Types of Competitions

Qualifying Meets

All State and National level competitions require a qualification process. Qualification is usually time based; swimmers can achieve times at Qualifying meets which come in various formats.

Club Meets are held throughout the year at various locations across South Australia. They are run by affiliate Clubs of Swimming SA and are great fun and provide and excellence atmosphere for swimmers of all ages.

Junior Excellence Meets are meets held for swimmers 11 and under. These meets are run out of the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre at Marion (SAALC). Swimmers  compete for points for their respective Clubs over a series of 4-5 meets in both the winter and summer seasons.

Division 2 Meets are held for swimmers age 12 and over who have not reached Division 1 qualifying times. These meets are run out of the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre at Marion (SAALC). LPSC swimmers entering these meets will generally be looking to qualify for Division 1 and State level meets. Swimmers can compete for points for their respective Clubs over a 3 meet series in the winter season. 

Division 1 Meets are held for swimmers 12 and over who have achieved Division 1 times. These meets are run out of the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre at Marion (SAALC). LPSC swimmers entering these meets will generally be aiming to qualify for National level meets. Swimmers can compete for points for their respective Clubs over a 3 meet series in winter and 4 meet series in summer.

State Championships

At the end of each summer and winter season a State Championship event is run. Qualifying times are needed to compete. Swimmers from all over South Australia attend and the competition level is at its highest in the State. There are also State Open Water Meets run over summer where swimmers can compete in 5 and 10km races. Swimmers 10 & over should set goals to qualify and compete at  State Championship Meets keeping in mind some may get there quicker than others depending on their physical development.

National Championships

Age National Championships and Open National Championships are hosted once per year toward the end of the summer season. Age National qualifying times are designed to restrict the number of athletes competing and generally mean the swimmer is in the top percentage of swimmers in Australia for that age group. Achieving National qualifying times should be a goal for all National Squad swimmers.

International Meets

Based on performances at the National level, swimmers may be eligible for selection to an Australian Junior team or an Australian Open team to compete internationally.

Philosophy of Competition

The LeFevre Portside Swimming Club engages in a multi-level competition program that, like our training program, attempts to provide challenging, yet success-oriented competitive situations for swimmers of all ages and various abilities. The following policies outline our philosophy:

  1. We emphasize competition with oneself. Winning ribbons, medals, or trophies is not our main goal. If the swimmer finishes first, but has swum poorly in comparison to his/her own past performances, he/she is encouraged to do better. The individual’s improvement is our primary objective.
  2. Sportsmanlike behaviour is of equal importance to improved performance. Respect for officials, congratulations to opponents, encouragement to teammates, determined effort and mature attitudes are examples of behaviours praised and rewarded by the LeFevre Portside coaching staff.
  3. A swimmer is praised for improving his/her stroke or time. It is the coach’s job to offer constructive criticism of a swimmer’s performance. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide love and encouragement that bolster the swimmer’s confidence along the way.
  4. Swimmers are taught to set realistic, yet challenging goals for meets and to relate those goals to practice to direct their training efforts.
  5. Swimmers are prepared and encouraged to compete in all swimming events, distances, and strokes. This policy promotes versatility and encourages the swimmer to explore his/her potential in the wide range of events offered in competitive swimming.
  6. Swimmers should not feel pressured to produce best times at all meets during the year. Quite often, the coaches will expect these swimmers to train very hard on days leading up to a meet and also on the same day as a meet. Each swimmer will give a full 100% effort at all meets. However, the championship meets at State and National level are where are best results are expected. Let’s not force swimmers into a situation where they must skip a session so that they may be fresh at a less important meet.


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