The cameras will enable swimmers from the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) including dual Olympian Blair Evans, world record holder Brianna Throssell and Paralympic hopeful Ben Popham, to obtain real time data for performance analysis.
The system consists of an above water camera to assess the block start, and 4 built-in underwater cameras (at 2m, 5m, 10m and 15m) to assess the glide and breakout off a start, and from each type of turn.
This system allows coaches to calibrate a section of the pool to derive a whole range of kinematic data including instantaneous velocity and distance measures through each phase of the start, turn and underwater kick.
The data collected will allow informed decision making around the optimal number of underwater kicks to perform off a start and turn for each individual to best develop portions of their race strategy and align their training accordingly for optimum performance.
Installation of the cameras has been made possible through a joint commitment between WAIS, VenuesWest and Swimming Australia, with support from Hancock Prospecting.
With eight months until the Tokyo Olympic Games begin the camera system has provided a boost to the WAIS swimming program as athletes continue training in a COVID-19 interrupted year.