1. Mission Statement

 

SupaNova’s mission is to share our passion for synchronised swimming in an environment that values teamwork and encourages fitness, positive relationships and personal achievement.

2. Values and Focus

SupaNova supports the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries expectation that junior sport activities promote a fun, inclusive and safe environment for its participants and encourage a lifelong commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle. All SupaNova programs are based on the principles of equity and equality of participation. It is expected that the committee, coaches, officials and parents ensure the focus is on promoting enjoyment and development of fundamental motor skills and good sportsmanship. Where an athlete seeks to excel at the sport, the club will support the athlete’s use of the framework and opportunities provided by the state and national bodies to achieve this goal.

SupaNova supports the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries expectation that junior sport activities promote a fun, inclusive and safe environment for its participants and encourage a lifelong commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle. All SupaNova programs are based on the principles of equity and equality of participation. It is expected that the committee, coaches, officials and parents ensure the focus is on promoting enjoyment and development of fundamental motor skills and good sportsmanship. Where an athlete seeks to excel at the sport, the club will support the athlete’s use of the framework and opportunities provided by the state and national bodies to achieve this goal.

 

3. Parent Participation

 
3.1 Competition

Synchronised swimming competitions are entirely run on volunteer effort and are therefore reliant on support from the synchronised swimming community. Volunteers should wear a pair of black trousers and a white top with enclosed shoes. 

3.2 Fundraising

The club relies on fundraising to subsidise educational activities and resource costs outside of our normal operations for the benefit of all our athletes so it is crucial that parents are active in volunteer roles. It is expected that parents will participate in club fundraising where possible.

Club polo shirts are available for parents and supporters to purchase to wear during fundraising events and at competitions.

4. Executive Committee

 

PRESIDENT

Lisa Galt

supanovapresident@gmail.com

VICE PRESIDENT

Tammie Crawley

supanovavicepres@gmail.com

DIRECTOR - MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS

Yvonne L’Aiguille
supanovadirector1@gmail.com

TREASURER

Rachel Tan
supanovatreasurer@gmail.com

SECRETARY

Gillian Griffiths
supanovasecretary@gmail.com

DIRECTOR - SPONSORSHIP AND FUNDRAISING

Sue Burletson
supanovadirector2@gmail.com

4.1 Additional Committee Members

HEAD COACH - SUPANOVA

Amber-Rose Stackpole
supanovahc@gmail.com

HEAD COACH - STARBURST

Amie Thompson
supanovastarburst@gmail.com

UNIFORM COORDINATOR

Emma Gerovich
supanovauniform@gmail.com

REGISTRAR

Kirsten Dickson
registrar@supanovasyncrho.com.au

TEAM MANAGER

Sue Burletson
supanovatravel@gmail.com

NEWSLETTER COORDINATOR

Kylie Howard
newletter@supanovasynchro.com.au 

Committee meetings are held in accordance with our constitution and are advertised to the membership. Meetings are approximately every 3 weeks. All members are welcome to attend.

5. Structure

5. Structure

 
5.1 Syncrho WA

SynchroWA is the state body governing all Western Australian synchronised swimming clubs.  Their committee comprises of volunteers and their role is to support Western Australian clubs, conduct competitions, run recreational programmes and develop coaches and judges. More information can be found on their website www.synchrowa.org.au

5.2 Artistic Swimming Australia Incorporated (ASAI)

All participating countries have a governing synchronised swimming body called a Federation.  Our Federation is Australia and the governing body is Synchronized Swimming Australia Inc. (ASAI). 
Team.  Registration with ASAI is compulsory for every athlete, committee member and official. More information can be found on their website www.synchro.org.au

5.3 FINA

FINA is the International Swimming Federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee for administering international competitions in Aquatics including synchronised swimming, recently renamed to Artistic Swimming.  Australia is a Federation member of FINA and is grouped with the Oceania Swimming Association (comprised of 13 countries. FINA provides the official rules and regulations for Artistic Swimming. These can be found at http://fina.org/discipline/artistic-swimming

6. Athlete Pathways and Development

 
6.1 StarBurst Program

The StarBurst program provides an introduction to the sport where athletes learn basic skills that form the foundation for figures and routines. The program is conducted from several south of the river venues during each school term. Athletes will be given the opportunity to attend select figures competitions and participate in select routine competitions throughout the competition season. SupaNova follows the SynchroWA Technical Package which has 6 levels. On completion of SynchroWA Recreational Level 4, athletes have the opportunity to enter our State Stream program or continue in the StarBurst program through to SynchroWA Recreational Level 6.

6.2 State Stream Program

The State Stream program provides athletes with tuition for age group appropriate figures and routines up to a State Level. It should be noted that training is all-year-round and operates exclusively from our home pool at LeisureFit Booragoon at present. Competitors will compete at the WA State Championships and as such should note that this requires a commitment to the program through to the event in March. The State Stream program runs from May to March/April with short breaks at Christmas and at the end of the season. Entry into this program is by invitation on completion of Level 4 or over of the StarBurst program, at the end of Term1 and end of Term 2 where vacancies exist.

6.3 National Stream Program

The National Stream program provides athletes with tuition for age group appropriate figures and routines suitable for National competition. Training operates exclusively from our home pool at LeisureFit Booragoon. National Stream competitors compete at both a State and National level. Competitors in the 13-15 age group and over may be given the opportunity to be selected to participate in High Performance training with SynchroWA and to attend camps throughout Australia.

The National Stream program runs from May to March/April with short breaks at Christmas and at the end of the season. Entry into this program is by audition in July and September each year or by invitation where the athlete has completed at least 1 year in the equivalent age group in our State Stream program, where vacancies exist in a team.

Parents should note entry into this stream requires a commitment to the program up to and including the National Championships in March/April including travel at your own expense where the event is hosted interstate. Tour costs are variable and accurate figures cannot be provided prior to selection on the team however it would be prudent to factor into your decision that this cost has been up to $1,800 in previous years. It is expected that training for National Stream competitors is prioritised over other elective sports training during the routine competition season. Prolonged absence, advised or unadvised, may result in the athlete’s position on the team being reviewed to provide consistency of routine training.

SupaNova are committed to providing valuable competition experience for our athletes and will consider displays or international tours for select routines. The committee will take into account the location, distance and date of the event to ensure suitability. It should be noted that tours will be at athlete’s expense and may not be considered every year.

6.4 Transition Between Programs

Athletes invited to switch between programs on commencement of the season will be placed on trial for a period of 6-8 weeks. Athletes will remain registered in the lower program but will train with and therefore be invoiced for the higher program, for the trial period to allow coaches to assess the athlete’s capability/suitability for progression and athletes/parents to consider their commitment to the program.

7. StarBurst Program

 

SupaNova caters for girls and boys aged from the age of 6 subject to capability. Athletes not having completed the equivalent of Level 6 of the Royal Life Saving swimming program will be subject to assessment prior to being accepted into the program. It should be noted that the StarBurst classes are not a substitute for swimming lessons and parents are advised to continue with tuition for the athlete’s benefit.

One hour beginner classes are available as an introduction to the sport. Athletes wishing to trial a class can do so at a SynchroWA Come and Try session run during each school holiday period. Athletes graduating from our Level 4 StarBurst classes have the opportunity to enter our State Stream program or continue through Levels 5 to 6 in our StarBurst program. Level 3/4 classes will increase training to two hours a week and Level 5/6 will complete a total of 3 hours training per week over 2 days at our home pool in LeisureFit Booragoon. Details of our State Stream program can be found in sections 6.2 and 8 of the handbook.

7.1 Venues*

LEISUREFIT BOORAGOON

521 Marmion Avenue
Level 1 – 6

COCKBURN AQUATIC AND RECREATION CENTRE

31 Veterans Parade
Level 1 – 4 

AQUA JETTY WARNBRO

87 Warnbro Sound Avenue
Level 1 – 2

*All venues and hours are subject to change depending on registrations and pool availability.

7.2 Registration

All athletes are required to register with the club, Synchro WA and ASAI. Athletes are required to complete a SupaNova Registration Form each season and return this prior to commencement to the registrar at registrar@supanovasynchro.com.au. Registration forms are available from the club website at www.supanovasynchro.com.au or from a coach at the respective venues. In addition, it is compulsory for all members to be registered with both Synchro WA and ASAI for insurance purposes. This is renewable each term online at https://www.revolutionise.com.au/sswa/registration/

7.3 Fees

The StarBurst program operates on a term basis following the State School Terms. Fees are invoiced by the Treasurer at the beginning of each term and are based one hour lessons over a 10-week term due in advance. Discounts for multiple athletes are available. Note that mid-term commencement does not attract a discount and absences during the term will not attract a refund. Pool entry fees are not included and are payable direct to the pool on each visit. Multiple entry tickets are often available.

8. Competetive Programs

8.1 Registration

Entry into a SupaNova competitive stream is by graduation from our StarBurst program, by audition or invitation whereby additional athletes are sought for optimum team composition. Successful applicants will be required to submit a registration form through the club registrar. Placement into the requested program is to be authorised by the Head Coach and the committee. If your registration is rejected, the registrar will provide a written explanation within 14 days.  An appeal can be made in writing to the Secretary of the Committee within 14 days of receiving notice.

The competition registration period in Australia is from 1st May to 30th April.  A competitor’s age is determined at the age they are at the close of day (12 midnight) on 31 December of the year of a competition. For the 2018/19 competition season (age as at 31 December 2020) these are as follows:

State Stream

10 & Under                                       Born 2010 or later                         

12& Under                                        Born 2008 to 2009                         

13 and over                                      Born 2007 or before                     

 

National Streams

12 & Under                                       Born 2008 to 2009                         

13-15 Years                                     Born 2007 to 2005                         

Juniors                                              Born 2004 or before                     

Masters                                            Born 1995 or before                     

Open                                                Born 2007 or before      

8.2 Venue
 

8. Competetive Programs

8.1 Registration

Entry into a SupaNova competitive stream is by graduation from our StarBurst program, by audition or invitation whereby additional athletes are sought for optimum team composition. Successful applicants will be required to submit a registration form through the club registrar. Placement into the requested program is to be authorised by the Head Coach and the committee. If your registration is rejected, the registrar will provide a written explanation within 14 days.  An appeal can be made in writing to the Secretary of the Committee within 14 days of receiving notice.

The competition registration period in Australia is from 1st May to 30th April.  A competitor’s age is determined at the age they are at the close of day (12 midnight) on 31 December of the year of a competition. For the 2018/19 competition season (age as at 31 December 2020) these are as follows:

State Stream

10 & Under                                       Born 2010 or later                         

12& Under                                        Born 2008 to 2009                         

13 and over                                      Born 2007 or before                     

 

National Streams

12 & Under                                       Born 2008 to 2009                         

13-15 Years                                     Born 2007 to 2005                         

Juniors                                              Born 2004 or before                     

Masters                                            Born 1995 or before                     

Open                                                Born 2007 or before      

Training for our competitive programs is currently run from the dive pool at LeisureFit Booragoon.

8.3 Fees

Fees are based on a total annual package and are invoiced to athletes over 11 months. Cancellations, holidays, absences and any temporary reduction in hours, do not attract a refund. Registration with ASAI is compulsory for every athlete, committee member and officials. In addition, the club charges a registration fee for each athlete. Registration fees are charged on commencement and/or at the beginning of each season

*Pool entry fees are not included and are payable on each visit. Multiple entry tickets or memberships should be considered as cost saving alternatives.​

It should be noted that Solos and/or Duets will incur additional fees which will be determined when selections are made and disclosed prior to acceptance of these routines. Competition entry fees are also payable and will be included in your invoice as they are charged. Should you have any questions regarding your Invoice or are experiencing difficulty in making payment by the due date, please direct these to the SupaNova Club Treasurer at supanovatreasurer@gmail.com   

8.4 Training

SupaNova’s State and National stream programs are NOT term based and train throughout the year with short breaks at select intervals. Pre-season training from May through to July/August focuses on skills, technique, strength and endurance to prepare for the routine training season from September through to March/April the following year. Alternate activities may be scheduled in place of usual training from time to time. Figures and routine training will follow after release of the Technical Package from SynchroWA and the selection process for routines respectively. Intensive day camps may be scheduled for multiple days over the school holidays in lieu of the regular schedule at no additional cost to provide time off during the season. The following components feature in training:

8.4.1 Swimming Drills

As a 3-minute synchronised swimming routine requires extreme cardiovascular fitness. As common in other sports, a sizable portion of the training for synchronised swimming involves drills – repetitive training activities that isolate individual skills. Drills both above and under the water are included in every session to increase strength, endurance, and speed through the water in routine performances.

8.4.2 Strength and Flexibility Training

Dry land workouts of stretching and conditioning exercises are included to ensure athletes obtain optimal fitness. This encompasses many types of exercises to develop a tighter, stronger core. Proper

stretching prevents injury and increases flexibility which plays an important part in many of the positions and movements that synchronised swimming demands. Many positions are not possible without good hip, shoulder and back flexibility. Additional stretching at home is also encouraged. Land Drilling

Land drilling is an essential component of synchronised swimming training for routines. Land drilling includes determining counts, setting patterns, clarifying positions, and practicing movements out of the pool. Athletes are often required to land drill independently, outside of normal practice time. Your athlete’s coach will provide music in order to land drill at home.

8.4.3 Figures

A figure is a ‘continuous combination of basic body positions and transitions' - FINA Synchronized Swimming Manual. Figures form part of competitions and scores contribute 50% of a team’s overall score so this is an essential part of an athlete’s training.

8.4.4 Routines

The club will endeavour to remain within the timeframes specified below. Variations for pre-season and to accommodate training requirements for some athletes during competition. Athletes not participating in training for specific routines will be offered reserve positions and/or provided with supervised figures training to continue their development, providing all athletes with equal opportunity. Additional hours of training are placed in the State High Performance program are should seek private tuition.

8.5 Training Schedule

9. Competition

9.1 Competition Dates

Entry into a SupaNova competitive stream is by graduation from our StarBurst program, by audition or invitation whereby additional athletes are sought for optimum team composition. Successful applicants will be required to submit a registration form through the club registrar. Placement into the requested program is to be authorised by the Head Coach and the committee. If your registration is rejected, the registrar will provide a written explanation within 14 days.  An appeal can be made in writing to the Secretary of the Committee within 14 days of receiving notice.

The competition registration period in Australia is from 1st May to 30th April.  A competitor’s age is determined at the age they are at the close of day (12 midnight) on 31 December of the year of a competition. For the 2018/19 competition season (age as at 31 December 2020) these are as follows:

State Stream

10 & Under                                       Born 2010 or later                         

12& Under                                        Born 2008 to 2009                         

13 and over                                      Born 2007 or before                     

 

National Streams

12 & Under                                       Born 2008 to 2009                         

13-15 Years                                     Born 2007 to 2005                         

Juniors                                              Born 2004 or before                     

Masters                                            Born 1995 or before                     

Open                                                Born 2007 or before      

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