ACT Performance Centre - AIS, Canberra

Through a four-way partnership between, Swimming NSW, Swimming ACT, Swimming Australia and the ACT Academy of Sport, the ACT Performance Centre provides a high performance program for swimmers to develop from talented age group swimmers to national team representatives. Based at the Australian Institute of Sport, this program is extended is extended to athletes residing in the ACT and regional NSW. 

  • Head Coach - Shannon Rollason
  • Tokyo Olympian Jessica Hansen with Coach Shannon Rollason

    The ACT Performance Hub is headed by internationally acclaimed coach, Shannon Rollason. Shannon brings with him a wealth of expertise, experience and proven performance success. During Shannon’s successful career to date, he has placed 38 swimmers on National Teams with 6 swimmers achieving World Record Performances, including Jodie Henry (AUS) in the 100m Freestyle and Rikke Molle Pedersen (DEN) in the 200 Breaststroke. Some of Shannon’s achievements include:

    • 4-time Olympic Coach: 2004 (AUS), 2008 (AUS), 2012 (AUS), and 2016 (DEN)
    • Coached swimmers to 23 Gold, 17 Silver and 15 Bronze medals at Olympic and World Championships across all 4 strokes
    • 9-time World Championships Team Coach
    • 4-time Australian Coach of the Year: 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2004
    • Head Coach Australia Institute of Sport
    • Head Coach National Training Centre, Denmark
    • Elite Performance Swim Coach, University of Edinburgh
  • National Team Members
  • 2023:

    • Australian Junior Team - Isabella Johnson


    • Australian Short Course Team - Kayla Hardy
    • Australia A Team - Kayla Hardy, Abbey Webb


    • Australian Olympic Team - Jessica Hansen


    • Australian Junior Team - Abbey Webb
  • Performance Centre Eligibility 
  • Eligibility for the ACT Performance Centre may be defined, but not limited by, the below criteria:

    • National Age and Open Finalists
    • 16 years and over* (including university-aged students): This program is open to ACT and regional NSW athletes that have transitioned, or are transitioning, from age group swimming to open swimming. Consideration is also offered to those who reside outside the ACT and regional NSW.
      *Swimmers outside of this age bracket may be considered on a case by case basis.
    • Collaboration with the athlete’s home coach: To be accepted into the ACT Performance Centre program, consultation and collaboration with the athlete’s home coach and the ACT Performance Centre Head Coach is essential.
    • Recommendations from the NSW Technical Lead: The NSW Technical Lead may, from time-to-time, have conversations with home coaches to create opportunities for their athletes to move into the ACT Performance Centre program.
    • Hub Coach Discretion: Final athlete acceptance into the ACT Performance Centre program is ultimately approved by the Head Coach in consultation with the NSW Technical Lead. Athletes must be able to recognise and acknowledge the key identified areas for development and must be willing to commit to addressing them in a daily performance environment.
    • Training Agreement: For anyone training at the centre, a training agreement must be entered into that outlines the program, as well as the conditions in which athletes train at the AIS facility. A monthly training fee is payable to the program. 100% of income derived from training fees are returned by way of program activities, as outlined by the Head Coach.
    • Code of Conduct: Everyone interacting with the Performance Centres is expected to follow the Swimming Australia Code of Conduct . This includes athletes, parents and coaches. Swimming NSW has the right to refuse or remove any person from the Performance Centre if they are found to have breached the the Code of Conduct. 
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