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Beyond the Black Line (BTBL) is a joint wellbeing initiative between all Swimming State Associations, Swimming Australia (SAL) and the Australian Swimmers Association (ASA). It is a powerful program developed and delivered by swimmers, for swimmers.


The purpose of the program is to share experiences and normalise common issues faced by teenagers within our swimming community. Participants aged from 13 to 18 will gain insight into life as a swimming athlete, what to expect and how best to find their way along the pathway, as they grow and develop in the sport.


Key outcomes of the program include:

-      To provide a program to support and educate our swimmers beyond the traditional training and competition of swimming

-      Retention of athletes within the sport, specifically around the age of 14-17 years

-      Engage with, and retain former athletes within the sport (as facilitators)


The Program sees current and retired Dolphins engaging younger members of the swimming community through a 90 minute clinic. The clinics feature real life experiences from athletes such as Bronte and Cate Campbell, Bronte Barratt, Belinda Hocking, Kylie Palmer, Emma McKeon, Ellie Cole, Annabelle Williams, Shayna Jack, Minna Atherton, Libby Trickett, Sally Hunter, Jade Neilsen, Katie Goldman and Nicole Livingstone. The men's program currently features Cameron McEvoy, Brendan Hall , Grant Hackett, James Magnussen, Michael Klim, Ash Callus and Brenton Rickard.


Topics include:


Here is a small insight into the program:


Hosting a Clinic


If you would like to host a Beyond the Black Line clinic please complete this form


Please contact the ASA if you have any further questions -


Coming Soon

ASA and Swimming Australia are excited to announce that a website is being developed to complement the face to face clinics and allow more members within our swimming community to access the video content and information.


The website will provide video content, resources and further information for swimmers, parents, coaches and clubs. The website will be launched later this year!





What others are saying


I actually found it so interesting and I wish I would have been able to watch this when I was around 15 years old, would have helped me a lot.. It's so great that this type of help and reassurance is out there for these young girls!

Brittany Elmslie – Olympic Gold Medalist


I really enjoyed learning about how much of a negative impact negative body image can have on your future life and performances.

Grade 9 Girl at Clayfield College 


Extremely enjoyable, I've learnt that you have to enjoy swimming. Not to push through injury and communicate with people.

14 yr old boy, Swimming NSW Development Camp


I loved learning about how beauty is different all around the world, I wasn’t embarrassed to ask questions.

Grade 5 girls at BayView Primary School


When it comes to body size I felt it was spot on, it related back to me

13 yr old boy, Swimming Victoria Development camp


The personal stories (of the presenters) are relatable and hearing their personal experiences made me more comfortable about myself.

Grade 12 Girls at Ipswich Girls Grammar School 


I found the presentations to be very interesting and learned a lot about growing up.  I enjoyed being able to ask questions.

Grade 8 Boy at The Southport School 


Your program was very appropriate for our girls and during each visit you were able to present your message with relevance to the age of the students. The inclusion of current or very recent swimmers also made the presentation more valuable, as the issues being discussed could be seen as having occurred to others.

Ipswich Girls Grammar School: Ms Wendy Mayes, Senior School Coordinator

I thought the boys loved the talks and the video clips helped. They like hearing from athletes who have been there and had some ups and downs. the Y gen need to know its not easy out there.

The Southport School: Mr Bryan Hain, Director of Sport

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