TEAM BEYOND THE BLACK LINE
Team captains and Olympians Linley Frame and Josh Beaver are here to motivate, coach and inspire the nation once again for this Australia Swims. Acting as co-captains Linley and Josh have a wealth of swimming knowledge ready to share and are excited to see the Australian spirit in action this Summer as we collectively try swim around the nation. Both athletes have a strong passion for giving back, sharing their highs and lows, providing support to swimmers at all stages of their journey. With both having heavy involvement in community outreach it made perfect sense for them to sign on as team captains for Beyond the Black Line (BTBL).
"Beyond the Black Line is more than an online resource. It’s a conversation starter. BTBL focuses on sharing the life experiences of our elite swimmers as they grew up in the sport, with our young swimmers who are facing the physical and emotional highs and lows of growing up.
At the heart of this, are online videos and face to face workshops featuring past and present Australian Dolphins. It’s all about openly talking things through and creating the right sport and life balance. So we can all continue to be the best we can be – both in and out of the pool." - Linley Frame
Beyond the Black Line is a program created for swimmers, by swimmers, and delivered to swimmers through workshops around the country. The purpose of the program is to share experiences and normalise common issues faced by teenagers within our swimming community. It’s a conversation starter. The program is also complemented by an interactive website where further resources and information is available. BTBL has been designed to help support swimmers, who are navigating the journey of puberty and beyond, through hearing other swimmers’ personal stories. The videos online and in the workshops are an opportunity for young swimmers to learn from some of our past, present, and emerging Australian Dolphins. The workshops create an environment to openly discuss challenges and learning opportunities that occur along the journey. The program aims to support and educate our swimmers beyond the traditional training and competition of swimming.