POOL-BASED AQUATIC SPORTS IN WA
A NECESSARY SHIFT IN FOCUS
The sports of Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming, Masters Swimming and Royal (Pool) Lifesaving in WA have a strong history of achievement. However, due to various Australian (and WA specific) sport and recreation megatrends (refer to: The Future of Australian Sport), as well as recent social, political and financial influences, the sustained success of these sports in Western Australia is far from assured.
Based on this awareness, through the Aquatic Sports Strategic Group (ASSG) these organisations have identified that some fundamental changes are required to modify the manner in which they operate. The long term strategic objective is to ensure there is broad industry collaboration and an end-user focus with an integrated approach to achieve their future individual and collective potential.
‘For the WA pool-based aquatic sector to work collaboratively to identify and remove barriers to Western Australians being involved in pool-based aquatic sports at all levels and in all environments’.
What we need to do:
• Provide every child in Western Australia with the opportunity to learn to swim;
• Have more Western Australians participating and competing in pool-based aquatic sports every year;
• Make the pool-based aquatic sports industry in Western Australia, the industry of choice for sport and recreation participants, volunteers and employees.