Next generation of youth leaders selected for Swimming NSW camp

15 November 2022
2023 Vision Valley Youth Leadership Camp Swimming NSW

After a lengthy nomination process, applicants have now been selected from across the state to take part in the next Swimming NSW Youth Leadership Camp, which will be held from 14-16 January, 2023 at Vision Valley in Sydney's north west.

The selection had nothing to do with applicants' swimming ability and everything to do with how they answered the question “what is one thing you’d change about swimming to make it better and more engaging for teenagers?”

Swimming NSW Participation Manager, Sarah Koen, said she was so impressed with the quality of the answers, it was difficult to select just 60 to attend the camp.

“We had 112 nominations from 74 clubs, and all were fantastic. In the end we could only choose 60 participants, who will represent 45 swimming clubs.”

The list of camp participants includes members of the current Youth Advisory Panel, who will act as young leaders at the camp and present the majority of the sessions themselves.

Male and female participants are equally represented from Country areas, Metro areas and the ACT, so the benefits and flow on effect from this camp will be widespread.

Camp participants are all aged between 13 and 18 years, and will come away with a host of new leadership skills, increased confidence and importantly, new friends from across the state!

Participants will take part in a range of leadership activities such as public speaking and time management, fun outdoor group activities such as raft building, crate stacking and canoeing, and will hear presentations from other young members on relevant topics such as the New Officials Program, Swim League, Duke of Edinburgh, Take Your Marks and the Swim Confident (body image) program.

Young leaders will be tasked with planning a ‘change maker’ project to take back and implement in their own club.

“The original reason behind this camp was to engage our teenaged members in a different way and therefore retain them," said Sarah.

"By giving teenaged swimmers a sense of purpose and responsibility within their own clubs, we hope that they will realise how important they are as role models and young leaders, and that they can make a difference towards keeping their peers in our sport.”

Some participants will also go on to be selected to be part of the SNSW Youth Advisory Panel which was first created in 2016. Currently 20 teenaged swimmers from across NSW sit on this Panel and develop strategies to keep swimmers aged 12-19 engaged in our sport. 

2023 Swimming NSW Youth Leadership Camp Participants

Participant Club
Rishabh Arcot Revesby Workers SC
Janice Barry Canberra ASC
Tessa Bealing Wenona SC
Hugh Bevan Macquarie Yabbies SC
Halle Bone Dapto SC
Patrick Bullivant GT Aquatics SC
Matthew Jiazi Chen Sans Souci Sea Devils SC
Nathaniel Clarke Hay ASC
Anna Cockburn Young SC
Tanna Davey Forster Aquatic SC
Makai Davis Coonabarabran SC
Chloe Douglas-Byrne Cruiz ASC
James Gauci SOPAC SC
Kendra Gordon Cruiz ASC
Indiana Graham Bay & Basin SC
Josh Graham Young SC
Charlotte Guthrie Canberra ASC
Tom Hayhoe Lane Cove SC
Owen Hilkemeijer Port Macquarie SC
Annabelle Hughes NUSwim SC
Henry Hughes Warringah Aquatic SC
Kelsey Jenkins Valley Aquatic SC
Kingston Johnston Orange Aquatic Club
Edith Keightley Mudgee Indoor SC
Gemma King Windsor SC
Ruben Langley The Hills S & LSC
Alannah Leahy Goulburn SC
Mikaela Llave ACU Blacktown SC
Oliver Low Newington SC
Chloe McGuire Sladem SC
Ella McIlwraith Dapto SC
Jennifer McPartland MLC Marlins SC
Ariana Missingham Bay & Basin SC
Liam Morrison Lane Cove SC
Lauren Oberg Taree Torpedoes SC
Caitlin Parkinson Revesby Workers SC
Benjamin Paterson Barker Aquatic SC
Kai Pilkington Wests Illawarra Aquatic SC
Vin Ramos Swim Club Emerton
Tahj Regattieri Kincumber Pacific Dolphins SC
Max Reid Forbes Fins SC
Victoria Robinson NUSwim SC
Julia Ross Katoomba RSL SC
Mia Ryan Barker Aquatic SC
Salani Sa'aga Knox Pymble SC
Evelyn Scott Canberra ASC
Matilda Smith Valley Aquatic SC
Regan Smith Wests Illawarra Aquatic SC
Peter Starodubtsev Barker Aquatic SC
Lochlan Street Swimwest SC
Nicholas Suvajac Norwest SC
Hailey Unwin SLC Aquadot SC
Cooper Walsh Wollongong SC
Judah Walters Woden Valley SC
Amy Wearing Corrimal SC
Noah Wiseman SLC Aquadot SC
Jayden Wong MLC Marlins SC
Jared Wood Dapto SC
Bruce Xie Hornsby SC
Consuela Zhang Ravenswood SC

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