Australia Swimming



19/03/2018, Australia, Swimming, Swimming Australia, Article # 26128734



Thank you for supporting our athletes during the 2018 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Trials! Whether you were cheering along at the Optus Aquatic Centre, watching on TV at home, or getting involved on social media - we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Here are just a few of our highlights...

Ariarne Titmus made her way into swimming’s history books – becoming the first swimmer in 14 years and only the sixth Australian ever to take out the 200, 400 and 800 metres freestyle events.

Read all the event highlights 

Keeping the grassroots green - we had heaps of fun hosting our Optus Junior Dolphins with daily Carnivals and a Junior Excellence Program on Saturday. Nightly club relays in the competition pool was a guaranteed way to get competitive hearts racing. 

We LOVED seeing our swimming royalty take to the pool again in the ever-popular Optus Legends Relay! With thanks to Dan Kowalski from the Australian Swimmers Association for pulling together such a star-studded field. 

Check out some pics
George Corones was the unexpected star of the show, breaking two world records in the 100-104 age group category for the 50 and 100m freestyle events. A true inspiration to all!

Take a look at the video

The event was capped off with the official announcement for the 2018 Commonwealth Games Swim Team which comprises of 49 able-bodied and 21 Para-sport athletes. 

National head coach Jacco Verhaeren said of the team: “I am very pleased with the people that qualified. I think we've got, almost without exception I'd say, the best people in their best events”.


If you attended the event, complete our event survey and you could WIN a Dolphins Team Polo Shirt signed by all team members of the 2017 Budapest FINA World Champs!

Click here to get started


Official Event Merchandise by arena 
If you didn't get your hands on the official event merchandise, it's not too late! You can now buy the limited edition 'Light Up The Night' apparel online at the arena store. T-shirts are $22 and hoodies are $45, get in quick to snap up your favourite style and colour. 

Shop the women's range  
Shop the men's range  


27/02/2018, Australia, Swimming, Swimming Australia, Article # 25920390


28 February - 3 March 2018, Optus Aquatic Centre, Gold Coast

Watch the action unfold as our athletes compete for selection on the Australian Commonwealth Games Team! 

It's not too late to be part of the action, tickets are still available to purchase throughTICKETEK

Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 
Melbourne & Sydney 9.00pm Live on Channel 7
Brisbane 8.00pm Live on 7TWO
Adelaide 8.30pm Live on 7TWO
Perth 6.00pm Live on 7TWO

Melbourne & Sydney 8.30pm Live on Channel 7
Melbourne 8.30pm Live on Channel 7
Brisbane 7.30pm Live on 7TWO
Adelaide 8.00pm Live on 7TWO
Perth 5.30pm Live on 7TWO


Visit the event page on our website  

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Swimming Australia Community Newsletter

Swimming Australia Community Newsletter

15/02/2018, Australia, Swimming, Swimming Australia, Article # 25795724

Swimming Australia 

See the stars light up the night!

Australia Swims 

This January, thousands of passionate Australians took to the water to swim a virtual lap of Australia. From 4 year olds to 96 year olds, every metre counted!
A total of 39,113.08km was swum, exceeding the 35,855km target. A special mention to participants from Ormeau Hills, Queensland, for achieving the furthest cumulative distance.

There was a total of 9 regional council events in Bunbury, Goulburn, Latrobe, Mackay, Mandurah, Moreton Bay, Murray Bridge, Shoalhaven and Southern Grampians. 

Read more about Australia Swims here!

Major Event Schedule Announced

Following the announcement of the 2018-20 event schedule, elite swimming will soon be more accessible than ever. With successful bids coming from all over Australia more people will get the chance to see the stars of the Australian Dolphins Swim Team LIVE in their hometowns.
To find out where to see the stars of swimming near you from now to 2020, click here!

The 2017 Year in Review

It was another big year in our sport. We have increasing membership numbers, great stories from our volunteer technical officials (TOs), exciting changes to our major events, and terrific performances on the world stage. You can read all about it in our Year in Review 2017 here!

Club Land 

NSW Youth Advisory Panel - keeping teenagers in our sport 


Swimming NSW’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) held their inaugural Youth Leadership Camp in October. 49 swimmers from 30 NSW clubs participated in team building, public speaking and event management activities, learned swimming specific leadership skills through Optus Junior Dolphin coaching, and received TO training. We look forward to having some participants join the YAP. Congratulations to the YAP team members who planned and delivered the leadership sessions!
Ideas to retain teenagers in swimming include a Saturday summer Twilight Race Party (involving races, relays and a pool party) and 4 additional Leadership Camps. Read more about the Youth Leadership Camp here!

Help us find swimming’s Club of the Year in 2018

Complete our new quick and easy nomination form tell us what great things your club is doing. Finalists from each State will be awarded $500 and profiled by our PR agency. The national winner will recieve $2000 and an invitiaton to attend our Gala Dinner Awards Night. 

Our Reigning Club of the Year, Bunbury SC, delivered an array of initiatives including - recruitment events which saw membership grow by 50%, improved media relations and communication channels, and securing new sponsors - that enabled the club to provide a positive, supportive, and sustainable environment for their swimmers. Check out the full video here!
Get your nominations in from January to June. Each month, one club will be profiled  on our website, in our newsletter and via our social pipes.

Our Local Legends award relaunches

Complete our quick and easy nomination form to tell us what one of your club stalwarts has been doing for our sport. Every nomination will feature on the Swimming Australia website. State finalists will receive a memento and be profiled by our PR agency. The national winner will be awarded $1000 and an invitation to attend Swimming Australia’s Gala Awards night.
Reigning National Local Legend, Tracey Rowell, is Swimming Tasmania’s State TO lead. Tracey has spent hours volunteering to assist new TO’s to learn the basics of becoming a TO as well as upskilling current TO’s.
Her new and improved protocols have led to a fluent and free flowing pool deck at events across Tasmania.
Nominations are that simple! Get your nominations in from January through June.

Our Officials


FINA Open Water School hosted after the SAL Open Water Championships

Swimming Australia hosted a FINA Open Water School for TOs 29-30 January 2018 at Brighton Beach SA.  30 TOs along with international officials experienced 2 days of interactive workshops.  This was a valuable opportunity for TOs to develop their open water skills and be considered for FINA lists.  


More development opportunities at the CommGames Trials on the Gold Coast 

GOLDOC and Swimming Australia will be running a TO workshop on March 4th; the morning session will be specifically for GOLDOC appointed TOs, and the afternoon will be open to all TOs and any state partners. 

The workshop content and respective presenters are as follows: a GOLDOC presentation by Meg Knuckley, SAL Values and behaviours by Ken Jones, Impact of Officiating on Technical Officials and Methods of Recovery by Samantha Yardy-Phelan, and Nutrition in High Performance Officiating by Sally Garrard. 

Let us know if you’re interested in attending by contacting

Finding TOOTY!

Help us find our Technical Official of the Year for 2018!

Complete our new quick and easy nomination form to share all the great things an official has done at a local, state, or international level to Finalists, selected from each State, will receive a memento and be profiled by our PR agency. The national winner will receive $1000 and an invitation to attend Swimming Australia’s Gala Awards night.
Reigning Roger Smith TO of the Year, Damian Van de Berg from Cobram SC in Victoria, contributed enormously during 2016-17 by officiating nationally and internationally at destinations including Fiji, Auckland and Hong Kong. Damian is a member of the Swimming Victoria Technical Swimming Committee, a Swimming Victoria Board member, Chair of the TSC Recruitment and Retention working group, and is involved in official mentoring. He was recently listed as a FINA OWS referee until 2020 and will be running in the Queens Baton Relay in Yarrawonga on Thursday 15 Feb!
Nominations are that easy! Get your nominations in from January through June.


Congratulations to the 3 successful board nominees Neal Betram, Wendy Holtom and Jane Noake who will join the National Board of Management for 2018.

Optus Junior Dolphins

Visit the Optus Junior Dolphins webpage here!  

What happened in 2017

The Optus Junior Dolphins became nationally available during 2017, resulting in record growth of 15,841 participants across 917 clubs. Additional product elements included:
  • Over 37,000 Primary School students involved in Optus Junior Dolphin inspired swimming lessons as part of the federal governments Sporting Schools program.
  • An Optus Junior Dolphins participant, Ayanna, winning the opportunity to name our dolphin mascot Yampu, the Kaurna Peoples, (traditional owners of Adelaide), word for Dolphin.
  • Over 1,000 Optus Junior Dolphins taking part in a once in a lifetime experience at State and National events; performing roles as medal presenters, basket carriers and participating in clinics.
  • Over a dozen Come & Try events with Australian Dolphins Swim Team members.

Coming up in 2018

Some 2018 refinements to the Optus Junior Dolphins include:
  • Clearer product offerings to make it easier for product deliverers and parents when deciding what they would like their children to take part in.
  • A move away from a strict curriculum resource to fun game based learning ideas in line with the Australian Sports Commissions Play for Life learning philosophy.
  • Improved pack distribution and processes ensuring a timely and accurate delivery process.
  • Introduction of the Optus Splash App that includes the capability to:
    • Reward kids for their swimming with digital notifications and their own digital trophy room.
    • Send automatic messages to parents to increase engagement in the program.
    • Demonstrate the child’s progress and future opportunities to support retention.
    • Digital interaction between the Australian Dolphins Swim Team and Optus Junior Dolphins.

Thank you!

A very big thankyou to all our club volunteers who have supported the initial year of the national roll out. Without your support we wouldn’t have had the impact mentioned above. We look forward to evolving the Optus Junior Dolphins product to ensure the sport has a sustainable and healthy future.

What’s coming up in February and March…

Come along to the Commonwealth Game’s trials on the Gold Coast between 28 Feb - 3 March. See the stars, spend time in Centre Lane, and check out the Optus Junior Dolphins, JX clinics and relays.
A Message from the President of Swimming Australia

A Message from the President of Swimming Australia

04/02/2018, Australia, Swimming, Swimming Australia, Article # 25687796

The Olympic moto is Citius, Altius, Fortius... ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’. It is about seeking perfection at the highest level of human endeavour.

Is athletic perfection possible? I believe not. Certainly not in our lifetime. We as humans are continually improving in everything we do and world records continue to fall.

When the seemingly perfect race is swum, or the perfect leap is made, a new generation of athletes take it to a new level.

That’s what make this sporting journey so fascinating, so rewarding. Yes, faster, higher, stronger.

As part of this journey, our athletes from all over the country are currently preparing for the 2018 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Trials that double as selection for the Commonwealth Games. This is a key test of the thousands of hours of training and commitment by them and their coaches.

A successful trials and subsequent inclusion into the Australian Dolphins Swim Team will be a dream come true for some. For others, it will be a stepping stone to Commonwealth Games glory; gold, silver and bronze.

Coming off the lessons learned from the Rio Olympics and Paralympics we made the decision to conduct the Commonwealth Games trials five weeks out from the Games, instead of the typical 3 months.

This is new for Australia. But not new for the Americans and other nations. Assuming all goes well, the same schedule will be used through to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.

Network Seven will broadcast the Trials from Feb 28th to March 3rd.

Prime time. Lock it in.

Then the Commonwealth Games begin 5 weeks later with the swim program leading the way fromApril 5-10... this will be a big deal for the country. With the Commonwealth Games being held on home soil at the Gold Coast, national coverage will be at saturation level. Exciting times.

People ask me how is our Swim Team going? I say, we will know more by the end of this month.

Australia is proud of our sporting heritage. The country demands we do well. It has been said our Swim Team is of national importance. That is true.

The pressure will be on. We make no apologies about that. That’s how we like it.

And yes, ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’....that is the dream, that is our world.

Tickets for the 2018 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Trials are available from Ticketek

Go Australia!

John Bertrand AO
Australia Swims kicks off this week!

Australia Swims kicks off this week!

17/01/2018, Australia, Swimming, Swimming Australia, Article # 25499395

Australia Swims kicks off this week!

As you may already know, between 20-28th January, Swimming Australia and Optus are inviting every Australian to take part in Australia Swims, a nine-day celebration of Australia’s love for the water and swimming. 

Here's how you can get involved!

How can you participate?
Find your experience...

Pools all around the country are embracing Australia Swims, from pool parties, to come and try sessions to inflatable challenges 

find your local pool and see what they are getting up to during Australia Swims. 

Australia has some of the best beaches in the world. From Cable Beach to Margaret River, Bicheno to Port Douglas, explore the beachesyou can take a dip at during 
Australia Swims.

Australia has many spectacular hidden and unexpected locations to swim. Waterholes to waterfalls, lakes to lagoons...go off the grid and
discover somewhere else to swim this January.

Challenging open water swims, dive-in-movies, Optus Junior Dolphin Carnivals and so much more!

Find an event to participate in between January 20-28th and be part of the movement.

Pledge your swim to WIN an arena prize pack

During Australia Swims, we've set the challenge to swim a virtual lap of Australia, that's 35,877 kilometers!

So far we've made it to the Gulf of Carpentaria but need your help to keep going! It's easy to contribute your swimming distance between 20-28th January and takes less than 30 seconds. 

Simply click the 'Enter Here' link and fill out the pledge form on the website and you'll go in the draw to win an arena prize pack including a new training swimsuit. Competition closes at 5pm on 19/01/18.

*Full terms and conditions apply. 


Share your love of swimming with #AustraliaSwims

Follow @SwimmingAustralia on social media, share our content or upload your photos to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and hashtag #AustraliaSwims and #Optus.

Use the Swimming Australia Facebook and Snapchat filters we've created.
Contribute to the online conversation by adding your location to posts. 

See what people are saying about #AustraliaSwims and #Optus

Australia Swims is coming this January! Find your swimming experience and join the movement

Australia Swims is coming this January! Find your swimming experience and join the movement

12/12/2017, Australia, Swimming, Swimming Australia, Article # 25151530

In 2018 we’re launching Australia Swims, a nine-day celebration of Australia’s love for the water and swimming.

Summer in Australia is synonymous with swimming, it’s a national pastime with so many personal memories and moments created at the beach or the pool. Together with Optus, we want to encourage all Australians to come together this January, go for a swim and celebrate a quintessential part of the Australian way of life.

To make this easy, we’ve brought together a vast array of swimming experiences at everything from FREE DJ pool parties to challenging open water swims.

Our aim is to get more people swimming and ignite the passion for the sport.


Want to get involved?
Find an experience now!
We’re ‘swimming’ around Australia.
How far will you swim?
We've set the challenge to swim a virtual lap of Australia. That's 35,877 kilometers!

It's easy to contribute to the swim, simply pledge a distance you will swim between January 20-28. Watch the lap travel around Australia as the pledges grow...


Optus Swim Sydney Harbour is kicking off Australia Swims on 20th January at Farm Cove.
The event includes a kids 300m swim, a 750m swim and a 2km swim. 


In regional locations all around Australia, local councils will be running Optus Junior Dolphin Carnivals and Clinics for kids aged 5-12. Along with the fun and games, you'll get the chance to meet one of the Australian Dolphins!



Follow us on social media and share your stories with #AustraliaSwims

Optus Swim Sydney Harbour Early Bird Ends This Week

Optus Swim Sydney Harbour Early Bird Ends This Week

28/11/2017, Australia, Swimming, Swimming Australia, Article # 24990598
Optus Swim Sydney Harbour

Early Bird registrations close for Optus Swim Sydney Harbour this coming Sunday, so don’t miss your chance to register now to get your 20% discount.

Spend a Saturday morning jumping into the water by one of Australia's most iconic landmarks. We've jam-packed the day with fun and entertainment, with heaps of action in and out of the water, find out more

Optus Swim Sydney Harbour
Optus Swim Sydney Harbour
Taking place in the picturesque Farm Cove on 20th January a week before Australia Day, the event includes a kids 300m swim, a 750m swim and a 2km swim.



This year’s event is the official lead into the Australia Day celebration and part of Australia Swims – a 9 day celebration of Australia’s love for swimming and the water. Stay tuned for more #AustraliaSwims information coming soon.

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President's Message

President's Message

08/11/2017, Australia, Swimming, Swimming Australia, Article # 24758982
The superb 2017 Swimming Australia Gala Dinner, presented by Hancock Prospecting, was held following the short course racing in Adelaide, a night to reflect on our team and some amazing results.

Swimmer of the Year went to world champion Emily Seebohm, while the Hancock Prospecting Swimmers' Swimmer was awarded to Emma McKeon, the Open Water Swimmer of the Year to Chelsea Gubecka and the Paralympic Program Swimmer of the Year to Rowan Crothers. 

Congratulations also must go to our fantastic Coaches with David Lush and Rob Van Der Vanttaking Coach of the Year and Paralympic Coach of the Year respectively while Michael Sage won Open Water Coach of the Year and Dean Boxall was awarded the Youth Coach of the Year. 

On the night we recognised our wider community of volunteers, Technical Officials and clubs, who dedicate so much time to our sport.  Congratulations to all the winner on the night and a special mention to Bunbury Swimming Club in WA who took out the Optus Club of the Year Award - the next generation of swimmers is in your capable hands. 

Photo: Swimming Australia Patron Mrs Rinehart and a pod of Dolphins

Another highlight was the involvement of our Patron Mrs Gina Rinehart at the awards evening. Mrs Rinehart in her keynote speech talked about dedication and the power and influence of role models. 

"Tonight, I’m here as patron," Mrs Rinehart said.

"But I think much more than that, as I feel, and I hope you know, I feel more than just your patron. I like and regard very highly your dedication, self-discipline, huge efforts and sacrifices, your wonderful strong desires to represent your country, your modesty, your values, and as I say many times, both your ambassadorship for Australia, and your huge contribution as role models."
What an accolade from a person who has done so much and continues to do so much in her own life. 

Photo: With Bronte Campbell and Mrs Rinehart

Congratulations must also go to Cate Campbell for smashing the world 100m freestyle short course record at the recent Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Swimming Championships. It is great to see world class athletes such as Cate take time out which she did last season and come back with results such as this. 

Plus a number of Para world records were also set at the meet with Monique Murphy, Matthew HaanappelMatthew LevyDaniel FoxGrant PattersonKatja Dedekind and Braeden Jason all recording world best times in their classifications. 

Our Olympic and Paralympic athletes are now in full training for the 2018 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Trials in late February. And then, the Commonwealth Games in April....the Dolphins are coming!

John Bertrand AO
Swimming Australia. 

Can't make it to Short Course? Stream all the action & get some top tips for your swimming!

Can't make it to Short Course? Stream all the action & get some top tips for your swimming!

26/10/2017, Australia, Swimming, Swimming Australia, Article # 24604000

This morning we dive in to the 2017 Hancock Prospecting Short Course Championships in Adelaide!
Don't miss a minute of the action, tune in as we broadcast direct from the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre for Heats and Finals on our Facebook Page and our website.

Still want to attend Short Course? Save time and buy your tickets before you head to the pool!


Underwater skills are crucial for fast Short Course racing. Check out our video interview with Biochemist Dr Elaine Tor with some tips on how to get ahead of your competitors.