The South West Academy of Sport (SWAS) is a not-for-profit organisation which became an incorporated association in 2000 and started its operation in September 2004.  The Academy covers the South West region of Victoria, incorporating the Corangamite Shire, Glenelg Shire, Moyne Shire, Warrnambool City and the Shire of the Southern Grampians.

Regional athletes face some greater challenges than their metropolitan counterparts due to their geographic location. Funding has been sourced from the State Government through the Victorian Institute of Sport, Local Government and commercial sponsors. As a result, the athlete programs are able to be run with a significant subsidy.

SWAS provides tangible support for talented athletes to access pathways and learn all aspects of training and become leaders in their community as they strive to reach sporting excellence.

To find out more about the core services provided by SWAS click here.

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Benefits to Athletes in the Individual Athlete Program (IAP)

  • Additional education and practical sessions including goal setting, follow up and progress check in, intrinsic motivation and drive

  • Musculoskeletal screening – conducted by qualified Exercise Physiologists to guide S&C programming and sports specific training 

  • Access to strength and conditioning sessions in a facility in the athlete’s shire over the course of the program, sessions are ran by qualified strength and conditioning coaches 

  • Education sessions delivered by industry professionals- including injury prevention, recovery, nutrition, sports psychology and specific much more 

  • Sports psychology sessions with a qualified sports psychologist

  • Skill development and planning with accredited coaches 

  • Sports science fitness testing used to inform S&C and sports specific training over the course of the program 

  • Practical and online sessions that develop the “whole of an athlete’ both in and out of competition – a sport/school/life balance, leadership, goal setting, development of support structures and systems

  • SWAS will support state and national athletes for travel and accomodation to tournaments subject to funding from the Victorian Government Pathway Travel Grant

SWAS IAP Selection Criteria 

  • Athlete's primary sport cannot be included in SWAS's other sport specific programs listed for 2022 

  • Be registered with relevant state sporting body for their primary sport

  • have a positive attitude, willingness to learn and attend both SWAS education and practical sessions 

  • Have reached a satisfactory standard of competition based on current and past performances with in the las 12 months at local, regional, state and national events

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Apply now for the 2022 Individual Athlete Program 

Click here to apply