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South West Academy of Sport (SWAS) is the peak high performance Academy for South West Victoria, supporting talented young athletes in their sporting pathway through the delivery of off-field services and education in preparation for sporting success.

SWAS is one of the six Victorian Regional Academies of Sport (VRAS) that provide vital support services to aspiring athletes throughout regional Victoria.  SWAS is supported by peak bodies including the Victorian Government, the Victorian Institute of Sport, Sport Australia, Paralympics Australia, Tennis Victoria, Golf Australia, the Victorian Golf Foundation, AusCycling, Victorian Clay Target Association, Hockey Victoria and Netball Victoria. These organisations assist greatly in the delivery of the SWAS services and programs.

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Our Vision

To be the home of emerging, developing, and talented athletes in south west Victoria.

Our Values

Our SWAS Team is built upon the potential of young people, their sporting dreams, and those who support them to make it happen.

We treat each other with respect, honesty, and integrity, and we celebrate the diverse cultures, experiences, and ideas that contribute to developing successful people.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Talent Identification;  Top performing and emerging youth athletes from the region are SWAS athletes.

  • Athlete Preparedness;  High Performance training philosophies and practices underpin SWAS programming.

  • Pathway Progression;  SWAS programming supports athletes to progress in their sporting pathway.



Commitment to Child Safety

South West Academy of Sport (SWAS) is committed to ensuring that young people who participate in its activities have a safe and happy experience.  SWAS supports and respects children, young people, staff, volunteers and participants.  

SWAS Child and Vulnerable People Policy

Child Safety explanation for Young People

Benefits to athletes selected in SWAS

Please note that to ensure SWAS programming remains current and in line with our athlete needs, we are currently reviewing our program delivery for 2024.

In 2023;

  • Access to coaching and training by SWAS coaches and visiting coaches from State and National bodies (sport programs).

  • Exposure to tools and training methods utilised by elite level athletes.

  • Training and Inter-Academy opportunities (specific sport programs).

  • Strength and conditioning programs utilising TeamBuildr and a SWAS coach.

  • Sport Testing Combine to help inform training.

  • Sport Science Education topics stemming from Nutrition, Psychology, Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Recovery.

  • Musculoskeletal screening to help identify areas for consideration in training.

  • Skill development.

  • SWAS uniform.

  • Elite Athlete presenters.

  • Assistance with travel and accommodation (subject to Victorian Government Pathway Travel Grant).

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SWAS Region

The South West Academy of Sport covers the local government areas of:

Corangamite Shire

Glenelg Shire

Moyne Shire

Shire of Southern Grampians

Warrnambool City

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Phone 0425 758 261

Mail PO Box 26 Warrnambool VIC 3280

Level 3, Building A, Deakin University
Warrnambool, Victoria, 3280

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