Swimming Australia Names Three Centres of Excellence

BELCONNEN, Australia, June 9. SWIMMING Australia (SAL) has today announced three new Centres of Excellence to help continue to develop Australia's top swimmers at both a senior and age level, with additional centres to be finalised in the coming weeks.

Swimming programs at Melbourne Vicentre, Norwood in South Australia and Brothers at Nudgee College in Queensland, will all become known as a Swimming Australia Centre of Excellence (COE) for the development of talented swimmers from club level to Australian team selection.

In gaining selection as a SAL Centre of Excellence, programs had to display a number of different criteria including high performance coaching credibility, coherence with the State Institute/Academy programs, adequate access to lane space, the ability to identify and recruit talent, and the appropriate age-group and national level development programs in place.

Once the criteria was met, individual programs then worked with Swimming Australia to highlight targeted areas where financial assistance and support could further enhance their existing programs.

Swimming Australia CEO Kevin Neil says the formalisation of these Centres of Excellence is another step in highlighting the ‘whole of sport' nature of swimming – from grass roots to international success.

"There is some great work going on across a number of programs throughout Australia and these Centres of Excellence are designed to highlight that fact, and also streamline the process and practicalities of developing future national talent," said Neil.

"In many ways this already formalises a strong relationship with these programs. Each centre will have their own clear objectives for what they want to achieve and we will work with them to see that those goals are reached."

Nudgee College, home to Olympic relay gold medallist Emily Seebohm and her coach Matt Brown, is one of the three centres already finalised as a COE with their Principal Daryl Hanly highlighting the importance of such recognition and support.

"Through the connection with Brothers Swim Club, whose members train in the College pool, Nudgee College is able to offer first class training facilities and coaches for both males and females and is helping to produce the next generation of Australian swimmers," said Hanley.

"Nudgee College looks forward to working with Swimming Australia as a Centre of Excellence and is excited by the opportunities this will offer current and future Nudgee College students and members of the Brothers Swim Club."

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