Hanson Squads

The Hanson Squad program provides a transition from learn to swim lessons to a competitive squad environment.  The squad caters for young athletes who are beginning their competitive swimming journey in a fun, friendly and educational environment.

Hanson Squad sessions focus on:

  • Developing the foundation of competitive technique in all four strokes
  • Developing the foundation of competitive skill in all four strokes
  • Developing an understanding of how to function in a squad environment
  • Introducing participants to competition in a low pressure and educating way

Swimmers attend two x one hour sessions per week during school terms.

Hanson squads are conducted at Nunawading, Tintern and Wesley with all 3 squads leading into either the Wesley or Tintern Junior squads for those that remain within the competition pathway.


Coach: Grace Addison
Pool location: Aqualink Nunawading, Fraser Place, Forest Hill

Monday 6:30pm-7:30pm
Wednesday 6:30pm-7:30pm
Thursday 6:30pm-7:30pm
Saturday 6:50am-7:50am

Coach: Clare MacDonald
Pool location: Tintern Grammar, East Ringwood, enter school grounds at the corner of Loma and Morinda Streets

Monday 5:00pm-6:00pm
Tuesday 5:00pm-6:00pm
Thursday 5:00pm-6:00pm
Friday 5:00pm-6:00pm

Liz Williams
Pool location: Wesley College, 620 High Street Rd, Glen Waverley

Monday 5:00pm-6:00pm
Tuesday  4:30pm-5:30pm
Friday  5:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday 7:00am-8:00am


Term 1 2018: Monday 29th January to Thursday 29th March 2018 (No sessions on Mon 12 March due to Public Holiday)
Term 2 2018: Monday 16th April to Sunday 1st July 2018 (No sessions on Wed 25 April & Mon 11 June due to Public Holidays)
Term 3 2018: Monday 16th July to Sunday 23rd September 2018
Term 4 2018: Monday 8th October to Friday 21st December 2018 (No session on Tues 6 Nov due to Public Holiday)

Hanson squad swimmers do not train during school holidays or on public holidays.

SQUAD FEESinclusive of GST and pool entry

The training fee for Hanson Squad at Nunawading, Tintern and Wesley is $30.63 per week for swimmers training 2 sessions per week.
Term payment applies at all centres with families invoiced approximately 3 weeks before the end of each term.

If swimmers suffer any serious injuries or illnesses, eg fractured limbs or glandular fever, which necessitate a prolonged absence from training, consideration may be given to adjusting the account in the following term. If your squad account needs adjustment, or there is a problem with the account, please complete the Squad Fee Adjustment Form and return it to NSC Finance Officer, Louise Martin. Louise will work through any adjustments with you


Hanson squads compete in a number of competitions throughout the year including- Nuna PB Challenges, Club Championships, encouragement meets, 7-10 Metro competition, All Junior competition and District Championships.

In Term 1 2018 Hanson squads will compete in the following competitions:

Metro East All Junior Selection Trials– Sunday 4th February
PB Challenge #1– Friday 16th February
Metro East District Championships– Sunday 4th March
PB Challenge #3– Sunday 25th March
All Junior finals– 7th-8th April (qualified athletes only)


Two of the most important aspects of being involved in the Nunawading Swimming Club is good communication between the coach, swimmer and parents and the effective distribution of information to families by the coach and the club.

Regular meetings will be held for each squad where the coach will provide information to parents and swimmers including competition schedules.

If a swimmer or parent has any questions or concerns, they are asked to speak to their coach.  If after working through the issue there is still a problem, they are asked to contact the Head Junior Coach, Sarah Scott at

The Club uses a number of communication methods to keep members up to date;

Nuna News- Every family is required to subscribe to the “Nuna News” email service. Parents and swimmers can subscribe HERE.
Website – Please take the time to read through the information at
Facebook –


There are two squads that swimmers in Hanson Squad can progress into:

Junior Squad – swimmers who:

  • have consistently attended 2 sessions per week
  • have demonstrated the ability to learn and apply new technique and skill concepts
  • will normally be 9 + years of age
  • have consistently attended competitions as prescribed by the coach
  • are physically and mentally ready for the increase in commitment

Dolphin levels – swimmers who:

  • would like to continue swimming but have not met the criteria above

Progressions from Hanson Squad can take place at any time

Athlete progressions will be decided by the relevant coaches with the coaching team