GIVING THEM AN EDGE FOR LIFE
We get that as a coach your success is measured in the pool. The reality is we live in the world of the PB, but as young athletes are growing up issues and sticking points can often surface. This is especially the case as they go through puberty and beyond. We believe the entire swimming community has a responsibility to help them rise to the challenges ahead. And you’re already right there beside them to make a difference.
Beyond the Black Line is a proven program that makes the hard yards at this critical development stage easier for everyone. It gives your athletes access to videos of life experiences of swimmers who’ve already been there. They also have the chance to attend a workshop run by a past or present Australian Dolphins member, ideally organised by you.
BTBL is fully funded by Swimming Australia and the Australian Swimmers Association. So feel free to get your athletes to register for our videos and look into organising a workshop.ENCOURAGE THEM TO WATCH OUR VIDEOS
NUTRITIONWatch this video
Food is your friend. Now that’s hard to remember if your thighs are growing faster than your friends. Learning about nutrition is really important to ensure you are fueling your body correctly.
With: Cate Campbell, Georgia Ridley, Jess Abbott, Emma McKeon, Ellie Cole, Libby Trickett & Sally Hunter.
THE PLATEAUWatch this video
One of the things you can be sure of as a swimmer is that there will be times when you just can’t top that PB. Understanding that times will plateau and learning to be patient are important skills to have.
With: Bronte Campbell, Alice Tait, Bronte Barratt, Mel Gorman, Kylie Palmer & Cate Campbell
Setting goals is a skill. To help swimmers reach them you need to create a realistic plan based on where they are now. Saying they want to get a medal or make a final isn’t enough. This won’t help you or them judge their goals, as you don’t really know who they are up against. Always advise swimmers to go for a goal within their control.
Plateauing is never easy. I plateaued between 11- 14, it was very frustrating. I drew motivation to keep going from my friends all throughout the club and the enjoyment, the pure enjoyment of swimming and how I just wanted to make myself the best swimmer I could possibly be under the circumstances.
Olympian, World Championship medalist and Commonwealth Games Champion