Swim meets are a great way to see your progress, be competitive, and work together as a team. There will usually be a local meet once a month that will have a variety of events on offer, and 2 or 3 times a year we will invite swimmers of different ages and levels to go to a travel meet overseas.

Coaches will pick swimmers events based on age, ability, their training group, and what they have been working on in practice. If you have any questions about your child's event selection please speak to their coach before the entry deadline closes, but respect that their professional opinion and choice may differ from yours, and they may not change their decision.

Tech Suits may only be worn by swimmers in Gold and Senior, and upon agreement with their coach in advance of the meet. 

For the athletes

Before the meet - 

  • Talk to your coach about what your goals are and how you think you can achieve them (this should happen well before the meet, not the night before or day of)
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Eat balanced meals of carbohydrates, proteins, fats. And drink plenty of water! (https://www.sportsdietitians.com.au/factsheets/children/nutrition-for-the-adolescent-athlete/)
  • Pack your meet bag the night before with swimsuit, cap, goggles, towel, sunscreen, hat, books/card games, snacks, and water.

During the meet -

  • Arrive for warm-up on time
  • Wear the correct uniform (t-shirt, swimsuit, cap)
  • Cheer for your team-mates
  • Speak to your coach before going up for your race, and straight after your race. They should be the last and first person you speak to.
  • Follow all coach instructions and demonstrate good behaviour
  • Clean up after yourself and keep the team aread tidy
  • Let your coach know when you are leaving
  • Thank the coaches, officials, team leaders, and volunteers for their help.
  • Have fun!

After the meet - 

  • Reflect on your swims and what you did well and what you could improve on
  • Make connections between what you are doing in practice and what you want to do in a race
  • Think about your goals, and adjust if needed
  • Eat, sleep, swim, repeat!

For the parents

Before the meet - 

  • Sign-up online before the deadline, and be sure to speak directly with your coach if you are unsure about anything
  • Check the entry list that is sent by the coaches after the sign-up has closed to ensure that your athlete has been included, and show it to your athlete so that they know what they are racing. (Their coach will only enter them in events that they believe they are ready for, but if the athlete really feels uneasy about a certain stroke or distance let the coach know asap).
  • Let the coach know if there any changes to your attendance as soon as possible.
  • Provide your athlete with balanced meals of carbohydrates, proteins, fats. And plenty of water! (https://www.sportsdietitians.com.au/factsheets/children/nutrition-for-the-adolescent-athlete/)
  • Sign-up as a timekeeper or helper for the meet.
  • Help your athlete pack their meet bag the night before with swimsuit, cap, goggles, towel, sunscreen, hat, books/card games, snacks, and water.
  • Tell your athlete you love them unconditionally.

During the meet - 

  • Bring your athlete for warm-up on time.
  • Go to the parent/spectator seating area, or check-in for your timekeeping or volunteering job.
  • Talk to the other parents about anything other than swimming while the athletes warm-up.
  • Cheer for all of the swimmers, including your child, their friends, their team-mates, and their competitiors.
  • Do not compare your athlete to anyone else.
  • Do not go into the athletes team area and do not intercept your child before their race if they are going up, or after their race before they have spoken to their coach.
  • Let the Coach take care of the performance and technical feedback; that is their job. Use your feedback as a way to uplift and show your unconditional support and love for your child.
  • Refrain from distracting the officials during the meet, but do make the effort to thank them, the volunteers, and the meet organisers if there is a break.
  • Be proud of your child regardless of their placing or any awards they may or may not get.

After the meet - 

  • Let your athlete dictate the conversation in the car on the way home. If they want to talk about their races, let them lead that; If they would prefer to discuss something else or not talk at all, let them do that. Follow their lead and read their body lanugage.
  • Remind your athlete how proud you are of them then go and spend some time together as a family.