Typically associated with 11 - 16 years.

Athlete Characteristics

Confirmed as a potential talent for State/Territory Teams & National Events and Junior Barra's or Silver Barra's Development Squads


Physical Domain

  • Entry of maturation (11+ girls; 12+ boys – 15-16 years) Increasing height, weight, muscle strength/force (body fat gain females)

  • Potential surge (and decrement) in physical/fitness capability improvement relative to others – Potential (dis)advantages for early maturer's.

  • Potential period of coordination & technical control loss due to growth & instability

  • Understands the basic factors of fitness that influence performance, also basic aspects of swim training programming.

  • Performs well on aerobic capacity, sprint and kick/pull tests sets.

  • Demonstration of appropriate musculoskeletal range of movement, stability and robustness in a variety of training and competition environments. As an example; Overhead Squat, Push Ups with correct posture, Lunge & Twist, Side Bridging, Prone Bridge

Technical Characeristics

  • Demonstration of the key technique points (distance per stroke and stroke rate) for each stroke and racing skills in a variety of training and competition environments.

  • Basic use of Equipment in Training and Competition Environment

  • Include in here the different use of distance and equipment sizes based on event schedule

Psychological Characteristics

  • Developing commitment, personal investment, self-regulation, ownership and responsibility in training & competition.

  • Emergence or establishment of resilience, mental toughness & determination to address & recover from performance set-backs & challenges.

  • Formal assessment & behavioural confirmation of psychological skills

Cognitive Characteritstics

  • Capability for planning & self-control (executive functioning)

  • Ability to pace races with an understanding of negative splitting especially with middle and distance freestyle events.

  • Understanding the relationship between distance per stroke, stroke rates and knowledge of individual event specific splits, stroke rates and targets.

Athlete Education


Physical Domain

  • Injury Prevention and Management

  • Key Performance Nutrition Practices

  • Introduction to Sport Supplements and their risks

  • Performance Enhancing Substance (ASADA Level 1)

  • ASADA Drug Testing process

  • Concept of Sports Science and Sports Medicine

  • Education on massage principles and self-massage

  • Education on movement and strength principles and load management

  • Introduction to Biomechanics and video analysis

  • Physical Assessment and testing introductions

  • Skill Acquisition (Instruction, practice and feedback)

Psychological Domain

  • Performance Psychology

  • Life Balance and managing responsibilities

  • Mental Health Awareness

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

Social Domain

  • Group Dynamics

  • Respect and Responsibility

  • Respectful Relationships

  • Leadership and Role model skill development

  • Match Fixing

  • Interstate Competitions and Risk Management

  • Media and Social Media

Cognitive Domain

  • Development and High Performance Pathway

  • Development and High Performance Culture and Policies

  • RLSSA History

  • Athlete Agreements

  • Introduction to use of initiative, decision making and strategy in SERC

  • Self-Evaluation

  • Rules from Physical Literacy