KEEPING THEM LOVING SWIMMING
Despite your kids’ love of swimming, as they’re growing up issues and sticking points can often surface. This is especially the case as they go through puberty and beyond.
Beyond the Black Line is a program that has been proven to make life at this critical development stage easier for everyone concerned. It gives you the chance to share with your kids, online, the 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 Dolphin member.
The extra good news is BTBL is fully funded by Swimming Australia and the Australian Swimmers Association*. So feel free to get your kids to register for our videos and ask your club about organising a workshop.
*There are a limited number of free face to face workshops available to clubs for the remainder of the year.
GOALS AND PRESSUREWatch this video
Dealing with disappointment, being courageous and enjoying yourself are important skills to learn. It’s essential to set goals that are challenging but achievable.
With: Michael Bohl (Coach), Michael Klim, Kyle Richardson, Brendan Hall & Elijah Winnington
GETTING ALONG WITH ADULTSWatch this video
Relating with adults during early adolescence can be quite difficult. It can often be hard to communicate with parents and coaches.
With: James Magnussen, Brenton Rickard, Brendan Hall, Michael Bohl (Coach) & Elijah Winnington
MAKE YOUR BODY WORK FOR YOUWatch this video
When it comes to body shape there are no rules. Your future is not dictated by what you look like or what shape you are. It’s what you do with your body that matters.
With: Cate Campbell, Jade Neilson, Sally Hunter, Ellie Cole & Nicole Livingstone
Paleo or gluten-free? Frankly there isn’t one magic diet for swimmers. However, there’s no doubt that a healthy balance across all food groups enables swimmers to train harder and recover quicker. Come race time, there are certain ‘fuels’ that can also help performance. If their goal is serious competition, first talk to an accredited sports dietitian or a doctor.
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