NSW has an illustrious swimming history, dating back to the 1900s where New South Welshman, Fredrick Lane was the first Australian swimmer to compete and win Gold at the Summer Olympics. The establishment of the Performance Centres is to reaffirm NSW's proud tradition of producing podium and world record-breaking swims at Olympic, Paralympic and world championship competition, and being the greatest contributor to Australia’s success in the pool over many decades.
- What are the Swimming NSW Performance Centres?
- Suitable infrastructure and access to lane space and dry land facilities
- World class coaching and leadership
- A group of Swimming Australia categorised athletes (or critical mass within four years of establishment)
- Club must have a high performance focus and strong governance
- In partnership with NSWIS or ACTAS and desirably, a University partnership
- Culture of excellence
- Where are the Performance Centres?
- Who are the coaches?
- Shannon Rollason, ACT Performance Centre
- Adam Kable (NSW Olympic Park Hub) and Matthew Brown (SOPAC Swim Team), SOPAC Performance Centre
- Sander Ganzevles, NUsport Performance Centre
- What do the Performance Centres do?
- Joining a Performance Centre
SNSW Performance Centres are high-performance training environments, led by nationally and internationally recognised coaches and established to help talented athletes from across NSW develop to the highest levels of the sport. A key objective for implementing the centres was to support the development of pathways and create sustainable high-performance programs in NSW/ACT. The centres have access to the best facilities, resources and high-performance personnel in the State, including the NSW Institute of Sport and the AIS.
The following principles support the establishment of Swimming NSW Performance Centres:
Swimming NSW has three Performance Centres in NSW/ACT:
Leading the Swimming NSW Performance Centres are high-achieving and internationally successful coaches:
Performance Pathway Program
The Performance Centres will be embedded in the State's Performance Pathway Program and will be the preferred locations for squad activities. The NSW Coaching Director and Technical Lead will work with identified athletes and coaches to determine how best they can utilise the centres and access the elite high-performance environments.
Performance Centre head coaches will provide leadership to NSW coaches in mentoring, development and education. This is embedded in the Swimming NSW Coaching Development Framework.
Training and Development Opportunities
The Performance Centres are open to NSW athletes and coaches to come in for training and development activities. If you are interested in visiting a Performance Centre, please have your coach contact the Performance Pathway team to discuss options.
To be a Performance Centre athlete, the minimum competitive standard is a National level qualifier. Please visit the individual Performance Centre pages to read the full eligibility criteria.
There will be opportunities for other swimmers and coaches to engage with the Performance Centres and experience these high-performance environments. If you are interested in visiting a Performance Centre, please have your coach contact the Performance Pathway team to discuss options.