A NEW high-performance training centre will be established at the Rockingham Aqua Jetty and the newly developed Cockburn Aquatic Recreation Centre to identify and develop local talented swimmers in the south metropolitan region.
It will be the third high-performance training centre to be established in WA.
The Southern HPTC consortium, comprised of Rockingham and South Lake Dolphins swimming clubs, was awarded the right to host the Southern HPTC for the next four years leading into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
In making the announcement, Swimming WA chief executive Darren Beazley said a third HPTC would have far-reaching benefits for swimming in WA.
“Basing the third HPTC in the southern corridor will provide swimmers, coaches and officials with access to a performance program that is able to identify and develop talented swimmers with the potential to swim for their state and their country over the next four to eight years,” Mr Beazley said.
“The new HPTC will provide coaches with first-class education and development opportunities, exceptional training facilities such as at the new Cockburn ARC and Aqua Jetty and swimmers with a training environment that develops them as an athlete and a person and is second to none.”
The centre has been endorsed by Swimming Australia.
Rockingham Swimming Club president Grant Beste said his club, which is based at the Aqua Jetty facility, was excited about the new HPTC.
“Supported by South Lake Dolphins Swimming Club at the new Cockburn facility, along with swimming clubs in the southern and Peel region, Rockingham Swimming Club sees the Southern HPTC providing an important pathway for swimmers based in the south of the state with an amazing opportunity to develop their ability in their chosen sport,” he said.
“The support and direction of Swimming WA to underpin the HPTC in the southern region will open many opportunities to provide the region’s swimmers with a structured performance pathway that hopefully will see swimmers achieve their goals with Australian team selection.”
The Southern HPTC will be operational by May.
Applications for the HPTC Head Coach will open this month.