HP & National Teams Update – January

January has proven to be a busy month as the new Olympic cycle begins. As the National League got underway we also had the following high performance and national team activities actioned;
State Visits 
Following on from visits to QLD and WA in December, further visits to WA and QLD as well as meetings with NSWIS have occurred this month. Tom Hill, Elvis Fatovic and Michael Maclennan have ventured interstate while Tom was joined by Eddie Denis, Troy Baverstock, Bronwyn Smith and National Performance Team members in discussions with NSWIS.
Key stakeholders met with by WPA high performance staff, coaches and performance team in WA and QLD: Institute coaches, senior management, support personnel, national league delegates and coaches, state association staff, players and parents
Range of topics covered: Tokyo 2020 strategy, respective national program plans for 2017, integration and operational engagement of national and institute programs, requirements and expectations of players being part of the national program
National Women’s Head Coach Recruitment
The extensive, rigorous process of appointing a new national women’s head coach is nearing its end after many months of assessing the best possible candidates from around Australia and the world. The process has included numerous stages of interview, presentation and discussion, personality assessments and consultation with key stakeholders as well as external input. The process has confirmed WPA’s commitment to ensuring we found a coach that could lead the program and Aussie Stingers back to the podium in Tokyo. We expect to make an announcement of the successful candidate in the coming weeks.
2017 National Team Activities
Below are the national teams currently planned to tour in 2017. Some final dates are pending FINA and other national federation confirmation;
  • Aussie Stingers
    • World League Qualification – April or May (TBD date and location)
    • World League Finals – 6th-11th June in China
    • World Championships – 14th-30th July in Budapest, Hungary
  • Aussie Sharks
    • World League Qualification – April (TBC date and location)
    • World League Finals – 20th-25th June (TBD date and location)
    • World Championships – 14th-30th July in Budapest, Hungary
  • Australian Development Team – men and women
    • World University Games – 19th–30th August in Taiwan, Chinese Taipei
  • B97 Women
    • World Championships – 3rd–9th September in Volos, Greece
  • B97 Men
    • World Championships – 5th–13th August in Belgrade, Serbia
  • B99 Women and Men
    • TBD
  • B00 Women
    • European Tour – July/August
  • B00 Men
    • European Tour – August
  • B02 Men
    • European Tour – August
  • Toward Tokyo camp will also be held again from the 17th-24th May at the AIS and include 50 women and men excluding the Aussie Sharks and Stingers squads.
National camps will be held for each squad to guide final team selection and assist preparation for competition.  More information and communication regarding each squad and activity will be released in due course.