SUPPORTING OUR YOUNG SWIMMERS
However friendly your club, when young swimmers 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. There’s no better place to start than at your own club.
Beyond the Black Line (BTBL) is a proven program that makes life at this critical development stage easier for everyone within and outside the club. It gives your members 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, ideally hosted by your club.
BTBL is fully funded by Swimming Australia and the Australian Swimmers' Association. So feel free to get your members to register for our videos and look into hosting a workshop.
Swimmers under 18 will need to provide a parent’s email.WATCH 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.
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
When friendly competition becomes a power struggle the line can be crossed into bullying. It’s not always physical and can be as simple as relentless high-spirited teasing. But deep down everyone knows what’s hurtful. There’s no hiding from it. If it’s happening to someone in the club, it’s happening to everyone in the club.
It’s really hard when you’re a swimmer. You usually don’t look as good in spaghetti strap tops. But I’ve learnt to be proud my body type and all the hard work that has gone into it. You just have to own it and be proud of it.
Dual Olympian, Olympic gold medalist, 2 x World Champion and World Record holder
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