SNSW State Squads

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Swimming NSW's mission for our Performance Pathway Program is to create sustained excellence through a robust program that supports NSW coaches and athletes. Read the complete 2022-2023 Performance Pathway Program for more information about our squads.

Please note all squad members are required to abide by Swimming NSW's Terms and Conditions.

2021-2022 SNSW Pathway Squads

Congratulations to our Mighty Blues who earned a place on one of our 2021-2022 SNSW Pathway Squads

These Squads have been selected from performances at Australian Age and MC Championships, Australian Swimming Championships and Australian Swimming Trials.

2022-2023 Performance Pathway Program

Olympic Pathway

NSW Podium Categorised Athletes

  • Objective
  • Support of podium categorised athletes is targeted at assisting NSW athletes remain on the National team and achieve repeated performance success at the international level or at senior benchmark events.

    SNSW will provide resources (including the potential of funding) to assist NSW categorised swimmers with training or competition, in line with their individual performance plans.

  • Selection Criteria
  • NSW athletes within categories 1, 2 or 3 on the current Swimming Australia Athlete Categorisation Olympic Program list. Athletes will be supported for as long as they are categorised by Swimming Australia.

  • Athlete List

NSW Flippers Squad

  • Objective
  • The objective of this squad is to prepare Australia’s next generation of swimmers for National team selection and performance excellence within the current Olympic cycle. The program will feature a combination of activities delivered by the State and Nationally, aiming to assist promising athletes to successfully transition to the pinnacle of swimming in Australia - the Dolphins Swim Team.

  • Selection Criteria
  • Athletes who swim a 2022 SNSW Flippers Squad qualifying time in a Final at one of the following selection meets:

    • 2022 Australian Swimming Championships (4-9 April 2022)
    • 2022 Australian Age Swimming Championships (11-18 April 2022)
    • 2022 Sydney Open (TBC)

    For Timed-Finals, athletes must swim the squad qualifying time and be placed in the Top 8.

    Due to the uncertainty of events taking place during this period, selection into this Squad may also be considered from performances in Finals at:

    • 2021/22 SNSW Senior State Age Championships (20-25 January 2022)
    • 2022 SNSW Country Championships (18-20 February 2022)
    • 2022 SNSW State Open Championships (4-6 March 2022)
    • 2022 SNSW Senior Metropolitan Championships (19-20 March 2022)
  • Qualifying Times
  • 2022 SNSW Flipper Squad Qualifying Times
  • Squad Members

Target Squad

  • Objective
  • The Swimming NSW Target Squad is designed to identify the top ranked NSW swimmers at the National level. Once identified, specific resources will be provided to athletes, home coaches and support networks to facilitate continual performance improvement, as well as holistic personal development. With this support, the program aims to increase the number of Flippers athletes and NSW representation on National teams/squads.

  • Selection Criteria
  • PRIORTY 1

    Athletes who swim a squad qualifying time in a Final at one of the following selection meets:

    • 2022 Australian Swimming Championships (4-9 April 2022)
    • 2022 Australian Age Swimming Championships (11-18 April 2022)
    • 2022 Sydney Open (TBC)

    For Timed-Finals, athletes must swim the squad qualifying time and be placed in the Top 8.

    PRIORTY 2

    Athletes who swim a squad qualifying time at the following 2022 Swimming NSW Championships will be considered for the squad:

    • 2021/22 SNSW Senior State Age Championships (20-25 January 2022)
    • 2022 SNSW Country Championships (18-20 February 2022)
    • 2022 SNSW State Open Championships (4-6 March 2022)
    • 2022 SNSW Senior Metropolitan Championships (19-20 March 2022)
    PRIORTY 3

    Athletes who swim a squad qualifying time at any 2021/22 Swimming NSW approved meet will be considered for the squad. To be considered, you must notify Swimming NSW in writing and provide proof of your official time.

  • Qualifying Times
  • 2022 SNSW Target Squad Qualifying Times
  • Squad Members

Target Transition Squad

  • Objective
  • The Swimming NSW Target Transition Squad has been created to ensure talented swimmers who are transitioning from age group to open level swimming are captured and remain on the Performance Pathway. In addition, the squad identifies talented age group swimmers who are on track for State and National representation within the next Olympic cycle.

  • Selection Criteria
  • PRIORTY 1

    Swimmers who swim a squad qualifying time in a Heat or Final at one of the following selection meets:

    • 2022 Australian Swimming Championships (4-9 April 2022)
    • 2022 Australian Age Swimming Championships (11-18 April 2022)
    • 2022 Sydney Open (TBC)
    PRIORTY 2

    Athletes who swim a squad qualifying time at the following 2022 Swimming NSW Championships will be considered for the squad:

    • 2021/22 SNSW Senior State Age Championships (20-25 January 2022)
    • 2022 SNSW Country Championships (18-20 February 2022)
    • 2022 SNSW State Open Championships (4-6 March 2022)
    • 2022 SNSW Senior Metropolitan Championships (19-20 March 2022)
    PRIORTY 3

    Athletes who swim a squad qualifying time at any 2021/22 Swimming NSW approved meet will be considered for the squad. To be considered, you must notify Swimming NSW in writing and provide proof of your official time.

  • Qualifying Times
  • 2022 SNSW Target Transition Squad Qualifying Times
  • Squad Members

Open Water Target Squad

  • Objective
  • The Swimming NSW Open Water Target Squad recognises the best National level open water swimmers in NSW. Support is provided to this group with the aim of selection onto the Australian Swim Team. The squad provides an opportunity for athletes to come together as a group to train and compete specifically in open water swimming.

  • Selection Criteria
  • PRIORITY 1 – 2022 Australian Open Water Championships:
    • Top 3 NSW swimmers within 2 minutes of the winner in the open 10km event
    • 18-19yrs: Top 3 NSW swimmers within 2 minutes of the winner in the age 10km event
    • 16-18yrs: Top 3 NSW swimmers within 2 minutes of the winner in the age 7.5km event
    PRIORITY 2 – 2021/22 Swimming NSW Open Water Championships:
    • Swimmers will be identified by the SNSW Coaching Director and Regional Coaching Director
  • Squad Members

Sharks Squad

  • Objective
  • The Swimming NSW Sharks Squad is designed to identify emerging age group swimmers. The program aims to support squad members to:

    • develop technical skills
    • gain racing experience through quality age-group competition
    • maintain motivation to continue competing in the sport
    • develop holistically as a person
    • provide swimmers with skills to balance sport and non-sport life
  • Selection Criteria
  • Male swimmers 14-16 years and female swimmers 13-15 years who:

    • win a gold medal at the 2022 Australian Age Swimming Championships;

    or who swim a squad qualifying time in the Heats or Finals at one of the following selection meets:

    PRIORITY 1
    • 2022 Australian Swimming Championships (4-9 April 2022);
    • 2022 Australian Age Swimming Championships (11-18 April 2022)
    PRIORITY 2
    • 2021/22 SNSW Senior State Age Championships (20-25 January 2022)
    • 2022 SNSW Country Championships (18-20 February 2022)
    • 2022 SNSW State Open Championships (4-6 March 2022)
    • 2021/22 SNSW Senior Metropolitan Championships (19-20 March 2022)
    PRIORTY 3

    Athletes who swim a squad qualifying time at any 2021/22 Swimming NSW approved meet will be considered for the squad. To be considered, you must notify Swimming NSW in writing and provide proof of your official time.

  • Qualifying Times
  • 2022 SNSW Sharks Squad Qualifying Times
  • Squad Members

Paralympic Pathway

  • The Swimming NSW Paralympic Pathway provides encouragement and support to para swimmers with the potential to make the Australian Paralympic Team. There are two tiers to this pathway: Swimming Australia Podium Categorised Para Athletes and Para Development Squad.

Swimming Australia Podium Categorised Para Athletes

  • Objective
  • Support of Podium Categorised athletes is targeted at assisting NSW athletes remain on the National Para team and achieve repeated performance success at the international level or at senior benchmark events.

    SNSW to provide resources (with the potential of funding) to assist NSW categorised Para swimmers with training or competition plans deemed to enhance achievements at the elite level.

  • Selection Criteria
  • NSW athletes are within categories 1, 2 or 3 on the current Swimming Australia Athlete Categorisation Paralympic Program list. Athletes will be supported for as long as they are categorised by Swimming Australia.

  • Squad Members

Para Development Squad

  • Objective
  • To provide emerging Para swimmers with an educational opportunity to assist with their training and personal development. The aim of the activities would contribute to swimmers maintaining motivation and improving performance to achieve the next level of success, including selection onto a National Team or Squad.

  • Selection Criteria
  • Swimmers aged between 12-18 years are eligible for the Para Development Squad. Swimmers must achieve one SNSW Para Development qualifying standard at one of the following long course Championships (Paralympic events only):

    • 2021 SNSW Multi-Class Championships (11 December 2021)
    • 2022 SNSW State Open Championships (4-6 March 2022)
    • 2022 Australian Swimming Championships (4-9 April 2022)
    • 2022 Australian Swimming Trials (TBC)

    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.

  • Qualifying Times - Women
  • 2022 SNSW Para Development Squad Womens Qualifying Times
  • Qualifying Times - Men
  • 2022 SNSW Para Development Squad Mens Qualifying Times
  • Squad Members

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