Swimming NSW State Squads

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Swimming NSW's vision for our Performance Pathway Program is to create opportunities that develop our coaches and athletes through continual improvement in our systems and competitions, leading us to be the number one swimming State in Australia.

You can view our state squad overviews, selection criteria and selected team members below.

2019-2020 Performance Pathway Program

Olympic Pathway

Performance Squads

Swimming NSW's Performance Squads are designed to support current national team members and transitioning athletes. Transitioning athletes refers to those moving from age group swimming to open swimming or open swimming to either national squad or senior benchmark event selection.

There are three tiers (Gold, Silver, Bronze) and the Open Water Performance Squad within the Performance Squad pathway.

Gold Performance Squad

Silver Performance Squad

  • Selection Criteria
  • Female athletes aged 16 years and over and male athletes aged 17 years and over as at the first day of the selection meet.

    Only the following performances will be considered for squad selection:

    • Priority 1
      •  Athletes who meet the squad qualifying time in a 2019 Australian Open Final, Australian Age Final or Australian Trials A Final
    • Priority 2
      • National Medallists at the 2019 Australian Open or Australian Age Championships
      • Finalist in Olympic Events at the 2019 Australian Trials (must swim in the A Final)
      • For A Final only events or Timed Finals, athletes who are in the Top 8 at the 2019 Australian Trials (Olympic Events only)

    Read the full 2019 Silver Performance Squad Selection Criteria.

  • Qualifying Times
  • Swimming NSW's Silver Performance Squad 2019 Qualifying Times

     

  • Squad Members

Bronze Performance Squad

  • Selection Criteria
  • Females aged 16 years and over and males aged 17 years and over as at the first day of the selection meet.

    Only the following performances will be considered for squad selection:

    • Finalists at the 2019 Australian Open and Age Championships (must swim in the Final)
      • for Timed Final events, top 8 placing
    • B Finalists in Olympic Events at the 2019 Australian Trials (must swim in the B Final)
      • for A Final only events or Timed Finals, top 16 placing

    Read the full 2019 Bronze Performance Squad Selection Criteria.

  • Squad Members

Open Water Performance Squad

  • Selection Criteria
  • Athletes aged 16 years and over who swim at the 2019 Australian Open Water Championships and attain the following results (regardless of visitors):

    Priority 1

    • Top 5 placing in 5km and 10km Open events at the Australian Open Water Championships

    Priority 2

    • 6th – 10th placing in the 5km and 10km Open events at the Australian Open Water Championships (regardless of Visitors)
    • Male and female 18-19 year old: 1st – 5th placing in the 10km or 5km
    • Male and female 16-17 year old: 1st – 5th placing in the 7.5km or 5km

    Read the full 2019 Open Water Performance Squad Selection Criteria.

  • Squad Members

Sharks Squads

Swimming NSW's Sharks Squads are designed to identify and provide support for emerging age group swimmers and their coaches. Talented swimmers will have the opportunity to:

  • Enhance education, develop skills and gain exposure to varied opportunities away from their daily training environment.
  • Create a supportive environment for emerging swimmers to develop their skills and swimming knowledge in preparation for National Junior Team and/or Talent Identification (TID) Squad selection.

The NSW Sharks structure consists of two tiers: Gold and Silver.

Sharks Gold Squad

  • Selection Criteria
  • The following performances will be considered for squad selection:

    Priority 1

    • Swimmers who swim a SNSW Sharks Gold Squad qualifying time in a 2019 Australian Age Swimming Championship Final (or top 8 in Timed Final events)

    Priority 2

    • Medallists at the 2019 Australian Age Swimming Championships

    Open Water

    • Females & Males aged 14-15yrs: Gold Medallist in the 5km Age events at the Australian Open Water Championships (regardless of visitors)

    Read the full 2019 Gold Sharks Squad Selection Criteria.

  • Qualifying Times
  • Swimming NSW Gold Sharks Squad 2019 Qualifying Times
  • Squad Members

Sharks Silver Squad

  • Selection Criteria
  • Swimmers who are 2019 Australian Age Finalists (must swim in the final or are in the top 8 of Timed Final events) who are not selected in the SNSW Sharks Gold Squad or;

    Open Water

    Females & Males aged 14-15yrs: Silver & Bronze Medallists in the 5km Age events at the Australian Open Water Championships (regardless of visitors)

    Read the full 2019 Silver Sharks Squad Selection Criteria.

  • Squad Members

Paralympic Pathway

Para Performance Squad

Para Potential Squad

  • Overview
  • To provide Para Potential swimmers with opportunities to enhance their training and competition development. Activities would provide greater exposure to a performance training environment that would improve performances to achieve selection onto a National Team or Squad. The SNSW Para Potential Squad would undertake the SAL Testing Protocols (where applicable).

  • Selection Criteria
  • Swimmers must achieve one (1) SNSW Para Potential qualifying time in a Final at one of the following long course Championships (Paralympic events only):

    • 2019 SNSW State Open Swimming Championships (March 2019)
    • 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships (April 2019)
    • 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships (April 2019)

    In addition:

    • Swimmers selected on the SNSW Para Potential Squad are ineligible for selection in Area Development Squads.
    • Swimmers selected on a Swimming Australia Team or Squad will not be eligible to continue with the SNSW Para Potential Squad.

    Read the full 2019 Para Potential Squad Selection Criteria.

  • Qualifying Times
  • Swimming NSW's Para Potential Squad 2019 Qualifying Times
  • Squad Members

Para Development Squad

  • Overview
  • To provide talented Para swimmers with an educational component to assist with their training and personal development. The aim of the activities would contribute to swimmers maintaining motivation and improving performance to achieve selection onto a National Team or Squad.

  • Selection Criteria
  • Swimmers must achieve one (1) SNSW Para Development qualifying standard at one of the following long course Championships (Paralympic events only):

    • 2019 SNSW Open Swimming Championships (March 2019)
    • 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships (April 2019)
    • 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships (April 2019)

    In addition:

    • Swimmers selected on the SNSW Para Development Squad are ineligible for selection in Area Development Squads
    • Swimmers selected on a Swimming Australia squad/team will not be eligible to continue with the SNSW Para Development Squad

    Read the full 2019 Para Development Squad Selection Criteria.

  • Qualifying Times
  • Swimming NSW's Para Development Squad 2019 Qualifying Times
  • Squad Members

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