Swimming WA and asctaWA sign new agreementSwimming WA - 05/08/2014 Image (c) Swimming Australia
Swimming Western Australia (SWA) Inc, the peak body for swimming in Western Australia, is delighted to announce it has signed a new three year Agreement with the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (asctaWA) in Western Australia. asctaWA is the peak body for swimming coaches and teachers in Australia.
The new Agreement will see a far closer working relationship between SWA and asctaWA, designed to significantly improve the support of swimming coaches and teachers right across the state.
SWA Chief Executive Officer Mr Darren Beazley, pictured above with asctaWA Chairman Will Scott, said he was very pleased with the development.
“Swimming in this state has a remarkable opportunity over the next few years to re-establish its place as the dominant participation sport in WA," Mr Beazley said. "If we are to grow participation numbers to the degree our forecast modelling indicates is possible, it is vital that the experience that our participants have is first rate.
"Our coaches and teachers are the first ‘interface’ with our participants and if we are to attract and retain larger numbers of young people to our sport, SWA and asctaWA have an important role to play in education and resourcing these important groups."
The new Agreement will see SWA staff working alongside the asctaWA Executive to design and implement a number of professional development opportunities for developing coaches in a bid to increase the development of talent across the state.
The first such initiative surrounds the WA Coaching Conference, to be held in October this year, with Australian swim team head coach Mr Jacco Verhaeren invited to deliver the keynote address. Mr Verhaeren will share some of the insights into the recent success of the Australian swimming team at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games to Western Australian coaches.
In addition, the new partnership will focus on greater recognition and nurturing of coaching talent as Western Australia seeks to strengthen its performances at national swim meets in the coming years.
asctaWA is dedicated to developing world-leading practises in the education, accreditation, professional development and on-going support for swimming coaches and swimming and water safety teachers.
asctaWA Chairman Mr Will Scott also welcomed the announcement.
“Our (asctaWA) relationship with Swimming WA is an essential component of developing coaching success throughout Western Australia," Mr Scott said. "We are pleased to be working side by side with Swimming WA to deliver the best possible services to coaches in our state”.