This article is courtesy of Chris Jones, NSWIS Media & Publications Consultant.
The NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) and Sydney University Sport and Fitness (SUSF) have launched a new swimming program partnership to be led by current world class NSWIS swimming coach Grant Stoelwinder.
Based at the University of Sydney, the program created by the NSWIS in partnership with SUSF, and in consultation with Swimming Australia and Swimming NSW, has been designed to achieve world class results while supporting the growth and facilitating academic achievement of athletes, and will support potential international, developing international and senior international athletes. The unique blend of sporting and academic opportunity is a win for both high performance and emerging international athletes in NSW.
Stoelwinder, an NSWIS coach since 2008, begins transitioning to his new role as Sydney University Head Coach / NSWIS High Performance Coach this week, with the new program officially commencing on November 8 2012 for full integration by January 2013.
The program will focus on increasing the number of NSWIS / SUSF athletes achieving national selection and international medal winning performances from 2013 – 2016, while also achieving annual progression and performance targets for elite and elite development athletes.
The program also aims to increase the number of SUSF elite athlete scholars achieving state selection from 2012 onwards, while ensuring all athletes in the squad are developing academically or are engaged in employment.
Stoelwinder will lead the program’s capacity building initiatives and continuing development, in conjunction with the SUSF High Performance Manager and additional SUSF coaching staff, while also achieving international standard performance results with NSWIS and SUSF athletes. SUSF will be recruiting a Senior Elite Coach as a part of the new look coaching team that will support high performance and growth outcomes. NSWIS and SUSF high performance services will be utilised to promote continuous improvement and progression of athletes and coaches ‘in and out’ of the water.
NSWIS athletes Matthew Abood, Andrew Abood and Te Haumi Maxwell will join Stoelwinder as Sydney University club swimmers, with the long term focus being the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
The program will access a world class daily training environment via the NSWIS, Sydney University and the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
For more information please contact Chris Jones, NSWIS Media & Publications Consultant, on (02) 9763 0231 or via email at [email protected].
The Institute’s Principal Partner is ClubsNSW, who provides over $1 million a year in sponsorship support.