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South West Academy of Sport (SWAS) is the peak sporting body of South West Victoria, delivering high performance services and education for aspiring athletes and providing direct pathways for sporting success.

Through the support of the Victorian Government, the South West local Governments (Moyne, Glenelg, Southern Grampians, Corangamite and Warrnambool Councils), local sponsors and community service providers, SWAS is able to support all aspiring South West athletes in the many and varied way that athletes need assistance to achieve their goals. SWAS has agreements with the Australian Sports Commission, Victorian Institute of Sport, Australian Paralympic Committee, Tennis Regional Academies Victoria, Golf Victoria, Victorian Golf Foundation, Cycling Victoria, Victorian Clay Target Association and Netball Victoria. These organisations assist greatly in the delivery of the SWAS services and programs including;

  • Holistic Athlete & Coach Career Education (ACCE) 
  • Talent Identification & Development
  • Physiotherapist musculoskeletal screenings 
  • Exercise physiology – Weekly
  • Strength & Conditioning sessions
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sports nutrition hydration & recovery
  • Integrated network with Sporting Associations, Institutes & Academies of Sport
  • Sports Science
  • Extensive sports medicine network
  • Elite coaching
  • Athlete Mentoring & Support
  • High level Competition
  • Training Camps
  • Personal Development sessions/seminars
  • Coach Education & Mentoring
  • Athlete Diaries

The major focus of SWAS is to provide athletes and coaches with access to the high level services required to evolve and excel in elite level sport. These services are provided through education, training and competition and in so doing decrease the perceived barrier that distance from other elite sporting centres can have on an athlete’s life.

SWAS has a holistic approach and focuses on developing athletes as successful people and quality community role models. This holistic approach to the athlete as a person is achieved through a focus on life skills, personal development and education.

SWAS is one of the six Victorian Regional Academies of Sport (VRAS) that provide vital support services to aspiring athletes throughout Victoria with direct program links with the Victorian Institute of Sport. Elite athletes that are linked with SWAS or similar programs agree that the services provided are essential to the development of an athlete. SWAS encourages all South West aspiring athletes to contact SWAS so that they can get the best assistance to help them gain sporting success.


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