further thank you to all the clubs who supported their attendees.

The feedback so far has been very positive from all involved and we are looking forward to seeing these young leaders sharing their experiences and implanting some fresh and exciting initiatives in their local club and community.    


Vinh Tran

Sport Development and Participation Manager, Swimming NSW

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Youth Mental Health Resources can be found at:

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2019 Lane Ropes to Leadership Camp Participants

Amy Wearing

Corrimal SC

Armand Rood

Canberra ASC

Ava Chessari

San Souci Sea Devils SC

Bianca Walton

Auburn SC

Bridgette Street

Swimwest SC

Bronte Anderson

Yass SC

Caitlyn Mortimer

Dapto SC

Charlie Mahon

Parkes SC

Che Van Beek

Macquarie Shores SC

Chelsea Shannon

Yass SC

Colby Hedges

Swimwest SC

Elise Irvine

Bay & Basin SC

Emily Rowell

Forster Aquatic SC

Fox Smith

Titans SC

Georgia Green

Ripples St Mary's SC

Georgina Morley-Miller

Mullumbimby SC

Hannah Hill

Picton SC

Hannah Thompson

Bay & Basin SC

Hika Betar

Auburn SC

Imran Afiouni

Revesby Workers SC

Isabella Breen

Campbelltown ASC

Isabella Speziale

Titans SC

Jack Stapleton

Knox Pymble SC

Janice Barry

Canberra ASC

Jesse Diamond-Williams

Loreto Normanhurst Aquatic SC

Joseph Natalegawa


Kade Knight

Wagga Wagga SC

Liam Moody

Parkes SC

Mia Sargeant

NU Swim SC

Monique Buksh

Ripples St Marys SC

Moses Afiouni


Natalie Hotham

Mingara Aquatic SC

Nicholas Hamilton

West Wallsend Indoor SC

Nishika Sharma

Revesby Workers SC

Olivia Dew

Taree Torpedoes SC

Olivia Townsend

Monte SC

Reece Barton

West Wallsend Indoor SC

Rohan Nyvlt

Leichhardt SC

Rosalie Stephenson

Canberra ASC

Tyson Scicluna

Titans SC

Will Ursino

Dapto SC

Youth Advisory Panel Camp Leaders

Henry Hughes Sydney University SC
Hanna Agnew Wollongong SC
Regan Smith Wests Illawarra Aquatic SC
Bailey Crehan Wests Illawarra Aquatic SC
Jayden Redfern Kincumber Pacific Dolphins SC
Marcus Ryan 360 Scully Park SC
Georgia Field Ripples St Marys SC
Kayla Bentley Nepean Aquatic SC


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