Southern Performance Centre - Sutherland Leisure Centre

Sutherland Shire Council and the NSW Institute of Sport have joined forces with Swimming NSW to launch a Performance Centre in the Sutherland Shire. The Southern Performance Centre, based at Sutherland Leisure Centre, will nurture and elevate the performance of talented athletes and develop coaches from across New South Wales, providing important pathways for the local community.  

Swimming NSW Performance Centres provide high performance environments led by nationally and internationally recognised coaches, supported by NSW Institute of Sport performance team members. Sutherland Leisure Centre, and the commitment of the Sutherland Shire Council to ensure that the centre delivers a high performance environment, provide an ideal location for the Performance Centre.

Along with athletes training within Sutherland Leisure Centre squad programs, targeted NSW swimmers and their coaches will be invited to attend sessions at the Performance Centre and Swimming NSW Pathway Squads will benefit from camps and developmental opportunities.

  • Head Coach: David Proud
  • David Proud

    David Proud will bring his wealth of experience and expertise garnered from his tenure with Swimming Australia at the Brisbane Hub Program. Having played a pivotal role in coaching athletes gearing up for this year's Olympic and Paralympic trials, Proud’s arrival is poised to drive the development of swimming talent in the southern metropolitan region and bolster NSW coaching capability. Some of David's achievements include:

    Key Positions:

    • Distance Coach, TSS Aquatic: 2012-2016
    • Swimming Director, Nudgee College: 2016-2022
    • Assistant Coach, Swimming Australia Brisbane Hub: 2022-2024

    Former Coach to Senior Australian Team Members:

    • Will Martin: 3x Gold Medals at 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, 2x in WR times.
    • Kiah Melverton: Former WR Holder 4x200 Free Relay 2022, World Championship Bronze Medallist.
    • Kai Edwards: 5th 2019 World Champs, 2020 Tokyo Olympian.
    • Jess Walker: 5th 2015 World Champs.
    • Laura Taylor: Silver at 2018 Commonwealth Games in 200m Butterfly.
    • Bianca Crisp: 2022 & 2023 World Championship Representative.
    • Maddy Gough: Current Australian Record Holder 1500m Freestyle.
    • Emma Robinson: 2016 NZ Rio Olympian, 16th Place 800m Freestyle.

    Notable Collaborations:

    • Worked alongside Vince Raleigh on the High-Performance Squad, including 2024 Paris Olympians Zac Stubblety-Cook, Lizzie Dekkers, and Ella Ramsay.

    Australian Team Coach:

    • 2015 World University Games
    • 2019 World University Games
    • 2021 World Junior Championships
    • 2022 World Para Swimming Championships
    • 2023 Australian A California Tour
  • Assistant Coach: Alyce Bradac
  • Alyce Bradac

    With 12 years of experience as a Senior Performance Coach and Head Coach, Alyce brings a wealth of expertise to her new role. Notable achievements include coaching multiple swimmers to state and national events with numerous finalists, coaching Harrison Tancred to gold in the 200 Breaststroke and 200IM at the 2024 Australian Age Championships, placing athletes on the Australian Para Development Team in 2022.

  • Performance Hub Eligibility
  • Eligibility for the SNSW Sutherland Performance Hub may be defined, but not limited by, the below criteria

    Age Program: Swimmers that are striving towards performance in Australian Age Finals attaining podium positions and working towards Australian Junior Team selection over the 2028 Olympic Cycle. Swimmers must be committed to progressing age-appropriate training standards around attendance, training intensity, competition, camps, and performance lifestyle.

    Open Program: Swimmers that are striving towards performance at Australian Selection Trials and International Benchmark events. Full commitment to camps and competition calendar outlined by the Hub Head Coach. Full commitment to improving key performance priorities outlined by the Hub Head Coach with assistance from service support.

    Hub Coach Discretion: Final athlete acceptance into the Sutherland Performance Hub program is ultimately approved by the Head Coach in consultation with SNSW CEO. 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 (DPE).

    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 Code of Conduct. 

  • Contact
  • For further information relating to the Sutherland Performance Centre please contact:

    Click here for SNSW Performance Centre enquiries

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