The aim of the WestVic swimming program is to provide athletes with training and support that
compliments the training they are already doing with their clubs. WestVic collaborates with Swimming Victoria to ready athletes for further pathway programs. We host two High Performance training days, run by Olympic Coach Wayne Lawes in collaboration with the Barwon Sports Academy, to provide athletes the opportunity to gain insight and exposure to different coaches and environments without having to travel to Melbourne.
WestVic also runs our own swimming sessions throughout the year at the Health Sports & Aquatic Centre, wherein they are open for all coaches to attend with their athletes, as we hope to foster a collaborative space.
SPORT PROGRAMS OVERVIEW
The WestVic Academy of Sport (WVAS) delivers support to Western Victoria's elite and developing elite athletes through dedicated sport programs in which WVAS supports the training environment with support from the sport's State Sporting Organisation (SSO).
Athletes from sports outside the current sport programs are eligible for support through WVAS, by becoming an Individual Scholarship Holder (ISH).
On the basis of a sport's rating against specific criteria, WVAS will operate and manage a Sport Program as agreed in a formal partnership with the sport's State Sporting Organisation (SSO).
The program constitutes a core element of the SSO and NSO elite athlete pathway. WVAS may employ a Program coach, or coaches, to lead and direct the Program.
WVAS Program coaches work closely with state coaches to ensure that the emphasis and direction of the WVAS program is consistent with the state and/or national direction.
The selection of an athlete in a WVAS program is based on specified criteria that are focussed on supporting elite and potential elite athletes.
The number of athletes at the WVAS at any one time will typically range between 130 - 150 athletes.
An interview with Mark Stahl (Swimming Program Head Coach) & athletes Josh Stahl & Ben Grima of the WestVic Academy of Sport Swimming Program