Swim Confident

Swim Confident Female Swimmers at regional swim meet

Swimming NSW is committed to practically implementing the recommendations from Swimming Australia’s Independent Panel investigation into women and girls’ experiences in our sport.

With the support of NSW Health under the Mental Health Sports Fund, Swimming NSW is delivering our collaborative program, Swim Confident.

Swim Confident provides evidence-based educational programming that focuses on improving body image for swimmers, and engaging club volunteers and coaches to create cultural change in relation to the way that bodies are talked about and treated in our sport. 

Research developed by Dr Georgie Buckley, Organisational Manager of Body Confident Collective, demonstrated that 60% of athletes have body image concerns and disordered eating, which is a rate three times higher than the occurrence in non-athletes. Dr Buckley’s research has evidenced negative mental health impacts are particularly prominent in young people and have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns. 

All athletes may experience body image concerns and disordered eating, but research shows that women and girls, and particularly those in aesthetically focused sports such as swimming, are vulnerable.

Swim Confident educational programming will be delivered to all Swimming NSW stakeholders including coaches, parents, committee members, staff and athletes from the grassroots to high performance arenas, primarily via face-to-face training and webinars. Visit our Swim Confident Webinars & Resources section below to register for upcoming sessions.

Swimming NSW’s Youth Advisory Panel play an integral role in this program, undergoing training to develop their own Change Maker projects which will result in long term cultural change at their home clubs.

If you are interested in learning more about Swim Confident and participating in the program, contact (josh.karp@nsw.swimming.org.au).

Swim Confident Webinars & Resources

Body Confident Collective

  • About
  • The Body Confident Collective was a health promotion charity and body image research translation organisation, co-founded by three body image experts in 2020. The organisation has since disbanded but has left a lasting legacy for Sporting orgnisations like us to make a difference.

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