Swimming NSW is committed to improving swimming for young people and retaining them as members. Most importantly, we want our members to enjoy swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle for the long term.
We are losing members from our sport. A significant portion of our members leave at age 13, then we experience another significant drop off at age 16.
How do we keep teenage swimmers involved in swimming? That's for our youth to tell us...
Lane Ropes to Leadership & Youth Advisory Panel
In June 2016, we launched a pilot program for 13-18 years old swimmers called Lane Ropes to Leadership. The goal of Lane Ropes to Leadership was to establish a Swimming NSW Youth Advisory Panel (YAP). The role of this panel is to discuss current issues related to swimming, and to develop ideas on how to improve the current state of swimming in NSW. The Swimming NSW Board and staff are committed to implementing the best ideas generated by this panel.
The YAP meets regularly and with the addition of regionally based members, these meetings will include teleconference style.
At YAP meetings, panel members have focused on planning events that will engage swimmers aged 12-18. Event themes, locations, formats and bookings have been completely driven by our panel.
2021 Youth Advisory Panel Nominations now open
We are seeking nominations from Swimming NSW members aged 12-18 years who would like to be part of the SNSW Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) and potentially part of inaugural Regional Panels.
Ideally a nominee would be a current or potential Club Captain or in a similar position within their swimming club, but this is not essential. Instead of a camp this year, the SNSW YAP will host a series of webinars/online information sessions. There are limited places available on the statewide SNSW YAP and in 2021 the YAP plan to set up regional Youth Advisory Panels. Swimmers from country areas are strongly encouraged to apply.
As a member of the YAP you will be expected to attend virtual meetings on Zoom every 6-8 weeks. We’d also love to meet you face to face if you are at SOPAC for the NSW Country Short Course Championships on Friday, June 25th.
If this sounds like something you want to be involved with, please contact Sarah Koen (firstname.lastname@example.org).