Swimming Performance Hub – Northern Metropolitan

The Northern Metropolitan Hub was created as a result of a partnership between Swimming NSW, the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS), Swimming Australia, Pymble Ladies’ College and Knox Grammar School.  

In alignment with Swimming NSW and NSWIS’ key objectives to build pathways and create sustainable high-performance programs in NSW, the hub will help foster the development of talented swimmers in Sydney’s north. It will do so by utilising the facilities of Pymble Ladies’ College and Knox Grammar, who boast one of the strongest age-group swimming clubs in the state. 

 

Purpose and Focus

The aim of the Northern Metro Performance Hub is to provide a high performance coaching environment based in Sydney’s northern suburbs. The service is extended to athletes residing in the local area who have completed high school, where athletes accepted into the program will operate under the Knox Pymble Swimming Club. 

 

Head Coach – Simon Cusack

Son of a Mexican Olympic medallist swimmer Robert Cusack and great-nephew to Olympic gold medallist Arthur Cusack, Simon is the hub’s current Head Coach. 

A Carpenter by trade, Simon’s coaching career started in 1999 when he accepted an assistant coach role at Indooroopilly Swimming Club in Brisbane. His understanding of high performance, technique and speed development saw him progress rapidly through Australia’s coaching ranks and he is now recognised as one of the most experienced high-performance swimming coaches in Australia and is highly regarded across the international swimming community. 

Coaching achievements:

  • Member of the Australian Swimming team for over ten years 
  • Coached swimmers to five world records, eight Olympic medals and twenty-seven world championship medals. 
  • Three-time Australian Swimming Coach of the Year – 2013, 2014 and 2018 

 

Performance Hub Eligibility

Eligibility to train at the Northern Metro Performance Hub may be defined but not limited by the below athlete requirements.

1. Swimming Australia categorised athletes or athletes that have achieved the following criteria: 

  • A performance equal to or faster than top 8 plus 3% of the 2019 Swimming Australia benchmark time for; i) female athletes 20 years and above, or ii) male athletes 21 years and above.  
  • A performance equal to or faster than top 8 plus 5% of the 2019 Swimming Australia benchmark time for; i) female athletes 19 years and under, or ii) male athletes 20 years and under. 

2. Athletes 18 years and Over* (including University aged students)
This program is open to Northern Sydney metropolitan athletes that have transitioned or are transitioning from age group swimming to open swimming.  

3. Collaboration with the athlete’s home coach
To be accepted into the Northern Metro Performance Hub program, consultation and collaboration with the athlete’s home coach and the Northern Metro Performance Hub Head Coach is essential.   

4. Recommendations from the NSW Technical Lead
The NSW Technical Lead from time-to-time may have conversations with home coaches to create opportunities for their athletes to move into the Northern Metro Performance Hub program.  

 5. Hub Coach Discretion
Final athlete acceptance to the Northern Metro Performance Hub program ultimately is approved by the Head Coach in consultation with the NSW Technical Lead, NSWIS High Performance Manager, SNSW CEO, Knox & Pymble Sport Directors. Athletes must be able to recognise and acknowledge the key identified areas for development and must be willing to commit to addressing them in a Daily Performance Environment (DPE). 

 6. Training Agreement 
For anyone training at the hub, a Training Agreement, Medical and Musculoskeletal screening will need to be completed prior to accessing the Northern Metro Performance Hub training facility. Training Agreements will be reviewed biannually aligned with the NSWIS Swimming Program Period.  

 

Contacts

For more information relating to the Northern Metro Performance Hub please contact: