Typically associated with 17 - 19 years.

Athlete Characteristics

Committed to daily training and competition within State/Territory or National Junior Barra's or Silver Barra's Development Squads

Physical Domain

Technical Characeristics

  • Development of optimal technique and refinement of co-coordinative profile through an increase in training volume and intensity.

  • Particular focus on executing optimal technique for event specialisation.

  • Additional focus on minimisation of injury risk. Proactive removal of potentially injurious techniques if relevant should occur at pre-elite stage

Psychological Characteristics

  • Increased emotional intelligence & stability

  • Capability to self-regulate, monitor, plan & evaluate training & performance

  • Further development of psychological skills & attributes (e.g., resilience) via training & competition experience & exposure.

  • A learned capability to adopt & deploy performance psychological skills in performance situations (e.g., thought control, refocusing, relaxation techniques)

  • Integration & adherence of National & Australian Lifesaving Team values (e.g., Professional, Respectful, Enjoyable, Resilient, United and Relentless).

  • A learned capability to adopt & deploy self-management skills outside performance context. An established mind-set on personal growth & development.

  • Development of a personal lifestyle & development plan (e.g., skills, education, finance, career)

Cognitive Characteritstics

  • Strong understanding of race analysis and refinement of optimal race strategy in training and competitive environments.

  • Strong understanding of SERC and refinement of strategy and decision making in training and competitive environments

Athlete Education


Physical Domain

  • Advanced Injury Prevention and Management

  • Development of Performance Nutrition Practices Focus on cooking, shopping, budgeting and meal planning

  • Level 2 ASADA Course

  • Sport Supplements and their risks

  • Education on massage principles and self-massage

  • Injury Prevention and Management

  • Education on movement and strength principles and load management, periodisation and planning

  • Additional Strength and Condition Education focussing on dry land

  • Self-Regulated Learning and training in sport

  • Physiological capacities

  • Interventional Strategies on Technical Changes needed

Psychological Domain

  • Performance Psychology focussing on  Performance –Race Readiness, arousal, self-talk

  • Non Selection, Relocation, Transition Concentration and Focus Strategies

  • Dealing with Adversity

  • Life Balance and managing responsibilities

  • Mental Health Identification and Management

  • Group Education on Building resilience, understanding the mind and concept of stress

Social Domain

  • Personal Brand and Sponsorship

  • Financial Literacy

  • International Competitions and Risk Management

  • Public Speaking and Media Interviews

  • Social Media Management

  • High Performance Teams

  • Match Fixing

  • Leadership and Role model skill development including Mentoring

  • Education and Career Mapping, PD and Preparing for Work

Cognitive Domain

  • Athlete Management Systems

  • Advanced use of initiative, decision making and strategy for SERC

  • Others Evaluation

  • Media Influence on personal actions

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