Area Development Program

Swimming NSW is dedicated to recognising and rewarding dedicated young swimmers in all areas of the state. These swimmers may be in the sport for recreational/social reasons or aspire to being selected on state and national squads in the future. It is important that Swimming NSW provides a solid pathway for these swimmers to develop their swimming skills, as well as maintain motivation as they go through maturation.

2021 Area Development Program

Read the complete 2021 SNSW Area Development Program guide. Please note that your Area's Program may be different to the guide. For more information, please contact your local Area.

Area Development Squads Overview

  • National Age Area Representative Squad (NAARS)
  • Objective

    Targeting swimmers who have qualified for the Australian Open or Age Championships and providing them with opportunities to further develop their skills and participation in swimming. This should be achieved in an environment to promote pathway progression.

    Selection Criteria

    As these are guidelines, the Area may choose to include additional criteria.

  • Senior Age Area Representative Squad (SAARS)
  • Objective

    A focus on coach development to provide opportunities for coaches to share knowledge that can be applied in the daily training environment (DTE). In addition, encouraging swimmers of similar ages to come together in an environment that develops, motivates and provides motivation to continue participation in the sport of swimming.

    Selection Criteria

    • Able-bodied Swimmers aged 13-18 years who competed in an individual event at the:
      • 2020/21 SNSW Senior State Age Championships (long course) or;
      • 2020/21 SNSW Senior Metropolitan Championships (long course) or;
      • 2020/21 SNSW Country Championships (long course)
    • Para swimmers aged 13-18 years who competed in an event at the:
      • 2020/21 SNSW Senior Metropolitan Championships (long course) or;
      • 2020/21 SNSW Senior Country Championships (long course)
    • Open water swimmers aged 13-18 years who competed in an individual event at the 2020 SNSW State Open Water Championships.
    • Swimmers who qualified for the above listed Championships but did not compete due to extenuating circumstances (at the Area’s discretion).

    As these are guidelines, the Area may choose to include additional criteria.

  • Junior Age Area Representative Squad (JAARS)
  • Objective

    Swimmers of similar ages are encouraged to improve their skills that can be repeated in the daily training environment (DTE). JAARS creates a development opportunity for coaches to learn new methods/skills to improve their swimmers in their DTE.

    Selection Criteria

    • Able-bodied swimmers aged 10-12 years. Age as at that competed in an individual event at the:
      • 2020/21 SNSW Junior State Age Championships (long Course) or;
      • 2020/21 SNSW Junior Metropolitan Championships (long course) or;
      • 2020/21 SNSW Country Championships (long course)
    • Para swimmers aged 10-12 years that competed in an event at the:
      • 2020/21 SNSW Junior Metropolitan Championships (long course) or;
      • 2020/21 SNSW Country Championships (long course)
    • Swimmers who qualified for the above listed Championships but did not compete due to extenuating circumstances (at the Area’s discretion).

    As these are guidelines, the Area may choose to include additional criteria.

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