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2021 Events & Courses


2021 Technical Official Forum

The Swimming NSW Technical Swimming Committee held its 2021 TO Forum on Sunday 25th July.
The recent lockdown extension within NSW forced changes to our upcoming events, including the Forum, which took place Via ZOOM over two parts on this day.

SESSION 1       9:30am - 11:30am SESSION 2      1:30pm -  3:15pm

SAL Inclusive Swimwear Policy 
Presented by Michael Woods (Swimming Australia)

Please view the official webinar here prior to the forum. A copy of the presentation slides are also available here.

“How we see Technical Officials”  Presented by special guest coaches:
ASCTA NSW President and Manly SC Head Coach Justin Rothwell & Mingara Aquatic Head Coach - Jen Noel
Officiating Para Swimming 
Presented by our Special Guest panel of Cherry Smith, Pam Weste and Murray Smith.
Rules of Swimming
Issues present in swimming today
Presented by members of the Swimming NSW TSC
Recording available HERE Recording available HERE


2021 Technical Official Awards Evening

SNSW TSC recognizes Officials via the following categories:

- Appreciation Award
- Services to Officiating
- Berry Rickards Encouragement Award
- Area Technical Convenor of the Year
- Open Water Official of the Year
- Pool Technical Official of the Year

Unfortunately, the SNSW 2021 Technical Official Awards Evening & Dinner has been postponed indefinitely. We will look to provide updates to Officials in the coming weeks.


Meet Manager introductions

Across the month of June, Swimming NSW held three separate Meet Manager introduction webinars via Zoom. These webinars were be presented by Cherry Smith, each consisting of varying topics.

Swimming NSW would like to thank Cherry for her time with these webinars. We are blessed to have such a knowledgeable and passionate Meet Manager Operator (and Official) in NSW.

You can access the webinar notes and recordings below.

Webinar 1 - Wednesday 9th June 7:30pm

- Topics - refer to Part 1 only

Notes from the evening can be found here. Recording available here.

Webinar 2 Wednesday 16th June 7:30pm

- Topics - refer to Part 2 only

Notes from the evening can be found here. Recoding available here.

Webinar 3 - Wednesday 23rd June 7:30pm

- Topics - refer to Part 3 only

Notes from the evening can be found here. Recoding available here.


Meet Manager Operator course now Online!

Click Here to access and complete the course in your own time!


2021 Announcer Course

The 2021 course has been postponed indefinitely. SNSW will communicate the new date once it has been confirmed.


Office of Sport - temporarily available webinars

The NSW Office of Sport has made public their High Performing Officiating webinars, led by former ICC Test Umpire of the year Simon Taufel.

As well officiating at the highest level of cricket for years, Simon is now an accomplished public speaker and his workshops are not to be missed by developing officials. Here is a brief clip that provides some background on Simon

Click Here to access these recorded webinars.

Referee Course

  • 2021 Swimming NSW Referee Course
  • Applications for the 2021 course are now Closed.

    Swimming NSW is proud to call for applications for our 2021 Referee Course. The aim of the Course is to educate and develop 20 Technical Officials to become Referees by the end of 2021.

    The Swimming NSW Technical Committee, with guidance from the Area Technical Swimming Committee Coordinators, will select up to 20 Technical Officials to participate in the Swimming NSW Referee Course, which consists of a combination of face-to-face and webinar meetings, as well as pool deck experience. The Course will commence in January 2021 and run until approximately November, when we will aim for the candidates to complete their Level 1 Referee Assessment.

    Please note:  The normal Referee Accreditation process will still occur outside of this Course. i.e. it is not a requirement to complete this Course to become a Referee.

    The Course will be led by a Course Manager who will host either a Webinar or face to face session every 6-8 weeks throughout the year with candidates to complete course work between these sessions. The Course will also feature guests presenters on specific topics of expertise, include a detailed curriculum specifically aimed at preparing the candidates to be competent Referees and how to source a Mentor.

    To be eligible for this course, candidates must meet the following criteria;

    • Swimming NSW Member
    • Valid Working with Children Check
    • Hold at least four current Technical Official accreditations (in addition to General Principles)
    • It is not essential but desirable if candidates hold Inspector of Turn and Judge of Stroke accreditation

Training Materials

Referee Examinations

  • Referee Examination Dates
  • Please email Josh at if you are interested in sitting the Referee exam prior to one of the upcoming Swimming NSW meets in Sydney Olympic Park.


    Associated meet

    Exam Date

    Venue of Exam

    Exam Start Time

    Meet Start Time

    NSW Country SC Championships

    Friday 25th June

    SNSW Office / Boardroom

    Morning start required

    3:30pm 25th June 2021

    NSW Metropolitan SC Championships

    Friday 9th July

    SNSW Office / Boardroom

    Morning start required

    3:00pm 9th July 2021

    NSW Senior State Age SC Championships

    Friday 20th August

    SNSW Office / Boardroom

    Morning start required

    TBD 20th August 2021

    NSW Junior State Age Championships

    Friday 3rd September

    SNSW Office / Boardroom

    Suggest a time that suits you

    9:00am 4th September, 2021


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