Summer Festival of Swimming taking shape
- Swimming, Diving, Artistic Swimming , Water Polo, Education
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British Swimming and the three Home Nations are excited to announce that we are in the early stages of planning a return to competition and have agreed a network of racing opportunities throughout the country.
This ‘restart to racing’ will consist of a network of meets held throughout England, Scotland and Wales, in long course facilities, with the aim of getting as many of our young swimmers back racing as possible. It is hoped that the meets will be held within a short window between mid-July and early August, combining to form a ‘Festival of Swimming’, with a pooling of results to create a national leader board for age groups and events.
The meets will be largely age group based, with a focus on 100m - 400m distances and following a similar format. The details of each meet will be confirmed in the coming months, to take into account the UK and devolved government COVID guidelines that are expected to be in place at the time.
This festival will replace the British and Home Nation Summer meets that, unfortunately, will not be possible this coming year with the current lack of clarity around permissible numbers in venues.
Of the new concept, Head of Elite Development at British Swimming, Tim Jones, said:
“We recognise the challenges of the past 12 months and how this has impacted on our clubs and their memberships. As such we are aiming to make these competitions as inclusive as possible, to offer a restart racing opportunity to as many swimmers as is reasonably allowed. We envisage this festival to also be the kick start that our sport needs, and hopefully it can provide the light at the end of the tunnel that everyone involved in our sport is craving.”
Ross Nicholas, Swim Wales National Performance Director said:
"After an extremely challenging year for competitive swimmers, we want to be able to provide the best possible competition options to swimmers and Para swimmers this summer. Clearly we still have some challenges to overcome and the ability to run these competitions will be dependant on Home Nation Government regulations at the time, however we understand the importance of competition in motivating athletes and coaches and hope that this announcement will provide some optimism to our Swimming community"
Further details will be available in due course.