Swimming Australia is the peak governing body for competitive swimming in Australia. The body has approximately 100,000 registered members nationally in 1100 clubs across the country, which includes swimmers, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers. The body oversees the management and development of the sport from the national team at the elite level, the conduct of national and international events, through to grass roots participation. The organisation's vision is to become Australia’s leading sport through increased participation, continual outstanding performance and commercial excellence.
This interest led to the creation of the Amateur Swimming Union of Australia, the precursor to Swimming Australia, which was founded in 1909 at a meeting of state swimming representatives at the Sports Club on Hunter Street in Sydney's CBD. There they established a charter which included the key features of the promotion of uniformity of rules and regulations across Australia; the adjudication all matters of disputes between affiliated associations; the control and management of swimmers visiting Australia; the control and management of Australian representatives in any contest of international nature; and control the recognition of all "best on record" performances.
Within a short time the Amateur Swimming Union of Australia had extended its charter to include negotiation with the recently formed International Swimming Federation (Fédération Internationale de Natation, FINA).
James Taylor was the foundation president and served for the first 35 years of the body's existence from 1909 to 1944.
During 1985, under a new corporate structure, the Amateur Swimming Union of Australia was incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory and became Australian Swimming Inc.
On 1 October 2004, Australian Swimming became a company limited by guarantee and changed its name to Swimming Australia Ltd. Glenn Tasker served as the Chief Executive Officer until June 2008 (this position is vacant) and the organisation's headquarters is located at Unit 12, 7 Beissel Street, Belconnen, ACT. Australia won 69 metals in the 2004 Olympics.
Australian Swimmers of the Year
Every year Swimming Australia has its annual awards night where it announces many awards, most notably the Australian Swimmer of the Year Award.
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Stakeholders and affiliations
Swimming Australia's key stakeholders includes:
- Swimming New South Wales
- Swimming Victoria
- Swimming Queensland
- Swimming South Australia
- Swimming Western Australia
- Swimming Tasmania
- Swimming Northern Territory
- Swimming ACT
- Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA)
- Australian Swimmers Association
Swimming Australia is affiliated to the following bodies:
- The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)
- The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC)
- The Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA)
- Australian Paralympic Committee (APC)
- Oceania Swimming Association
- Australian Water Safety Council
Whilst the following organisations are affiliated with Swimming Australia:
- Australian Waterpolo Association Inc
- Australian Diving Association Inc
- Australian Synchronised Swimming
- AUSSI Masters Swimming in Australia
Swimming Australia is also a foundation member of AUSTSWIM and is involved in the development of an Australian Water Safety Organisation.
In 1985, the organisation had approximately 90,000 registered members. Of these, fifty per cent were female.
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- "Organisational History". Swimming Australia. Archived from the original on 2006-08-25. Retrieved 2007-01-01.
- "Neil Martin takes reins over Swimming Australia". Xinhua. 2004-09-18. Retrieved 2007-02-04.
- "About AUSTSWIM". AUSTSWIM. Archived from the original on 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2007-02-04.
- Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism; Australian Sport Commission (1985). Australian Sport, a profile. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publish Service. p. 187. ISBN 0-644-03667-2.