The Swimming Victoria Performance Pathways Program underpins Swimming
Australia (SAL) and the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) to provide an integrated pathway for athlete
and coach development for success within the State, and on the National & International stage.
As part of the annual review process, the pathway has been streamlined and now provides clearer
pathway progression for open water and multi-class athletes. An underpinning District Development
Program has also been introduced to support a greater number of athletes and coaches across the
- Victorian PhysioHealth State Team
- Talent Program
- Performance Squad
- Country Squad
- Multi Class Squad
- Open Water Squad
- Junior Talent
- Junior Excellence Program
- Touring Squads
- District Development Program
- Develop the skills of State level swimmers into the skills of National Age level swimmers;
- Create more opportunities for our members, while opening the pathway to a broader base of swimmers and coaches.
- Expose swimmers and coaches to new opportunities and experiences to further their development; and
- Create an upward pressure for success by influencing development at a District level.
2018 State Teams Championships
Wednesday 3 October – Friday 5 October
The Victorian State Team competes at the annual State Teams Championships in Canberra.
A team of up to 44 athletes plus coaches and officails are selected to represent Victoria and travel to the AIS in Canberra to take part in the State vs State competition. The State Team forms a vital part of the Athlete and Coach Performance Pathway and is a crucial avenue for national team selection.
Athletes identified through the SAL Talent ID process during the Australian Age Championships and medallists who do not achieve the above qualifying times will also be included.
Under Swimming Australia’s (SAL) National Talent Program, Victoria has identified athletes from the recent Australian Age and/or Open Championships to take part in the State Talent Squad which will consist of two assessment camps per year.
During these camps, a range of assessments are conducted including swimming performance tests, anthropometry measurements, strength & conditioning tests and physiotherapy screening.
The information gathered from these camps will ensure athletes and coaches are regularly exposed to environments that will help to mould our future champions. Swimming Victoria’s Head Coach, Rohan Taylor will work with Home Coaches to ensure the ongoing monitoring and development of these athletes, while also positively impacting the daily training environment for all swimmers within the home program.
2 & 3 February 2019 - Testing (MSAC)
Athletes are identified from performances from the recent Australian Age Championships. Athletes were selected if they placed within the top 10 Australians in an event.
As part of the Performance program, athletes and their coaches are invited to multiple activities which over the course of the next 12 months. The focus of these activities is to bring the top open water athletes and coaches together in a high performance training environment to share and develop their own skills and knowledge.
As part of the Country program, athletes and their coaches are invited to an overnight high performance camp (accommodation and meals provided). The focus of this camp is to bring the top country athletes and coaches together in a high performance training environment to share and develop their own skills and knowledge.
30 June & 1 July 2018
Athletes are selected into the Multi-Class Squad through achieving a pre-determined Multi-Class Point Score dependent on their personal classification. Athletes and their coaches will be invited to multiple workshops across the season which aim to educate them on the Para Pathway, as well as identifying the athletes strengths and weaknesses through conducting various pool testing protocols.
Athletes are selected into the Open Water Squad through performances at the National Open Water Championships. Athletes and their coaches will be invited to various trainings and clinics throughout the season, with a focus on preparing athletes for success at a National level. Selected athletes will also be given the opportunity to represent Victoria and travel to Queensland to race at their State Open Water Championships as part of a touring squad.
19 & 20 October - Victorian Team competing at QLD OW Championships (Selected Athletes Only)
The Junior Talent Squad consists of athletes aged 12-13 selected through performances at both the State Long and Short Course Championships. Athletes and their coaches are invited to a number of training sessions throughout the season. The major focus of the Junior Talent Squad is to continue to develop the athletes skills, and in particular encourage athletes to train all strokes and progress as Individual Medley swimmers.
23 September, MSAC
Swimming Victoria in conjunction with Swimming Australia coordinates the Georgina Hope Swimmers Foundation Junior Excellence Program (JX). The JX program exists to encourage swimmers to strive to achieve set qualifying times throughout the season.
The Australian Junior Excellence Program (JX), recognises rewards and encourages junior swimmers who, through their development of aquatic skills and fitness, achieve a high standard of swimming excellence.
2017-2018 JX Qualification
Swimming Australia have released the Junior Excellence (JX) Results for the 2017/18 season. This is the 11th year that JX has been running and it’s now bigger and better than ever! This year we had over 16,000 swimmers qualify for JX!
Swimmers aged 9-16 years who are a registered swim club member, have competed in an approved swimming meet and achieved a qualifying time between May 1 2017 and April 30 2018 will be recognised under the JX Program.
JX Results Queries
If you have any queries regarding your JX results, please complete the following link: Click here to submit a JX query.
Swimming Victoria provide interstate and international racing experience for selected athletes.
Singapore Tour & Japan Tour
The targeted age group for these Tours are 17 years and over for females and 18 years and over for males and supports athletes who are on the pathway to Senior Team Selection.
These opportunities aim to provide invaluable travel and race experience for athletes and coaches to perform on the world stage as we support their continued development and preparation into Tokyo 2020 and beyond.
Open Water Tour
With the review of the Swimming Victoria Performance Pathways Program last year, it was determined that more opportunities need to be created for Victorian Open Water Swimmers to continue along the pathway to National success. Swimming Victoria is now providing an opportunity to travel to and compete in the QLD Open Water Championships. This opportunity is available to the highest available finishing 4 males and 4 females from the 2018 Australian Open Water Championships.
The District Development Program underpins our SV Performance Pathways Program to provide an integrated pathway for athlete and coach development.
The purpose of the program is to develop the skills required for success at a State and National level and provide a key entry point into the performance pathway, which is aligned to national standards and benchmarks.
The aim of the District Development Program is to:
While a key focus of the program is to deliver pool based sessions, Swimming Victoria is committed to developing the whole person. It is for this reason that the education workshops are a core component and align to SV’s overall Education Framework.
Districts who are interested in hosting a Development Day should contact firstname.lastname@example.org