At the Academy, the fitness and training program rolls 50 weeks per year to assure that the swimmers are in the best condition possible. There is an established training program but each swimmer’s regiment is tweaked to their suitability depending on their current needs whether it’s technique, strength or competition preparation.
The training cycles are geared towards national selection team trials and the international competitions those trials were used for. Generally it is a preparation for an April’s trials and a major international meet in July. However in 2010, international competitions such as the Commonwealth Games and the world short course championships were held later in the year.
Not all the training sessions are in Victoria. During the winter months, camps and meets are held in Australia, and the U.S. This is important for the swimmers to get the benefit from warm weather training and a changed environment but also compete against hard competition such as Australians in the winter at their national championships and the U.S., in the summer at their Grand Prix events.
In the end, the key to success for the Academy is that the swimmers must work extremely hard to achieve their goals.