Development Squad Overview - 2020


As you are aware the world is going through some very challenging and confusing times.


The health and wellbeing of our swimmers, volunteers, officials, coaches and spectators will always be paramount.

In these uncertain times, SMNE would like to provide some clarity and certainty to our members to assist in planning, however, until the government and health organisations give the all clear, we will withhold all entries and registration for our planned development activities.  It is our sincere hope that Australia will soon be in the recovered stage and that all these activities will be able to proceed as planned but we feel that it is important that we play our part in reducing the spread of the virus out of respect for all Australians and the health care system.


All community sport participants must play a role to help reduce the transmission of COVID‑19, including those organising, attending or supporting attendance at these activities. 

Participants should not attend and participate in Community Sport if they:

  • Have travelled internationally or been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the preceding 14 days; or
  • Are at a high risk including the elderly and those with pre‑existing medical conditions.


We, at SMNE, wish all our swimming community and families good health and thank you for your ongoing support.



Development Squad Overview - 2019

SMNE is dedicated to recognising and rewarding dedicated young swimmers in our area. Our Development Squad activities allow swimmers with a range of abilities from within our Area the chance to further their skills and knowledge of swimming, whilst making new friends and receiving advice from a variety of coaches and professionals in their field.

Changes in 2019

The National Age Representative Squad (A) and Senior Areas Representative Squad (B) will participate in 2 shorter morning clinics. Junior Areas Rep. Squad (C) and Achievers Squad (D) clinics will be run by James Magnussen and Kurt Herzog. The subject: Swimming Faster Freestyle.

A, B and C squad members will be eligible to compete in the Swim League.

Who can join?

SMNE has 5 squads based on age and ability. The criteria for each squad is defined below.

  • Swimmers aged 13 to 17
  • Able-bodied National Age qualifiers in an individual event for Australian Age Championships or Open Water Age Championships.
  • Goal: to equip National age qualifiers with the skills to qualify for the next Nationals and step up for finals.
  • Swimmers aged 13 to 18
  • Metro or Senior State Age qualifiers in an individual event or Open Water State Age Championships.
  • Goal: Prepare swimmers to qualify for National Age Championships
  • Swimmers aged 10 to 12
  • Metro or Junior State Age qualifiers in an individual event or Open Water State Age Championships.
  • Goal: Prepare swimmers to qualify for NSW Metro/State finals
  • Swimmers aged 8 to 12
  • Swimmers wishing to qualify in an individual event at NSW Metropolitan or Junior State Age or Open Water State Age Championships.
  • Goal: Prepare swimmers to qualify for NSW Metro/State/Open Water Championships
  • Swimmers aged 7 to 9
  • Swimmers who have not yet competed in an Area Championship
  • Goal: Prepare swimmers to qualify for our Area Championships

Applications, payment and closing dates

All development squad applications and payments must be made online before the closing dates.

The final date for applications will be when the squads are full, which may be at any time. Do not leave your nomination until the last minute!

We regret that there is no refund for cancellations.

What will happen next?

You can check your payment in Swim Central under "My Purchases" after you make your online application.

Your swimmer’s application is subject to the eligibility criteria, minimum numbers being met for each event and an available spot. If your swimmer meets the criteria, your payment was successfully received and the squad is not already full they will be accepted.

If an application is accepted, you will be contacted with details of the upcoming events for your Squad closer to the date of the events.


More details about each squad are available on this website – please see the drop down menu under Development Squads – and we will update those details from time to time.

This website is your main source of information. Do check it from time to time. Details will change.

For more information or for questions about the squads, please contact the Development Squad Convenor via the email below.